Wait list in South Florida?

  1. I'm curious about something: if there are students here from South Florida, can you give me an idea as to what the wait list is like (if any) for schools? I have an acquaintance who is considering nursing as a career (in a fringe healthcare job now) and was wondering what it might take for her to enter. She may have some of the pre-reqs from an MA certification already. Thanks!
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  3. by   RNinJune2007
    I do not live in south fla (anymore) but I have two cousins on waiting lists there. They both tell me the wait is 2 years.

    I have heard similar things from other people.
  4. by   blueberry21
    I only know about my school. Miami Dade College.

    Acceptance into the ADN program is based solely on GPA. I applied last semester for this semester and I am now in my 2nd week of nursing school.

    There is no wait list if you have the GPA at this school. Mine was 3.75.

    Good luck

    PS. you can check on the Florida Forum also....
  5. by   zahryia
    Quote from WhichOldWitch?
    I only know about my school. Miami Dade College.

    Acceptance into the ADN program is based solely on GPA. I applied last semester for this semester and I am now in my 2nd week of nursing school.

    There is no wait list if you have the GPA at this school. Mine was 3.75.

    Good luck

    PS. you can check on the Florida Forum also....
    WOW,

    Are you in the accelerated program? If so, how has it been so far. I'm in a two year ADN program and I can't imagine the curriculum being any more fast paced
  6. by   RNsRWe
    Thanks I suppose her acceptance might hinge on her previous academic record, and I don't know what that was.

    I had just found myself in a conversation where the other participants had ideas about getting into school and what the salary expectations for a new nurse might be. Since I'm in NY (was visiting down there) I had a very different viewpoint than they were expressing, but my suspicion was that they just didn't have a very realistic base on what to expect. They seemed to think you could just go to the community college for a couple of years, whip out an RN, and start off making $25-$35 an hour as a grad! Of course I set them straight on the "coupla years" thinking, LOL....as for the salary, well, I had read on these boards that it was equally unrealistic to expect to bring in well over $40K right off the bat in that region, no experience. But then, I can't be sure of that!

    Still, had to bristle slightly at the "just go for a couple of years" as though getting an RN was about as easy as getting an Associates in liberal arts: yeesh!
    Last edit by RNsRWe on Aug 28, '06
  7. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from zahryia
    WOW,

    Are you in the accelerated program? If so, how has it been so far. I'm in a two year ADN program and I can't imagine the curriculum being any more fast paced
    S/he's in the second week, not second semester.....s/he didn't say it was accelerated, unless I missed something?
  8. by   zahryia
    Quote from RNsRWe
    S/he's in the second week, not second semester.....s/he didn't say it was accelerated, unless I missed something?
    I understood clearly what she said.

    I'm not sure why whether she's in her second week or second semester makes a difference if she's in their accelerated program or not?
  9. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from zahryia
    I understood clearly what she said.

    I'm not sure why whether she's in her second week or second semester makes a difference if she's in their accelerated program or not?
    Ok, never mind. All I was saying was that based on her post, I couldn't see why you had written the post you did about being in a fast-paced accelerated program, when she had said nothing about it. I thought you had misunderstood. So, never mind; it's not related to my question about wait lists, anyway!
  10. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from RNinJune2007
    I do not live in south fla (anymore) but I have two cousins on waiting lists there. They both tell me the wait is 2 years.

    I have heard similar things from other people.
    Do you know much about starting salaries down there? Thanks!
  11. by   HopeM
    I don't know much about starting $$ in south FL, but in the Tampa area at hospitals GNs start right at $20/hr (base, day without differentials) for new hires... until they pass NCLEX, then it goes up a little for the base with the official RN. That said, a new GN working weekend nights could end up easily at $24-25/hr right off the bat. I would assume that south FL would be a little higher (moved here from there two years ago, but wasn't looking at nursing before I moved). Hope that helps.

    Also, I heard rumor after rumor in the Tampa area about 2 year waiting lists for nursing schools (2 year ADN/ASN programs)... not the case generally with the community colleges and state schools (could be the case with the career colleges and such). Most of the ones around here go by straight GPA, some in just your prereqs and some on your overall GPA (DEFINITELY find out which before picking a school... huge difference if you have college credits). Hope that helps!
  12. by   RNsRWe
    Thanks, Hope....I guess I either don't remember the posts correctly, or it's been some time, because I seem to remember people writing about (and complaining about!) wages of something like $16-$18 an hour for RNs there. I know there's a shortfall of nurses there like everywhere else, although it seems there's a higher demand for LTC and homecare nurses because of the significant geriatric population. That can bring wages up, too, but only if Medicaid and Medicare will actually do some reimbursements!

    As for the wait list, hopefully the acquaintance in question will be able to get in without too much trouble if/when she decides to do this. I still get nervous, though, when people talk about "just" getting a nursing education to make gobs of money....wish they knew how much work was involved in "just" getting an RN!
  13. by   szelda
    Hi,
    I am in the 3rd semester of the ADN at MDC.
    I was in the accelerated in the 1st semester but transferred to the Generic (accelerated was TOO fast -- 10 chapters a week assigned the first DAY of class!). The generic is 16 months long as opposed to the accelerated which is 12 months. There is no waiting list at MDC -- you have to reapply if you're not accepted for the following semester. The only waiting list I am aware of is BCC -- which is 2 years long. The BCC program is VERY tough and many people do not complete it. In fact, there was talk about BCC's accreditation being in jeopardy for a number of reasons (failing students. low retention, possible cheating, etc.)

    FIU, U of Miami, and Barry do not have waiting lists. Barry however, will not accept an applicant for reapplication to any of it's nursing programs once the applicant has been rejected once. FIU is the most affordable BSN program in Miami. There's also Nova, which has a Ft. Lauderdale campus and tuition fees comparable to Barry. It's 27 months long for the entry BSN program.

    Hope this helps,
    Roberta

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