Miami Dade College - page 2

hi, i wanted to know are there any mdc students who know any information on the nursing program. i have all my requirements and all i need is chemistry. i am trying to apply to the accelerated... Read More

  1. by   MagnesiuM
    Quote from tracie0305
    Hey Magnesium,

    Congrats on getting in. I am applying to MDC accelerated for Jan 09. Do you know whether anyone got accepted with a 3.5. I am really nervous about not getting in because of my G.P.A!!

    Also, I have exhausted my stafford loans. Did financial aid give you any more options as far as loans are concerned.

    Thanx

    it all depends on the applicant pool for that particular session....if everyone who applies happens to have 3.9 GPAs for some reason, then, well, i guess 3.5 won't be high enough.....but i don't think that is typically the case, of course :-) i'm sure you'll do fine.

    financial aid at MDC leaves something to be desired. they're REAAAAAAALLLY slow on the draw....i still haven't gotten even a speck of aid from them, and tuition was due today!!!! so plan to go privately looking for loans, scholarships, etc......MDC will have some scholarship info, i'm sure, as do lots of websites (do a search on this website and you'll find lots of tips)....i just don't really qualify for any, since i'm not a very unusual nursing demographic: single white childless female with a job and no special affiliations, ethnicities, religions, languages, abilities, etc.....yer average joe LOL LOL.

    just don't count on MDC to walk you through it. be proactive and good luck :-)
  2. by   Jessica1024
    Hey Mag, are you in school right now? Have you been in the nursing program? Can you tell me anything about it or are you starting now?
  3. by   MagnesiuM
    I'm starting August 27th. I'll definitely keep you informed as i go. there's a long thread somewhere else on here from someone who's going through the generic RN (3rd semester i think, right now). His name is akspudus or something like that. He's very helpful and informative, but some of his info might not apply to the accelerated.
  4. by   Jessica1024
    Well I am in the full-time generic. Yes I have talked to him before. He is the ONLY person who looks at nursing school in a bright school. I mean I swear I have not heard anything nice about nursing at all. Nothing good at all. That scares me. He is one of the only that says that the program in Miami Dade is in fact doable. The rest are just horror stories, which scares me. You just have one chance and that is it. After that you are done.
  5. by   tracie0305
    Hey Mag,

    Thanks for the info. Have you been able to meet the rest of your classmates? Also, do all the accelerated students take their classes together at the same time or are you mixed in with generic students?? We will definitely be keeping in touch because I pray to get in for January.
  6. by   Jessica1024
    I do not know if the generic students and the accelerated students are in fact in the same classrooms.

    I do not believe this is the case. You see some classes have a limit of only 10 students! I was shocked! Needless to say the first ten minutes after orientation that was it! ALL the generic students had taken ALL the seats for most of the classes. You really have to register quickly.

    Very limited space and everyone is registering at the same time for the same class. Looking at it from this point it would be unfair if the accelerated students came after and found ALL the seats taken for the classes. This tells me that no, it should not be the same classes.

    I actually found a friend from high school, and we already started our study group. We registered for ALL of our classes together so that we could be of emotional support. I am very stressed on how difficult the program actually is, and to think you will be doing it in a shorter time frame just blows me away. The accelerated is even more difficult then the generic full time students.

    I hear that students are always crying or failing, it scares me, but I want to stay calm and see how it goes. I am considering emailing my future professors to see what is going to be in the first week of class, so that I may buy the books and try to get ahead on the reading. A lot of material is covered, I can not imagine the accelerated, but it is doable. If it was not then the program would not exist.

    What I have noticed is that the faculty for the nursing program is rather pushy, and a bit inconsiderate. Get ready for that part! They are also very disorganized, and they expect the students to bend to their ways even if the mistake is theirs.

    I have noticed some flaws in the system, but I remain positive. I just pray the professors are not as bad. I pray they are good teachers, and considerate of the students. I don't want them to be easy, but I do not want them to be rude and inconsiderate either. After orientation I have a couple of worries.
  7. by   Runman1914
    Im a nurse at south miami hospital. Most of the Miami dade students i see are clueless. The school does not teach real world nursing. The students only want to talk to their boyfriends on their cells during clinicals. I like to have students if they are willing to work. Most of them think their too pretty to get their hands dirty!!
  8. by   SouthernAsh
    And GRINGOLOCO?,,,, Where did you go to school???
  9. by   Runman1914
    Quote from SouthernAsh
    And GRINGOLOCO?,,,, Where did you go to school???
    I went to Auburn University in Alabama. We did 8 and 12 hour clinicals. We did all am care for the pt, meds, doctors orders etc... There was none of this standing around flirting with Boyfriends on cell phone . The miami dade students are only there for maybe 2 or 3 hours.

    Last month a miami dade student ask me if i needed help. When i ask her to do a suppository she refused saying it was too nasty. I ask her instructor if they were allowed to do suppositories and she said yes. She thought she was too pretty to do a suppository!!
  10. by   Jessica1024
    Personally speaking about your comment do not generalize. Even if they had graduated from a top institute, people who are to immature to be working as nurses are everywhere. I do not believe that it is just from Miami Dade College. It is obvious that the nurses you are working for are immature, and they are not taking their jobs seriously. It does not mean that everyone graduating from Miami Dade College is clueless. I know a lot of very good nurses who graduated from MDC, one of them being my father.

    The problem with MDC is that they lack a lot of organization skills, but they are also letting in a lot of students in comparison to other institutions. ( Not an excuse, but still.)

    A lot of the students I know from MDC are very responsible, so I would not hold that against our school. As far as your experience...well wow you have bad luck. I have been in and out of the hospital for various problems I have had. I have the luck of not having met not even ONE BAD NURSE!

    NEVER!!!! This is due to the fact that I KNOW that every nursing program is very difficult. Students who are graduating from many nursing schools, are people who have been through their fair share of difficulty.

    Anyway hopefully you have better experiences in the future. It is so sad that there are nurses who do not take such an important job seriously. I am glad that I have only met wonderful beautiful nurses, hopefully it is kept that way.
  11. by   Jessica1024
    BTW! Students when in clinicals are not supposed to be on the phone at all!!! Where is her instructor? I mean come on. Again there are a lot of good nurses that have come from Miami Dade College, so please do not make such a standard comment like that because you saw TWO bad students or in the hospital who were from Miami Dade College.

    Hopefully you will meet other students who are from Miami Dade College who are good nurses, and then maybe they can prove you wrong.
  12. by   Runman1914
    Quote from butterflyyessy
    BTW! Students when in clinicals are not supposed to be on the phone at all!!! Where is her instructor? I mean come on. Again there are a lot of good nurses that have come from Miami Dade College, so please do not make such a standard comment like that because you saw TWO bad students or in the hospital who were from Miami Dade College.

    Hopefully you will meet other students who are from Miami Dade College who are good nurses, and then maybe they can prove you wrong.
    I want and hope they can prove me very wrong!! Maybe their instructor is far to relax. When i was in school we would have been sent home for refusing to do what a nurse told us or using cell phone.

    I dont have this problem with the UM students. They are far more willing to work and get their hands dirty. I have had alot more than 2 mdc students in the 3 years i have worked at south miami. I have had more than a 100 and most are the same. I blame the schools as well. They only want the students to pass boards to make them look good.
  13. by   HealthJunkie
    Quote from Nips
    I got accepted into the MDC nursing program for both the bridge and generic option the FIRST AND ONLY time I applied. My GPA was a 3.2. I think you stand a very good chance to get into either program (generic or accelerated) option. Also, if the accelerated option proves to be too much, you can always go to the generic program which is only one semester longer. Good luck.
    Hi Nips,
    I noticed you got accepted to the bridge program, that is what I am applying to get into. They said I needed to take a NACE exam and the grade was a big deal to get in. Did you take this test? If so, was it anything to worry about & what to sudy? I am transitioning from the Paramedic program.

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