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  1. by   acceptedinfl
    Thanks so much swirlything! Im very excited about the program. I applied to UCF and didnt make it for fall they recommened this program and sure enough I was accepted. If you dont mind me asking can you give me an estimate of how much the program cost you? Im trying to get a rough figure.

    For items purchase, they havnt been specific yet, just gave the website for the uniforms. There are many things listed on the site, the orientation is mid june so Im hoping for more info then.

    I dont know about anyone else but the paperwork has been painful...esp the shot records werent avail so Iv had to have all the shots over!! Expensive and a pain literally.
  2. by   swirlything
    Tuition for SCC ran about $4500 for the whole program. Tuition for UCF was $3200, but that doesn't include the last class (which I haven't taken yet, will do in the fall). For SCC, you cannot just count on the listed price for tuition for the college because the lab fees can be high. For your last class, practicum, the lab fees are almost as much as tuition. Oh and if you miss a clinical day, they charge you $125 to make it up.

    Books cost the most first semester, but a lot of the ones you buy then you will use for the whole program. I think it was like $400 for books first semester. I think 2nd semester was a couple hundred for books as well, but you use those for 3 semesters too. You can figure, if you buy used books online, $50-80 per class for books for Pediatrics, OB, Mental Health, and all UCF classes.

    I got through with 2 uniforms, I think they were around $50 each. White shoes, I spent about $20. Then under $10 for your name tag. I think the school is now making you wear school logo shirts and blue slacks to lab... I THINK. I don't know how much they are charging for the shirts. Our class had a different lab dress code.

    The student nurses association at school will offer to sell you the equipment you need. The stuff they sell is very low quality, some of it is broken before it even gets to you. Also it takes so long to get your stuff that you won't need the BP cuff by the time they get it to you... which means you don't have it to practice with before you have to test on it. I recommend NOT buying from them. Go to a local uniform/scrub shop, and buy there... or buy online.

    What you'll actually need: stethescope, pen light, bandage scissors, pens (clickers are best), blood pressure set. Don't spend too much on the BP set; you'll practice with it the first couple months until you demonstrate you know how to do it, then never use it again. I bought a used one on EBAY, and am glad I did.

    That's about all I can think of in the way of costs.
  3. by   nursewannab10
    Swirlything- I tried to send you a private message but it stated that I didn't have permission. Anyways....Thanks for the quick response! I knew that only going to school 2 days a week was impossible! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions, it's nice to know that now I have someone to ask if I need to know something. One more thing, did you choose where your clinicals were or did they choose the site for you? Thanks again and I wish you the best of luck!:urck:
  4. by   swirlything
    For first semester, our Long Term Care clinical was assigned based on our address to keep us from having to drive too far. We were allowed to sign up for which hospital we wanted to do our first semester clinicals at as well. However, after 1st semester we had absolutely no say in which hospital we were at.

    And speaking of clinicals, just because it's a week-day program doesn't mean you won't end up with night or weekend clincicals. I ended up with Saturday evening clincals (1PM-11PM) for pediatrics; Saturday day clinicals for obstetrics; and 7pm-7am practicum (even when I specifically said I was NOT availabe for nights on the practicum request form)... even had to do overnight on a holiday for my practicum.
  5. by   nursewannab10
    Thanks for the information. It's so nice to know what to expect!
  6. by   centralFLnurse2be
    I am also accepted into the SCC/UCF concurrent program for August

    I applied to UCF, but I got wait-listed with my 3.76 GPA (at the time of application--now I'm at 3.785). The guy that I spoke to at UCF said it's only because I'm a transfer student. I'm still kinda hoping that I'll get something in the mail about that, but I'm not holding my breath.

    I also applied to UCF Daytona for Jan. 2010. I don't know if I got in, and it would be a major hike for me (50 min.), if I did. SCC Altamonte is about 15 min. from me, and that's awesome. The only thing that I don't like is that there are 7 semesters of school, by going that route. If I get into UCF Daytona, I'd start a semester later and finish a semester earlier. I have two young children, so that is pretty major. Also, I'd be in one program out at Daytona vs. being in two programs with the SCC/UCF program. That aspect is a little intimidating for me.

    I dunno.....lots to think about
  7. by   swirlything
    Being in the 2 programs at once isn't all that difficult. The UCF classes are not very hard. The few classes you have to do in person, they bring to the SCC campus for you (first 2 semesters). Then the rest of the UCF classes are all online. I've found the UCF work to be quite easy actually. Not only that, but **********, who coordinates the concurrent program will help you get into classes you want, even if they're full.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Aug 11, '09 : Reason: staff name edited out
  8. by   centralFLnurse2be
    Thanks for the response

    I guess I'll see how I feel at orientation. I am getting excited and don't want to have to wait until Spring semester to start. I've been working toward this for a very long time.

    Either way, I'm going to finally get to go to nursing school. YAY!
  9. by   2011ONCRN
    Hi, this August will be my third semester in the nursing program, and i'd really like to find out what were the hardest topics in Advanced med surg and Peds, so I can review over the summer. I have a little bit of anxiety about the next two semesters because i've been told that these are the two semesters where the most people fail....any info is appreciated
  10. by   2011ONCRN
    This is my third semester, and I was wondering if you could explain how practicum works. Are you still taking classes along with practicum or is practicum just a semester of clinicals
  11. by   swirlything
    My advice is to relax over the summer and not worry about it! In the fall, you'll feel like you've forgotten everything and won't remember how to do an assessment on your first clinical day. It'll be ok though, everything comes back quickly. So, don't worry so much and enjoy having the tiime off! You're not going to have time off again like this for a LONG time. After graduation you have to study for NCLEX, then you'll be working.

    The hardest thing about Peds is that ******** notes suck pretty badly (as do *****88 notes in OB during 4th semester). First part of peds is a lot of review from developmental psych... Erikson. There'll be some rote memorization of developmental milestones, but don't even try till they tell you which ones to memorize. I didn't find peds hard, but then I'm a mom.

    Adv Med/Surg is a tough class, we lost quite a few students that semester actually. I would say the best way to prepare is to do the written assignments over the summer... that way you can focus on studying content during the semester. Do you have the syllabus yet and instructions on the written assignments? If not, I can tell you what we had to do last year. Part of what makes the semester tough is that Peds clinical is done all in one month (still doing M/S clinical at the same time). So during that month, you have a SERIOUSLY tough load. Gettiing the written assingments out of the way will help you to get through that bit.
    Also review diabetes from Basic M/S... you WILL see that again on tests: normals, insulins, etc.
    Oh and for M/S, you should have ******* again. You know how she makes a complex topic so very easily understandable... another reason not to worry so much about it!

    As far as the topic that is probably the most difficult for people, I would say endocrine: specifically Addisons and Cushings diseases. It seemed like when we had to pass the final ATI predictor, nobody had any clue about those two topics.

    Practicum: Practicum is fun. You get to basically actually be a nurse (instead of a tech) for the first time. You get to do almost everything (still cannot push meds) with a preceptor at your side 100% of the time. You are 1-on-1 with an RN. Basically the idea is that on first day, you shadow your nurse. Then as days progress you take over more and more... and by the last day, the RN shadows you. You work what the shift is that your preceptor has (usually three 12 hour shifts per week) until you get in 108 hours. It will really help build confidence that you can handle a normal patient load, rather than the 2 or so patients you'll have in clinical

    Practicum is the last class you take. It's during Summer A term (day track), and it's all you do as far as school during that time. As soon as it's done, you get pinned!
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Aug 11, '09 : Reason: mentions staff names
  12. by   2011ONCRN
    Wow, a lot of people in our class have heard that ***** notes for OB are terrible, but I didn’t know ******* were too. Thanks for the warning. What is the best way to study for these two classes? Book or ATI?
    I’m a mom too, so hopefully Peds will be easy for me.
    No, they haven’t given us the syllabus for next semester. We are supposed to be receiving them in the mail. Could you possibly email me the instructions for the written assignments, so I can get started now? It would be greatly appreciated. I’m a mom and I also work while attending the day program so any info that I can use to start the writing assignment this summer would be so very much appreciated.
    Do I need to memorize the medications for diabetes and the different types of insulin, or is it just things like draw up N before Regular? What are normals? ******** is the best. I think they are giving us two teachers to choose from for Advance med surg this semester.

    Thanks again !!!!
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Aug 11, '09 : Reason: removed email addy and edited staff names
  13. by   swirlything
    Honestly, the best way to study is from the notes.... not from ATI or the book. Then go to the textbook or ATI book for something that you don't understand strictly from the notes. If the notes are enough to understand the content, don't even open the book.

    When you get to COMPLEX M/S, each test will have 1 or 2 questions that are not answered in the notes. Prof. Wells (my favorite professor in the whole program, btw) does it on purpose because she likes you to at least skim the textbook chapters.

    ****** notes are not as bad as ************. And at least I enjoy ****** lectures. *********, sweet as she is, says "OK" an average of 85 times in 10 minutes (we've counted); and it's very distracting. But you won't have to deal with that again till Januray.

    Chances are the **** and **** team-teach Adv M/S. I like ****** too, but she can come off as a little rough to some people.

    You don't need to memorize all the diabetes meds. But you do need to know onset and peak for the different insulins as well as how to draw them up. It's also important to know symptoms of hypo and hyperglycemia, and what to do about it.

    I'll email you about the written assignments.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Aug 11, '09 : Reason: mentions staff names