Gateway LPN Fast Track - page 18

Verah interesting........ Looks to me like it's a separate application process. Don't know what the wait list is like for it, but for those of you on the waitlist for the RN program, it might... Read More

  1. by   Lucky14
    I don't know the answer to that question. Did they give you any indication of how long the wait is now or when you could expect to get placed? It would be intresting to know how many people are actually on the list. If it was like the MCCC RN program, you could get a general idea of when you may get placed. Good luck - I hope you get in for Spring 2011. If you do, that means I should! ha, ha.....
  2. by   inspiredRN10
    I just wonder how many people are on their "wait list" and that would help to gauge what the chances are. I keep hearing such conflicting information. That 300+ people apply each time, that there are 100 seats open. I know of two people who applied and got right in…It seems like the counselors don't give out much information, so thats why it makes me wonder!
  3. by   miteacher
    The counselor I spoke to told me that there would be a 1-2 semester wait depending on how many people are still waiting from last time and how many people apply this time. So she said even if some of us get selected for this time, it's all random by computer, and we will not all get selected for this time because there are some waiting for last time.

    Does anyone know how many people applied this time? I was there Monday and I dont think there were too many people applying. Also, some of the people waiting did not have appropriate documentation.
  4. by   azcna
    I was there on Monday applying also, Miteacher! I probably saw you in line, lol.

    I was turned away because I didn't have correct documentation, but I came back the next day and got accepted. From what I was told there are over 100 people waiting, and 70 spots. The advisor said it was HIGHLY unlikely that anyone applying now would get in for spring. Let's hope she's wrong about that
  5. by   miteacher
    I guess we'll have to wait and see. Yeah, the advisor told me the same thing. She said that there were still some people waiting from last time, and that the chances would be very slim for this time. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to help myself get ready in the meantime. Is anyone else studying or anything? I've taken the anatomy class, chm and I already have a degree so I have the pre-reqs & co-reqs done. I'm not sure what else to do now!
  6. by   azcna
    Do you have classes that you can take towards a bachelors?

    Or maybe just work extra to save up money for when you'll be in the program.
  7. by   Lucky14
    Hi All,

    miteacher - do you have your CNA? Are you currently working in the field? I work at Mayo as a CNA and from what I hear I should have an easier time with Block 1 and 2 due to the experience I'm getting. If you are not currently working at a hospital, you may consider this path. There are several people who worked at Mayo as CNA's while they went through school and state it helped them greatly. The other benifit is that you will have a foot in the door when you get out of school.

    So - they told you guys that there were over 100 people on the wait list and only 70 spots? That is disappointing for me. Although I'm one of those 100 people, I'm not very lucky. Is it your understanding that the people on the wait list will be placed first or are the people on the wait list picked at random also?
  8. by   inspiredRN10
    I just don't get how there could be that many people on the wait list! If you go back through these posts on here, this time exactly last year, several people who applied got right in, and even more last spring a girl I know applied in April and got in for this fall. And they added the summer program. I mean after that April date, they accepted people for the summer session AND fall, thats 140 people ahead of us that have already started the program! If we are the next group to apply how is there 100 people left to get placed! That just doesn't make sense to me! Maybe I am just being hopeful! I heard the counselors are specifically told to not release a lot of information. I know that they don't want this program to become backed up like the regular nursing programs at the colleges, with a wait list of 2 years! I heard they try to accept as many people as possible, and try to not have a wait list, hence the reason the afternoon and summer session started…Given that is all hearsay but logically that just seems like a lot of people! I hope we all get in…like soon!
  9. by   rzyzzy
    Quote from inspiredRN10
    I just don't get how there could be that many people on the wait list! If you go back through these posts on here, this time exactly last year, several people who applied got right in, and even more last spring a girl I know applied in April and got in for this fall. And they added the summer program. I mean after that April date, they accepted people for the summer session AND fall, thats 140 people ahead of us that have already started the program! If we are the next group to apply how is there 100 people left to get placed! That just doesn't make sense to me! Maybe I am just being hopeful! I heard the counselors are specifically told to not release a lot of information. I know that they don't want this program to become backed up like the regular nursing programs at the colleges, with a wait list of 2 years! I heard they try to accept as many people as possible, and try to not have a wait list, hence the reason the afternoon and summer session started...Given that is all hearsay but logically that just seems like a lot of people! I hope we all get in...like soon!
    They weren't able to add classes like they were in the past due to budget cuts. If you think the nursing program is bad, check into the wait list for radiology... I heard their list is approaching five years...
  10. by   miteacher
    No, I work as a teacher, so that was the reason why I chose gateway. It was the only program that would allow me to teach at least through most of it.

    I did take the CNA course over the summer, but never tried applying for a job or anything. Are there positions available that are only on the weekends? Something like that might work for me just so I could get some experience and learn more while I'm waiting to get in...It also might be a plus because I don't work in the summer.

    Are they hiring right now at Mayo for CNA's? I looked at some positions but it looks like some of the other hospitals wanted people who already had experience as a CNA and i don't have any. What do you think?
  11. by   azcna
    The reason for the summer class was actually due to emergency federal funding meant to give displaced workers new skills. It is highly unlikely that they will have a summer program for '11 unless another bill is passed.

    I was under the impression that they were going to start doing that every year to accommodate more students, but I got a little suspicious after I asked the main nursing advisor and she had not even heard of it :/
  12. by   azcna
    Miteacher- Most hospitals will want you to have at least 1 year of experience before applying. It is really hard to get into Mayo, especially now as they are cutting back.

    I would recommend working in a nursing home for a short period of time to gain some experience. You will master time management within your first month, you will learn to deal with families, and you'll learn how to deal with ridiculously crabby and particular patients. The majority of the patient population is geriatric, so I figure it is a great place to start.

    And who knows, maybe after getting through the LPN program you could land a job at whatever NH you worked for!
  13. by   miteacher
    I was planning on trying to relocate to another state after I finish nursing school because it seems there are not any kind of jobs available. I will look into nursing homes...that's where I did my hours for my CNA course. I know that there are some nursing homes that hire.

    At least I can get my last science class out of the way while I'm waiting.

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