I don't see a place to message either of you. So I'll list some of the stuff I jotted down that I wasn't totally aware of. Maybe it wil help.
1. Entrance scores are said to be higher this year than last year (last year or last semester was the first time that the TEAS V was given).
2. This one I overheard --- there may be over 1000 applicants this go round.
3. Be aware that there will be some extra costs:
testing fees, 110 per semester
uniforms approx. 340
nurse pacs 135
student respons dev. 70
drug test 71
insurance 10 annualy
cpr (annualy) 35
books approx. 800 (this is a first semester cost for books for traditional day program she said so I assume it will vary per semester)
Also, about $400 in different graduation and NCLEX testing fees.
I think a grant would cover books but not any of the other things I listed.
4. Uniforms are required even for first semester of part time evening (even though there are no clinicals that semester).
5. All white, leather shoes are required (she said should be safe buying a "nursing shoe" that is all white.but no skechers or shapeups, etc.
6. If you want to take other courses along with the nursing, she said not to do it the last semester of the program (LPN, ADN, paramedic to RN, etc.) She also said it probably wouldn't be wise first semester of traditional day.
She said all the other semesters, especially with the evening program should be fine.
7. The evening program she said probably required the most self-discipline on your part (because the lectures are online and you have to be prepared before you come to class)
8. 100% of students in the last 3 years, all programs have found a job.
9. background checks are done after you are accepted and start classes (will probably be at an unexpected time)
10. If you made over a 70 on the TEAS, she said that was really good (though there were other factors, such as if you had B's or C's on the a&P's and Micro scores). She didn't have any cutoff scores or anything and it's all a waiting game that should end with a letter by the end of the first week in July. Everyone will get one, whether they are accepted or not.
11.Clinicals are at Crestwood, Huntsville, Athens, Madison, and Cullman.
12. 48 are being accepted into the evening program and about 100 in LPN and around 140 for day ADN.
I think that's all I jotted down.
Hope that helps.
Wish we could chat with VSBlonde, LOL! I'm sure she could answer all this and more.
I do have a question for VS blonde:
1. I am considering taking Statistics and precalculus algebra in the Fall (with assessment and pharm-assuming I get in)
VSBlonde, what's your advice on that? I have A's in a&p's and micro and a 3.9 something on my other pre-req (but 5 kids, too
. Would that be too much of a load?
2. And, do people sell their books when they are done? or is it kinda necessary to keep them for reference in later courses? I just got my chem book for summer for $25. It's $145 in the bookstore. I like to save when I can