ADN programs in Washington?

  1. Hi, this is my first post, hopefully of many. I would appreciate firsthand information about ADN programs in Washington state. I have come across some info on the web, but I would like to know what students/former students/etc. think of some of the programs. I have noticed that most websites like to embellish the truth a little.

    I am particularly interested in quality of instructors, curriculum, and the like.

    Thanks in advance,
    Tony
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   RN Zeke
    Clark College seems to be great, check it out even if you have to relocate it would be a good choice.
  4. by   srose
    I'm at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, so I can tell you about it if you want. I did lots of research into the other ADN programs in the Seattle area also, so maybe I can help you there too. Let me know on here or PM me if you want more info!

    Rose
  5. by   TonyOfWA
    Srose, I would appreciate information on Shoreline very much. I've read through all the info on their website and right now it is near the top of my list of choices. You can post here (probably best so everyone else can benefit too), PM me, or E-mail me.

    Cay, thanks for the tip.
  6. by   kids
    Originally posted by Cay
    Clark College seems to be great, check it out even if you have to relocate it would be a good choice.
    How do you know about Clark? (just being nosey).
  7. by   srose
    hi tony!

    i'm not sure what stage you are in your search process, or how much you know about shoreline yet, so i don't know exactly what kind of info you're looking for, but i'll try to help.

    to start with, shoreline admits a new nursing class each fall, winter, and spring quarter, of 30 students. admission is based solely on a points basis, and points are determined by your grades in the pre-req classes and previous work experience. there is no wait-list...if you don't get in when you apply, you can just keep re-applying. the nursing program admission pamphlet tells you exactly how many points are awarded for each class and grade, so you can calculate your points and see how close you are to getting in. the program is full-time, takes 6 quarters, no classes during the summers. only day-time classes are offered in the nursing program, although most the pre-reqs have night classes. we start clinical experience right away, in the third week of the first quarter.

    i found out during my search process that seattle-area employers seem to really like shoreline grads, and often prefer them over other schools in the area, including some BSN programs.

    i'm only in my first quarter, but so far, i really like my instructors and the organization of the classes. all the instructors seem really committed to helping students succeed.

    i hope this info helps, please let me know if you have any questions or want more specific information!

    rose
  8. by   TonyOfWA
    "i really like my instructors and the organization of the classes. all the instructors seem really committed to helping students succeed. " That addresses some of my biggest questions. That is one of the things that are absolutely impossible to determine based on their website.

    I am currently taking my first quarter of pre-reqs, but at a school that doesn't have a nursing program. I'm trying to figure out what programs I should apply for either for a year from spring or fall after I have all the pre- and co-requisites done. I've briefly reviewed the website of every nursing school in the state, and several in-depth. I've been lurking here for about 3 weeks now to soak up even more info and make sure that this is what I want to do. There is at least a 70% chance that, unless someone can dig up serious evidence to sway me to somewhere else, I'll be transfering to Shoreline to finish up my pre-reqs and go to nursing school.

    One specific question I'd love to have answered is how many of the points were required to get in during the last couple quarters?

    Thanks for taking the time to help me out,
    Tony
  9. by   srose
    i think that for the past few quarters at shoreline, the minimum points required to get in has gotten pretty high. i've heard that it's usually highest for fall quarter entry. i think the highest possible is somewhere around 136 or 140, and for my class the minimum may have been around 118. i was really surprised they'd get that high, but they had over 200 applicants. i like the system however because it's completely objective and you can calculate and project what your points may be before you apply, so you can figure out how many quarters of pre-reqs you have left, etc. some of the pre-reqs required are actually co-reqs, and could be taken while you're in the nursing program, but at this point you need to have them all completed at before starting in order to get the necessary points to get in. also, you get additional points for being a CNA or working in the medical field, so that might be something to look into.

    i was able to get an advisor at shoreline, who's an instructor in the nursing program, while i was completing pre-reqs, and she was really helpful with helping me determine when and in what order to take the classes i needed, as well as helping me through the application process.

    rose
  10. by   kimmicoobug
    I am also in WA...but on the other side of the state. Are you just curious about your side or the entire state of WA. I don't know if it would help to even tell you about my school, but if you are interested, pm me (since I don't want to give away where I live.)
  11. by   TonyOfWA
    Wow, if it's a minimum of 118 I guess I better get trained as either a CNA or EMT first and work enough hours to get the extra admission points. If I added it up right, I'd need to get an A in every class other than one B in order to get in without those points. I figure I'll get a B in at least a couple of the courses. I'm really glad you told me that so I can plan accordingly.

    On the FAQ page of their website it says:
    7. How many points do I need to be admitted?--The exact number of points varies from quarter to quarter depending upon the qualifications of the individuals applying that quarter, but has never been less than 70. Sometimes it has been up to 103.
    There's a big difference between 103 and 118

    kimmi, check PM.
  12. by   srose
    I've also heard varying reports of how high points are each quarter, and I think that maybe if someone who is accepted turns it down, they just go right down the list, point-wise, so it's that would explain why the lowest points accepted for a particular class may differ from what our original acceptance letters said. I'm not sure how often Shoreline updates its webpage, but I do know that plans are in effect right now to update the Student Nursing Association webpage in the near future, so keep checking back for more info.

    Also, even though the minimum point score has increased each quarter for the past year or so, since it was so high for this quarter, I really don't think the minimum will get much higher, and may even go back down. But that's just my opinion!

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