Polk Community College

  1. Does anyone know anything about the polk community college nursing program? how are the admissions like, and if it has a waiting list or not.. just curious
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  3. by   PilotJim68
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    Does anyone know anything about the polk community college nursing program? how are the admissions like, and if it has a waiting list or not.. just curious

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  4. by   Lissa1046
    Quote from chuckcamp
    Does anyone know anything about the polk community college nursing program? how are the admissions like, and if it has a waiting list or not.. just curious
    I am starting my pre-reqs now for the nursing program, and once you have A&P done you have to apply to the program. Check out www.polk.edu and you might find some answers there on the nursing depts homepage.
  5. by   PilotJim68
    Quote from Lissa1046
    I am starting my pre-reqs now for the nursing program, and once you have A&P done you have to apply to the program. Check out www.polk.edu and you might find some answers there on the nursing depts homepage.

    As a current student in the program, you really have to have more than A&P to be considered. You MUST have ALL pre-reqs done or currently enrolled to be considered. That means, A&P I, College Algebra, and Freshman Eng. I. These are the minimums, the Co-Reqs include A&P II, Microbiology, and Human Growth and Development, it is STRONGLY advised that the Co-Reqs be completed before actually starting the program, but not having the Co-reqs will not affect you getting into the program at this time. There is no waiting list as the best are selected twice a year.
  6. by   Lissa1046
    Quote from PilotJim68
    As a current student in the program, you really have to have more than A&P to be considered. You MUST have ALL pre-reqs done or currently enrolled to be considered. That means, A&P I, College Algebra, and Freshman Eng. I. These are the minimums, the Co-Reqs include A&P II, Microbiology, and Human Growth and Development, it is STRONGLY advised that the Co-Reqs be completed before actually starting the program, but not having the Co-reqs will not affect you getting into the program at this time. There is no waiting list as the best are selected twice a year.
    Yes, that is true. I just mentioned A&P I becuase I already had my other classes completed from my B.S. Degree, and forgot about that they indeed need to be completed.

    Glad to hear there is no waiting list...some students were talking about that today in our tutoring session, and it almost did not sound promising to try and get in this January. Hopefully things will work out for the best. Do you know how they choose who will enter thr program? Is it just by grades?

    How far are you into the program if you don't mind me asking, Pilot Jim?
    Last edit by Lissa1046 on May 15, '04
  7. by   PilotJim68
    Quote from Lissa1046
    Yes, that is true. I just mentioned A&P I becuase I already had my other classes completed from my B.S. Degree, and forgot about that they indeed need to be completed.

    Glad to hear there is no waiting list...some students were talking about that today in our tutoring session, and it almost did not sound promising to try and get in this January. Hopefully things will work out for the best. Do you know how they choose who will enter thr program? Is it just by grades?

    How far are you into the program if you don't mind me asking, Pilot Jim?

    Half way through Nursing III...looking forward to IV definately !!! As far as I know, for acceptance into the program, and this was the way they did it when I was accepted last Aug. Grades are not really factored in right now. This program is under alot of pressure to produce graduates to compensate for the "shortage". In times before, you needed a 4.0 and ALL of your pre-reqs AND Co-reqs COMPLETED to get into the program, and they only accepted around 60-70 students. This isnt true right now. My class began with 110 students and not all of them had their Co-reqs out of the way. The class behind mine had 112, I think. GPA's werent really a factor as long as you pulled a "C" average in your pre-reqs. However, this program is one of the best in the state (98% first time pass rate for NCLEX) and it is a very rigorus course and the standards are high. They have lowered their standards for ADMISSION into the program but the "Program" standards have not been lowered so their are a lot of people who dont make it. I am in Nursing III and we are down to 70 students now and more are going to be "weeded" out this semester as this is supposed to be the most difficult semester. So thats about 40 students in 2 1/2 semesters so far.
    I can be difficult at times, but time management is the key.
    Good luck on your acceptance into the program.
  8. by   Lissa1046
    Quote from PilotJim68
    Half way through Nursing III...looking forward to IV definately !!! As far as I know, for acceptance into the program, and this was the way they did it when I was accepted last Aug. Grades are not really factored in right now. This program is under alot of pressure to produce graduates to compensate for the "shortage". In times before, you needed a 4.0 and ALL of your pre-reqs AND Co-reqs COMPLETED to get into the program, and they only accepted around 60-70 students. This isnt true right now. My class began with 110 students and not all of them had their Co-reqs out of the way. The class behind mine had 112, I think. GPA's werent really a factor as long as you pulled a "C" average in your pre-reqs. However, this program is one of the best in the state (98% first time pass rate for NCLEX) and it is a very rigorus course and the standards are high. They have lowered their standards for ADMISSION into the program but the "Program" standards have not been lowered so their are a lot of people who dont make it. I am in Nursing III and we are down to 70 students now and more are going to be "weeded" out this semester as this is supposed to be the most difficult semester. So thats about 40 students in 2 1/2 semesters so far.
    I can be difficult at times, but time management is the key.
    Good luck on your acceptance into the program.
    Thanks for the information. I have heard that they design the program to weed people out, but like you said if you manage your time well and keep on task things should be ok. As long as you keep your C average you can stay in the program right? Thanks & good luck with the rest of Nursing III
  9. by   PilotJim68
    Yes, as long as you maintain a "C", however...a "C" is an 80%. They do not round at all, so a 79.99999% is a failure and it happens alot. There is a lot more rules that they go by. You do have quizzes with the lowest grade dropped but they dont factor into your grade unless you have an average of 80% on your tests. Then they factor in the quizzes, so if you did bad on your quiz average and your tests scores were only 80% or so, the quiz average can bring your TOTAL average below an 80% which is a failure...that has failed many people.

    Grading scale: A = 92-100
    B = 85-91
    C = 80-84
    D = 75-79
    Have you applied to the program yet? If so, when are you supposed to hear from them?

    Good luck!!!
  10. by   Lissa1046
    Quote from PilotJim68
    Yes, as long as you maintain a "C", however...a "C" is an 80%. They do not round at all, so a 79.99999% is a failure and it happens alot. There is a lot more rules that they go by. You do have quizzes with the lowest grade dropped but they dont factor into your grade unless you have an average of 80% on your tests. Then they factor in the quizzes, so if you did bad on your quiz average and your tests scores were only 80% or so, the quiz average can bring your TOTAL average below an 80% which is a failure...that has failed many people.

    Grading scale: A = 92-100
    B = 85-91
    C = 80-84
    D = 75-79
    Have you applied to the program yet? If so, when are you supposed to hear from them?

    Good luck!!!
    Wow, thats a tough grading scale! What happens when people fail...they get dropped out of the program?! Can they ever get back in?

    No, I have not applied to the program yet but I am really nervous about applying. I want to do well in anatomy and physiology I, but the teacher we have is not helping much...she's new and I believe this is her first term teaching @ PCC. I am just scared that if I end up with a 'C' in the class and then apply in August for January, that they might not accept me. I am hoping that maybe if they see from my transcript that I already have a B.S. Degree that will have some influence, but I don't get the feeling it will. However, whenever I have spoken to the advisor...they don't make it sound like its difficult to get into the program. Everyone has a different story...I heard some students talking the other night in class and they were saying how you can take all of the classes in the nursing program (except Nursing I-V) before you ever get accepted! I don't think that is the case because if that was something that was allowed, the advisors would probably be promoting it. Thanks for the good luck! I will definately need it!
  11. by   caroladybelle
    I graduated from PCC in 1993.

    You can fail one Nursing School Course once. Failure of more than one Nursing School course or the same Nursing Course twice and you are generally out. I have heard of some people challenging that with varying results.

    This does not apply to prereqs.

    If you passed A%P with a "C" on the first try, I don't think that it is a problem. It is when it has taken several attempts to pass that it is a problem. They also consider individual issues. I got a B in A&P II, but my instructor brought out that I did that with having missed two weeks with Mono (actually initially diagnosed in the blood lab part of class).
  12. by   Lissa1046
    Quote from caroladybelle
    I graduated from PCC in 1993.

    You can fail one Nursing School Course once. Failure of more than one Nursing School course or the same Nursing Course twice and you are generally out. I have heard of some people challenging that with varying results.

    This does not apply to prereqs.

    If you passed A%P with a "C" on the first try, I don't think that it is a problem. It is when it has taken several attempts to pass that it is a problem. They also consider individual issues. I got a B in A&P II, but my instructor brought out that I did that with having missed two weeks with Mono (actually initially diagnosed in the blood lab part of class).
    Thank you, thats good to know. I hope I don't have to worry about that though if I get the opportunity to enroll in the program. I think I am so worried now, because of this teacher we have. It is just an 8 week course, but the teacher does not explain things well, and just leaves us on our own in the labs...then when she reviews for the exam (which isn't much) different things are on the test than what she said! So that, in combination with work is stressful, and I just want to do well in the class.
    Wow, you did good in A&P with missing 2 weeks! That must have been tough to do. I am glad to hear that they look at individual circumstances of the students!
  13. by   PilotJim68
    Quote from Lissa1046
    Wow, thats a tough grading scale! What happens when people fail...they get dropped out of the program?! Can they ever get back in?

    No, I have not applied to the program yet but I am really nervous about applying. I want to do well in anatomy and physiology I, but the teacher we have is not helping much...she's new and I believe this is her first term teaching @ PCC. I am just scared that if I end up with a 'C' in the class and then apply in August for January, that they might not accept me. I am hoping that maybe if they see from my transcript that I already have a B.S. Degree that will have some influence, but I don't get the feeling it will. However, whenever I have spoken to the advisor...they don't make it sound like its difficult to get into the program. Everyone has a different story...I heard some students talking the other night in class and they were saying how you can take all of the classes in the nursing program (except Nursing I-V) before you ever get accepted! I don't think that is the case because if that was something that was allowed, the advisors would probably be promoting it. Thanks for the good luck! I will definately need it!
    Its true that you can only fail a nursing class once, then you retake it. But once you have failed any nursing class, you cant fail another. So if you fail Nursing I and have to retake it, you cant fail another class in the program or you are out. I have heard that you can come back into the program after one or two years but I havent actually seen it.
    Dont quote me on this but I think you have to have Micro out of the way by the start of nursing IV and Human Development out of the way by the start of Nursing V. I highly recommend that you complete these classes before beginning the program, it may also increase your chances of getting in and it will definately decrease your workload and stress levels while in the program.
    Again, good luck.
  14. by   Nfglory
    Just wondering if anyone else on here is applying for the spring program. Also, does anyone know when they send out the acceptance letters for spring. Would it be around October?

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