Questions lol

  1. And, boy do I have them!!!

    I am doing my research of nursing schools here in Arizona.

    Since I can not just stop working and start nursing school, I have been considering the community college route. Can anyone here in AZ tell me what you think about the Maricopa County Community Colleges?

    I understand that Glendale has a weekend program (Go on Fridays and Saturdays). Where do the clinicals fit in?

    I also heard about the on-line nursing program at Rio Salado. Was just wondering if anyone is currently enrolled in the program and could give some insight to it.

    Also, will MCCC accept online classes? In particular, the pre regs?


    Thanks,
    Peace
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   cardiacRN2006
    Just my .02
    Last edit by cardiacRN2006 on Apr 25, '08
  4. by   boomerfriend
    There's been lots of questions asked just like this one. You might want to search 'MCC', 'MCCCD' or even by the names of the community colleges. There's pro's and con's to each community college.

    You might want to meet with an advisor at the college of your choice to see what classes you've taken will transfer.

    Good luck.
  5. by   DesertWolf
    Quote from boomerfriend
    There's been lots of questions asked just like this one. You might want to search 'MCC', 'MCCCD' or even by the names of the community colleges. There's pro's and con's to each community college.

    You might want to meet with an advisor at the college of your choice to see what classes you've taken will transfer.

    Good luck.
    Thanks boomerfriend....

    I will search MCC and MCCCD........ I am in the intial stages of this research.. So, I am just digging in!!!

    Peace
  6. by   Calzonan RN
    The Maricopa CC route is a great choice. I've met several nursing recruiters who have told me they'd rather hire an MCC grad because at Maricopa you get a lot of hands on experience. It's also a lot cheaper and if you really want your BSN most hospitals will pay for you to continue on and get it after you start working. I took a lot of my pre-req's online and they were accepted, but I'd definitely check that out as my pre-req's were taken through the MCCD system. I'm currently in the Glendale weekend program, so I can give you some insight on that. I can PM you some info if you'd like, but I can say on the board that I've really enjoyed it, I feel I've learned a LOT and it's worked really well for me. You go and do your coursework FRi/Sat, and then take your finals and THEN you do your clinicals Fri/Sat. You DO have to go pick out a patient on Thursdays during clinicals, but you can always go after work if you can't get out earlier. The semesters are a little bit extended, but I still feel like I get a nice break between semesters. They've changed the program some, so you might want to call and ask how the new program is being run, and if the days have changed at all. As for Rio, I'd looked into that before I started NS, but I've heard that out of 10 students starting, only 2 graduated, not real good statistics!! Also, remember there's a huge wait list here that is only getting longer. There are ways to get in a lot faster, but you have to be flexible to do that.
    Good luck in your search,
    Keli
    class of Dec '07
  7. by   DesertWolf
    Quote from Calzonan
    The Maricopa CC route is a great choice. I've met several nursing recruiters who have told me they'd rather hire an MCC grad because at Maricopa you get a lot of hands on experience. It's also a lot cheaper and if you really want your BSN most hospitals will pay for you to continue on and get it after you start working. I took a lot of my pre-req's online and they were accepted, but I'd definitely check that out as my pre-req's were taken through the MCCD system. I'm currently in the Glendale weekend program, so I can give you some insight on that. I can PM you some info if you'd like, but I can say on the board that I've really enjoyed it, I feel I've learned a LOT and it's worked really well for me. You go and do your coursework FRi/Sat, and then take your finals and THEN you do your clinicals Fri/Sat. You DO have to go pick out a patient on Thursdays during clinicals, but you can always go after work if you can't get out earlier. The semesters are a little bit extended, but I still feel like I get a nice break between semesters. They've changed the program some, so you might want to call and ask how the new program is being run, and if the days have changed at all. As for Rio, I'd looked into that before I started NS, but I've heard that out of 10 students starting, only 2 graduated, not real good statistics!! Also, remember there's a huge wait list here that is only getting longer. There are ways to get in a lot faster, but you have to be flexible to do that.
    Good luck in your search,
    Keli
    class of Dec '07
    Thanks for your response/post, Calzonan! I currently work full-time. A 4-10 week, M-Thu. I need to get my preregs outta the way first. I would like to get all that done asap. I am in the process now of researching to determine which avenue would be the best to accomplish this without a major interruption of income and also maximize my time where I am not just taking one class at a time. I will probably have to drop down to part-time to do it.. But, anyway, I think Maricopa is the best way too. The weekend NS program at Glendale, judging from the people I talk to, appears to be a good match for me. But, I have to get those dang preregs outta the way!! I thought about doing them (preregs) on-line at first, but I have heard horror stories.

    Thanks

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