Howdy! Hopefully applying to the program in 08!

  1. Hello!

    Just signed up for the first go-round of prereqs at Rio:

    CHM130 (and lab), BIO156 (and lab), and HCC145AA.

    Then BIO 201 and 205, then hopefully an accelerated version of A&P II if I'm truly "getting it" after the first few classes. Should be finished and able to turn in applications by the end of the year.

    I work in Phoenix with a great job so I am thinking of either going to a local college like Gateway (few miles from work), or sticking to one near home in Gilbert (Chandler-Gilbert CC). Luckily my proximity makes it easy to apply for a few colleges in case some have less waiting than others :spin:

    Spent the past 10 years doing IT (web development) and some Real Estate, and like a few others here finally found Nursing as an outlet to let the more social and caring side out. The past few years working out and bodybuilding, I've grown so interested in biology (proteins, amino acids, muscle regrowth, cardio functions, etc.), I feel like I'll be doing more of the same, but just putting the work and learning towards an actual degree

    Would like to go the CRNA route, but since that's far away, the first goal is to get into the field and see what my calling is

    Sounds like there are a few other moms and dads on the board. I'm a fulltime single dad of two and they're part of my inspiration. My daughter's already fascinated with medicine and health.. maybe she's a chip off the old block

    It's great to have so much Arizona-centric discussion!
    Last edit by GilbertDaddy on Dec 20, '07
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Knorremeisje
    Welcome to the Arizona section! You're right, this is one of the most visited state boards on Allnurses!

    Congratulations on starting your pre-req's. I'm also taking my pre-req's at Rio Salado. by the way, they've changed the pre-requisites starting as of January 2nd. The only pre-req's now are CHM130, BIO201, PSY101, and MAT122. BIO202, BIO205, ENG101, ENG102, HUM, and CRE101 are all co-req's now.

    I hope it all works out great for you. I wish you the best of luck. And welcome again!
  4. by   GilbertDaddy
    Quote from Knorremeisje
    Welcome to the Arizona section! You're right, this is one of the most visited state boards on Allnurses!

    Congratulations on starting your pre-req's. I'm also taking my pre-req's at Rio Salado. by the way, they've changed the pre-requisites starting as of January 2nd. The only pre-req's now are CHM130, BIO201, PSY101, and MAT122. BIO202, BIO205, ENG101, ENG102, HUM, and CRE101 are all co-req's now.

    I hope it all works out great for you. I wish you the best of luck. And welcome again!


    I heard about that in another thread (that I still need to read completely).. I need to read but if they rid of the 156 requirement that would cut pre-reqs down from 3 semesters to two
  5. by   MassagetoRN
    Gilbert Daddy,
    Congrats on your decision! Just wanted to input that I am currently taking BIO 202 accelerated 8 wks at RIO for the 2nd time around. It is extremely difficult. I only work part time and teach A&P and still failed it the first time around. Expect to spend atleast 15 hours a week on it if not more, and don't try and take any other classes while taking it. It is very self driven. For example, the week is divided into 2 lessons. So SUN thru WED you read 40-50 pages, write 2 essays, and do 3 lab assignments. Then THURS thru SAT you read another 40 pages, take a big quiz, and do 4 lab assignments. Just be prepared, its rather difficult.
    Also, I read in one of your other posts about working while in nursing school and taking your classes morning or evenings. Actually, in nursing school, they advise you not to work at all. The typical schedule (and if you search this board, others will confirm) is school for 5-6 hours 2 days a week, and then clinicals for 8-12 hours 2 more days a week. The accelerated programs such as Banner are similar. They don't offer just morning or evening nursing classes, you are at the mercy of the schedule that the college sets, as each school only has 30-40 students in each block. You could look into the weekend only options at GWC or GCC. Check out https://web1.dist.maricopa.edu/CFIDE...atus/index.cfm
    for the actual waitlist, and somewhere else on this board someone posted the link for the clinical schedule for all the schools. You'll see that its a long clinic day! Hope all this helps with your plans.
  6. by   MsBruiser
    Quote from Knorremeisje
    Welcome to the Arizona section! You're right, this is one of the most visited state boards on Allnurses!

    Congratulations on starting your pre-req's. I'm also taking my pre-req's at Rio Salado. by the way, they've changed the pre-requisites starting as of January 2nd. The only pre-req's now are CHM130, BIO201, PSY101, and MAT122. BIO202, BIO205, ENG101, ENG102, HUM, and CRE101 are all co-req's now.

    I hope it all works out great for you. I wish you the best of luck. And welcome again!
    That list of co-reqs is kind of scary. At least the wait lists are so long, the smart students will get them out of the way before nursing school starts. Once you are in the program, you will barely have the time to do the core nursing work, let alone take that huge list of co-reqs. If you have to work and do co-reqs - very tough. Scary, scary, scary...
  7. by   GilbertDaddy
    Quote from MassagetoRN
    Gilbert Daddy,
    Congrats on your decision! Just wanted to input that I am currently taking BIO 202 accelerated 8 wks at RIO for the 2nd time around. It is extremely difficult. I only work part time and teach A&P and still failed it the first time around. Expect to spend atleast 15 hours a week on it if not more, and don't try and take any other classes while taking it. It is very self driven. For example, the week is divided into 2 lessons. So SUN thru WED you read 40-50 pages, write 2 essays, and do 3 lab assignments. Then THURS thru SAT you read another 40 pages, take a big quiz, and do 4 lab assignments. Just be prepared, its rather difficult.
    Also, I read in one of your other posts about working while in nursing school and taking your classes morning or evenings. Actually, in nursing school, they advise you not to work at all. The typical schedule (and if you search this board, others will confirm) is school for 5-6 hours 2 days a week, and then clinicals for 8-12 hours 2 more days a week. The accelerated programs such as Banner are similar. They don't offer just morning or evening nursing classes, you are at the mercy of the schedule that the college sets, as each school only has 30-40 students in each block. You could look into the weekend only options at GWC or GCC. Check out https://web1.dist.maricopa.edu/CFIDE...atus/index.cfm
    for the actual waitlist, and somewhere else on this board someone posted the link for the clinical schedule for all the schools. You'll see that its a long clinic day! Hope all this helps with your plans.

    Thank you

    And yeah, I found that out when I started looking at the school class schedule for NUR classes - they were all several hours long. At first I thought it would be like my other classes. 45 mins for a M/W/F class or 1:15 for a T/Th class - not so at all!

    It looks like Phoenix and Gateway (maybe one other) have alternate schedules for weekends and nights - that may be more my bag. As I get closer I'm going to really need to evaluate that. I thought Rio Salado also offered it.

    I wish I could be more flexible, but just rent on a basic 2+ bedroom and daycare already starts costing a couple thousand a month not including food, car, insurance, etc. Great thing about AZ though, is htat we do have a lot of flexible programs.. I'm going to keep the board updated on what I find in case there are other parents like me who really want to get into the nursing business but have responsibilities they can't avoid
  8. by   MsBruiser
    Quote from GilbertDaddy
    Thank you

    And yeah, I found that out when I started looking at the school class schedule for NUR classes - they were all several hours long. At first I thought it would be like my other classes. 45 mins for a M/W/F class or 1:15 for a T/Th class - not so at all!

    It looks like Phoenix and Gateway (maybe one other) have alternate schedules for weekends and nights - that may be more my bag. As I get closer I'm going to really need to evaluate that. I thought Rio Salado also offered it.

    I wish I could be more flexible, but just rent on a basic 2+ bedroom and daycare already starts costing a couple thousand a month not including food, car, insurance, etc. Great thing about AZ though, is htat we do have a lot of flexible programs.. I'm going to keep the board updated on what I find in case there are other parents like me who really want to get into the nursing business but have responsibilities they can't avoid

    Here is an observation from my program, Banner, which basically screens its people for motivation, desire, etc. In other words, a "selective" cohort of people. Very few people did not make it for a lack of intellectual ability. The vast majority of people who did not pass the program were suffering from financial, marital, child custody, and a myriad of other difficulties. If you have massive stresses before nursing school, these will multiply exponentially once the program begins. In other words, your personal life better be run with the precision of a Swiss watch...just my two cents.
  9. by   GilbertDaddy
    Quote from Stopnik
    Here is an observation from my program, Banner, which basically screens its people for motivation, desire, etc. In other words, a "selective" cohort of people. Very few people did not make it for a lack of intellectual ability. The vast majority of people who did not pass the program were suffering from financial, marital, child custody, and a myriad of other difficulties. If you have massive stresses before nursing school, these will multiply exponentially once the program begins. In other words, your personal life better be run with the precision of a Swiss watch...just my two cents.
    I can imagine. I don't believe, as much as I'd like to be there, that the Banner option would be available to me. I'm blessed to have all my ducks in a row, but the minimum "what needs to be in the bank each month to get by" requirements don't mesh with what Banner offers.

    Then again, as it's been pointed out, nursing school is no easy breeze. I'm beginning accept that even a part-time option taking longer than two years would be fine, so long as I'm getting the grades I need and getting the education and retention I need.

    When the school advisement offices re-open next week I'm probably going to make a new thread about my experience for others.. It's like a new car.. you get so sucked up in the little options you lose sight of the big picture. Just becuase you get INTO nursing school doesn't mean you'll make it OUT OF nursing school

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