Hello everyone! I'm new here
I've been reading a lot on the forums but decided I might get better answers if I asked the question myself. I'm currently in my last semester of pre-nursing at my community college in Northern California (North Bay). I have a 3.7 total GPA and have straight As for the last 3 semesters (31 units) including Anatomy, Physiology, Intro Chem, and I am currently taking Microbiology and Organic/Bio Chem. I'm also planning on taking a CNA course when this semester is finished and possibly working as a CNA until I get into a nursing program. I'm going to apply to the ASN program at my community college in a few days but they have the lottery system and I'm not counting on getting in there so I am expecting to apply to several schools. I've already done a ton of research on the Board of Registered Nursing website to determine nearby schools with good NCLEX pass rates. I am willing to do either an ASN program OR a BSN program. The schools I've so far picked out to apply to are: CSU Chico, CSU East Bay, Chabot College, College of Marin, Ohlone College, Samuel Merritt University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Solano Community College, Sonoma State, and possibly Napa Valley College and Pacific Union College (those two have below 90% NCLEX pass rate so I'm a little wary). I realize that applying to ALL of these colleges will cost me a great deal in application fees so if anyone has any experience or knowledge to offer about any of these colleges it would be greatly appreciated!! PS I hate writing block paragraphs but the enter key does not work! (maybe that's just a forum thing...)
PSS I also have an AA in Business (don't know if that matters!)
I wish I could go to SSU but I can't apply to any CSUs until I take a speech class, I just found out.
I took Interpersonal Communication at another school and my counselor just told me it doesn't count for area A grrr. The same exact class at Mendo does. He said I'd have to take it this semester to be able to apply to CSUs in the fall (I guess they don't offer it in the summer?) but it's too late to add a class now. I guess if I don't get in anywhere else I can take that class and then apply to CSUs next fall but that means I wouldn't be going for another 2 1/2 years! Yuck.
I took Anatomy and Physiology with ------ last semester, she's tough but I like her. Just make sure you go to every class and do every assignment including extra credit...she grades on a curve (only upward) for anatomy so that helps a lot. I thought anatomy was easier than physiology as physio required so much writing and she didn't offer quite so much extra credit (I still got As in both classes though).
I took Chem with --------- 1 year ago, now I'm taking Organic/Bio Chem with --------...I LOVED ------------ he made Chem so easy to learn, I thought he was a great teacher. -----------, not so much, she's really confusing but hopefully she doesn't grade too hard.
What's CDV 125? I have to take CDV 200 over the summer. It seems like a lot of schools require Human Development.
How is -------- for speech? Did you take public speaking or the other class? I hate speaking in front of people, so mad I might have to take the same class again!
I'm also taking Microbiology and Cultural Anthropology this semester. Once I get that CDV class done I should be good to apply to a few schools! And maybe if I'm super lucky I'll get into Mendo right away, although I kind of want to leave Ukiah.
I was looking at Pacific Union but I read some stuff on Yelp about it being in the middle of nowhere, 30 minutes away from a grocery store and extremely boring....peaceful...but boring...so no thanks! I already live in the middle of nowhere lol.
Is SRJCs CNA program cheaper than here? I want to do mine through the Red Cross but it's like $1500!!! Actually the other one that's here that's not Red Cross is just as expensive! It's really ridiculous. But I guess it's worth it. Some colleges require it, plus it looks good, PLUS I can make sure I actually LIKE this line of work...and I better because I've put so much into it already and gave up my associate degree for transfer into Business Administration (guarantees admission into csu in the same major) that I was 3 units away from and my dreams to go to Japan (there are no study abroad programs in Nursing in Japan) :/
I am REALLY enjoying these classes way more than Business though so that is a good sign! Okay I think I wrote enough!
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---------- is teaching my Chem lab... Urgh she's not organized and treats us like we are three! I like ------------ she's through and I had a working knowledge of the human body and its many parts so I'm not finding the class as challenging as others (plus I'm good at memorization as well). I had ----------- for public speaking he's funny, he talks about himself a lot, he's actually a fairly tough grader, but I learned a lot about myself
. Do you have Anthro w/-----------? Lol if you don't get an A in that class you have to really be trying to fail.
Yes SRJC is around 1000, the adult school is 1200, Red Cross is 1500. If you are willing to work for pennies Redwood Cove runs a facility based training so you get paid to get it.
The only advantage to PUC is the Adventist hospital system actively hires their grads
. So if you go it's like guaranteeing an Adventist Healthcare West job I hear.
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