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Has anyone had any luck with applying at National University for their nursing program? I applied back in Oct 06 and have been waiting to hear from them. They are supposed to notify in 3 months. I... Read More

  1. by   DaleenMarine
    Quote from 73ss86
    I was wondering does anyone know the deadline to take the Biomedical Stats class for the Spring 2011 program?
    If you're asking about the application period for April 2011 start, August 20 is the application deadline.
    I don't know if it is too late to add the Bio Stats for this month, but according to the information I received you could still take it in August with National and be eligible to apply provided you have all of your other pre-requisites completed and transcripts from other schools evaluated. Good luck!

    For General Information: When I went to the nursing information session (March or April of this year) it was stated that all pre-requisites must be completed and transcripts from other schools evaluated (mine took several weeks- so get them in ASAP if you haven't already and plan to apply!). The only exception to this requirement is if the applicant is completing their last pre-requisite with National and the course ends in the same month as the application deadline. The application should be submitted with a cover letter explaining this.
  2. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Quote from Elisbrasilia
    You are right, ExPharmaGirl! Nursing programs are severely impacted, and we are fortunate for being in one
    I hope meeting you sometime during Nursing school!
    I hope to meet you too!
  3. by   rishle
    Quote from Mike's Wife
    Hi Rishle -

    I, too, just took the TEAS on Friday for the Jan 2011 program. We were in the same room, and now here we are, Googling "TEAS, National University"...ha! Sooo glad that test is over! Now we just have to play the waiting game. Sure hope we get a chance to get into the program. Here's to checking our mailboxes daily (even though we know that we won't hear til August at the latest....). Hope to see you, and any of our other fellow applicants who are reading this, in January. Good luck, all!
    Hi Mike's Wife-

    I talked to another gal who just did her testing yesterday and she says there were about 25-30 people testing yesterday. So hopefully, those essays will be scored sooner rather than later.

    I was thinking though...Didn't we have about the same numbers for our testing? Also, didn't the proctor say that there were ~180 applicants? Can 120 of them already done the testing somewhere else or do you think there's another test date or that perhaps there were several previous dates?
  4. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Quote from rishle
    Hi Mike's Wife-

    I talked to another gal who just did her testing yesterday and she says there were about 25-30 people testing yesterday. So hopefully, those essays will be scored sooner rather than later.

    I was thinking though...Didn't we have about the same numbers for our testing? Also, didn't the proctor say that there were ~180 applicants? Can 120 of them already done the testing somewhere else or do you think there's another test date or that perhaps there were several previous dates?
    Hello! There are always several dates. You only find out about the dates that are available after your app is processed. For my cohort they couldn't get all of the apps processed before the last teas date so they had to add dates. Also, don't expect your acceptance/denial early unless they chaned things in a big way. They are very slow with this process.
    Good luck! Every cohort is different. My cohort was extremely competitive with scores and the one after wasn't as bad.
  5. by   Mike's Wife
    Quote from rishle
    Hi Mike's Wife-

    I talked to another gal who just did her testing yesterday and she says there were about 25-30 people testing yesterday. So hopefully, those essays will be scored sooner rather than later.

    I was thinking though...Didn't we have about the same numbers for our testing? Also, didn't the proctor say that there were ~180 applicants? Can 120 of them already done the testing somewhere else or do you think there's another test date or that perhaps there were several previous dates?
    Hi Rishle,

    Yes, they mentioned there were several other TEAS dates, too. I remember the proctor saying that ours was one of the very last dates to take the exam before they start the elimination process.

    I know everyone says it takes forever to get your letter in the mail, but I hold my breath every time the mailman comes. I hope I don't run out of oxygen by the time it finally arrives, ha!
  6. by   WrekDiver
    Hello, I have been planning on applying to NU and was wondering if I can get some advice/info. I live in WA state and have been planning on moving back to San Diego (I grew up in OC) apping to NU, and SDSU as a backup. I'm beginning to rethink my decision. I've glanced through much of this forum, but am left with a mixed opinion of NU. I have ran into many obstacles with them such as not returning e-mails, canceling information forums at the last minute with no notification, being told one thing by my admissions advisor and finding out it was wrong months later which almost made me loose the chance to app, etc. There isn't even any reliable documentation I've received, so I have to rely on what I am told.

    What I am wondering is from the people who are/did attend, how is the quality of the program? Are the instructors good? Are the clinical sites/experiences good? Did many drop/fail the program? And, how spread out are the clinical sites?

    If I move to San Diego NU may be my only option since the public schools seem to frown on transfer students (and I don't speak Spanish which is counted for entrance at some schools I found). On the other hand I've got a great GPA, WA state DTA (direct transfer agreements degree), and good test scores so I can have my choice of WA state schools, possibly even a partial scholarship. I really want to move back down to the sun, but am really not sure about NU, knowing how good the WA state schools, public and private are. Any input would be appreciated.
  7. by   ExPharmaGirl
    Quote from WrekDiver
    Hello, I have been planning on applying to NU and was wondering if I can get some advice/info. I live in WA state and have been planning on moving back to San Diego (I grew up in OC) apping to NU, and SDSU as a backup. I'm beginning to rethink my decision. I've glanced through much of this forum, but am left with a mixed opinion of NU. I have ran into many obstacles with them such as not returning e-mails, canceling information forums at the last minute with no notification, being told one thing by my admissions advisor and finding out it was wrong months later which almost made me loose the chance to app, etc. There isn't even any reliable documentation I've received, so I have to rely on what I am told.

    What I am wondering is from the people who are/did attend, how is the quality of the program? Are the instructors good? Are the clinical sites/experiences good? Did many drop/fail the program? And, how spread out are the clinical sites?

    If I move to San Diego NU may be my only option since the public schools seem to frown on transfer students (and I don't speak Spanish which is counted for entrance at some schools I found). On the other hand I've got a great GPA, WA state DTA (direct transfer agreements degree), and good test scores so I can have my choice of WA state schools, possibly even a partial scholarship. I really want to move back down to the sun, but am really not sure about NU, knowing how good the WA state schools, public and private are. Any input would be appreciated.
    Hi there! I just started, and so far so good. Hopefully it will stay that way. I can tell you to not listen to the admissions advisors, only the nursing department. What specific entrance questions do you have? They are a bit slow in responding. The best way to get info is to attend the forum. I'm sorry they keep canceling. I know the woman that runs them is out on maternity leave.
    Some general info...there are usually about 200 applicants for 50 seats. Entrance is based on a point system. You have to be flexible with your schedule. The clinical sites from what I understand can be anywhere within San Diego County which is quite a spread.
    And finally yes, it is nearly impossible to transfer into SDSU.

    It sounds like you have it made up there! Why not just go to school there and move down here when you graduate?
    Good luck to you
  8. by   CSUSM10
    Quote from ExPharmaGirl
    One more thing about Asuza, they are not too picky about who they let in...
    Funny, I beg to differ. About 10% of students applying to Azusa get in (if that). More than 25% get in to National. For most aspiring nurses, NU is their last choice.

    For one thing, they base their point system on how many times it takes you to get through your prerequisites. If you get through them all on your first attempt, you get more points. If it takes you 3 tries to pass OChem or Micro, you receive less points. Are you kidding me? If you're not getting As-Bs in your prerequisites, on your first try, then I don't think I want you running my IV line or putting in my NG tube.

    BTW, for full disclosure, NU is my last choice, I have straight As in all my prerequisites, and I got a 94% on the TEAS. Even with those stats, I am praying that I get into APU or CSUSM.
  9. by   happymommy3
    Quote from djxpress
    funny, i beg to differ. about 10% of students applying to azusa get in (if that). more than 25% get in to national. for most aspiring nurses, nu is their last choice.

    for one thing, they base their point system on how many times it takes you to get through your prerequisites. if you get through them all on your first attempt, you get more points. if it takes you 3 tries to pass ochem or micro, you receive less points. are you kidding me? if you're not getting as-bs in your prerequisites, on your first try, then i don't think i want you running my iv line or putting in my ng tube.

    btw, for full disclosure, nu is my last choice, i have straight as in all my prerequisites, and i got a 94% on the teas. even with those stats, i am praying that i get into apu or csusm.


    i think it depends on each person's situation. i, too, have straight as in all my prereqs (on the first try) and i got a 93.5% on my teas. however, nu is my first choice because its accelerated program is what works best for my family. if you do not have children, do not need to work full time, and have the time to attend a four to five year bsn program, then schools like apu or csusm might be a better choice for you. for me, nu is the only option that will work for my schedule, and i am thankful to have been accepted. by the way, the nu program is accredited by the same regional accrediting organization as apu and csusm (wasc), so the information being taught should be equivalent (although it is taught in a different manner and must be assimilated much faster than in traditional programs).

    best of luck to you in whatever you choose!
  10. by   CSUSM10
    Quote from happymommy3
    i think it depends on each person's situation. i, too, have straight as in all my prereqs (on the first try) and i got a 93.5% on my teas. however, nu is my first choice because its accelerated program is what works best for my family. if you do not have children, do not need to work full time, and have the time to attend a four to five year bsn program, then schools like apu or csusm might be a better choice for you. for me, nu is the only option that will work for my schedule, and i am thankful to have been accepted. by the way, the nu program is accredited by the same regional accrediting organization as apu and csusm (wasc), so the information being taught should be equivalent (although it is taught in a different manner and must be assimilated much faster than in traditional programs).

    best of luck to you in whatever you choose!
    you make a good point regarding nu being the best option for some people's schedule. i'm curious though, from my understanding, when your cohort at nu starts, you still have to be pretty flexible and open to taking classes or clinicals at any time, so unless your current job is extremely flexible, it would be hard to work and attend the program?
  11. by   73ss86
    i'm curious have anyone in this thread ever considered Interamerican University now called United States University its in National City... I've been trying to find information on it but to no success...
  12. by   happymommy3
    Quote from djxpress
    you make a good point regarding nu being the best option for some people's schedule. i'm curious though, from my understanding, when your cohort at nu starts, you still have to be pretty flexible and open to taking classes or clinicals at any time, so unless your current job is extremely flexible, it would be hard to work and attend the program?
    yes, they do expect you to be flexible when it comes to scheduling. however, in general, you are given your schedule 4 to 6 weeks in advance of each class, and you are able to make schedule requests that they try to accommodate whenever possible. also, the classes are only 3 days a week. so, while you do need to be somewhat flexible, i believe it would still be manageable to work while attending the nu program. that being said, i think it would be difficult to work no matter what school you attend, because they say nursing school is a full time job in and of itself.

    personally, childcare is the main issue for me. so, only needing to make childcare arrangements (and the financial commitment) for 3 days a week and knowing that i will complete the program in less time than a traditional university, were big selling points for me. i looked at many schools before choosing nu, and although there are a lot of great programs out there, nu was the only one that met all of the requirements i was looking for.

    i think all programs have their positives and negatives. we just have to weigh them out to see what works best for us as individuals.
  13. by   tutubalu
    HappyMommy, I agree. I think that NU works well for people who have different schedule needs. Saying that it is an inferior school is not all that appropriate. Another positive about the school is that there is no wait list. Unlike a lot of other San Diego programs, you don't have to wait two plus years to get into the program. We are a military family so I have limited time to finish the program, so NU is a perfect fit. In the end, a lot depends on the type of student you are. We all take the same test to become an RN, so a lot of it depends on our individual study skills and desire.

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