Bluegrass BCTCS Nursing Students

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    Hello,

    I've applied for the fall 2008 semester. I qualified for the rolling admission, but know that's no guarantee of acceptance. Any current or former Bluegrass students willing to given an idea of what to expect? Also, are pdas recommended, required, and if so, is there a particular brand?

    Thanks in advance,
    Maryann
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    I was going to apply at BCTC, but missed the conferences as I didn't know about them until too late. I am a UK pre-nursing student right now and thought that I'd look at BCTC to get my RN sooner, go back and do the RN-BSN plan at UK while working as an RN. I couldn't get everything in that I needed for BCTC in the time frame and so have decided to stay at UK for now. I like the research program that UK has for undergrads, so I guess I'm staying put.

    Good luck! Nice to see someone else from Kentucky!
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    Nice to see another Kentucky student on here. I'm so sorry you missed the deadline. I don't know if I'm in the program or not yet. From what I understand, we won't hear until the beginning of April. I've thought about doing the RN-BSN route after I graduate, but not sure at this point. I'll be nearly 44 by the time I graduate, so we'll see, assuming I get into the fall semester this year.

    I checked the pass rate for the NCLEX for Bluegrass, which looks to have stayed in the 90s, so I guess that's pretty good.

    Good luck with your studies.

    Maryann
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    Maryann,

    I battled back and forth a long time about whether to look at the 2 year program or the 4 year. I didn't realize that BCTC's application deadline was earlier than UK's. I want to go on past an RN and so I will need the BSN - I'm just not sure yet what direction I will take in the end. I am 42 so I will be 45 when I get through just the BSN. I sure wish I had done this years ago, but I took time to raise my kids - something I will never regret doing. But when I went through my divorce several years ago, I sure wished I had a degree to fall back on. But in the end I really believe that I will be a better nurse than I would have been 20 years ago. I'm much more patient and care more about people than I did then.

    How did your pre-reqs go? A lot of what UK has for pre-reqs are in the actual program at BCTC. I could have cut my time by almost a semester if I had gotten in there. But I'm really excited about the research opportunities at UK and wanting to get involved in that.

    We don't find out until May whether we get in - so I don't think BCTC is too behind on that one - it's just a long wait when you want to know!

    Good luck!!
    Sarah
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    Good for you, Sarah. It's nice to see someone my age on here. You and I took the same road it seems. I stayed home with my four kids until my youngest started kindergarten. I wish I'd attempted to start school then, but we really needed the extra income with four kids in school and all the extracurricular activities they participated in. Anyway, I feel like I'm in a better position at this point in my life than I was before anyway.

    I'm taking A & P II this semester. The only class I still need other than the actual nursing classes is Medical Micro. I thought about taking it this summer, but if I do get admitted to the nursing program, I'll have to get my CNA class out of the way this summer. I didn't think it would be a good idea to do back to back classes with no break. I did that last year, and by the time fall classes were over with, I was completely exhausted and so ready for them to be done. I managed to maintain a 4.0, but don't know about from here on out, not that I won't try. This Anatomy class is coming close to kicking my butt this semester. I'm learning a lot, but it just seems we cover the material so fast, and there's so much of it, that you don't completely grasp it before you're testing over it.

    Better scoot. I've got one test, and four exams this week, so I better get back to the books.

    Good luck.
    Maryann
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    I'm finishing my first year at Bluegrass right now. I'm 32 and have a BA already. I also plan to go on to get my MSN (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner). I ended up at Bluegrass vs UK because the tuition was 3x less. I've got a scholarship that pays for everything at Bluegrass (and then some) but would leave me short at UK. What would you like to know about Bluegrass?
    Bryan
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    Hi, Bryan.

    Thanks for your reply and good luck with your studies. I'm trying to get an idea of what to expect as far as the nursing classes go, and the instructors. From everything I've heard and read, nursing classes are way different than the gen ed classes. Anything you can think of or recommend that would help someone do well in the nursing classes would be a big help.

    Thanks,
    Maryann
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    Quote from Neoma
    Hi, Bryan.

    Thanks for your reply and good luck with your studies. I'm trying to get an idea of what to expect as far as the nursing classes go, and the instructors. From everything I've heard and read, nursing classes are way different than the gen ed classes. Anything you can think of or recommend that would help someone do well in the nursing classes would be a big help.

    Thanks,
    Maryann
    Nursing classes are different than gen ed. I only took a few gen ed classes there, as I've already got a BA from UK.

    You'll get a list of textbooks to buy before the first semester, don't let it intimidate you, it's a lot, but with one exception (there is a Med-Surg book to buy second semester) those are all the books you need in two years. They told us to budget $700-800 for books, but I bought mine on half.com and saved a ton. I also didn't buy all of them. If you want, when you get the list, PM me and I'll tell you which ones I think you can do without (I honestly think I could do without most of mine...).

    The only other generic tip I could give is don't let OB fool you. For me (I've got extensive experience in health care), the first semester was easy. I hardly studied at all. I actually know a few other people like that as well. When we got to OB this past semester, it was much harder. It's a lot to learn, only 6 weeks to do it in, only 3 tests (so if you bomb one, you could easily get in trouble), and unless you have experience in OB, it's probably all new. Out of 10 people in my original clinical group, only 4 are left. Several of those failed out due to OB. Also, the grading scale is different. 90-100 = A, 83-89 = B, 77-82 = C. I can't remember the rest, because below 77 is failing.

    Feel free to PM me with specific questions.

    Bryan
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    Hey, I just graduated from the ADN program at BCTC and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to be a RN. They set it up to where you have clinical rotations at the local hospitals shortly after you start class and complete them throughout the 2 yr program. This gives you great experience and what to expect working as a floor nurse in a local hospital.
    The program is definitely not easy but as long as you devote enough time to studying and preparing, you should do fine!!
    I just took and passed the NCLEX Exam last weds. BCTC has a very high pass rate for the exam (always in the 90's%). They definitely prepare you for boards and teach you how to be a safe, efficient nurse.
    I recently accepted a job at UK Hospital and started orientation this week. I'm definitely learning a lot and am excited to finally be out of school and working (as a registered nurse applicant - until I complete the 120 hour preceptorship after which I will recieve my RN license).
    Good luck to everyone and if you have any questions or want any advice, don't hestitate to ask
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    Congratulations!!! I remember them mentioning that at the pre-nursing conference we had to attend before applying for the program. So the 120 hours is after you graduate? Just from the way they were talking at the time, I thought maybe that was actually part of your class the last semester. I start my first semester of nursing classes next month, so any advice for a newbie would be greatly appreciated.

    Maryann

    Quote from Serendipity318
    Hey, I just graduated from the ADN program at BCTC and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to be a RN. They set it up to where you have clinical rotations at the local hospitals shortly after you start class and complete them throughout the 2 yr program. This gives you great experience and what to expect working as a floor nurse in a local hospital.
    The program is definitely not easy but as long as you devote enough time to studying and preparing, you should do fine!!
    I just took and passed the NCLEX Exam last weds. BCTC has a very high pass rate for the exam (always in the 90's%). They definitely prepare you for boards and teach you how to be a safe, efficient nurse.
    I recently accepted a job at UK Hospital and started orientation this week. I'm definitely learning a lot and am excited to finally be out of school and working (as a registered nurse applicant - until I complete the 120 hour preceptorship after which I will recieve my RN license).
    Good luck to everyone and if you have any questions or want any advice, don't hestitate to ask


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