Southern California nursing programs?? (ADN)

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    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 to determine which applicants will be accepted into the program.

    I'd like to look into nursing programs at other schools, but I don't know where to start. I checked out a few community college websites but I find a lot of the same thing, and the information I'm looking for isn't anywhere to be found. If anyone has any info on the nursing programs at Los Angeles Harbor College, El Camino College, Long Beach City College, Cypress College, Cerritos College, or any other community college nursing program, could you please share your experiences? For example, is it a lottery based system or is there a waiting list? How competitive is admission? What are the REAL admission criterion? They always say 3.0 or so, but what are they really looking for?

    I want to be really prepared for the road ahead and I'd like to know what my options are. I'm sure I'm not alone in my curiousity and wish I could just find this type of information all in one place. I'm hoping my fellow students & alum could offer some insight & help us all out.

    Thanks a bunch!
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    Cypress College ADN program,

    is based on 75% on the rank order list and 25% for the chronological wait list, as far as i know for the rank order list you have to have 29-30 points to be competitive, you could check here for more info you could check this selection criteria for cypress http://www.cypresscollege.edu/ad/upl...oncriteria.pdf, hope this helps and good luck!
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    Thanks rocketberger! That was extremely helpful! Thank you for taking your time out and providing a link! Cypress seems to have the fairest system for admission that I've seen so far. Admission is still competitive, but everyone still has a guarantee of admission eventually. I never really looked into Cypress College until now, and it's a real contender. Thanks!


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    Cypress College ADN program,

    is based on 75% on the rank order list and 25% for the chronological wait list, as far as i know for the rank order list you have to have 29-30 points to be competitive, you could check here for more info you could check this selection criteria for cypress http://www.cypresscollege.edu/ad/upl...oncriteria.pdf, hope this helps and good luck!
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    Hi Im currently in the Cypress program and as long as you get A's in your prereqs and have your Math English Psyc etc pick up all the point you can you can get in right away. You do need to have at least 29 point but of course 30 is best. I heard we had quite a few this semester. Good Luck
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    Moved to California Nursing Programs forum for more of a response.
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    Thanks Gizelle22. Cypress wasn't even on my list of potential schools, but it's nearing the top now. Thanks for the pointers.
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    Quote from rAbella
    Thanks rocketberger! That was extremely helpful! Thank you for taking your time out and providing a link! Cypress seems to have the fairest system for admission that I've seen so far. Admission is still competitive, but everyone still has a guarantee of admission eventually. I never really looked into Cypress College until now, and it's a real contender. Thanks!

    dont thank me thank Gizelle22 she help me find this
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    So you know, within the state of California the public junior colleges are mandated by law to use some form of lottery system. It sounds unfair now but was a response to the perceived unfairness of individual programs setting their own standards.

    The pre-reqs are pretty much the same, so doing well on those will make the nursing program more understandable if not easier.

    I usually suggest that students apply to 3 to 5 programs. Be aware that you will be going to clinicals which are usually in the general area of the college you attend. General area is a nebulous thing, I've had students who drove over 30 mile to get to clinical. Not so bad at 0530 but a bear in the afternoon. The distance you have to drive to school and clinical can negatively impact your experience and time management plans.

    Selecting a school is more than just finding the one you can get into easiest or quickest. Be sure to investigate NCLEX pass rates, ask questions about the program itself, ask about how many students from the last year have gotten jobs, and where did they get those jobs.

    Good luck!
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    Check the BRN site to see the list of approved programs in California: Board of Registered Nursing - RN Programs

    That might help you find schools.

    I know that all of the LACCD schools are lottery based (elac, lacc, harbor, etc). I'm sending applications to 8 schools for the fall semester. I may get picked. I may not. But I won't know if I don't apply.

    You can also look at LA County College of Nursing and Allied Health. They admit students on a point system, not a lottery.
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    Hi ladies I'm so glad your considering Cypress. As I get to know more and more of my classmates I'm loving it. The upperclassman are so helpful directing us to study tips and what not. Also forgot to tell you if your military or married to military your in as long as you pass your prereqs.


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