If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse but you don’t have the time to study and attend class, you should consider the online LPN programs offered by Dover Business College.
There is not a lot of information on the Dover Business College website to go on other than that this program will prepare you for the NCLEX-PN examination. This is a very important criterion for an online school; if the school you attend does not adequately prepare you for this test then it is, essentially, a waste of your time and money as you cannot be an LPN without this qualification. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you make sure that the school has a good record in this regard.
When reviewing colleges such as this one for their suitability you should make an effort to look for past pupil reviews as these will give an indication of whether or not the university offers a good learning experience. If you do take this route of researching the university, be sure to read as many reviews as possible in order to get the best overall picture that you can.
This article provides an overview of what you can expect from Dover Business College. It can serve as a starting point for your search for the perfect LPN program, but please note that you really do need to do some of your own additional research before deciding once and for all that you are attending this university or not.
According to the Dover Business College website, it is “a nationally-accredited private college with a 53-year history of teaching excellence and successfully preparing students for careers”.
The college has a number of goals including:
- To improve the employment opportunities of students by providing them with the necessary skills.
- To provide a background in relevant professional disciplines broad enough to enable graduates to enter, and progress in, dynamic careers.
- To provide students with a number of skills, such as self-knowledge, critical thinking, effective communication, good judgment, etc.
- To provide a supportive, student-centered educational environment which sustains Dover’s desire to maximize potential for achievement by affording constant accessibility to academic, personal, and career counseling.
- To constantly work on evolving the curricula so that it is always of the best possible quality and efficiency.
- To make available a program of extracurricular activities to allow for varied meaningful leisure-time experiences and to help students develop emotionally, physically, and socially by participation in student government, campus activities, and community service.
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600 Getty Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011
15 East Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
The Practical nursing program offered by Dover Business College is one that will adequately prepare you for the NCLEX-PN examination. This is the examination that all nurses must write if they intend to practice as Licensed Practical Nurses.
The college also has an excellent pass rate for this exam. In 2010 97% of the students from Dover Business College that enrolled for the exam passed it first time. This statistic is according to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.
The online LPN program offered by the college will equip you to work in a variety of different settings including hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, dental surgeons’ offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, home health care settings and more. In addition you will be required to do clinical work through the program. This is because it is impossible to become an LPN without doing clinical work in an actual clinical setting. This is essential for passing your examination but it is also very valuable in terms of your future career as an LPN because it prepared you for the real life hospital setting.
The program will teach you how to administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, observe patients, provide basic patient care and treatments, sterilize equipment and supplies, answer patients’ calls and determine how to assist them, measure and record patients’ vital signs, work as part of a health care team, collect samples, prepare patients, and assemble and use equipment. These are all of the basic skills and tasks that you will be taught to perform in an online LPN course from Dover Business College. There is not a lot of information on the college’s website about the program coursework.
According to the Dover Business College Website: “Testing fees are included in the tuition for the student’s first certification examination. Although many institutions quote the annual tuition, Dover Business College lists tuition based on the stated length of the program. There is no tuition increase for continuously enrolled students.”
The full tuition and fees cost for the course is $24,630 and books and supplies will cost an additional $870.
Note: When it comes to choosing a school to attend try not to base your decision too heavily on the cost. Remember that some of the best schools you there are in fact schools that are affordable and that come at very reasonable prices. In addition a really expensive school will not necessarily be the best school that you could choose. It may in fact have a lower standard of education, but charges more because of its reputation or perhaps even because of the area in which it is located. Tuition is important, but it is not the most important factor for selection.
Loans and Scholarships
At Dover Business College you will have access to the following financial aid options:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Loans
- Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
- Benefits For Veterans
- Scholarships and Awards
In order to apply for the above mentioned options you will have to fill out a free FAFSA form. Once you have completed the form you will have to submit it either in person to the Financial Aid Office or online. All loans and scholarships for this college must be applied for through this body. These are federal scholarships, and there are also a number of federal loan options that may come your way when applying through FAFSA. Don’t forget your employer as a possible source of monetary aid.
Dover Business College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as well as the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
For more information:
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07120
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Online Teaching Methods
When it comes to learning online, students often give up simply because they do not know what to do. However with Dover Business College you will be provided with all of the information that you need for a successful online learning experience.
In addition with the online program the communication that you will have with the lecturers is the same as that that you would have in a classroom situation, so you do not lose out on that count. The lecturers are attentive and responsible and they will answer your calls and emails promptly. They are also available for face-to-face discussions at scheduled times. There is no doubt that this online learning method allows you to learn as effectively as if you were in a classroom, but on a more flexible schedule. Many students find the online environment one where they have more freedom to express ideas and where they feel that they are able to do so without being embarrassed.
Now that you have gone through all of the information above you should be in a far better position to decide whether or not this is the school for you to attend. Remember that this is just a starting point in your decision making process. It is important that you also look at some other reviews and see what past students have thought. If you know anyone who has done the online LPN program from Dover Business College start off by speaking to them about their experiences and seeing if they have anything good or bad to say about the place.
There are some good statistics about this university, such as the high pass rate on the exam, but you need to remember that there is not really a lot of information out there about this option and so you need to take the time to do a bit of your own research and asking around. When you find the right school for you it will be an obvious choice, but make sure that you explore all of the available options before making a final decision about this. This is a very important decision to make as your choice of school could well affect your success throughout your nursing career. Hopefully this overview has been helpful in giving you a starting idea about the college and that it will help you with your final decision.