Any Harper Nursing Program Students out there?

  1. Hello all!

    I was just wondering if any of you out there went to, or are currently attending Harper College's Nursing program and how you like it. Was it difficult to get in? I'm waiting to see what their new admissions policies will be for 2008 and in the meantime, trying to figure out how to meet the Math, Biology and Chemistry requirements before the deadline next January.

    It's all extremely daunting, as I'm coming out of 11 years in an art career in another state, back home to the Chicago area. I will have to live with sister and her family to get this together and am raising a teenage boy, but it's really the only alternative we have. I really need to make a connection with someone in the area for a bit of moral support, as I've lived out of state for so long and none of my friends back home are in the field.

    Any friendly voices would be so much appreciated, as this whole endeavor, preparing to move and getting the stamina together to make it through the prerequisites will take a monumental amount of strength I'll have to conjure up somehow from somewhere!

    Thanks so much, I hope to hear from you soon!
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   akorona1
    Trixie,
    I applied at Harper for fall of 08. I am currently taking every class so I only have to focus on nursing. I am also going back to college. Let me know if you applied for next year.
    April
  4. by   PinkNBlue
    I am currently trying to finish all of my pre-reqs at the moment. After this semester, I will have to finish Micro and Physiology and then I'm finished with them all. I'll probably be applying for 2008 as well. So many requirements and such. Makes my head all jumbled!
  5. by   jjen521
    Hello All,
    I just finished the Harper Nursing progam in May of this year. I am glad that I am reading in the posts that it seems like everyone is finishing all their non-nursing classes before starting the program. I don't want to scare you but it is nearly impossible to take more than one class other than just nursing with your nursing classes. So much of your time will need to be focused on just the nursing material. Beleive me when I say, you will be doing yourself such as big favor by finishing them before entering the program.

    Going into the nursing program at Harper I really had no idea what I was getting into. I knew it would be hard but not to the extent that it was. Like I said, I don't want to scare anyone but I am just telling you how it is. School will become your life 100%. Forget about working, having a clean house, going to family gatherings, or just having a life in general. If you are not prepared to make these sacrifices, you will not last long. You will need to eat, breath and sleep nothing but nursing. There is no such thing as just studying for a few hours a day, it requires a lot more than that. If this sounds like something you are prepared to do, it will be so worth all the sweat and tears in the end.

    Good luck to you all.
  6. by   ruby rose
    Hello, I graduated in 86. I was married and worked 30 hours per week during the program. I took three years for the program: science courses the first year then the nursing and one or two other courses the next two years. At that time I had no children, now I'm a grandma. Don't be afraid look at all the women completing the courses now. Harper is a good school and the hospitals they use are all great.
    Mary, Phi theta kappa
  7. by   sjj24
    can you tell me which instructors you would recommend for anatomy/physiology, microbiology, etc? any instructors you recommend NOT to take classes with? any instructors TO take classes with?
  8. by   Jilaweez
    I didn't go through the nursing program, but I took all the pre-req's, graduated and transfered to NIU's nursing program. I can tell you who I liked for teachers as far as pre-reqs go. PM me if you'd like.
  9. by   pugluvr310
    Hi! I'm currently in my first semester at the Harper Nursing program and I really love it. Granted it's only been 7 weeks. I'm currently taking NUR 101, plus pharmacology and physiology. It's a heavy load, but not impossible. I would have to say that i LOVE my physiology teacher, Sandy Kreiling, try to get her if at all possible, she makes everything SO easy to understand and is always willing to re-explain something or spend some extra time with you. As far as the nursing program goes. It is hard, and there's a lot of work involved. "But if it was easy, then everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great" (League of Their Own). Everyone is different and everyone learns differently, but I don't think it's as daunting as some make it out to be. You will have to cut back your social/family time, and it's smart to cut back on work too, but you will still have a life if you study smart, not a big life, but something. I did hear that is it extremely tough to get into (out of the 1300 people that applied last year 120 got in) but they are changing their admissions so if you have your pre-reqs done before the program you get extra points for that and i don't think they're looking at the GPA as much as classes finished and the NLN score. To give you an idea. I got an 89 on my NLN, and had a 3.25 GPA, I was wait-listed, then accepted early April. It is a GREAT program, one of the best around here and definitely worth the effort to get in. Best of luck to you and all the others out there. If you have any more questions or want to know more info on teachers PM/e-mail me and I'd be happy to share as much info as you need.
  10. by   itsa307
    Hi! I just found this site and I am soo excited! I started classes at Harper this past Summer taking the pre-req's for the nursing program. I am a stay at home mom of 2 small kids and I work part time so this will be very slow going for me but I am very determined! I am currently taking psy101 and plan to take chem100 in the Spring. I would LOVE any recommendations! Good Luck to you all! :spin:
  11. by   jjen521
    You will love Harper.....when you take Microbiology make sure you take Pam McGlaughin...she makes learning fun and explains things in a way that is easy to grasp. I am not a science person and I absolutly loved this class!!
  12. by   itsa307
    Thanks soo much! That's the kind of teacher I need! I will definitely look for her name when it comes time to register. I graduated from Harper 8 years ago from a certificate program and I am soo happy to be back. I just enjoy being on campus. I should've done this when I graduated HS but I was in a different career going towards a different path and now I just know the time is right. I took a simple reception job at a drs office when my son was born and now I just want to do more and it all interests me soo much.
  13. by   Aspire2Be
    I was wondering if you were ever admitted to the program. If so, do you know if the Nursing Program is only full-time or do they allow part-timers?
  14. by   Aspire2Be
    Do you know if the Harper Nursing Program tailors to full-time workers - in other words, once enrolled in the program, can students attend part-time?

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