I'll try to keep the details as brief as I can. I graduated high school in Ontario in 1995 (I'm 35 now), but my grade 12 marks weren't particularly high (in the 60% range- sheer lack of interest, at the time!).
I recently completed the course work to get a Ward Clerk certificate (97% avg), and then felt like I wanted to do more, and started to look into nursing. Because I have two young sons, I applied to the RPN program which is two years rather than 4 for the RN program. I also applied to the Pre-Health program. I'd rather not mention which college, unless it's necessary. Perhaps it won't matter.
I knew I would need to upgrade my high school marks in math, English, chemistry, and biology, but had no idea how to do this as an adult who already has a diploma. I dug through the college website and tried to find my answers. Then I came across the ACE Distance programs in the CE catalogue, which seemed ideal for my purposes. They were described in the catalogue as being acceptable for admissions to college-level programs. I enrolled in Communications, Core Math, Chemistry, and Biology.
I completed the four courses, earning 94% in math and English, and 97% and 98% in chem and bio, respectively. I had been in touch with the admissions advisor for the nursing programs
, asking questions about how to submit my marks, and what the deadlines were, and so forth. My problem has been that when I ask her 4 questions, I might get answers to 2 of them. Then I have to try contacting her again. I have called her at least twice, without having my calls returned.
I found out from a colleague of hers, who I managed to get hold of once I figured out that the advisor was on vacation, and she tells me that the ACE Distance courses are usually not recommended as prerequisites for Health Sciences programs! The admissions advisor never mentioned this to me, although I told her I was taking them in one of my emails. Then, once I had re-sent an email she hadn't replied to after 5 business days, she finally says that the Core Math program is not accepted as a pre-req because it isn't a grade 12-level course. File that under 'Information I Could Have Used 6 Months Ago'!
I specifically asked her what I should do to get my grade 12 math upgraded, and she didn't reply.
I'm in a bind now. I'm a bit ticked that I keep having to repeat myself, because now I feel like I'm hassling her. I realize that she is very busy, and probably has a great deal to do during admissions times. I hate to feel like I'm nagging. But everyone directs my questions to this same person over and over, and I really don't want to be the person whose name she remembers because I hassled her constantly!
I feel like I'm re-inventing the wheel, here. I can't be the only person in this situation, and I don't know why I'm finding it so difficult to get the answers I need! I've pretty much written off my application for January 2012 at this stage. She didn't receive all of my marks by July 30, which was the cut-off for mid-term grades, so I doubt I'll get equal consideration. I also wrote the HOAE in July, and got a 93.2%.
Does anyone have any advice for me? I'm so frustrated now. I think I could do very well in the nursing field, and I just want to get my ducks in a row so I can get started.
Thanks so much for reading.