Denver School of Nursing (DSN) is a For-Profit, Non-Sectarian, Nursing Institute, established in 2009. The campus is located in Denver, Colorado, USA, and hosts 430 (2010) students, with an endowment of $0 (2014).
18 Student Reviews of Denver School of Nursing (DSN)
The company that owns this school Education Affiliates llc, also owns st. paul’s school of nursing in NY. I saw the same things going one in our school. I caught them not crediting my account and overcharging, then implementing unwritten policies, would not show us our test or go over them etc. I complained and the next thing you know they dismissed me with no due process and made up lies to cover it up. I have a lawsuit against them now. Check out my facebook page nick papaspiridakos and read all about it. They are scamming the people and the governemnt. email@example.com
Overall Score: (0/5.00)
I would highly discourage students from attending this “degree mill.” Both instructors and students alike were highly negative of their experience when I went in to look at the school and speak with some instructors and students.
Feedback I received from instructors is that there is no support nor orientation for new instructors, and because this is a for-profit school, instructors informed me the deans take the side the of the student over the instructor–which may sound good for the student but cultivates an environment where the instructor feels neither supported nor appreciated.
Likewise, students had many negative things to say, not the least of which was the incredible disorganization of the school and the shoddy way in which business is conducted. The school certainly has the feel of a business enterprise rather than a nursing school.
I opted to attend another school, and I am very happy with my decision.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
No nursing school is perfect.
Accelerated nursing schools will demand A LOT of studying.
DSN is TOUGH.
I LOVE DSN! I’m in the BSN program. I’m getting ready to go to Sky Ridge Medical Center and Denver Health for clinicals. The hospital I used to work at loves to hire DSN grads. I have friends who went to DSN who are now working at Parker Adventist, Swedish Medical Center, Rose Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital in California. They are all in ICU settings. YOUR SUCCESS IN NURSING SCHOOL IS A COMBINATION OF THE EDUCATION PROVIDED AND THE EFFORT YOU PUT IN. You have to work hard at DSN, and from my experience, the staff works hard to help you.
QUALITY OF EDUCATION:
I am going into med-surg 2 soon, and so far I believe I am very prepared and well educated in terms of quality nursing care, basic fundamental nursing, skills and competencies, and critical thinking. I am currently working in the ICU at University Hospital as a CNA, but they let me help and observe along with the nursing externs. The nurses like to ask us A LOT of questions (What does this machine do, why would you put the patient in these precautions, what is your priority with this patient, how do you do this procedure) and I answer all of them correctly and confidently and the staff is impressed. I am confident and proud of the education I have gotten so far from DSN and it shows at my work and with my patients.
- Last month, a few DSN med-surg 2 students were eating lunch during their clinicals at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s and saw a man fall off 3 stories while washing a window. They thought critically and eventually saved his life.
- 3 DSN students did their capstone at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They impressed the staff so much that once they pass their NCLEX this summer, they have jobs waiting for them at that hospital.
DSN AND THE COMMUNITY:
The school has done a lot of international contributions to Haiti and visited Haiti twice. Last month, a few DSN students traveled to Africa for two weeks to do their Community Health rotation. Next March, ten of us are doing our Community Health and Leadership rotation in Asia.
Quarter One is the one complaint I had with staffing. The assessment teacher was bad, and the school definitely heard about it from the students through the end-of-the-quarter staff evaluations. The school responded appropriately by replacing her after the quarter was finished. Most people who hate DSN dropped after Quarter One, and I completely understand. It was NOT a pleasant quarter in terms of the teachers. However, the BSN coordinator CARES a lot about the quality of education, and works hard to find a suitable teacher. After quarter one, I have had no complaints with the educators. I love my med-surg professor. I loved my pharmacology professor. I ABSOLUTELY loved the training and education I had from the foundations lab. There will always be some rotten apples in any school, but the majority of the educators want you to become a proficient, hard-working nurse that utilizes evidence-based-practice.
Scheduling is also a weakness at DSN. There are a lot of students and not enough clinical instructors. The problem is NOT that DSN cannot get enough clinical sites – it is the lack of instructors to precept that site. As a result, scheduling takes forever and some clinical rotations get pushed back or changed entirely. I admit, that is unprofessional and could easily be avoided. However, I talked with the clinical office in charge of assigning and scheduling, and they really try hard to accommodate everyone – that is another reason why it takes forever. Before the upcoming quarters, the clinical office gets bombarded with scheduling requests from ALL students anticipating clinical sites/dates, so naturally this will prolong the process if the staff tries to accommodate them all.
*My suggestion was to utilize a scheduling program to lighten the load for the scheduling staff and make the process go by faster*
**SOME RUMORS ABOUT BAD DSN STUDENTS**
One bad egg can ruin the reputation of the school. A few quarters ago, one student kept on consistently being 2 hours late for clinical days or not showing up at all, and sometimes sleeping during the shift! The hospital staff was so displeased that they did not want DSN students for clinical rotations anymore. They still hire DSN grads though, which I think is kind of weird, but fortunate.
SOME RUMORS MAY BE TRUE, BUT PLEASE DO NOT LET A FEW UNPROFESSIONAL STUDENTS TAINT YOUR VIEWS ON ALL THE STUDENTS OR THE SCHOOL AS A WHOLE.
I study a lot. I take a lot of notes and ask a lot of questions. When you don’t understand, DON’T HESITATE TO ASK. I had to quit my previous job because working full time was impossible, so I got a job PRN at the U. I also moved with my parents so I don’t have to worry about work and I have one play day out of the week – the rest of the days are focused on work and school.
1. I ALWAYS visit my teachers during their office hours. Even when I understand the material, I go there just to run through the material just to make sure I know the concept.
2. All my teachers who I’ve emailed have always responded within that day.
3. There has NEVER been a teacher who was not available for tutoring or was not able to schedule a time to meet. I read the lecture material, I read the books, I practice online questions, and I ask my teachers for help when I need it, and they have always been available. I have a 3.85 gpa.
There are some extremely negative things you can hear about DSN, and some extremely positive. We often hear a lot of negative things about the school, but what happened to all the DSN grads who are successful and happy, working at Hospitals, working for the community, working as travel nurses, are in nursing management, and getting their Nurse Practitioner Licenses? Every school has their weaknesses, but obviously DSN is doing something right if we have some really great Grads doing really wonderful things for patients and the healthcare community.
People write about the bad, but please do ask successful DSN grads for information about DSN because there’s a lot of good out there that is not being heard or not so highly advertised – but it should be! DSN is great!
Overall Score: (3.72/5.00)
I must say that I’m not surprised that so many students are having or had a tough time with DSN. I had to leave DSN because my husband finished boot camp and got stationed in Virginia. I was so depressed because I really liked the school and didn’t want to leave. After a completed quarter my Med Surg, Patho, and Health Assessment would not transfer b/c DSN wasn’t accredited. I was blessed enough to keep plugging away and not give up. I attend Virginia State, started from scratch and graduated with my BSN. The NCLEX was so difficult but I passed the first go round. I kept in touch with my old classmates from DSN, and the sentiments are the same…they’re glad they made it but if they had it to do again, they’d go to an accredited school. at the time I was heartbroken that I had to leave DSN but I am actually glad that I did. All prospective students just do your research and make an informed, educated decision.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
WOW!!! As a graduate from the first graduating class of the BSN program at DSON I was curious to see if they had been accredited yet…something I was promised from Jeff Johnson back in 2004 when I signed on the dotted line. Not only have they not been accredited, no surprise, but they are still having the same problems as they did back then. High turn over rate with teachers/administration, no clinical sites available and a lot of sunshine blown up skirts. I have never recommended this school to anyone and have often been embarrassed when asked what school I graduated from. Yes, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing… yes, I passed the NCLEX on my first try and have my nursing license but I do not feel prepared to work in a high paced acute care setting. I do not feel as if DSON prepared me adequately enough to feel confident enough to face the challenges of everyday nursing. I regret signing on the dotted line that summer day back in 2004 and I am still paying for it with a huge student loan!!! I am not able to get a job at the hospital of my choice because of the lack of their accreditation, 8 years after they promised me that they would have it by the time I graduated in 2006. My guess is that they will never get it….but will continue to promise that someday they will have it. Make sure that you do your homework and research this school before signing on the dotted line and wasting your money and time!!!
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
Okay, like so many have said above, wish I would have seen these postings prior to enrolling. I am so angry that I have wasted time and money on this ridiculous school! I am in my 3rd quarter and will be promptly dropping out in the next couple of days. DSN is SO unprofessional that I am almost sick to my stomach as I try to explain it. I thought I was being weak or not up to par but after reading all the comments above I know that I am not alone in my feelings. I will be writing the firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. All potential DSN stidents please do your research before attending this school. I truly believe it is a scam!
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
Avoid this program at all costs. I transferred because I was told by a hospital that DSN students lack a lot of training compared to other graduates from other schools. The four year students are no better than a LPN. I learned very little due poor teachers, very poor clinical and just all around poorly run school. I do plan on writing the accreditation board as one of the posters suggested.
DNS program is so unprofessional and so out of touch with the students that pay the bills. They have succeeded in running the school into the ground. I do plan on writing a letter to the Board of Accreditation as one of the reviews stated we should do. They will not get it if I have anything to do with it. I will air my concerns and disgust with this program.
Let’s all call the accreditation board and let them know why this school sucks. This school is a scam, rip off, and run light circus. Clinical are worthless, teachers suck, they need to fail some to meet expectation, and they have fired so many staff if is a mess. Let’s call all the board members and complain about the truth. We should sue them. Email the board of accreditation. email@example.com
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
These posts are very interesting and not surprising. I was an ADN student that previously attended DSN about 2 years ago and withdrew the start of the second quarter. I was curious to see if DSN was finally accredited on their site but apparently not. I saw all these postings online and looks like things have not changed. I agree with all the postings. All these things have happened to me and that is why I left. I’m now in an NLNAC accredited BSN program and I have no regrets leaving. I’m very happy that I jumped the gun to wait a few more years for a real school. I still owe about 6,000 from my first quarter but its okay considering where I’m at now. There is for legal action going down really soon. It just takes one person to persue with some proof and they are finished. It is sad but not right for what some grads and current students are going through with the amount of money they are paying. Good luck to everyone and hang in there.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
This DSN is a joke, the president was fired, then the dean, then so called clinical teachers. They have no real clinical sites to train their students at. They do have labs, wow. I do promise one thing is that denver school of nursing accreditation status will be prolonged due to my connections that I have. I do understand that the school has been run down into the ground, but why do the students have continue paying, because DNS does not have accreditation status, so they cannot transfer. If you feel that your contract with DNS was broken and not upheld then contact me at this email address. I have a attorney that I hope to start a class action suit against the school for breach of the contract that was signed by students.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
Thank god I had been working as a CNA for a hospital through school and was able to get a job there. I’m learning a Loy through orientation @ the hospital, but I feel like they are things that should have been taught in school.
Overall Score: (1.81/5.00)
I read all the reviews and yes I can say my daughter is having the same problems.
She is top of her class, made all A’s on her tests, received compliments on her clinical experience and now she is at the end and cannot get any help for her clinical experience-Nursing Home or Psychiatric Hospital???? This is unacceptable
and Unconscienable on the part of the leaders of this school. I am a retired RN and I have another daughter who has a Master’s degree in Nursing and we both are shocked at how this is being handled. It would seem as of today that a new person is assigned to help and hopefully she will do better than the previous or current administration. When I see how much expense my daughter has had, I cannot help but be tempted to inquire into the legal aspects of this institution.There promises are not met…..
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
Oh boy, where do I begin? I am in the BSN program. I wish I would have seen these postings prior to enrolling in this school. I think I was overly excited and “geeked” about actually being accepted to the program after graduating with a BS in Biology from CSU that I didn’t bother to research this school thoroughly. I am hugely let down and I am leaving this school by the end of this quarter. This is a very unprofessional school and has yet to receive its accedidation. The school lacks every resource that most of my cohorts and I need to achieve success. This school costs an arm and a leg and it feels as if I am experiencing a substandard education. Lesson learned in one quarter and it only cost me $8,000…I say with tears in my eyes. I am hoping to attend Metro State, especially since the current class just earned a 100% NCLEX pass rate. If I could echo the sentiments above…avoid this school if you can.
Good luck to everyone on the nursing profession journey
Overall Score: (1.27/5.00)
AVOID THIS SCHOOL IF AT ALL POSSIBLE! I’m a 1st quarter ADN student – second career. The admissions staff is awesome, but once you are actually enrolled you are on your own. There is a high turnover rate with staff, and half the staff are not teachers, but only RNs with bachelor degrees. This is an accelerated program, and yet no tutoring is available. There’s more “adult learning” than I’ve had in any previous college experience, including online courses, and I’m afraid that finding employment anywhere other than a nursing home will be impossible. The tuition is ridiculously expensive considering the lack of resources and underprepared “professors”. I’m looking in to other options, even though I’m still on the hook for the cost of the first quarter without being able to transfer the units I’ve completed. Poor, poor choice. I don’t recommend this to anyone. Spend the time to get your 60 units at a community college and transfer to a 4-year university for the BSN program. You will find yourself in a load of debt and without job opportunities if you attend DSN. Unless, of course, you are an experienced CNA with a foot already in the door to a hospital. Otherwise, you will be stuck in long term care facilities, and hospitals do not consider long term care facilities “experience”. So not only will you have student loans to pay off, and be working for $23/hr at a nursing home, you will also be without opportunity to advance your education because at this point, 4-year colleges will not accept transfer credits from DSN. This will change if the accreditation comes through, but it’s been delayed, and if the accrediting bodies do their homework and DSN continues the status quo, the accreditation is not likely going to happen. Also, if you want to be exceptional, this is not the school for you. Yes, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX and become a RN, but you will not learn the skills you need to be great, nor will you be considered for employment at any teaching hospitals. The opportunities for BSN students may be different, but the ADN program is a dead end for anyone wanting to work in a hospital environment.
Kicking myself for not doing more research before enrolling. . .
Overall Score: (1.36/5.00)
I am in the ADN program, first quarter, and I don’t think DSN is that great of a school. I think like many others in the ADN, LPN-ADN, and BSN programs, we are all here because we have to be. If other schools weren’t so back logged and competitive we would ALL have gone to those schools. The tuition is too high for what the school gives you. There are educated professors and staff but that is the only positive that I can give the school. There aren’t any REAL resources for success, i.e. tutors, mentors, or study sessions. I’ve spoken to students from every quarter and every program-the sentiment is the same, if they had it to do all over again, they would have chosen a different school. I think that’s what DSN fails to notice that word of mouth and a lack of accredidation will kill this schools reputation. I agree with Tanya, Ashlee, and I actually know SB personally. This school needs to take more pride in what they do and make our education TRULY their number one priority instead of being so concerened with our tuition payments. Jeff Johnson is such a good salesman for this school. He wraps it up in shiny wrapping paper with a big red bow…then you get there and you open the package to find a broken toy that you would never have opened if you knew that it was so broken. I unfortunately will stick it out here because I know that getting into a better school will take a long time and I’m already 3 months into and 18 month program. I don’t know how the BSN’s will last 21 months. That would be torture for me. If I can warn other potential students, do not come to this school if you can help it. Stick it out, get your CNA, get lots of experience, take lots of pre-req’s, volunteer, and apply ANYWHERE but here. Try Front Range, Arapahoe CC, Metro, UCD, or Regis (at least for the 60 grand at Regis you WILL get a great education and they have their accredidation). I know that this is a long post but I wish I would have had this information prior to making my decision. One last thought, we had the president of the college come into our Health Assesment Class to tell us about the accredidation committee that was on campus this past week, and “asked” us in a very prompting manner to say good things about the school. I know that it would behoove me to say great things on the survey because if the school has its accredidation, I can get my BSN, MSN, & hopefully PhD anywhere…but then I wouldn’t be true, honest and upright person. I believe those are some of my better qualities that will make me a wonderful nurse. If I surpress those qualities, what kind of person would a be?
Overall Score: (1.18/5.00)
I agree with Tanya, Ashlee, and Monique. This school is not that great. I hope it improves SOON because I am not really seeing the professionalism in or with this school. I don’t know anyone personally from the first quarter with any high opinions of this school. I am currently earning mid to high B’s, so before anyone thinks I am bitter, I am not. I wished there were people in the school to help those who need it when they need it. If I hear one more time that a professor wants you to have “adult learning” one more time I think I will scream :). If I am essentially teaching myself then give me back some of my money.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
I am a current first quarter student and am not enjoying this experience. If I could have attended Metro, UCD, or any other well known school, I would have. Unfortunately, their “wait lists” are horrendous. DSN is a 3rd or 4th choice school for many of us in our 1st quarter. I find that the staff and teachers like to tout themselves as being helpful and wanting you to succeed, but when you try to access this help to succeed, there is no help to be found. There are no mentor programs, no tutoring opportunities–other than 1 tutor for 70-100 students at 1 hour per week! I am 30 years old, so I don’t have the time to sit out and wait for a slot to open up in another school, but to all you younger people wait it out and go to a reputable school. I can see why this school doesn’t have it’s accreditation. I agree with Tanya, the school is VERY unprofessional. We had our teacher come in one morning and say that she’d be leaving the school that day. She waited until we were almost half way through the program to leave. What a joke! I pray that my 45 hours a week study time for ONE course pays off, not to mention the $50,0000 I am paying OUT OF POCKET (because I already have my BS and don’t qualify for federal aid) to become a qualified nursing professional.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
I would never attend this college. The schedule is delayed you dont get hospitals as clinical sites. They prepare you to be a CNA.
Overall Score: (1/5.00)
I would not advise anyone to go to this school. One positive thing I can say is that the admission staff is friendly and helpful. The school is very unprofessional. I attended the school in the ADN program in December and all I had was nursing home sites. They prefer to give all hospital sites to BSN students. The school schedule is never ready. They will change it even on first day of quater and expect you to make other arrangements. They have a high turnover rate for staff. There were some people in the last quater even a month out still with no capstone. They had to stay and finish after graduation. They are not flexible and care nothing about the students after you sign the contract. They belittle you and degrade you. They don’t have updated technology and you are cramped in a SIM lab. Don’t go here!!! Stay away!!!
Overall Score: (1.45/5.00)
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