Finally accepted into American River College's RN program! - page 2

Hello everyone. My name is Cortney, I'm 31 and from Sacramento, CA. I found out last week (on my birthday!) that I was finally accepted into ARC's nursing program!! I applied 7 times= 3.5 years... Read More

  1. by   Cortney
    Yes! There is still hope! I hope you both get in and we can rock the program together!
  2. by   Marykdarling
    Congratulations!!! I actually just finished my last pre-req in the Spring of 2012, so Spring of 2013 was the first semester I could get in, and I just found I was accepted as Samuel Merritt! I am SUPER excited! My friend has been applying to ARC for 6 semesters, almost like you, & hasn't heard back yet... I'm hoping they haven't told everyone yet, because I feel REALLY bad that I got in before her. Do you know anyone else that heard after you, or do you speculate they sent all the acceptance letters on the 6th?

    Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Good luck on your TEAS, too!
  3. by   Cortney
    CONGRATULATIONS! Getting in anywhere on your first try is a big deal!! I'm happy for you!

    I hope your friend gets in this time too! I'm hoping for everyone that they havent sent out all the acceptance letters yet. I dont have any friends who applied this time, so its hard to know. Most of my nursing friends all gave up on ARC a couple years ago and moved out of state for nursing school or went into another field. I know how heart-breaking it is to wait and wait... and then get another "not accepted" letter. I dont wish it on anyone.

    Good luck at Samuel Merritt hun! And... again, a HUGE congratulations!!
  4. by   cjr2619
    Congratulations!!! This was my first time applying to ARC and Sac City. I didn't get accepted at sac city and I haven't heard from ARC so I assume its a no. But it's nice to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
  5. by   Marykdarling
    Yes, definitely keep applying. You will get in somewhere, but the waiting game and application process in general is awful!
  6. by   cjr2619
    Quote from Marykdarling
    Yes, definitely keep applying. You will get in somewhere, but the waiting game and application process in general is awful!
    I know! It just started for me and its so awful! All I can think about is how can I wait like this for up to 3-4 years!?!?
  7. by   Lyricalluna
    Waiting sucks especially when the end result is rejection. Its better to inceease your odds by applying to lots of different schools instead of the ones in our area.
  8. by   dreambig2015
    It's official, I received my rejection email from ARC's nursing program last night.

    But good luck and best wishes to everyone who got in

    Cortney - I took the TEAS test couple months ago so let me know if you need some tips There is also great advice about the TEAS on allnurses.
  9. by   shahani
    Hi Cortney, Congratulations! I'm a first semester nursing student at ARC. Like you, I waited 7 semesters before I got in. Please PM me if you have any questions. I will probably see you during the orientation Welcome...
  10. by   Epiphany2000
    I also received my letter of rejection from ARC yesterday. A disappointment, to be sure, but not surprising. This was my third consecutive application to ARC. I’ll try again for fall, 2013… maybe I’ll get lucky.

    I took a look at the new multi-selection criteria that they will be using starting for the fall, 2013 applicants. They will only be selecting from the top 30% of applicants, which is a bit disconcerting, but it is what it is...

    I’ve been on the wait list for Napa since fall, 2011. I was hoping to be accepted at Napa by fall, 2013, but I’m still in the 200’s on the wait list, so I’m not too optimistic about it. I’m not getting discouraged, it’s just somewhat frustrating to spend a lot of time getting the prerequisites done only to have to wait 2-3 years to get in somewhere. As Tom Petty said, “The waiting is the hardest part.”

    Congratulations on your acceptance, Courtney ! I hope you will fill us in on how the program is going for you once you start.
  11. by   Marykdarling
    My friends that applied to ARC got their rejection letters as well. It does seem like all the acceptance letters go out a week before the rejection letters. Good luck to everyone still trying to get in. Like I said, this was my first semester applying to ANY nursing program and I got into Samuel Merritt first try. If you girls are sick of waiting, maybe you should consider SMU Good luck!!1
  12. by   studentnurseca
    Greetings and my congratulations to you on your recent acceptance to ARC Nursing Program.Thank you for all your insights as you have shared your jouney as you waited , I must say, a long time to get in. Please post your comments again for all of us to read and how you are making a progress. Good Luck on your TEAS Test, and be blessed.
  13. by   Cortney
    Hello everyone! I realized I havent updated this in a while. Thank you "studentnurseca" for reminding me!

    Well, I took the TEAS at the end of Nov. and passed... definitely didnt get the score I would of liked, but I passed and thats all that really mattered. It was much harder than I thought it was going to be... the science portion killed me. Much more chemistry than I expected. I practiced for 3 weeks with the TEAS study guide and also the McGraw Hill TEAS practice tests book. Years ago I took the TEAS 4 thinking I would get into the program sooner than I did and, in my opinion, the TEAS 4 was way easier.

    I was so relieved once it was over this time. Then they made us wait 2 hours for our results online. Those 2 hours were brutal!!

    So, once I passed the TEAS the next step was the nursing program orientation. (I'm telling everyone about the process because I really wish someone would of posted some of this info before I got in! It would of been super helpful just to know what to expect once your accepted). The orientation is about 5 hours long and the instructors explain ALL the next steps you need to take (ie: immunizations, health requirements, ID badge, uniform orders, ATI materials, etc...) and tell you the basics of the program. They also brought in some students who were just finishing their 1st semester going into 2nd. All in all, the orientation scared the crap out of most of us! The amount of tasks you need to complete before the first day of class is quite overwhelming. The health requirements alone take lots of time and the ATI materials (that are seperate from the book list) cost $430. The program is not cheap! One thing I liked during the orientation... they had us go around the room and introduce ourselves and tell everyone how many times we applied and if we had any healthcare experience. I'd say 75% of the class was on their 7th time applying when they got in. Some people were alternates from last semester and a couple veterans were 1st time applicants. There was one guy who was on his 8th time applying, but for the most part we were all 7th timers. Also, almost everyone had some kind of healthcare experience. Many had certification in some kind of healthcare field, but hadnt practiced.

    So, these past few weeks have been pretty crazy! I have one more health requirement to complete and then thats done, and a few other small things to do, but I have somehow managed to get everything going. My first day of class is the 22nd. 12 days! I am super excited and super scared all at the same time... maybe more scared than excited at this point, to be honest. A guy in our class started a Facebook page at the orientation and some of us have been communicating through that page. I cant tell you how awesome thats been... it's so nice to know that others know exactly what your going through and are having some of the same issues. We've already formed a study group!

    Thats about all for now... I will keep everyone updated! Wish me luck!! RN-- here I come!