Santa Fe College ASN Spring 2017 Hopefuls

  1. Hey Everyone!
    I made this forum for people that are applying to Santa Fe College ASN Program.
    It would be nice if we can all share our experience and share our some of our informations during the process!!
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  2. Poll: Points

    • 21-30

      0% 0
    • 31-40

      0% 0
    • 41-50

      100.00% 1
    • 51-60

      0% 0
    • 61-70

      0% 0
    1 Votes
  3. 84 Comments

  4. by   rara3
    Thanks so much for creating this forum. I applied for the Spring semester this past August. It is my second time applying, and I currently have 51 points, which I know is the cut off. i'm so ready to get the results already, but I'm sure they won't come out until around Oct. 1
  5. by   Jtelon28
    This is my first time applying I just took the Kaplan test I didn't do to good to get point but I was able to get the application. Do you guys know how many people they allow in?
  6. by   rara3
    Up to 80 is what it said online
  7. by   TGresh
    Hi guys and thanks for making this forum. I am also applying with 51 points. I am a second time applicant and it sounds like there are a few of us in similar positions. I am so hopeful! If I do not get accepted I plan to apply to UF's accelerated program, but Santa Fe's program is my first choice! May we ALL get in with 51 points! I wonder how long we will have to accept a seat if offered a position. Does anyone know??? My reason is that I wonder if it's even really possible to apply to both programs with the dates being so close... I'm thinking we may have a month to decide if accepted to Santa Fe, and the deadline for UF's program is Dec 15th. I was thinking about putting my UF application in soon, but there's an application fee and it doesn't look like you can really apply to both and choose one over the other. It is a safety measure if I am declined a seat, though... It's possible to not even get accepted to any program at all. Any thoughts?
  8. by   vlvlvlvl
    I was thinking about doing the same thing! (Applying to UF accelerated program just in case).
    So what I was thinking of doing is: wait to hear back from Santa Fe first which is going to be around last week of September or first week of October according to the advisor (that's in 2 to 3 weeks). And if I don't get in I was planning on applying then.
  9. by   ChangingPaths
    Quote from rara3
    Thanks so much for creating this forum. I applied for the Spring semester this past August. It is my second time applying, and I currently have 51 points, which I know is the cut off. i'm so ready to get the results already, but I'm sure they won't come out until around Oct. 1
    I also saw that on the Fall 2016 Hopefuls forum. However, I was told by advising that it is really semester dependent and there is not technically any cutoff as long as all of the requirements are fulfilled. For example, if the highest score for spring 2017 applicants is a 56, then they will likely accept people from the lower range to fill the seats. They also accept some from the median and lower 50% to keep diversity.
  10. by   ChangingPaths
    Quote from Jtelon28
    This is my first time applying I just took the Kaplan test I didn't do to good to get point but I was able to get the application. Do you guys know how many people they allow in?
    Advising said that they base their number of acceptances on the local market demand for nurses and that it has recently varied between 30 and 60 seats.
  11. by   ChangingPaths
    Quote from TGresh
    May we ALL get in with 51 points! I wonder how long we will have to accept a seat if offered a position. Does anyone know??? My reason is that I wonder if it's even really possible to apply to both programs with the dates being so close... I'm thinking we may have a month to decide if accepted to Santa Fe, and the deadline for UF's program is Dec 15th. I was thinking about putting my UF application in soon, but there's an application fee and it doesn't look like you can really apply to both and choose one over the other. It is a safety measure if I am declined a seat, though... It's possible to not even get accepted to any program at all. Any thoughts?
    Hi TGresh,

    I am in a very similar situation. I have applied to the ASN and it is my first choice. Sadly, I only have 46 points. I graduated Cum Laude from UF, but because Santa Fe uses ALL college courses to calculate GPA, including my naive freshman year, my overall GPA is lower than I expected.

    I am also going to apply to UF's ABSN program if I do not get accepted at Santa Fe.

    How many positions they offer is market dependent. I have heard that they spring semester is less competitive because there are typically less applicants. People have said that 51 is the minimum, but that is not true from what advising told me. You may see my other post in this feed for more details.

    If you get accepted and the ASN is your first choice, why would you hesitate to accept?

    The UF ABSN application is due Dec. 1 and they do not typically release decisions until mid spring. Due to the timing, you are right, there is not really a way to choose one over the other. It would be a risk to decline acceptance to the ASN program because UF will not release decisions until after the ASN program begins.

    I have considered that I could start the ASN program and leave the program if accepted to the UF program, but I would feel guilty to do that and it would be a waste of money.

    Soo... All of that to say that I am in the same situation and my plan is to wait for Santa Fe decisions. If I do not get accepted, then I will apply to the UF program because we will still have almost 2 months to complete the application process after Santa Fe decisions are released.

    Why is the ASN program your preference? I am a bit torn about which program is my preference because I have heard that Santa Fe's program is better, but local hospitals require that you get your BSN within 2 years after starting. So, if I don't do the ABSN program, I will probably have to spend more time in school.

    Any thoughts? Do you know anything about the starting salary difference between nurses with ASNs vs. BSNs?
  12. by   TGresh
    Thank you! Yes, this is my plan, too. I am more interested in Santa Fe's program as I have heard that local hospitals will pay for you to bridge to BSN. It's more affordable for me. I am so glad to hear that 51 point is not the cut off! I apologize for writing the WRONG UF deadline. The deadline to apply to UF's accelerated program is December 1st. :-)
  13. by   ChangingPaths
    Affordability and Santa Fe's program being more hands-on is why it was my initial preference as well. UF's program is about $5,000 more, but from what I know, nurses with BSNs make about $10k more a year. If that is the case, then the ABSN is worth it. Yes, they will pay for you to get your BSN while working. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love school and learning, but I guess I am resistant to taking nearly 4 years to get my BSN (ASN then Bridge) when I could get my BSN in 16 months (ABSN).

    I also plan on pursuing a nurse practitioner track, so I have a lot of school ahead of me and I already have two degrees (BS and MS) behind me. What did you get your bachelor's degree in?
  14. by   TGresh
    I received a BFA from UF. I have heard wonderful things about Santa Fe's program. I have even heard that local hirers prefer students who have graduated from Santa Fe's program, but that is just hearsay. I am not going back to school for the money, necessarily. I am also not interested in accruing any student debt at this point in my life. I want a career that I am proud of having. I would genuinely like to serve people as I think it will be good for my soul. Eventually, I suppose I will be admitted to either Santa Fe or UF's program, but who really knows??? My husband and family are rooted in Gainesville, so I can't move. Some of the online programs I have seen are very very costly. When I spoke to an advisor from Santa Fe, it seemed they keep a pretty objective outlook while considering applicants. I think UF's program is going to have a more subjective application process. I would be so proud to attend either program.
  15. by   ChangingPaths
    I have heard the same thing about Santa Fe's program and that's where I have been taking the prerequisite science courses that I did not take for my first degrees. I have enjoyed the classes there. I know a daughter of the new nurse hiring manager at UF Health and she also told me that he prefers Santa Fe trained nurses. I believe that the preference is likely true because ASN programs tend to focus more on clinical work and bedside care skills.

    Our situations are so similar it is crazy. I am assuming that you do not or have not felt that your current career path is fulfilling/rewarding. I began to feel depressed about a year into my profession and I was not happy with my prospects. I had considered nursing when I was younger, but I was passionate about agricultural education and felt that I needed to follow that passion. I decided that I do not want to look back on life and have any regrets about not trying something, so I decided to start this journey.

    I met my boyfriend of nearly 5 years during my senior year at UF. He has an elderly father and a business here, so I am also rooted here. I definitely agree about avoiding student loans. Sadly, I am already in quite a bit of student loan debt from my previous degrees and my boyfriend will not be able to take on all of the bills while I am in school. So, I am afraid that more student loans is inevitable for me. However, working in public health will qualify for federal loan forgiveness after 10 years. I believe that working at North Florida Regional would not qualify for loan forgiveness because it is a private hospital, but working at UF Health does qualify because it is public. I work at UF now and would qualify for loan forgiveness in my current position because UF is considered state/public.

    My hopes are high for both of us to start this new path. If you have not already read this All Nurses post comparing ASNs and BSNs, you might find it interesting. I found it interesting and it gave me a boost of confidence that the ASN is my top choice. This track might cost me a bit more time in school, but I believe that the ASN give me the experience I want.

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