Ripped-off nurs­ing stu­dents may get pay­back

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Nurs­ing stu­dents who paid real tu­ition to a fake nurs­ing school may get their money back in a $500,000 set­tle­ment deal an­nounced by the Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral.

RN Learn­ing Cen­ter of Los An­ge­les billed it­self as a fast-track school where stu­dents could get a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in nurs­ing in less than two years. Most of the 300 stu­dents were Filipino-Amer­i­cans and al­ready work­ing in health­care. Stu­dents paid $20,000 each in tu­ition. The fake school held classes in anatomy and other ba­sic sci­ences, with the prom­ise the de­gree would: “Ad­vance your ed­u­ca­tion. In­crease your earn­ings. Se­cure your fi­nan­cial fu­ture.” It even con­ducted grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

In­stead of ful­fill­ing dreams, school op­er­a­tors gave hun­dreds of as­pir­ing nurses night­mares. Be­cause the school was not ac­cred­ited, none of the course­work can be trans­ferred to le­git­i­mate schools for course cred­its.

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