Quote from klone
You enter the nursing program? It seems that it goes both ways - some schools require you to have the course or certification as a prereq, and some of them complete it in the first semester of the nursing course. Our school requires it as a prereq, and I think it's a really good idea. I think that doing the CNA coursework and clinicals beforehand is a good way of weeding out the people who maybe can't handle the work, or maybe had a rose-colored idea of what nursing is REALLY like. Nothing like having your first direct experience with decubes and flushing a Foley (and getting slime on your hands) to make you decide on a different line of work.
It also seems that it would really give you an edge up when starting your nursing classes, because so many of your course competencies in first semester is stuff that you already learned as a CNA.
You know, KLONE, I do believe even if they do not "require" this as a pre-req, they do actually take it above others when deciding thier acceptance. The reason I say this is because, when I applied to my school, my transcripts had only A's and B's. And, the current grades in my pre-req courses, no less than a B, also. I sat for the NLN, was very stressed, I had never seen anything close to these questions that would or could help me answer some of them. I had just basic courses in high school and wow, that was well over 10 years ago. At my school, they perfer you have at least a score of 100 to enter thier nursing program. I received only a 94, JUST six points away and some students had gotten accepted with lower GPA's and lower scores on thier NLN. Some near 70. When I got my denial, the reason was due to my low test scores and/or academic performance. I WAS DEVASTATED!!!!!:imbar O I couldnt believe that was the reason. I called the school and spoke with the dean. I went in there and met with my advisor in person, before this, they knew nothing of who I was other than a piece of paper relaying my grades. But with a GPA as mine, I asked how on earth I would ever be able to fulfill my dream, I couldnt get any (much) higher than that, especially working full time. After talking with them and they found out my transcripts were for my MA degree, I believe this helped with my accpetance. I can not be certain. But it certainly seems that way. Dont you think?....
And thanks also for answering to my post!!!!