Southern California nursing programs?? (ADN) - page 2

by rAbella 14,624 Views | 24 Comments

Hello everyone, I'm a pre-nursing student, still working on my pre-req's at Los Angeles Harbor College. I was hoping to get into the nursing program at my current school, but I'm a little discouraged by the lottery system used... Read More


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    My stadagy was to apply to all the colleges that employed the lottery system. All totaled, I applied to 14 schools in CA. That was a LOT of work, a LOT of transcripts, and a LOT of hoops to jump through. In the end I was accepted to three different schools in my first round of applications. Best of luck to you.
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    Can i know all
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    Quote from NelsonZeledon
    Can i know all
    Actually can you tell me where you applied and what your grades looked like. 😇^^^
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    I applied to 11 schools. Got accepted by 3 schools and waitlisted by 2. The schools I applied to were: LACC, LAVC, LAPC, LAHC, CERRITOS, CITRUS, RIO HONDO, ELAC, PCC, LA County College of Nursing, and GLENDALE. Like somebody mentioned, it was a lot of work but worth it.
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    Has anyone gotten in the RN program at Cypress college? how long did you wait for? I am waiting to get in the RN program; I been in the chronological list since 2011 and now it's 2014, I hope I get in soon. Can you guys give me some pointers here.?
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    Are those schools all based on lottery? Also, how did you do on your sciences? Has anyone ever gotten a B or C in a&p and was srill able to get into any programs?
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    Quote from faymaa
    Are those schools all based on lottery? Also, how did you do on your sciences? Has anyone ever gotten a B or C in a&p and was srill able to get into any programs?
    Citrus and Goldewest use the multi criteria points system and the highest pts then get places into programs. (If the # of eligible students exceeds the number of spaces available then it become lottery out of those eligible)

    Pasadena and Cerritos are more lottery based. They have certain requirements that should be met but if you meet the requirements then you all get placed into a lottery for placement (so someone with a 4.0 could technically get passed up by someone with a lower gpa)

    I applied last year to pasadena and citrus and was rejected. This year I applied to pasadena, cerritos and goldenwest (was going to do citrus) but I already heard back by goldenwest that I was accepted.

    I had a 3.5 core class/prereqs gpa and hold 3 associate degrees, got a mild score on the teas (proficient) of 74.7% and have healthcare setting employment experience
    My pre req grades were:
    English - A
    Anatomy - A
    Micro - B
    Physio - B
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    So....what bout if a person has a 2.57 Gpa overall because it's 2.5 Gpa requirement for all college courses. And what if I have a 3.0 on all science classes. All Bs for anat, physio, and micro. And finish all the requirement classes. Do I have a chance to get in citrus u think?? And have 4 yes Lvn experience?? How do they pick students. I think they should be fair to everyone. I Mean Soo If All 24 Students Had 4.0 Or 3.5 They Just Pick Those? What bout those students that have 2.5 or 3.0 and have experience and have completed all their requirements they get disqualified? ? Why did citrus college? Did they give u a reason why they rejected u?
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    A lot of programs are on a "lottery". As long as you meet the programs minimum requirements (usually a 2.0 GPA and minimum TEAS scores, you have equal chance as some one with a 4.0 and high TEAS.

    Some schools in CA go by a point system and admit only the students that have A's and maybe one B. Is it really fair for you to be chosen over someone that has higher grades when grades are the only criteria? No. Everyone should have an equal shot, yes. And that "shot" is to get the best grades possible. We all have to take the same classes and tests to be considered. Until they start requiring other factors in their processes (which some schools do), they have to go only off of grades.

    To make the playing field more equal, i wish all programs had an interview process. This gives everyone (including the applicant) a chance to look beyond the grades. Im certain there are straight A students out there that are really good at nursing and some that are not. Same goes with the 2.0 GPA crew. If the true passion is there, it would show. That is why an interview should be required with selection processes.

    Unfortunately, in a state like CA, it is difficult to interview 400 qualified candidates each semester. They have to streamline the process some how and I'm not sure of the best way.

    Again, all you can do is your best. If you did your best, then there is nothing more you could have done differently.

    At the end of the day, its about patient care and practicing safe nursing, not a perfect GPA. My advice is do the best you can and be proud for making it this far! Apply everywhere and your time will come! Always be thankful of where you came from, where you are and where you are going.
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    Very true.


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