Mercy College of Health Sciences - Des Moines - page 2

New poster hear and excited to be joining! Is anyone going (or has anyone gone) to Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA? I am starting this fall and wanted to see if anyone had tips?... Read More

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    First of all, as of winter of 2010 our pass rate was above 95%. Not only do we not have a waiting list (like DMACCS two year wait WHILE being enrolled as a student taking god knows what classes) but our tuition can be easily helped by being a mercy scholar, tuition reimburssment, and student loans. You pay for what you get just like everyone else. Mercy's program is hard and demanding but like i said you get what you pay for. I am currently a student there and absolutly love it. ALL my teachers are willing to help with anything and the tutors are students who have recently gone through the class. Whoever wrote those negative things obviously has other intents.
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    As my name implies, I'm currently pursuing my ASN/BSN through Mercy. Mercy's most recent Board rates were much better than they had been in the past, which is obviously a big deal. A lot of Mercy students are Mercy students because they don't want to wait on the DMACC waiting list, which is why I am. I also liked that because I already have a BA degree, my BSN is only 1 semester more.
    What I will say: the school struggles with organization. Mainly this is because of the high volume of students (my class has 2 sections of 40+ each) and they run on 15 week semesters 3 semesters a year, so the instructors only have a week to organize that many people and all of the clinical sites and groups - which is a hefty task, and I feel bad for them. That said, it is incredibly annoying especially for the first two semesters when it seems like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. It gets (slightly) better.
    My advice: Avoid Moravec. He was my advisor prior to entering the nursing program when I was completing all the liberal arts requirements and working full-time. He frequently told me that when I wanted to "take my education seriously" I would quit my job. He's a religious man, so I held my tongue when replying to him.
    Ask for help. While the program is disorganized, it is also difficult. The reason many don't complete it is because of that. From the beginning (of the nursing program) your grades will be based on 90% NCLEX style questions which are not just regurgitating information, but about looking at the entire clinical picture and choosing the best course of action. This can be really hard for some people. There are some books that will be recommended for you to get which helps with this i.e. Med-Surg Success, Pediatric Success. I also recommend getting NCLEX review books (the kind with tons of questions) to help me study material rather than just looking over notes, since then I have no idea whether I can apply it appropriately. They offer tutors which some really like. I've never used them, because I have had a lot of success studying my way.
    As much as you will hate it, the more you can pay attention and understand the material in your physiology and pathophysiology classes, the more success you will have later on. If you understand how the system works normally, and how it works when it's broken, you'll understand why you would see certain manifestations and take certain actions as a nurse. I would also recommend taking Pharmacology earlier than they have in the curriculum. You start giving meds basically right away, you want to understand what meds you're giving without necessarily having to look in your med book for every last bit of information - it will make all of your scenario testing much less painful. Most of my friends got flubbed up by the medications.
    They emphasize "therapeutic communication" you will hate this. It will suck. Grin and bear it - there's a test over it in 4th semester where you have to write your own IPR without any help of a text book or anything.

    All in all, while you're in the program, you will probably curse it...most all of us do. However, their pass rates have gone up, and I'll be finishing my BSN before a friend of mine who put her name on the wait list at DMACC even starts her program. By the time she's done, I'll have the potential to have my Masters. That's hard to argue with.
    Good luck!
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    I'm starting the Nursing Assistant course at MCHS. I hope the go on to the nursing program, once I've worked at a facility (hopefully a hospital) long enough to access tuition reimbursement. I'm an older student (49 next month), but I was very impressed by ****** during tour around the school. I was a little bit scared, but I'm more calm about what's to come.
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    hello can anyone help me out about going to mercy college of science des moines ..whats the pass score please and will like to know how tense it is ,will also appreciate some tips in studying thanks guys
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    Pass rates have been in the 90%s until last term. I heard that national, state as well as the colleges rates dropped due to a new NCLEX exam. They said it is a normal thing when a new NCLEX comes out. Tips for anyone: There are a lot of hoops to jump through. But stay close to your instructors, follow instructions, do your homework (lots of homework) be where you are supposed to be which includes not blowing off classes or clinicals - it's a professional program. Most of the students here transfer in so it isn't like we don't know what college is like. But nursing is a challenging program anyway. It is a bit challenging here because they rotate some faculty through courses depending upon what their specialty is and it can be difficult getting used to various instructors in a single course.
    The cost, up front may seem more, but visiting with a few of the DMACC students, by the time all the fees are added up and scholarships added in, Mercy is about the same. Plus now that they have the BSN, you can have your 4-year degree in the same time it would take you to wait on DMACCs list and then go through their program - if you make it through the program. I got in the ASN to BSN transitions program at Mercy. wish they would have had the BSN last year.

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