Kapiolani Community College - page 8

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Hi, I am just trying to get some clarity on Kapiolani's RN program. I am a military spouse and am new to the island, so I called this college and was told that they do not take non-residents. Well do they mean non-resident... Read More


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    Letters are out! Anyone else receive their letter yet? Got mine today: accepted.
    Crossing my fingers for everyone else!!
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    Well I'm bummed, I didn't get in but I was expecting not to anyways. I still haven't completed all the classes, I am taking those 2 classes now this semester and should be able to get in for Fall 2010. I got alt listed, can anyone tell me your experiences from what you know about the alt list? Supposedly it's 10 additional students they keep on the side in case anyone decides to take other options--like UH if they get in.

    Anyone applied for both? How about you Lalalia?

    I'm a litte annoyed but they are making me attend that 5 hour orientation, get my immunizations, TB, uniform fittings and CPR class, just to stay on the alt list. And I didn't even get in~! I read on one of the threads that someone was chosen as an alt, went through everything and didn't get in. Oh well, hopefully anyways I am high on the list and will still get a shot at this upcoming semester.

    Congratulations to all who got in. And for those who didn't, don't give up!!! It's a lot of hard work but I know many of you can do it!
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    sometimes people end having to withdraw very last minute. at that point, if the alternates aren't already up to date with their health clearance/cpr/etc. there's no way they can start and it'll be a wasted seat for the entire semester. so yea. it's a pita but just keep your fingers crossed. if nothing else, you'll have everything already out of the way for when you get accepted next semester =)
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    hi all!

    new to the forums here. i just had a question for all of ya. i'm intending to apply to kcc's nursing program for fall '10. i have all pre-req and co-req courses completed except pharmacology. currently have a 3.7gpr and a 151 NLN score. Problem is i'm not doing so well in pharmacology, i really think i'll end up with a B or a C for the course. i really dislike how the course is structured! :<

    Anywho, based on what i read earlier on everyone's discussion, i wanted to ask if I should apply to the program before my pharm grade is posted on my transcript (since it'll drop my gpr to a 3.6 or worst case 3.5), or should i just wait to turn in my application after i get my pharm grade (regardless what it is) so that way I'll have all co-requisite courses completed despite having my gpr lowered some. what would seem to be better in terms of strengthening my application?

    thanks for all replies

    edit: if it makes any difference, i also have some health care work experience
    Last edit by lanevo on Oct 27, '09
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    Quote from lanevo

    Anywho, based on what i read earlier on everyone's discussion, i wanted to ask if I should apply to the program before my pharm grade is posted on my transcript (since it'll drop my gpr to a 3.6 or worst case 3.5), or should i just wait to turn in my application after i get my pharm grade (regardless what it is) so that way I'll have all co-requisite courses completed despite having my gpr lowered some. what would seem to be better in terms of strengthening my application?
    you don't have a choice. fall 09 grades will be posted long before they start reviewing fall '10 apps. the only way for them to not see the grade would be if you took it outside and left it off your app. of course then you wouldn't get the points for taking the co-req course either so it'd hurt you more.
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    Quote from mcubed45
    you don't have a choice. fall 09 grades will be posted long before they start reviewing fall '10 apps.
    true.

    So just to clarify: even if i turned in my app say for example december 1st(w/o listing pharm on my app since the class isn't finished at that point), when they start reviewing apps, they will note and include my pharm grade despite the fact that the class wasn't completed prior to the day my app was submitted?

    Either way, you think it best to get the points for completing my last coreq course?
    Last edit by lanevo on Oct 27, '09
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    They will review your transcript and include your points and see your grades even if you don't include it since they wait until after the semester and view the grades themselves. You still have a strong app. You should have applied for January 2010 admission, I think you would have gotten in. I have a 4.0, 141 NLN and I am missing 2 classes and I got alt listed. That means I came in next after the 40 they admitted. You're only missing one class and you have health care experience so that would have given you extra points.
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    Quote from makoa
    They will review your transcript and include your points and see your grades even if you don't include it since they wait until after the semester and view the grades themselves. You still have a strong app. You should have applied for January 2010 admission, I think you would have gotten in. I have a 4.0, 141 NLN and I am missing 2 classes and I got alt listed. That means I came in next after the 40 they admitted. You're only missing one class and you have health care experience so that would have given you extra points.
    you know, i actually really wanted to apply to the program for spring of 2010, the only problem was i felt inadequately prepared to take the NLN prior to the application deadline. So I spent alot of free time preparing for the NLN, and I didn't wanna have to worry about having to take it again or anything. Thanks for the words of encouragement though....would be cool if we both get in for the FALL
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    Quote from studentnurserachel
    I just got around to reading this thread and although I am glad to see that the direction of the thread has improved, I am disturbed by the things I saw early in the thread. It bothers me that there is more of this military vs local ranting happening here. I am a military spouse and frankly ashamed by some of the things said by the other military spouses ranting on this board, but equally offended by some of the things said by the locals posting. One of the military spouses, amidst her ranting, made a valid point in saying that we pay all state taxes that anyone local pays. The only tax that we are exempt from is Hawaii State income tax for our spouse's income only, and that is because our spouse remains a resident of their home state, unless they choose otherwise, and pays taxes (if applicable) in their home state. Military spouses pay all the taxes that anyone else living here does. We pay income tax, property tax, we pay taxes for state services that we will never use, and we pay taxes to support the community college system that (evidently) we are not given equal access to. The tax-free shopping at the commissary and exchanges is a defined benefit of being in the military, and since the commissaries and exchanges here allow all national guard and reserve members to shop there as well (something that is not guaranteed in other states), plenty of state residents who are not active duty military take advantage of that shopping privilege.

    I earned my ADN degree while my husband was stationed in North Carolina. If that school had had the same sort of restrictions that KCC evidently does, my only other avenue to earning my RN license would have been a 2 hour drive to the nearest university with a BSN program 5 days a week for 3 years, something that frankly would not have been possible. I feel blessed that the state of North Carolina not only guarantees resident tuition rates, but prohibits schools from discriminating against military or military dependents, because I would venture to say that my school was even more competitive than KCC, as they accepted only 1 in 10 QUALIFIED applicants, applicants who all met the GPA requirements, had taken all prerequisites and corequisite classes, etc. I got into the program on my own merits, held up equally against other students, maybe I even got the slot over a long-time North Carolina resident because I was more qualified. I certainly don't feel any guilt for that. I worked for 2 years as an RN in North Carolina, and now work here. If all states and schools discriminated as KCC does, making it much more difficult for military spouses to earn their nursing degrees, then the pool of military spouses who are nurses would dry up (6 of the around 30 nurses I work with are active duty military spouses). In addition, while it is true that most military spouses will eventually leave the island, some stay for 10 or more years, and some retire here (again, 4 off the nurses I work with are retired military spouses, so a total of 1/3 of the nurses on my unit either are or were military spouses), so plenty of military spouses contribute to the nursing workforce on the island.

    I can sort of see the perspective of KCC and even the local residents in this, but at the same time, I feel they are doing the country and the national community of nurses a disservice in their discrimination. As to legality, I don't know if their policies are legal, but IMO, they are not right. The whole discussion of what Hawaii is and was before the United States invaded them has no place in this venue. Regardless of what Hawaii is, the schools certainly accept federal funding, which comes out of everyone's pockets, including local residents and military.

    I really do not want to open a can of worms here, I just wanted to offer a different perspective. I am a military spouse who respects Hawaii, loves living and working here, but I am bothered by the idea that other military spouses might not be getting the opportunities I did because they moved to Hawaii in accordance with their spouse's orders.
    We both pay taxes. The only difference is that you are a military dependent and I'm not. Being in the military doesn't mean you are entitled to special treatment.
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    This bill is about to be passed so all of you military spouses out in Hawaii have no fear, you soon will be able to go to KCC or wherever you'd like!!

    http://carter.house.gov/index.cfm?se...40&itemid=1071
    Last edit by liberty_bell on Nov 21, '09


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