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Class Says Nursing School Is Bad News

CHICAGO (CN) - A Chicago vocational school's "deeply flawed" nursing program is so shoddy it neglects basic elements of nursing and prevents graduates from getting jobs, a class action claims in Cook County Court. The seven named plaintiffs sued Verve Global dba the PC Computer Training Institute.

The for-profit school, which has campuses in Chicago and Oak Park, also does business as PCCTI and PCCTI IT and Healthcare.

The students say the curriculum for the licensed practical nursing program "completely failed to include required nursing areas, including Pharmacology, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Psychology, Maternity and Nutrition."

They add that they "were taught incorrect nursing procedures, and taught incorrect theory."

They say the school "failed to grade students' examinations utilizing a valid and consistent methodology, resulting in grades issued by the school without competent basis."

As a result, they say, a large number of nursing students were given failing grades, causing them to be "unfairly prevented from taking the Illinois license test for becoming an LPN."

The school also changed its minimum passing grade from a C to a B, the complaint states.

Even students who pass the school's test cannot get jobs, the class claims, because "employer pre-employment examinations reveal that the PCCTI LPN curriculum is deeply flawed and deficient of required nursing knowledge."

Students say they were misled to believe that credits were transferable to RN programs at other schools; that teachers were available for out-of-class tutoring; and say they were charged for exams that were supposed to be free.

They seek and injunction and class damages for violations of the Private Business and Vocational Schools Act, consumer fraud, deceptive business practices, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

The class is represented by Jeff Antonelli.

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