Hillsborough Community College Spring 2013 - page 6
Hello all, I thought I would start a thread for those of us applying to HCC's Spring 2013 nursing program. I am a Veterinary Technician/stay at home mom. I'm gathering everything for my... Read More
0May 13, '12 by kvil713From the Spring 2012 thread, it seems like a lot of people's apps didn't show up under My Documents until after the June 1st deadline has passed. I know that they have my app because they cashed my check. I really wouldn't worry about it too much, although I know the wait is killing all of us. I think they just have a large number of applications to process and I'm sure it will show up soon.
1May 13, '12 by RnNtrainngHey all! I am a member of the Spring 2012 entry class. Just finished NP 1. Any questions you have, feel free to ask. The first thing I'll tell you is try not to stress. I spent the entire waiting period agonizing over "well...maybe the letters will come early" or "why aren't my docs showing up!!!" etc, etc. (although, really...I can tell you NOT to agonize, but..you will, others told me not to, and I still did, it's basically impossible not to, but hopefully I can help relieve a LITTLE bit of agony)
As for the couple of posts I've read on here so far:
The only thing that HCC looks at is pre-req GPA, (unless you are at the very bottom of the list tied with someone else, in that case they'll look at your Overall HCC GPA). They do not look at whether you are traditional or non-traditional, whether you have experience, whether you have letters of recommendation, or whether you already have any degrees. USF does, but not HCC. Just nursing pre-req gpa.
Some people's docs didn't show up until July. Yuck, right? So, wait a while before stressing over it.
I got my acceptance letter the second week of September (three days before my birthday..happy birthday to me!), the same day most others got theirs. You can wish for it sooner, but unless anything drastically different happens, it'll be September. Every spring entry class that I know of has gotten theirs in Sept.
Acceptance cutoff was about a 3.4, alternates cutoff was about a 3.3.
I've got all kinds of tips/things to buy, etc, and if you want them now, I can post them, but it might be best to not overload you with info, until you know whether you've been accepted.
The best thing to do this is summer is RELAX. Seriously, you literally will not be able to BREATHE come next Spring, use this time to do those things that give you joy, because life will be a complete whirlwind in approx 8 months.Last edit by RnNtrainng on May 13, '12 : Reason: add information
0May 13, '12 by sistermargoHello RnNtrainng, thank you for your info, it is very very helpfull. I'm constantly reading your spring 2012 thread, guys, tons of useful info there, thank you. How was your first year? Is it much harder than prereqs? Please feel free to share anything you think will help.
0May 13, '12 by sistermargoHey, Gradius, 6 transcripts????? Wow. It is only 9 prereqs. Did you move a lot?
0May 13, '12 by RnNtrainngIt was definitely more difficult than the pre-reqs, you have to get used to a different style of testing, and retaining information. If you read the information, and study, you will do well. Most of it is common sense, but even so, in order to use the common sense, you have to know the disease process, body systems, etc.
Keep fresh with your A&P information. Almost everything is based on the stuff you learn in A&P.
Tests are different in that there are usually at least two answers make "common" sense. That is where your knowledge of the information itself will come in hand. One answer will be correct 100% of the time, one answer will be correct 80% of the time, etc.
Clinicals are FUN! Nerve wracking until you get used to it..but trust me, by the end of your first day of clinical, you'll be walking around that place feeling like you OWNED it. Answer as many call lights as you can that first day..it helps build confidence.
There are 7 to 8 exams.15 lab hours, 5 computer hours, community service project, article reviews (about 2 of them, give or take, depending on your Professor), Group Presentation, 2 Care plans. Quizzes, possibly (my professor only gave us 1).
0May 13, '12 by GradiusQuote from sistermargoThey need all of them. All, I know how schools are about this, must be precise or they will consider your records incomplete; I've had this happen before where I sent for instance my UCF transcripts somewhere and despite having the FAU grades, they still want official copies.Hey, Gradius, 6 transcripts????? Wow. It is only 9 prereqs. Did you move a lot?
Thus, my 6 transcripts are:
1. High School. Yes they need that regardless of prior college attendance which I still find funny. 13 years ago now for me.
2. My first CC, Broward, was where I did every prereq for HCC's program except Micro + Micro Lab.
3. UCF, I have a BA from there. Yes I know this makes me eligible for an ABSN program but I don't have $20K to live off for a year in loans or savings. (I figure $10K living, $10K tuition). I also want to do the ASN since I might do an RN-MSN in a few years.
4. FAU, I was a transient student there during my BA schooling. 9 credits.
5. Valencia CC in Orlando. I have 2 A.S. degrees from there (will have a 3rd by December) and also completed some BSN prereqs through VCC also, even though those aren't relevant to the HCC program.
6. St. Pete College. I took online Micro and Micro Lab through SPC since I was trying to move back to Orlando earlier this year (was in South Florida for January and February, returned to Orlando in March). Online Micro in SPC was best option, most flexible.
0May 14, '12 by KKJA8855[FONT=tahoma]I am so glad someone started this post! I am applying for Spring 2013 at DM campus evening classes and just sent my application off this morning! My pre-requisite gpa is a 3.6 and I'm really hoping that is good enough. A friend of mine is in the program at PC going into her second year and she basically said that you can forget about whatever social life you may have had because the program is so consuming but totally worth it. She loves it and doesn't mind the sacrifice. She also mentioned to try to get your books early (as soon as you receive your acceptance letter) because you will be tested on about 10 chapters within the first few weeks of class. Not sure if it is that way at DM as well but I'm taking her advice and studying ahead. GOOD LUCK to everyone that is applying! Let the tortuous 5 months of waiting begin!
0May 14, '12 by sistermargoHello everyone and welcome those who just joined.
RnNtrainng, thanks again for sharing your experience with us. I remember you guys were talking about buing books online ahead and learning calculations and so on. Was it worth buying those books that much in advance, or is it ok to buy those books during orientation and study after that? What do you recommend to study ahead? How many days a week you have clinicals?
Anybody dropped the programm after first year? Do they epxlain well how to figure out those 100% answers vs those 80% correct ones? Which hospitals are better for clinicals and what did you do during clinicals? Thanks again for info
0May 14, '12 by GradiusQuote from KKJA8855Just wanted to say welcome KKJA8855, good to see another Night applicant like me, was beginning to feel like the only one so far. I'm a little behind you with a 3.52 but I don't think we have much to worry about. Best wishes to you.[FONT=tahoma]I am so glad someone started this post! I am applying for Spring 2013 at DM campus evening classes and just sent my application off this morning! My pre-requisite gpa is a 3.6 and I'm really hoping that is good enough. A friend of mine is in the program at PC going into her second year and she basically said that you can forget about whatever social life you may have had because the program is so consuming but totally worth it. She loves it and doesn't mind the sacrifice. She also mentioned to try to get your books early (as soon as you receive your acceptance letter) because you will be tested on about 10 chapters within the first few weeks of class. Not sure if it is that way at DM as well but I'm taking her advice and studying ahead. GOOD LUCK to everyone that is applying! Let the tortuous 5 months of waiting begin!
0May 15, '12 by KKJA8855Quote from GradiusThank you Gradius! I think my actual gpa is around a 3.59 and if we're the minority among applicants (evening classes) I think we've got a pretty good shot at getting accepted! We got this Good luck to you as well!Just wanted to say welcome KKJA8855, good to see another Night applicant like me, was beginning to feel like the only one so far. I'm a little behind you with a 3.52 but I don't think we have much to worry about. Best wishes to you.
1May 15, '12 by dg2013hi everyone!
i have also applied for spring 2013 at dm (nights/weekends). good luck to everyone!
0May 15, '12 by shauny2k3, ASN, RNI'm also applying for the DM Nights/Weekend program. I'm almost ready to apply, just have to wait for my transcript from SPC. My prereq GPA will be 3.78.
0May 15, '12 by GradiusWelcome both dg2013 and shauny2k3. Good to see some more "night applicant buddies" like me. I will be submitting my app as soon as my last transcript arrives in the mailbox, eagerly awaiting it meanwhile. Best of luck to both of you.