IRSC ADN Applying for fall 2013 - page 2

Hi.Anyone out there applying for fall 2013? There are changes this semester and was wondering if anyone knows what kind of score we may need on the NLN to have a chance at a spot. The application... Read More

  1. by   elijahvegas
    i decided on a whim and with less than 2 weeks of cramming to apply for the nursing program this fall 2013 and i took the nln yesterday..scored a 140. They do have a new criteria now, the composite total for the NLN is 200 and with smaller revised class list of only AP1+Lab and Microbio+Lab that allots you an additional 32 points, so top score i believe would be a 232 my total would be a 167, im hoping that'll be good enough to get me in, if not i plan to retake it for the spring because my reqs are done and pretty much set in stone. Anyone else got an idea of what kind of total composite score they're working with ? I can't believe I'll have to wait 4-6 weeks from april 3rd to hear back, the anticipation is killer!
    Last edit by elijahvegas on Mar 6, '13 : Reason: gramm errors
  2. by   reg4fun69
    jonnyvirgo- I took the NLN in August with a score of 141. I applied last term and didn't make it because I was still taking Micro, Diet & Nut, Human Development, so I didn't have those counted towards my points. Go figures that they changed it this term. I called the nursing department to ask if I should retake the NLN to try to get a better score. She didn't give a definitive answer except to say that 141 was a good score. So I decided not to retake it for this round. So your 140 is good!

    Good Luck to you!

  3. by   elijahvegas
    haha the only reason i decided to even apply was because they changed the criteria, my diet&nut was was out of date and i figured those 12 points could prove to be pretty detrimental.

    It its any consolation, human dev and diet and nut are still part of the core cirriculum (why and how, i do not know), so once youre done with the major nursing classes, you're good, i'll still have 1 more semester to go
  4. by   efryauff
    Hi, everyone!

    I just realized today when I was looking through the application packet that the points system had bummer because I worked really hard on all my pre-reqs thinking they would help my score. And of course they're using worst grade out of all of them! I took the NLN last week, and scored a 156 which I was told was good. My total score with Micro and A&P will be a 181 so I'm hoping that will get me in...if not, I guess I'll have to take Micro again and wait til Spring to apply again.

    Does anyone know how many people they're letting into the program? I've heard some people say 70 and some people say 90. Good luck to you all!
  5. by   elijahvegas
    its usually roughly in that ballpark i think its 70 with about 10 being wait-listed if their scores are close enough to the bottom end. The students are dispersed between the campuses closest to their location if im not mistaken.

    with a 181 im sure you'll have no problem getting in haha your score has me a bit worried for myself >_<
    Last edit by elijahvegas on Mar 23, '13
  6. by   PDowling
    @efryauff .... a 156 is a GREAT score on the NLN! Congrats! In the past it has been 70, but I'm not sure about anything anymore since they changed it all. I started in January ... my class is/was 70.
  7. by   elijahvegas
    how are you enjoying the program so far ?
  8. by   efryauff
    @jonnyvirgo--Thanks for the info! I studied like crazy for about 4 months before taking the NLN, so you should feel great about getting the score you did after only cramming for 2 weeks!

    @PDowling--Thank you! How is it going so far? I was also wondering about the class says in the info packet that classes are usually 3-4 days per week anywhere from 4-12 hours per day. What has your schedule been like? If you don't mind me asking...
  9. by   PDowling
    Well guys ... The whole curriculum has been rearranged. I'm in Fundamentals now (my first class), and you won'y even HAVE a class called Fundamentals! You will be learning things in a different sequnce than we are. The first semester is tough! The information comes at you fast ... and one key thing is to NOT fall behind on the reading! There is a lot of it! I would imagine that will be the same. I was REALLY overwhelmed for about 6-7 weeks untill I got in the groove. Not sure if you guys work or not, or if you are finished with pre-reqs. I work 12 hour shifts on Sat and Sun and also had to take an evening class (Nutrition) because I unfortunately have that, and human developement to finish. So, it's different for everyone ... but I eat-drink-and-breath nursing when I'm not working. I find it all-consuming. BUT ... I wouldn't have it any other way ... guess I'm a glutton for punishment ... but it is very interesting and I love it.

    Right now I have class Mon and Fri 9-1:30, clinicals Tues and Wed 6:30-2:30 and off on Thurs. You may have longer days because from what I understand, you will have the whole summers off. We go for summer 1, and have only summer 2 off. So you will need to cover more during the fall and spring. But they say to schedule 20+ hours per week for homework on top of the in school time. I dont do quite that much, but some people do. Good luck to you both ... I'll check in from time to time ... if I can help-just ask.
  10. by   efryauff
    @PDowling Thanks for all the info. My original plan was to stop working completely once school started, but I have been toying with the idea of staying on very part-time (15 hrs a week or so). So it makes me feel better to know that you are working weekends and still managing to keep up with all the coursework. Although I guess I will have to wait and see what the new scheduling is going to be like before I make my final decision regarding work. It sounds like you are really enjoying it!
  11. by   reg4fun69
    @PDowling...Glad to hear your enjoying the program! Thanks for all the info......I have my fingers crossed.
  12. by   elijahvegas
    that sounds absolutely terrifying. Can you tell me about the clinical sites ?
  13. by   PDowling
    @jonnyvirgo ... LMAO ... What exactly did I say to terrify you? HaHaHa - Sorry. Well, we started out in a nursing home. You start out doing CNA work. That may terrify some people.... :-). You will learn to get very comfortable with other peoples bodies and bodily functions... nuff said. No worries ... it goes fast ... only there for a couple weeks. Then you move on to a hospital setting. Cant tell you much about that though - I start the hospital next week. But that is where you begin functioning as a nurse. Looking foward to it - although I am a bit anxious about the new setting and increased responsibilities...