does a school with no wait list exist in AZ? - page 2

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:dzed:GAH!I cant wait 2 years just to START school....does a no or much smaller wait list exist in the pheonix metro area of arizona? I found GCU but I hear bad things about them, they are suuuuper expensive, and it's a christian... Read More


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    I am the Dean of Nursing at GCU and I will share with you that your information is not correct. We did not get "bought out" by Appollo and we have national accreditation for our nursing programs. Our NCLEX scores for the December graduating class was 100% and as of today, we are also at 100% pass rate for our May graduates.

    We accept students from all faiths and backgrounds, so students do not have to be Christian to attend our program. We have rigorous standards for admission and I suggest that if you are interested in a BSN program, you set up some time to meet with an enrollment counselor. To do so, just go to www.gcu.edu and let us know how we can help you get started toward your goal of becoming a RN.

    Anne McNamara RN, PhD
    Dean & Professor of Nursing
    Grand Canyon University
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    OH and I worked in their office...if you actually attempt to Google up information on them that IS NOT on their actual webpage you will notice that people such as "the nursing dean" manage to pop up in EVERY comment threat over flowing the comment boxes with positive GCU BS comments to flood out any negative ones. They were sued for fraud for a reason and I put ALL my money into that school only to be forced to take 5 irrelevant classes (when I SHOULD have been in nursing school), have 2 loans dumped on me and then suddenly placed on a 2 year waiting list unless I had allowed myself to be blinded by a cash=class school. Sure the school WAS great back BEFORE Apollo came around but now it's crap and they are liars to say otherwise.
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    Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Az goes by a point system. An advisor told me that to get into the program, you need to have at least 64.5 points. I currently have 62.5 and don't know if I should even bother. To be accepted, you have to have a current C.N.A license. If you are like me, I took the C.N.A. course 2 years ago and my license has lapsed. The Arizona Nursing Board will not remind you that you no longer are licensed and the license is not good for two years. It actually expires on your birthday of the year it is suppose to expire. If that makes any sense. I think I'd rather go the Fast Track L.P.N. route at Gateway. Does anybody know if there is a wait for this program and if it is worth it? Also, does anybody know if you take the HESI exam agin, do you get to keep the highest score or your most recent score? That's the only way I will get enough points to apply for the CAC program. I'll have to get 95% on A&P and Math......
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    Quote from eggleton68
    Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Az goes by a point system. An advisor told me that to get into the program, you need to have at least 64.5 points. I currently have 62.5 and don't know if I should even bother. To be accepted, you have to have a current C.N.A license. If you are like me, I took the C.N.A. course 2 years ago and my license has lapsed. The Arizona Nursing Board will not remind you that you no longer are licensed and the license is not good for two years. It actually expires on your birthday of the year it is suppose to expire. If that makes any sense. I think I'd rather go the Fast Track L.P.N. route at Gateway. Does anybody know if there is a wait for this program and if it is worth it? Also, does anybody know if you take the HESI exam agin, do you get to keep the highest score or your most recent score? That's the only way I will get enough points to apply for the CAC program. I'll have to get 95% on A&P and Math......
    It sounds like the CNA license works kind of like the paramedic one did when I had it back in California...I don't know if this will work for a CNA re-cert but it's worth a shot. There are a BUNCH of positions (at least here in Phoenix) listed around for CNAs in hospitals and other major care centers...because you have already had a prior certification (and would be in a care facility where interning takes place regularly) there MIGHT be a possible way for you to arrange a "work while you re-cert" situation (per proving basic knowledge via an initial pre-hire paper test). Never hurts to ask! I've had quite a few friends who've done it

    I had a couple of friends who had expired licenses
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    Wow, thanks for the suggestion. I will start calling on monday!
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    Quote from eggleton68
    Wow, thanks for the suggestion. I will start calling on monday!
    No problem! Remember I am not 100% sure but it's still worth a try...Also if your interested in continuing your schooling to become an RN and getting a position in a hospital (or other place that pays for school) DO NOT MENTION YOUR INTENT TO CONTINUE BEING A STUDENT!!! The reason there are so many EMT, Phlebotomy, CNA, PMT, and other support position jobs open right now is BECAUSE everyone is swamping the nursing field. When you go into an interview for a position they REALLY are looking for someone who is in it for the long run rather than someone who is looking for a time filler position but sadly those of us who are high and dry on wait lists don't have many options. It sucks there is a stigma but it's true...

    OH and if your also not getting luck in AZ I know for A FACT that California is much better to their health care workers so if your open to the idea of moving west it may be a good idea to take a road trip to do some homework! I lived and worked in Redlands California (near Palm Springs on the road to LA). It was out of LA so no traffic, near the mountains but not IN them and was REALLY great for medical stuff since it was near the military base AND Loma Linda Medical School! Then again you'd pretty much be okay as long as you stay the hell away from down town LA...

    Once again GOOD LUCK! I hope this helps medical jobs and stuff are hard to figure out without finding people who've actually gone through the EXACT SAME THINGS you have.
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    Quote from eggleton68
    Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Az goes by a point system. An advisor told me that to get into the program, you need to have at least 64.5 points. I currently have 62.5 and don't know if I should even bother. To be accepted, you have to have a current C.N.A license. If you are like me, I took the C.N.A. course 2 years ago and my license has lapsed. The Arizona Nursing Board will not remind you that you no longer are licensed and the license is not good for two years. It actually expires on your birthday of the year it is suppose to expire. If that makes any sense. I think I'd rather go the Fast Track L.P.N. route at Gateway. Does anybody know if there is a wait for this program and if it is worth it? Also, does anybody know if you take the HESI exam agin, do you get to keep the highest score or your most recent score? That's the only way I will get enough points to apply for the CAC program. I'll have to get 95% on A&P and Math......
    You are aloud to take it up to three times. I am a CAC student and I didn't get in because I am not a Pinal county resident which counts for 5 points.
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    ASHR,
    Can you tell me about the Hesi test @ Cac?
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    Did you check out CAC? my niece may be starting this Fall but she is technically Pinal County in QC. When I called about their RN refresher program they said if I was Maricopa County they just wouldn't let me in..!
    Last edit by bratmobile on Dec 13, '11
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    Brookline College in Phoenix is fully accredited and has no wait list!!


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