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  1. 0 Is anyone else applying to Otero Junior College in La Junta for Fall of 2009? Or is anyone in the program right now? Graduated from it? I'm interested in talking to people familiar with it.

    I received this e-mail:

    "Your application to the Otero Junior College Nursing Program has been received and will be reviewed for completion of admission requirements. After review and confirmation of having met the admission requirements, you will be notified by mail of placement on the admission list. If we find that you are missing one or more of the requirements, you will be notified by email of the missing requirements. All admission requirements must be complete before placement on the admission list. Students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis from the admission list to start the program this year."

    ---> What's an "admission list?" Is that the same as a wait list?
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  3. Visit  seasoned hopeful profile page
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    i am going to start ojc in the fall 09. i think when they mention admission list, i think that they mean these are the people who are being admitted. of course, i don't think they come right out and say that, but i am sure back ground checks, physicals, and drug screens some would be not eligible to attend.

    are you going to ojc now?
    Last edit by jb2u on Apr 19, '09 : Reason: Removed email address. TOS Violation
  4. Visit  plastic_cow28 profile page
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    Thanks, that would make sense. I sent in my fingerprints for a background check almost a month ago, so hopefully I'll hear back from them soon.

    I am not currently attending OJC; are you? I'm actually a student at a university out of state and will have my bachelor's degree in May.
  5. Visit  krizzycricket profile page
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    I am currently in the part-time program at Otero. I will be finishing my LPN year this july. The program sucks; it's hard, which I expected, and the teachers are awful, which I did not expect. They provide no direction and really I feel they don't know what they are talking about half the time. They don't really "teach", they read off the powerpoint and you as a student have to go home, pick apart the book, and attempt to teach it to yourself. HOWEVER, it is better than waiting on the other colleges in this state; they are all two year waits or more, and you should get into Otero right away. Be prepared to spend A LOT of time studying, it is a heavy work load (especially second semester). Sorry to be a downer, but I figured I should be honest. Good luck!
  6. Visit  JenniferSews profile page
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    Quote from krizzycricket
    I am currently in the part-time program at Otero. I will be finishing my LPN year this july. The program sucks; it's hard, which I expected, and the teachers are awful, which I did not expect. They provide no direction and really I feel they don't know what they are talking about half the time. They don't really "teach", they read off the powerpoint and you as a student have to go home, pick apart the book, and attempt to teach it to yourself. HOWEVER, it is better than waiting on the other colleges in this state; they are all two year waits or more, and you should get into Otero right away. Be prepared to spend A LOT of time studying, it is a heavy work load (especially second semester). Sorry to be a downer, but I figured I should be honest. Good luck!
    That about sums up my experience at another CO cc program. Except I waited 3 years for the pleasure first. Good luck, it's doable and it will make you a strong nurse for surviving and learning how to teach yourself.
  7. Visit  krizzycricket profile page
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    Well, it IS good to hear that it isn't just my school, because I've been debating on transferring to the new part-time program with pueblo cc that they are opening this coming fall. havn't decided yet. it could be better than where i am now....but then again, it could be WORSE...

    i hope someday i look back at this and laugh. cuz right now, i just want to crawl into a hole and never come out!! lol good luck all!

    krizzy

    ps. diagnosis: Stress, related to Nursing school, as evidenced by weight gain, frequent irritability, and loss of all social contacts!!! CHECK!
  8. Visit  dlady777 profile page
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    Quote from krizzycricket
    I am currently in the part-time program at Otero. I will be finishing my LPN year this july. The program sucks; it's hard, which I expected, and the teachers are awful, which I did not expect. They provide no direction and really I feel they don't know what they are talking about half the time. They don't really "teach", they read off the powerpoint and you as a student have to go home, pick apart the book, and attempt to teach it to yourself. HOWEVER, it is better than waiting on the other colleges in this state; they are all two year waits or more, and you should get into Otero right away. Be prepared to spend A LOT of time studying, it is a heavy work load (especially second semester). Sorry to be a downer, but I figured I should be honest. Good luck!
    Hi! I am suppose to start at OJC this fall and was wondering how are you making it when it comes to taking test? You mentioned having to pick apart the book to teach yourself, so how many hours of studying can I expect? I am soooo dreading even going this fall. Seems like the quality of nurse instructors are going down hill from what students are saying. I hope I don't have to struggle. I am a single mother and since times are tough, that is the last thing I need to be doing when it comes to learning. This makes me wonder how their pass/fail rate is for the school. Thanks for the insight, at least I know what to expect.
  9. Visit  dlady777 profile page
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    Quote from plastic_cow28
    Is anyone else applying to Otero Junior College in La Junta for Fall of 2009? Or is anyone in the program right now? Graduated from it? I'm interested in talking to people familiar with it.

    I received this e-mail:

    "Your application to the Otero Junior College Nursing Program has been received and will be reviewed for completion of admission requirements. After review and confirmation of having met the admission requirements, you will be notified by mail of placement on the admission list. If we find that you are missing one or more of the requirements, you will be notified by email of the missing requirements. All admission requirements must be complete before placement on the admission list. Students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis from the admission list to start the program this year."

    ---> What's an "admission list?" Is that the same as a wait list?
    Hi! I know your post if from the fall of 09. I am suppose to attend this fall of 2010. I was wondering if you could shed some light about the part-time program. If you are in full-time I would still like to know. Any info would help. Share the good and the bad if you can so I know what to expect. I hope all is going well for you!
  10. Visit  blakese profile page
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    I started the full time program fall of 09 at OJC. Waiting to take my LPN boards now. I work at an area hospital and EVERYBODY I talked to before I started school said that their program was the most miserable time ever and that their instructors were awful. And this opinion covered 5 different area nursing programs.Soooo.....I am thinking that it is a matter of perspective. I lost weight, gained weight, lost hair, lost sleep, face broke out, cried once and got mad....and I loved it. The amount of information that needs to be covered is astronomical and the amount of time is short. If you can get organized and not overthink it you should be okay. It is fascinating stuff. I am heading back next month for my RN year can't wait.I am not an A student and I have a family and a job. It is a LOT of work, but, who ever said it wasn't? Go for it.
  11. Visit  curves profile page
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    Hi Blakese,

    Can you please shed some light on me.
    I am planning on applying there next 2011.
    I should be done my pre-reqs this fall.
    Mainly, is there a wait list or not?? I have called and they didn't come out and say NO. Llamar also does not have a waitlist, so that's my plan B.
  12. Visit  blakese profile page
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    In general as far as I know there is not a wait list. I was in the office the first week of June and I know that they had some fulltime and some part time slots open. If you get your paperwork in in a timely manner you should not have a hard time at all. Talk to Becci. She is the center of all things nursing program. Good luck to you!
  13. Visit  mandyc profile page
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    i graduate from the "part-time" program in 2009. i attended my lpn year as well. but, i need to clarify a few things! yes, it is a hard program, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. i am an older student...in my late 30's so, i was not the typical college student. with that said, i had to clean some of the cob-webs out of my brain to learn how to study again. to say that the school "sucked", well i did not think so. did i have to study a lot....heck yes!!!, i also worked 40 hours a week, had a family and kids to take care of and still managed to pass. i would disagree with the statement that the instructors sucked, because they did not! i had my favorites and then of course we all have that one that we just couldn't follow/get along with. my advice to pass nursing school is to learn the basics..you will go crazy trying to learn everything that is taught. i bought a lot of the study guides from barnes and noble that have the example questions with the rationales....read the rationales....wow did things get easier for me then...wish i knew about it in my first semester! good luck! and remember there is good and bad in everything...your education is just that yours....make the best of it and great things will follow. just on a personal note...employers know that ojc is tough, they have a great percentage of graduates that find employment...i believe everyone in my graduating class found employment within the first few months after graduation. also, to better your chances of employment after graduation look for nurse extern/intern programs that you can work at while going to nursing school.....could open some doors for you!
  14. Visit  blakese profile page
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    MandyC had some good advice. And congrats on graduating! I just found out that I passed my lpn boards, (yipee!). I am looking forward to getting back to class, but dont quote me on that 3 months from now! I think the majority of schools are what you make it. I personally love OJC. Hope everybody had a great summer, get ready for the grind !

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