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- Jun 13, '11 by Marie13LadyinScrubs, you are awesome! thanks for taking time to help others by giving us this info. you Rock!
- Jun 22, '11 by LadyinScrubsInfo on ISU distant learning and the ATI comprehensive assessment AND review program (carp) exams. The FAQ's and policy can be found at:
- Jun 22, '11 by LadyinScrubsQuote from amarisorry, i have no idea what washington state will accept. for washington state you need to go to their bon. i can only discuss isu and california. you got the info mixed up. someone was asking about various distant learning programs. there was a discussion aobut a washington state college that has a dl rn program, but it is not approved in calif.ladyinscrubs, you're a dynamo. and you basically just solved allllllllllllllll my problems when you posted the link to that lpn training program site! so, washington state now does accept an isu online bsn...i'd seen a couple of posts where people had copied the email they received from isu, and washington wasn't on the list of states that accepted that degree. which i thought was odd, since oregon and california (the most persnickety state) do. my problem has been that i've been trying to find a program that's easier to get into initially (the adn bridge programs are really tough, as i'm sure you know- i just got rejected for this fall)... and program that's also accepted by the cali bon, since i intend to end up in big sur. but in the interim i'd wanted to live in seattle for a few years. i was worried that i'd have issues with isu in washington, but that link just helped a lot! and you're right, the wa bon is not a very user-friendly site.
so do you think isu is worth it? i don't think that completing the prereqs (phase i) will be too hard for me, except for statistics, but i'll probably take that a real live school. i've done about 75% of that stuff already and the rest i think will be pretty easy for me.
how is phase ii?
i read what you wrote about phase iii, only taking one course at a time. does a course take a whole semester? if so, how long do you estimate it will take you to finish? how do the clinicals work? can you just do them at your job or do you have to find specific sites and preceptors?
thank you so much for your feedback and help. i'm sure i'm not alone in being so grateful for this information!
- Jul 4, '11 by LadyinScrubsThose wishing to start Fall 2011 - Have you gotten your letter of acceptance yet? Who out there will be continuing at ISU Fall 2011?Last edit by LadyinScrubs on Jul 4, '11
- Jul 5, '11 by AshSoI am starting fall 2011.. I decided to take just the transition class and next semester I will take the Assessment class. Just to clarify.. u had mentioned that we will get a semester off while they figured out our clinical site. So if I finish the Assessment class Spring 2012 will I have Fall semester off or is it Summer semester off??? They didnt mention that I will have a semester off.
- Jul 5, '11 by LadyinScrubsCongratulations. The transition course is a good start, and you will not be too stressed. The first month of the program is the most difficult. The transition course is approximately 5 units. Two units for the transition class and 3 units for the pharm portion of the class. You will have your hands full and there is no need to add the extra stress of studying for the assessment class the first semester. Many have dropped one class after they realized how much study there was. Only after you successfully pass both courses will you be admitted to the program full time.
Have you bought the two transition class books? If you have not bought the pharma book, you will find the book is offered at two prices. The higher price includes the separate cost of the access code to get into the publisher's "My Nursing Lab" website. The content of My Nursing Lab is graded by the professor. If you do not buy the book with the LAB access code, the publisher sells the access code for an extra charge.
Both books give you free access code to "My Nursing Kit" portion of the publisher's website. Make sure you use the free MNK study site, and you can start reviewing the chapter outlines, chapter highlights, and chapter quizes on your own now. You are not graded on MNK (My Nursing Kit). The difference between My Nursing Kit and My Nursing Lab is in the MNL is the professor sees everything you do and she assigns chapters and quizzes/tests from MNL. Make sure you take advantage of the MNK (My Nursing Kit) end of chapter quizzes as the questions could show up on the official tests or on the MNL quizzes/tests.
You will be required to log onto blackboard and take a quiz about how blackboard works. Make sure you take notes as you use blackboard's tutorial as it will help you with the test. You can take the quiz as many times as you want to get a higher grade.
You will have to buy the ATI NCLEX program, about $530, and you will use it through out the program. When you are ready to take the NCLEX,you do not have to buy a study program as you already have it.
You will have to take an ATI critical thinkig exam (extra charge from ATI, about $35), but this test is not graded. This is a proctored test and will need to arrange for a proctor. If you have never taken a nursig critical thinking test of this type, you may want to get a good used nursing critical thinking study guide. It will make your test easier and prepare you for the type of questions you will encounter. I wish I had bought one of the books. The critical thinking test allegedly tests the way you think. I have serious doubts about their rationale. I believe it is not valid if you have never been exposed to this type of question.
Contact ISU about the your class sequence. You start Fall 2011 with the trasition. You would take assessment Spring 2012. The assessment class is not restricted to your Calif cohort group; you will find people in the class who live across the US. I was not thrilled about taking the class as there was so much to absorb and much of it is beyond what we would employ. However, I am very happy I took the class.
The summer semester, when you have no classes, you could take gen ed classes or the pathophysiology class. You are not restricted to taking the patho course from ISU or TCN. You can take it at a community college instead--the credits transfer. It is far cheaper to take it through the community college. If you take it through TCN, all you do is read and take tests; there is no term paper requirement.. Although expensive, my friend found this easier than going to a community college.
The summer 2012 will give ISU the opportunity to arrange your fall clinical site. You should start the mental health class & clinical portion in Fal 2012. From that point you are on schedule.
If you have questions, call the nursing dept as they have the answers. As soon as possible, start reading the assigned chapters as within no time you will be assigned 4-6 chapters a week to read in the pharm portion of the class and then you must also do corresponding MNL portion. As you go through the class, you will note that the transition portion of the class is left behind. Yet, the info shows up again on some quizzes and the final.
Welcome aboard the Fall 2011 ISU Calif nursing cohort group.Last edit by LadyinScrubs on Jul 5, '11
- Jul 7, '11 by RWynkoopI was curious about the admissions process. I saw a disclaimer on the ISU website that there may be a wait list to get into the phase III of the program. If so, what is it and is there anything I can do expedite the process (beyond the required admissions process).
Also, I would like to see some feedback on anyone who has completed/ in process of completing Phase II. How difficult are the exams, what kind of prep did you do, and is there any support from the university for these exams?
thanks for any input!
- Jul 7, '11 by AshSoThanks ladyinscrubs for your reply!! This helps so much!! Keep us posted when you start Mental Health Best of luck to you!
- Jul 10, '11 by Franticoola[quote=ladyinscrubs;5229575][quote=ashso;5229253]ladyinscrubs....
if you like, i can send you a copy of the semester's syllibus for the last class. this may give you an idea what to expect. send me a email or private message. btw make friends with your calif fall 2011 cohort group because this is the person(s) you can complaint to, whose shoulder you can cry on, and someone you can discuss question/problems with. i had two. both of them did not live close to me but with im, emails, and telephone calls exchanged we became friends. sometimes being a dl student can be isolating....."
i would like a copy of nurs 208 & 304 syllabus and whatever information you can send. here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org