Hillsborough Community College - Spring 2014 - page 64

by Jolisa616

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Hello all, I wanted to start a thread for those applying to HCC's Spring 2014 nursing program. I am a stay at home mom. I know its early but I wanted to get as much info as possible. The deadline isn't until 6/1. I'm a current... Read More


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    Hi All:

    Long post incoming! Run if you're tired or need more coffee...

    With all this uncertainty and quiet about our acceptance letters, I’ve become somewhat more confused about what I might want to pursue in the nursing or clinician space. My only motivation in writing this is to possibly find like-minded individuals that have either explored other options or are in the process of doing so. If this whole thing is TL;DR, please feel free to skip with no hard feelings!

    A little background as to where I have been through all of this...

    My long-term goal is to become either a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHN), an Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP), or a Physician Assistant (PA). Towards this goal, I applied months ago to the programs at USF, UT, UCF, and HCC for the upcoming spring 2014 semester for the BSN program(s) and the ADN program at HCC respectively. All of the schools acceptance letters are due back to me around the same time (however I had expected HCC's answer by this point to be completely honest).

    In the meantime, USF is still figuring out their Physician Assistant program, but has initial approval and a plan for proceeding by 2015 as long as enrollment numbers are what they expect (USF Health News » New Physician Assistant program director aims for 2015 start for students). I’ve placed my name on the waiting list should this come to fruition.

    While all of this was transpiring, I completed all the requirements to be able to take the MCAT test (Medical College Admission Test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) about five months ago as a challenge to myself. My score was respectable and was in the range for entrance into many schools – something that actually surprised me. Which is why I wonder why I struggle with my CHM-1032 class, but I digress...

    My question is this…

    Is anyone else considering similar options? I’m not going to be bummed in the slightest if I get into HCC’s program and transition into the BSN at USF later. This was my original and current plan (and I've been told by many people HCC's program is one of the most superior in the state). However, I’ve found this process with HCC to be rather convoluted and unnecessary, and to say it has left a bad taste in my mouth is somewhat of an understatement. This is coming after my awesome experience with HCC for the last three years!

    Anyhow; is there anyone in the same situation or currently going through the same considerations? If so, please send me a private message here or via e-mail contact through AN.

    Back to your regularly scheduled program and sorry for the long freaking post.
    Last edit by DCrux, SN on Sep 24, '13
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    I understand you completely. I've been a student at HCC for 10 years. I was originally an Art major and obtained my AA at HCC and also an AS at a private school. I've always wanted to be a nurse but decided to pursue Art because I didn't feel I was mature enough at the time to handle nursing. Here we are 10 years later and the mistakes I made my first years in college are back to haunt me lol, at least GPA wise. I have 80-something credits at HCC from pursing Art and Nursing. My overall GPA is just under a 3.0 and my pre-req GPA is 3.47. This has created an issue with trying to apply at other schools. UT requires a 3.5 GPA and USF a 3.65 for transfer students. Even if I took Statistics and Ethics (both additional pre-reqs for USF/SPC/UT ) and aced them both I would still end up with around 3.5 at the most...it's frustrating that I'm so limited in schools. I really am thinking about doing Pediatric Oncology. My mom has done adult oncology nursing for over 20 years and it's just something that I've always gravitated towards. We'll see, being a mother now may change my perspective on being around sick children. If HCC doesn't accept me this time around I'm going to apply to Erwin and try to get in for the next available LPN program. I can't keep wasting 9 months at a time applying over and over. I had a friend just get in for the HCC bridge program and she loves it. I get some insight from her every now and then. It's great that you are weighing your options and providing yourself with multiple back-up plans. Hopefully we all get the answer we want soon.
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    I also have been thinking a lot about which nursing track I want to pursue. Although there are many good options to choose from, I find myself leaning between ER Trauma & Cardiology. As a young gun many moons ago I worked as an EMTP for about 4 years and loved the fast pace action of the ER, and would love to do it again. Cardiology on the other hand, is personal to me. I was born with a genetic heart defect (Accessory Pathway) that was corrected back in1999 with a successful EP Study/Catheter Ablation, along with the experience of watching my former father in-law go through a successful heart transplant inthe early 1990’s has engraved in me a passion for Cardiology. I don’t know if just being a floor nurse would be enough for me. I like the fast pace/action.
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    Quote from fxcolon
    I also have been thinking a lot about which nursing track I want to pursue. Although there are many good options to choose from, I find myself leaning between ER Trauma & Cardiology. As a young gun many moons ago I worked as an EMTP for about 4 years and loved the fast pace action of the ER, and would love to do it again. Cardiology on the other hand, is personal to me. I was born with a genetic heart defect (Accessory Pathway) that was corrected back in1999 with a successful EP Study/Catheter Ablation, along with the experience of watching my former father in-law go through a successful heart transplant inthe early 1990’s has engraved in me a passion for Cardiology. I don’t know if just being a floor nurse would be enough for me. I like the fast pace/action.
    I'd love to do ER sometime in my career, or at least ICU. But its going to probably take me working up to that; I don't think I could do it straight out of school and be successful.

    Quote from Bethany726
    I get some insight from her every now and then. It's great that you are weighing your options and providing yourself with multiple back-up plans. Hopefully we all get the answer we want soon.
    My past career was in software development. I always admired nurses and thought their job was fascinating. When I became disillusioned with the IT industry a few years ago, I instantly thought of nursing. I'm sorry you've had to go through this process three times -- I can only imagine. Hang in there and keep chasing your dream...
    Last edit by DCrux, SN on Sep 24, '13
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    So I'm guessing no letters today... Just thought I'd ask
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    No, no letter. This is insane
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    nothing today...
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    I think it's safe to say the letter won't be here until first/second week of October.
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    Quote from Juleby1987
    I think it's safe to say the letter won't be here until first/second week of October.
    Agreed. I have decided to put it out of my head until then. It was literally driving me crazy. We can do this you guys!!
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    Quote from jragghianti
    Agreed. I have decided to put it out of my head until then. It was literally driving me crazy. We can do this you guys!!
    Haha same here, I will admit though the excitement is gone.


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