Nursing School Question??

  1. I am getting ready to start school on the fall to get my BA in nursing. However, I have been told that due to only a certain amount of people being accepted into the school I might not be able to start nursing classes until next semester. If there is such a nurse shortage, why is it so hard to get into the programs?
    Jenny
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   subec
    I think that alot of it has to do with a shortage of teachers. If there aren't enough teachers, then they can't open up the class sizes.
  4. by   Flo1216
    A B.A. Is that a bachelor of arts? I always thought it was a bachelor of science. Just curious. I had the same problem when I lived in Las Vegas. There are only 2 nursing programs(ADN and BSN) and they take like 40 a year or something and there was a 3 year waiting list. That's why I moved back to NJ and went to a hospital school of nursing, which is a diploma program. It's weird that my program is 3 years and I only get a diploma but I get tons of clinical experience and I am a senior nowand I have gotten to do a lot more procedures and stuff than my BSN friends have. If I were still in Vegas I wouldn't have even started yet! I plan to transfer to a 4 year school and get my BSN immediately but I think I made the right decision in chosing a diploma program.
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by jennyej
    i am getting ready to start school on the fall to get my ba in nursing. however, i have been told that due to only a certain amount of people being accepted into the school i might not be able to start nursing classes until next semester. if there is such a nurse shortage, why is it so hard to get into the programs?
    jenny
    hello and welcome, jennyej!
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by jennyej
    i am getting ready to start school on the fall to get my ba in nursing. however, i have been told that due to only a certain amount of people being accepted into the school i might not be able to start nursing classes until next semester. if there is such a nurse shortage, why is it so hard to get into the programs?
    jenny
    hello and welcome, jennyej!
  7. by   Freebird55
    Hi Jennyej, Welcome
    I agree with subec, in my school there are only 3 teachers (2 day, 1 night) so they only take 48 students, out of about 200 trying to get in. Good luck
  8. by   tonicareer
    in indiana i have been told it is a shortage of clinical spaces in hospitals and other medical facilities because they can only have so many of us wondering around the places ha!ha!
  9. by   Future RN in WA
    I agree. The local community college here has at least a year wait. This is due to lack of instructors and hospitals where the students can do clinicals. It really sucks. This is the school where I have done all of my prereq work with the promise that I would be in as soon as I was done. Then they tell me at least a year. I decided to transfer to a BSN program. I just couldn't see waiting for these people to let me in. The shortage of instructors is definately a factor.
  10. by   GPatty
    Hmmmm....that does make sense. But doesn't it make you wonder why I started with 80 in my LPN class and only 30 are accepted for the ASN class?
    Hope I make it in the ASN class!
  11. by   Lisamrod
    There's a big wait around here too. I had to take all my all other courses then wait a year before getting into the RN program. Good luck!
  12. by   Neon8
    I took my prereqs at the community college around here in the hopes of joining the ASN program there, but there was going to be a wait of a year. So I transferred to the State College's Nursing program which lasted three years. I graduated with a BSN in the same amount of time I would have graduated with only an ASN at the community college. The good thing about the State College's program was that they admitted you based on your good grades - not on how long you had been on a list. They admitted 60 at a time back in 1999 when I joined, but have increased their program to twice that with admissions into the program twice a year now because of the demand. Tuition is about $650 a quarter at the state college.
  13. by   Neon8
    Some of us in the BSN program at the state college were surprized when we found out that, not only were we to take the nursing courses, but we had to take all the General Education courses too. It wasn't just nursing classes like I believe it is at the community college.
  14. by   darby1
    It is difficult to get into nursing school where I live also (N.C.) I am so thankful that I was able to get in on my first try. After getting my prerequesites in order, I went ahead and took the PSB exam at my school. I didn't feel like I did very well on the test, and I had to wait a couple of weeks to find out if I would be granted an interview. Even after the interview, you have to wait while the staff narrows the list down some more. This has been some of the most stressful stuff that I've had to deal with. Anyway, PRAISE GOD, I MADE IT IN! I'll be entering ADN schooling in the fall of 2002, and didn't have to wait a year or two. I realize how fortunate that I am, and I'm going to do my very best to become a good nurse. I'm very excited to say the least. Only about 1/3 of the people who apply for the ADN will get excepted at my school, and they don't maintain a waiting list. You have to take a test, and you GPA is figured in also. That's why some students who are trying to squeek by with "I just need a "C"in that class to pass", should rethink their attitude. Your GPA counts BIGTIME. Good luck to everyone, and take care. PEACE. Darby

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