Waiting List?

  1. I am curious if you had to be on a waiting list to start into the nursing program. If yes how long did you wait for?

    I will submit my application in August (2003) and I will not be able to start until August 2005!!!!
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   pedi-RN
    Our school doesn't keep a waiting list. You apply for the upcoming semester, and if you aren't accepted you have to reapply for the next term. Once the semester begins, and all of the slots are definately filled, all of the old packets are destroyed. There are around 120 spots between the two campuses, and over 400 applied this round.

    Holli
  4. by   Momto2Boys
    Wow! Did you get in already?
    So do they choose by GPA etc.
  5. by   pedi-RN
    Yes, they accept by GPA. They tell you that you must have your pre-req's complete with a 2.5 to apply, but the competition is so stiff that the minimum accepted this semester was a 3.5 with all pre-req's and 11 hours of additional support classes finished. I applied for the first time and got in!!! I am finishing my last support class needed right now, A&P II, and orientation is tomorrow. Then classes start August 25th. I can't wait!

    Holli
  6. by   Jen2
    Ditto for me. My program is like Holli's. I had to apply twice. The first time I didn't have chem completed and got denied.
  7. by   ggfifirn05
    My CC's program is also like Holli's. I was denied the first time, but I was finishing up Micro and Sociology that semester. Also, I applied for the Summer program when they only take 60 students, rather than the 120 they take for the Fall and Spring Program. I heard there were over 300 applicants for the Summer program! The application process is based on points from your GPA and your PSB-NAT (Nursing Aptitude Test) scores. If you aren't accepted, they make you apply again for the next semester's program. I'm waiting to hear by the end of the month if I've been accepted for the Fall semester.
  8. by   PJMommy
    No wait list for an accelerated BSN program. They have rolling acceptance and once they are full, they cut it off. Not everyone is accepted...obviously. Usually, they tell the last 2-3 people they are alternates because someone generally changes their mind right before the program starts. I checked into ADN programs at CC and another traditional BSN at state college -- both of whom had horrible waiting lists. Fewer students look to accelerated because you need a BS or BA to be considered and it is highly recommended that you NOT have a job while in the year program. Also, the school I'm at is private so tuition is outrageous and fewer people choose to take on that debt (although ironically, they have more scholarship programs available at the private school).

    Anyway, I applied, was accepted for last August but decided to defer to January entry because the scholarships had already been eaten up for fall entry. Started in January with a full-tuition scholarship...will graduate on December 21st YAY!!
  9. by   maire
    Mine is like Holli's, Jen's, and Susan's...and prolly a host of other CCs. I got in first time I applied, but had all pre-reqs/co-reqs done (except Nutrition which I am taking now). Not sure if my GPA had anything to do with it or if I just applied early enough.
  10. by   Momto2Boys
    Originally posted by PJMommy
    No wait list for an accelerated BSN program. They have rolling acceptance and once they are full, they cut it off. Not everyone is accepted...obviously. Usually, they tell the last 2-3 people they are alternates because someone generally changes their mind right before the program starts. I checked into ADN programs at CC and another traditional BSN at state college -- both of whom had horrible waiting lists. Fewer students look to accelerated because you need a BS or BA to be considered and it is highly recommended that you NOT have a job while in the year program. Also, the school I'm at is private so tuition is outrageous and fewer people choose to take on that debt (although ironically, they have more scholarship programs available at the private school).

    Anyway, I applied, was accepted for last August but decided to defer to January entry because the scholarships had already been eaten up for fall entry. Started in January with a full-tuition scholarship...will graduate on December 21st YAY!!
    Wow that is great!!!! Good luck for the rest of the year!!!
  11. by   Momto2Boys
    Our school doesn't go based on GPA or prereqs by choice. Of course you have to have a 2.5 & atleast A&P I completed. They just accept the applications in order and you are given a number and when your number comes up then you are in. I will be up early on that day waiting in line to turn mine in hoping that there may be a chance that I can get into the Fall 2004. Very rare but hey it is worth a try.
  12. by   colleen10
    My CC has no waiting lists either. But I will add that I live in Pittsburgh where it seems we have all types of nursing schools on every corner.

    You do have to meet a minimum level of requisities to get in though, like Chem and A&P completed and a min. GPA of 2.5 but they do not appear to be real strict about it. ie. you can apply in the Spring and start in the Fall as long as you finish up the rest of your requisites in the summer. I have also met fellow students from other campuses who didn't even have all the pre-req's completed and were still allowed to start clinicals as long as they were working on the pre-req's at the same time.

    My advisor said that this year they wouldn't have as many open spots as they did last year, for my particular campus. Don't know if they have less teachers, etc. and she said that they were looking over all the applications and who ever was closest to having all the pre- and co-req's completed would gain entry.
  13. by   AmyLiz
    Our school has a waiting list. Last I heard it was from a 4-5 quarter wait (roughly 1.25 years). But I've heard from other students that it didn't take them as long. Usually 3-4 quarters it seems. The faster you get your pre-req's done, the faster you seem to get in. GPA isn't a factor, from what I hear too. As long as you have a "C" average, you can apply. I will be on the wait list after I take the entrance exam next month.
  14. by   iliel
    My school has no waiting list, they upped the number of students from 32 to 64 2X a year. You can't apply until you have completed A&P II, and Micro needs to be completed by the beging of the second semester of Nursing. There are other pre reqs that need to be done by the end of the 1st year of Nursing, but if you have them completed before you apply, you get bonus points. You also get bonus points if you work in health care, voulenteer, and your NLN score.
    It's amazing how many things you can do to improve your chances. I will apply in March 04, and will hopefully start in Fall 04!

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