BCTC Nursing Fall 2011 - page 4

I applied for BCTC nursing program beginning fall 2011. I am thinking whoever applied should find out this week or next week. Anyone else here apply?... Read More

  1. Visit  LuckyinKY profile page
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    Quote from ky_grl82
    This is a "fixing to be a 2nd year" BCTC (Cooper) student... GET YOUR PHARMACOLOGY DONE OVER THE SUMMER!!! Tests are all online (aka OPEN BOOK!).
    Ditto to this, I did do summer pharmacology and it is was a lifesaver. BCTC has been a better experience then I expected and I love my classmates.
  2. Visit  LuckyinKY profile page
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    I am a now second year BCTC student as well, feel free to ask away. The books required the first semester are a bundle, but you may or may not use everything. I bought the bundle for Fundamentals because of the online access codes, but honestly would have managed fine without the books. I also feel that the Skyscape Iphone software is helpful but not essential. You can use free programs like Epocrates and get almost the same information.

    I wound up buying older editions of the texts for the spring and managed just fine. I honestly find better resources using Google and making my own outlines from the lecture material. But it depends on how you study.

    I have loved my time at BCTC, our class is very organized and close-knit and have always helped each other. We have a huge pool of study materials such as outlines and study guides. I am tempted to organize them and sell them to the first year students as a fundraiser for our pinning ceremony.

    These are the 2 most important books for the first semester in my opinion and are part of the bundle:

    Potter and Perry Fundamentals of Nursing is an essential book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-N...dp_ob_title_bk

    Jarvis Pocket Physical Assessment will be useful for the first part of the semester when learning assessments:
    http://www.amazon.com/Companion-Phys...5040556&sr=1-3
  3. Visit  LuckyinKY profile page
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    Saw this on Craigslist, someone is selling their BCTC nursing texts:
    http://lexington.craigslist.org/bks/2368621114.html
  4. Visit  meg5 profile page
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    Hi everyone,

    I have heard some bad things about BCTC, it is nice to have come here and read about some positive experiences. I am planning to apply to nursing school for the fall 2012 at BCTC in Lawrenceburg, so I am slowly working my way into it. I wanted my youngest child to be 3 before I take the plunge and get so tied down. Just working through psychology and the prereqs have been hard with a job and kids, as I am sure lots of you know!
  5. Visit  KYfan100 profile page
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    Hi all. Are there any alternates for BCTC Fall 2011 that have been accepted yet?? Trying to see where I am on the list now, and can never seem to get a hold of anyone when I call campus. Thanks!
  6. Visit  ky_grl82 profile page
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    Quote from KYfan100
    Hi all. Are there any alternates for BCTC Fall 2011 that have been accepted yet?? Trying to see where I am on the list now, and can never seem to get a hold of anyone when I call campus. Thanks!
    Have you checked your mybin account? Thats how we found out last year.

    Go to https://mybin.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/ and enter your KCTCS username and password. Then click on Check my selective admission file. If there is a Yes it means you are in. If there is a No means you are not accepted. If there is a number that is your alternate #. You may not find out until a week before classes and obviously that puts you at a disadvantage as many of the earlier time groups are filled (10 in each section). Hope this helps.
  7. Visit  LuckyinKY profile page
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    I was #7 on the alternate list and I did not get in until the end of June, just in time to take summer pharmacology. Many people did not find out until right as classes started for the fall.
  8. Visit  amandakash profile page
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    I took my pre-reqs at BCTC main campus and had a generally great experience. Dr. Shirley Whitescarver is the best. Ever. I met the little woman who is in charge of the nursing program at Lawrenceberg. It was raining and she didn't have an umbrella so I helped her walk to her car. She was very nice and she knew that I was a nursing major, even though I'd never seen her before in my life. She said she could tell that I had a caring gene and I would make a wonderful nurse. It was probably the nicest thing anyone has said to me.

    Anyway - I know of two people that were accepted into BCTC but chose to go to EKU, so that should be two spots at least that are open. Congratulations to everyone that got in. From what I've heard there are a lot of hoops to jump through and it's way more complicated than the stuff I had to do to get into EKU's ABSN.

    Best of luck to everyone!
  9. Visit  rasphil profile page
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    Have any alternates being accepted yet? am alternate #9 and am not sure how many alternates they will accept. Anyone with any info please let me know.
  10. Visit  LuckyinKY profile page
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    They accepted around 15-20 alternates I think last year. Many people apply to multiple schools, others will move, marry, get pregnant, etc... As number 9, I am sure you will get in.
  11. Visit  DA314 profile page
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    Hi all you new BCTC ADN students! I just graduated from there in May. I had a decent experience. I was a little disappointed overall in the kowledge of their teachers. The instructors are wonderful people with huge hearts, but they didn't seem to know much about the subjects they were teaching.

    That being said, if you study the powerpoints like crazy you will do just fine. I never even cracked open a textbook. Also, the ipod and software are not necessary. They told me we had to buy it, so I spent $400 to get the ipod touch and the software for it. Total waste of money. Get yourself a used drug book and you'll be fine. Don't spend $1000 on the books they recommend. They have copies of all the books on hold at the library, so you can always just go study there if you really want to use a book.

    I would suggest getting yourself a good care plan book and a good stethoscope- they will save your life during nursing school!

    Be prepared for a lot of boring lectures, people asking irrelevant questions, people offering up too many personal experiences, and CNAs who think they know everything.

    Most of all, take the time to enjoy it! We were a close-knit class and had a lot of fun together during clinicals and such.

    Good luck everyone.
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  12. Visit  vinceharrisky profile page
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    To all students starting the program I wish you the absolute best of luck. I left the program midway through the 2nd semester and am currently pursuing legal action against the school for breach of contract. I was a 4.0 student recently inducted into PTK on campus before anyone starts thinking I'm just some bitter student that flunked out. I've had a few contact me and since I don't know or have enough points to reply directly I'll post in brief regarding my experiences. While this is being posted only as opinion the truth will come out.

    -Disorganization
    Where do I start with this one? From losing your immunization records, signature forms and study guides just to name a few you'll quickly hear them explain that it's not their responsibility to keep up with your paperwork so be prepared to keep doing the same amount of leg work if not more than you did to apply.

    -Unprofessional Behavior
    There honestly isn't enough in the whole span of the Internet itself to list the behaviors of some of these instructors. If you're not one of their favorite students that kiss up and interrupt class time to talk about "well what we do at where I work is...." then don't expect a good experience overall. Your study guides/books/handouts will often not match the information being given in the books and any attempt to have the incorrect information marginalized will be seen as hostile behavior. You WILL be constantly reminded that you are held to a higher standard than the rest of the students and to be on your very best of behavior or the Fuhrer will get a phone call and you'll get an a$$ chewing for it.

    -Audio recordings
    One thing you're going to hear and read is that audio recording isn't permitted in the classes without special permission. Kentucky is a one way state when it comes to recording anything from phone calls to lectures. Only one person has to have knowledge that something is being recorded and if it helps you study and you know you're recording it then no law is being broken. Video is another matter as that's a privacy violation but having an audio version of the lecture that you can refer to will help your overall success I promise.

    -Tests
    Make something up like ADD/ADHD or whatever and go to Disability Support Services so you can get more time and less stress in taking your exams. With the Fuhrer running the tests, walking the rows like a lioness seeking whom she can devour and the stress of your future careers on the line it's just a good way to get away from it all so you can examine what you're being "taught" with some modicum of confidence.

    -Scores/Grades
    You WILL have to fight for your grade. One teacher will say one thing while two others say three different things. Questions will be thrown out for some but not others and they don't round up. If you get and 84.99 as your final average that is considered failing cause it's not an 85.

    -Skills
    Practice practice practice, make a study group, find a nurse friend, do SOMETHING but do not expect that just because your class schedule says "Lab" that you'll be practicing anything other than how to survive utter bedlam. Oh and expect the favorite students that I mentioned before to check you off during your skills assessment even though it's the instructors that are supposed to be doing it. They'll be much more interested in making sure the candy by 3rd semester is getting sold for their graduation ceremony.

    -Class assessments
    You have never been pushed to complete a piece of paper so fast in your entire life, I promise. These are the forms that administration will use to gauge your overall satisfaction with everything to do with the nursing program and you will be threatened not to list anything negative by the Fuhrer herself.

    -Clinicals
    Your clinical instructors will be great as long as they're not your actual instructors who will be there and will say the exact opposite of what your clinical instructors at the hospital tell you to do so watch out. They will take points for going to the bathroom, your fellow students will tattle on you for doing something you were told to do just so they can look better to the instructor.

    I could go on and on and allnurses may delete this but if you'd like to copy and paste this around feel free since a couple of newspapers are putting a story together about it anyway. I'm not the only student that left and won't be the last. For more information go ahead and email me at vincentharris(underscore)97(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Good luck and God bless
  13. Visit  RN_2012 profile page
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    I don't know what school year you had trouble in, but I am just starting my 2nd year and have had none of the problems you listed. Last years class at a 97% NCLEX first time pass rate.

    Quote from vinceharrisky
    To all students starting the program I wish you the absolute best of luck. I left the program midway through the 2nd semester and am currently pursuing legal action against the school for breach of contract. I was a 4.0 student recently inducted into PTK on campus before anyone starts thinking I'm just some bitter student that flunked out. I've had a few contact me and since I don't know or have enough points to reply directly I'll post in brief regarding my experiences. While this is being posted only as opinion the truth will come out.

    -Disorganization
    Where do I start with this one? From losing your immunization records, signature forms and study guides just to name a few you'll quickly hear them explain that it's not their responsibility to keep up with your paperwork so be prepared to keep doing the same amount of leg work if not more than you did to apply.

    -Unprofessional Behavior
    There honestly isn't enough in the whole span of the Internet itself to list the behaviors of some of these instructors. If you're not one of their favorite students that kiss up and interrupt class time to talk about "well what we do at where I work is...." then don't expect a good experience overall. Your study guides/books/handouts will often not match the information being given in the books and any attempt to have the incorrect information marginalized will be seen as hostile behavior. You WILL be constantly reminded that you are held to a higher standard than the rest of the students and to be on your very best of behavior or the Fuhrer will get a phone call and you'll get an a$$ chewing for it.

    -Audio recordings
    One thing you're going to hear and read is that audio recording isn't permitted in the classes without special permission. Kentucky is a one way state when it comes to recording anything from phone calls to lectures. Only one person has to have knowledge that something is being recorded and if it helps you study and you know you're recording it then no law is being broken. Video is another matter as that's a privacy violation but having an audio version of the lecture that you can refer to will help your overall success I promise.

    -Tests
    Make something up like ADD/ADHD or whatever and go to Disability Support Services so you can get more time and less stress in taking your exams. With the Fuhrer running the tests, walking the rows like a lioness seeking whom she can devour and the stress of your future careers on the line it's just a good way to get away from it all so you can examine what you're being "taught" with some modicum of confidence.

    -Scores/Grades
    You WILL have to fight for your grade. One teacher will say one thing while two others say three different things. Questions will be thrown out for some but not others and they don't round up. If you get and 84.99 as your final average that is considered failing cause it's not an 85.

    -Skills
    Practice practice practice, make a study group, find a nurse friend, do SOMETHING but do not expect that just because your class schedule says "Lab" that you'll be practicing anything other than how to survive utter bedlam. Oh and expect the favorite students that I mentioned before to check you off during your skills assessment even though it's the instructors that are supposed to be doing it. They'll be much more interested in making sure the candy by 3rd semester is getting sold for their graduation ceremony.

    -Class assessments
    You have never been pushed to complete a piece of paper so fast in your entire life, I promise. These are the forms that administration will use to gauge your overall satisfaction with everything to do with the nursing program and you will be threatened not to list anything negative by the Fuhrer herself.

    -Clinicals
    Your clinical instructors will be great as long as they're not your actual instructors who will be there and will say the exact opposite of what your clinical instructors at the hospital tell you to do so watch out. They will take points for going to the bathroom, your fellow students will tattle on you for doing something you were told to do just so they can look better to the instructor.

    I could go on and on and allnurses may delete this but if you'd like to copy and paste this around feel free since a couple of newspapers are putting a story together about it anyway. I'm not the only student that left and won't be the last. For more information go ahead and email me at vincentharris(underscore)97(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Good luck and God bless

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