A group of former nursing students at the Tucson campus of Brown Mackie College have filed suit against the school, claiming that they have been barred from taking licensing exams as practical nurses due to shoddy practices at the school.

A lawsuit filed in state court in Arizona alleges that "the students have nothing at all to show for nearly two years of effort and sacrifice, and must start all over again or abandon their hopes of becoming nurses."

The Arizona Daily reports that the nursing students paid about $30,000 each for training that left them ineligible to sit for the state's required licensing exam.

Among other allegation against Brown Mackie, the suit alleges that an admission test was a "sham" because all who applied were admitted.

According to the newspaper, Arizona's state nursing board placed Brown Mackie's nursing program on two years' probation and the school agreed to stop registering new students.

Brown Mackie is owned by Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corporation.

Current and former students who wish to share their concerns about their nursing or other trade school program with attorneys at may do so here.


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