Which pre-reqs are you taking this summer?
Good luck with your pre-reqs! I did some of my pre-reqs at GWC starting Spring 2009 and got accepted to the program for Fall 2010. The best advice I can give you: get all As! Sure, GWC does a lottery in the end, but there is also a formula they use to select and rank individuals. You can find the exact formula on the nursing website. Besides doing well with your GPA, I can also suggest getting involved with the student nursing association, though I don't have personal experience with this organization just yet (I almost did, but my schedule got so busy between work and school that I missed the meetings to get started) and you can also take Nursing 009 which is an Intro to Nursing class--it's really basic and not part of the program curriculum, but it's recommended for intended majors and you'll meet like-minded people (and competition!) and get some tips and advice, etc., and you learn medical terminology
, study skills, etc...it may be a bit tedious actually because some of it is so basic or review, but if you are a "networking" kind of person or just want to be on top of your game in every possible way--then I recommend this class. Anatomy teachers at GWC are hit or miss, but the classes are usually so full that it's best to get into any class you can and just suck it up and do your best, as I did with a really horrible (but personally likeable) teacher. Physio--at this time there is one teacher for this class with different lab instructors, and he is good. Microbio--also hit or miss....though I had ---- and he was pretty straightforward and not super hard. I also took Pharmacology to get it out of the way (------ is good), and a Pathophys which is recommended but not required----good class to tie together anatomy and physio and micro---best to take it after you are done with the needed pre-reqs.
As far as the program itself---it will take a bit of money to start up---so far I've spent $250 for a physical exam and immunizations (I don't have health insurance at the moment), $20 for malpractice insurance
, $80 for a background check, $65 for a CPR class/certification, and I will spend about $350-$400 for uniforms and supplies, and probably $500-$600 at least for books, and I am hoping my tuition will be covered by financial aid! After you apply (October I think, that's when I applied, and now it's once a year), and you get accepted, you will be required to take the TEAS--you just have to pass with a certain score--it's pretty low, and then you are in!
There is an orientation on July 29, so I can post more info after that.
Good luck and let me know if you have any specific questions about GWC in general or the classes!