Lottery system for ADN Program??

  1. My school only looks to see if you have met all of the requirements, IE. chemistry, algebra, asset tests etc, then everyone gets put in the lottery pool. GPA doesn't matter in terms of getting into the program. Anyone else's school work this way??
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  3. by   hoppermom3
    Ours used to, but due to high drop rates and low NCLEX pass rates they have switched to a selection process-GPA, ACT & NLN scores, and essay are all considered.
  4. by   Achoo!
    The counselor last night stated that was why they make you go through the CNA program before starting your clinicals. He claimed that weeds people out who didn't realize what nursing was all about and what they were getting themselves into.
  5. by   newgrad2005
    I've never heard of a lottery system for getting into nursing school. Seems pretty risky...and pretty unfair.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    When I went to nursing school 7 1/2 years ago, it was the first year for the lottery. I was happy to get in but mad that it was not due to my hard work but a lottery :angryfire

    That only lasted a couple of years I think . . . back to merit now.

    steph
  7. by   Vsummer1
    Due to illness, I have been in two different programs. The first one was lottery. The second one was first come, first served. No merit, no CNA course, no tests on either one. They were in different states. But with the amount of students wanting in I think that may change. I WISH it was merit, I would have gotten in right away. Instead, I just lucked out with the lottery in one and applied as soon as I got the all clear from the docs at the second one and only had to wait one semester.
  8. by   shape0fmyheart
    There's a community college right down the street from me where people line up for days to apply for the nursing program. It's based on a first come first serve basis... and they have a very high drop/fail rate as well.
  9. by   RNSuzq1
    I've only heard about the "Lottery System" here on the boards. It's seems incredibly unfair to all the people that have spent a lot of time taking courses, studying hard and working towards getting accepted to a Nursing Program. I can understand why they have such a high/drop fail rate if the only requirement for getting in is being lucky enough to have your number drawn - what a strange way to get into a highly technical field!!!!
  10. by   Sheri257
    Most schools in my area have eliminated lottery and my school is trying to do the same. As far as I know, the drop/failure rate is pretty low, but they're still trying to switch to GPA instead.
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 21, '04
  11. by   ksrnstudent
    PCC in Portland, Oregon has a lottery system in place. I was going to apply there until I heard about the lottery system of getting in. I didn't feel like it was fair for a 4.0 student to not get in, when a 2.2 student did. My husband and I decided the best thing to do was to get me into the community college in his old hometown in Kansas. Their program goes off of grade point average in your prereq. classes, as well as the NET test score. The same number of applicants applied for the program in Kansas as the one in Oregon. The only difference was that I was guaranteed a seat in the class because of my score vs. not knowing for sure whether I would get into PCC or not. I like the program in Kansas...just don't like the weather! I will be moving back to Oregon when I'm done with the program.
  12. by   Achoo!
    I agree. It sucks I'll probably be sitting for a year waiting since my pre-req's will be done.
  13. by   jcardwell
    I was one of those students who applied to Portland Community College. There were 906 applications and only 90 got in. I went to the actual lottery and someone asked why they have the lottery system and the reply was so they get a large diverse student body. I don't know if I buy it.... I would think you would get a diverse student pool if you go by merit also. I think it was just easier for them to pick the students. They did say this is the last year they are going to do the lottery. I heard rumours they had 50 people drop out last year. I did not get picked for the lottery so I'm crossing my fingers I will get into another one of the four schools I applied too.
    Last edit by jcardwell on Feb 21, '04
  14. by   jenrninmi
    We have a lottery system at our school, but you also have to have all your prereques done and have a 3.0 gpa and there is no interview or NET exam. Although here it's different also because they accept 60 (something) every semester including the summer semester so very few have to wait an extra semester. We don't have a waiting list either. I've posted in another thread about our prereques and gpa's needed so I won't go into that again. The only time my school has a lottery is if they do have more than (I think the number is 64) then they do the lottery. In all fairness (although life is indeed NOT fair), it should definately be the students with the higher gpa's that should get in before the students with a 3.0. I have a 3.1 and I'm very happy with my gpa, but would feel very guilty if I got in the program and someone with a 4.0 did not because of a lottery system. I know this thread is for ADN's and I'm attending a BSN, but just wanted to say it happens at 4-year-universities as well.

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