CSUSM ABSN Spring 2013 - page 8

by Sashapatra | 16,976 Views | 81 Comments

Hi all, I have applied at CSUSM for Spring 2013 Cohort, I am currently taking my last chem lab. I pray and hope that I get accepted. Please share your stories and progress....Thanks.... Read More


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    @ sashapatra: Sorry to respond so late! Name looks good. PM me if you still need someone to start the fb group with you
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    This is probably a stupid question but did everyone pay for their classes already?
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    This is probably a stupid question but did everyone pay for their classes already?
    No I didn't pay yet. I emailed financial aid and they said they will disperse financial aid end of January. So that's when I'm planning to pay haha
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    Hello all,

    I applied for the Fall of 2013 but I am a little confused. I sent in my application, and transcipts and then I got the evaluation letter in the mail which said I have nothing left to take. So I called the person who did my evaluation and asked him what this meant really and where do I go from here. He was a little confused as to why I ask asking this. Anyway he said that my evaluation will then be reviewed the next time they start accepting people, which he said will be at the end of the month, and then I will know my acceptance or denial. For those of you who have applied in the past, if you do not get in for the semester you applied to, do you automatically get rolled over for the next semester? Their application is so different from all the other schools, and their website is slightly confusing so I hope this all made sense, and sorry for the rambling, any information would be helpful! Also, do you get to pick which campus you want to go to or do they just place you?
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    Hello! You make excellent questions. Your application will be considered for a year. If you applied for Fall 2013, your application will be taken into account for Spring 2014 and Summer 2014, if you don't get in fall. I hope this helps. If anything try calling them again. You unfortunately do not have the choice to pick the campus, it's selected randomly. Good Luck!
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    What'up ladies and gentlemen!

    Just paid my intent to enroll fee for Temecula Fall '13 and very excited to start this next chapter of my life. Question for ya'll. Has anybody been approved for their financial student loan. If so, how much were you rewarded annually? Any luck with private loans and the amounts you qualified for?? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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    hey markE again!

    I'm currently in my second semester of the ABSN program and everything you said has been true so far! Thank you for your input, btw =] I do have another question though. Do you think we use every book in our assigned reading list? I know some students who paid $800 for all their textbooks, and I'm wondering if we only use them for this semester, or do we need them for future classes? This would help in deciding whether or not to rent or buy the textbooks, if you know what I mean? Please let me know! Thanks!
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    Quote from markE
    First, Kaolla56 Congrats! Sounds like you are in my friend!
    Second, emily45 congrats to you also! I can only say that there are a lot of brand new apartment complexes within walking distance of the San Marcos campus and you can find constant listings for those on Craigslist and possibly through the housing office. I found some by just typing in 'CSUSM' on Craigslist - San Diego. Alternatively you can call into the housing office (I think there is one) or call into the School of Nursing and ask around. There are also dorms on campus and I have some evidence that they are desperate to fill rooms (a new dorm just opened for the first time).
    Third, emily45 I do like the program. My entire cohort is amazing and so far the teachers are all positive and fun, the curriculum is interesting, and all my classmates seem mostly happy with things. The first semester is only 9 units of general ed. type classes, but it is a lot of reading and paper writing. CSUSM has this policy that all classes must write at least 10 pages or something like that, maybe a bit more? Anyway, it is not rocket science but they keep you busy.

    hey markE again!

    I'm currently in my second semester of the ABSN program and everything you said has been true so far! Thank you for your input, btw =] I do have another question though. Do you think we use every book in our assigned reading list? I know some students who paid $800 for all their textbooks, and I'm wondering if we only use them for this semester, or do we need them for future classes? This would help in deciding whether or not to rent or buy the textbooks, if you know what I mean? Please let me know! Thanks!
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    Hi Emily! The only book I would strongly recommend buying is the Pharmacology book because you will use it for probably all of the three semesters of Pharm. I would also recommend buying the study guide for this book and consider buying the text new to get access to ThePoint which has the chapter answers and a few other things. I would buy used, older, less expensive copies of the supplemental books (Dudek, Beery, community health books, nursing diagnosis handbook). You will need the latest Taylor Skills Checklist book because that is what you are tested on for probably all the clinical skills in the entire program. The Taylor book that explains the procedures is not necessary (supplemental rationales for the steps of the skills). Assessment (won't use again) and Fundamentals (NCLEX topic, but won't use again) could be rentals though I think the web site for Fundamentals was really valuable (need a code which comes with a new book or you can buy from website though it costs almost as much as just buying a new book - it gives you practice quizzes and chapter summaries which were both really useful). I doubt you get the code for the site if you rent the book. Later I think you will also use the Pathophysiology book and Med-Surge books for two semesters so I bought these new as well as the study guides.

    I know a lot of my cohort get by buying fewer books than me, finding electronic copies online, and buying older versions to save money. Most of what we are tested on comes from the powerpoints anyway and the books are just references for more details, so you can probably always get by with older books in most cases if you are tight on money. I will say that as the program goes on, there appear to be fewer books to buy and more reuse. That second semester is probably the worst in terms of getting hit with purchases.

    Hope that helps!
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    Quote from markE
    Hi Emily! The only book I would strongly recommend buying is the Pharmacology book because you will use it for probably all of the three semesters of Pharm. I would also recommend buying the study guide for this book and consider buying the text new to get access to ThePoint which has the chapter answers and a few other things. I would buy used, older, less expensive copies of the supplemental books (Dudek, Beery, community health books, nursing diagnosis handbook). You will need the latest Taylor Skills Checklist book because that is what you are tested on for probably all the clinical skills in the entire program. The Taylor book that explains the procedures is not necessary (supplemental rationales for the steps of the skills). Assessment (won't use again) and Fundamentals (NCLEX topic, but won't use again) could be rentals though I think the web site for Fundamentals was really valuable (need a code which comes with a new book or you can buy from website though it costs almost as much as just buying a new book - it gives you practice quizzes and chapter summaries which were both really useful). I doubt you get the code for the site if you rent the book. Later I think you will also use the Pathophysiology book and Med-Surge books for two semesters so I bought these new as well as the study guides.

    I know a lot of my cohort get by buying fewer books than me, finding electronic copies online, and buying older versions to save money. Most of what we are tested on comes from the powerpoints anyway and the books are just references for more details, so you can probably always get by with older books in most cases if you are tight on money. I will say that as the program goes on, there appear to be fewer books to buy and more reuse. That second semester is probably the worst in terms of getting hit with purchases.

    Hope that helps!

    holy cow! Thank you so much for your help again =] I have the PDF version of Pharm, so depending on how effective it is, I might just buy the actual book (I like reading from books more than PDFs). And I'll definitely buy the study guide too. It's just hard because the class is online, and our professor is on the other side of the country, so it's hard to actually learn from it because we don't go to lecture.

    I also bought Jarvis and Ackley too. Do you think we'll use those again? I'm assuming so because of the NANDAs and such...


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