Gateway LPN Fast Track - page 27

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   mitenz
    They are saying the average wait time to get into the FTPN program at Gateway is approx 1-2 semesters. The fall semester will start sometime in mid-August. To have a chance at the fall program, you would have had to applied at least by the deadline in the spring semester. If interested, I would apply for the Spring Semester this fall, knowing it very unlikely you will get into that semester but would probably have a pretty good chance come fall semester. Once you apply to the program you do not have to keep applying each semester. The one application rolls from semester until you get in. Hope this helps.
  2. by   pinaytoh
    @ Tiffiaz

    Me & my friend applied into the program --Oct 2010..she picked the day class and get in Jan 2011..I picked the evening class and will be starting this August...adviser told me that many applicants wants to be in the evening class....waiting is not that long compared to the RN program...

    I hope this help...goodluck!!!
  3. by   ykrolick
    Hello,

    Can you tell me how many days and hours do you attend the class and the clinics?
    Will I be able to work part- time while enrolled in the program?
    Do you spend a lot of time studying?
    Please share your experience!
    Thanks in advance!
  4. by   mitenz
    @ ykrolick
    For the FTPN program it is usually two days for theory/lab....I was in evening class and it was from 5-9pm two per week...clinicals were on Saturday for 12 hours... You may be able to work part-time, I guess it just depends how well you study and how much study time you will need. Everyone is different, some needed many hours a day and other need less. If you have had Anatomy and some healthcare experience it may less than others who have had either....You should plan on doing at least 50 NCLEX questions per day and more if you can. Getting the NCLEX questions down is going to be your success. Yes, you need to know the information presented each week but if you do not know how to answer the NCLEX questions correctly it won't matter that you know the material. I thought the program was great and the instructors were great too. You really need to make the program you main priority for the two semesters. It does take alot of studying and hard work, but it is only 2 semesters. I hope that helps....if you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask.
  5. by   ykrolick
    Mitenz,
    Thanks for the detailed answer.
    It was really helpful info for me.
  6. by   AZMOMO2
    I was in the day program and I went to lecture two days 3 hours long each and lab two days 8 hours long each,for the first few weeks then lab days turned into two clinical days 8 hours each.
  7. by   pinaytoh
    other than the bookstore...where else can I buy my scrubs?

    TO those in the evening class...see you guys on the 10th!!!!!
  8. by   vega03
    I start block 2 this fall.
    Last edit by dianah on Aug 29, '11 : Reason: Terms of Service
  9. by   vega03
    my advice for anyone starting block 1, is to do the nclex cd questions that come in the nclex pn book. once i started doing that, everything just started clicking. it gives you rationales and test taking strategies to help you determine the answer when you may not completely know it. it's gold!

    also, buy a recorder; you can listen to this while in the car or at work etc. it helps to listen to your lecture again on off days just in case you might have forgot to write something down or the instructor might have mentioned to not waste your time on a certain subject and you missed that and wasted precious study time.

    the hardest thing to grasp is test taking so do as many nclex cd questions as you can, i also would do nxclex questions from the books (pharm and lecture book), as many as i possibly could.

    in the beginning i would read so much and couldn't retain anything because it was so much information, once i just started focusing on each subject and doing the nclex cd questions, i started really getting it. this helped way more than constantly reading! everyone is different but constantly reading did not work for me, the nclex questions gave me what were the most important things i should know for each procedure/subject.

    hope this helps you!
  10. by   miteacher
    Quote from vega03
    my advice for anyone starting block 1, is to do the nclex cd questions that come in the nclex pn book. once i started doing that, everything just started clicking. it gives you rationales and test taking strategies to help you determine the answer when you may not completely know it. it's gold!

    also, buy a recorder; you can listen to this while in the car or at work etc. it helps to listen to your lecture again on off days just in case you might have forgot to write something down or the instructor might have mentioned to not waste your time on a certain subject and you missed that and wasted precious study time.

    the hardest thing to grasp is test taking so do as many nclex cd questions as you can, i also would do nxclex questions from the books (pharm and lecture book), as many as i possibly could.

    in the beginning i would read so much and couldn't retain anything because it was so much information, once i just started focusing on each subject and doing the nclex cd questions, i started really getting it. this helped way more than constantly reading! everyone is different but constantly reading did not work for me, the nclex questions gave me what were the most important things i should know for each procedure/subject.

    hope this helps you!
    which nclex books & cd's did you use? did the book box come with the nclex cds? thanks
  11. by   vega03
    Quote from miteacher
    which nclex books & cd's did you use? did the book box come with the nclex cds? thanks
    i bought the book box, yes it’s expensive but it literally had everything you could possibly need to succeed in the lpn program, cd's were in the back of all the books. these are the books that came in my book box (the ones in bold are the ones i mainly used-the others were for clinicals and brushing up on skills, etc). not sure if these will be the same books for the fall 2011 block 1 class.

    textbooks:
    christensen & kockrow: foundations and adult health nursing, 6th edition
    clayton & stock: basic pharmacology for nurses, 15th edition
    elsevier, hesi evolve apply: complete pn online case studies
    pagana: mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests, 4th edition
    potter & perry: mosby’s nursing skills cd – student version 3.0
    silvestri: saunders comprehensive review for nclex-pn, 4th edition
    skidmore-roth: mosbys 2010 nursing drug reference

    also, i noticed that a lot of important questions were discussed on some of the nclex question from evolve online, so definitely get familiar with this site. it has many practice nclex questions and other helpful tips, etc.

    https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/satellite/studenthome?audience=student
    Last edit by vega03 on Aug 3, '11
  12. by   rzyzzy
    Quote from pinaytoh
    other than the bookstore...where else can I buy my scrubs?

    TO those in the evening class...see you guys on the 10th!!!!!
    Did you check with the nursing office @ Gateway? Many of us donated stacks of nice scrubs after finishing...
    I'd never wear white pants @ work willingly, and I couldn't wear something with a "gateway" logo to work...
    It isn't a "rich/poor" thing - I was just hoping to keep them out of the dump...
  13. by   pinaytoh
    thank you all...a friend just gave me her scrubs!!!!

    The book box is sooo expensive!!!! I wish to start reading it, but I have to wait for the book advance from financial aid to get my books!!!!

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