Got into Galen College of Nursing's LVN to RN! - page 3

I'm so thrilled!:yeah: Anyone else in the San Antonio area starting with the January '09 class? ? ? Dave... Read More

  1. Visit  jnrsmommy profile page
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    I don't have any info, just want to wish you the best of luck!!!!!
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  2. Visit  BBFRN profile page
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    Quote from ddjfam
    I recently found out I was accepted by Galen to start their RN program in July. Can anyone tell me about their 1st quarter school schedule. I would like to continue working while attending school. I have some of the prerequistes but still require a few more, is the first quarter just prerequistes?

    How do you like the RN program so far? I know it's a new program but I heard it's a good program. Thanks to all who reply. Any information provided will be useful.

    http://galencollege.edu/louisville/d..._Jan2009II.pdf

    Here you go- the course catalog has each campus's schedule for each program.
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  3. Visit  RN Texas profile page
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    Here's the link you need to go to specifically for Galen: http://www.galencollege.edu/sananton...rar/schedules/


    I did the 18 month program and am in my second quarter of 6 quarters. First semester, you take English, Math and Anatomy and Physiology.

    Tuesday: English 10-12, and Math from 1-3
    Wednesday: 8-5 A&P and lab
    Thursday: English 10-12, and Math from 1-3.

    Three days maximum per week with the 6 quarter program :-). I'm able to work full-time and go to school. It's really not that hard to manage it, compared to LVN school.

    Any questions, please let me know. I really do enjoy the school and the instructors are great and always willing to help whenever needed!



    Dave
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  4. Visit  ddjfam profile page
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    Quote from DaveUproar
    Here's the link you need to go to specifically for Galen: http://www.galencollege.edu/sananton...rar/schedules/


    I did the 18 month program and am in my second quarter of 6 quarters. First semester, you take English, Math and Anatomy and Physiology.

    Tuesday: English 10-12, and Math from 1-3
    Wednesday: 8-5 A&P and lab
    Thursday: English 10-12, and Math from 1-3.

    Three days maximum per week with the 6 quarter program :-). I'm able to work full-time and go to school. It's really not that hard to manage it, compared to LVN school.

    Any questions, please let me know. I really do enjoy the school and the instructors are great and always willing to help whenever needed!



    Dave


    Thanks so much that schedule really helps alot. Glad to hear you really enjoy the school. Since it's a new program I haven't heard to much about it, but it is good to hear from a current student. Good luck.
  5. Visit  KMD728 profile page
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    Hello all!

    I'm currently an LVN student at Galen in SA. I'm wanting to go to Galen for my RN. And I'm currently working on my application. I plan on turning it in within the next week.
    I'm about to finish up my 3rd quarter on July 24th, and then will only have my 4th quarter left. My *hopeful* plan is to turn in the app. now and start the RN right out of LVN school without having to wait.
    My question is...does anyone have an idea as to how long the wait to get in is? I know there isn't necessarily a wait per say because they start every 3 months, however sometimes the financial aid meeting can set you back because they get so swamped.
    Was it real "tough" to get accepted?
    Also, how are current RN students there liking it?
    If I'm planning on working during the RN program would you reccommend the 18 months option? It is afterall just 3 more months longer...

    Any advice/tips would be really helpful! Thank you!
  6. Visit  RN Texas profile page
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    I applied in December and got into the January 2009 class.
    I didn't find it tough to get accepted. My LVN GPA was 3.49, but they look more at where you went to school (Galen grads are preferred). I wasn't a Galen grad, so I had to make sure I got some good references (I highly recommend getting a few of these).

    I like the RN program. I am doing the 18 month program. So far, it's been great. This next quarter I will be going to school for 4 days a week which I don't really like, but it's not supposed to be like that in the up-coming quarters. Compared to LVN school, it is much more relaxed and not nearly as time consuming.

    I would recommend the 18 month program. A lot of us started doing home health visits to work around our schedule. I'd recoommend that unless you can find a job that will give you a super flexible schedule.

    Feel free to private message me if you have any questions-- I don't mind at all :-)



    Dave
  7. Visit  Avril_86 profile page
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    I just thought I'd warn people that Galen's program is not NLNAC accredited, which could hurt your chances of finding a job after graduation and could definitely prevent you from advancing in both your career as well as your education (more and more hospitals want their employees to have at least BSN degrees but if the RN-BSN program you're considering doesn't recognize the previous education you obtained to get your RN it could be very difficult if not impossible to transfer over to that BSN program). If you were however hired after graduation, then congratulations! That's a pretty amazing feat you've accomplished considering your odds.
  8. Visit  BBFRN profile page
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    NLN accreditation does not affect job placement, although it can affect subsequent educational pursuits. Galen is currently in the process of obtaining their accreditation, and current students are aware of this. FWIW, Indiana Wesleyan offers an accredited RN-BSN program for those who have completed unaccredited ASN programs. There are options out there.

    In addition, none of my former students have had any issues whatsoever obtaining employment. The odds are not bad at all.
  9. Visit  Avril_86 profile page
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    [quote=BBFRN;4019508]NLN accreditation does not affect job placement, although it can affect subsequent educational pursuits. Galen is currently in the process of obtaining their accreditation, and current students are aware of this. FWIW, Indiana Wesleyan offers an accredited RN-BSN program for those who have completed unaccredited ASN programs. There are options out there.[quote]

    I probably should have been more specific earlier because by "educational advancement" I actually had an NP degree in mind, and several of the NP programs I've looked into generally frown upon any prior nursing education taken at a vocational/trade school or online.

    Plus, with the high cost of going to Galen, are there that many people willing to jump head-first into another expensive program with a somewhat shady reputation? Sorry, but I've developed a wariness for online programs, especially when so many students complain about all of the red tape they encounter after graduating from one of these so-called "accredited" distance education schools (i.e., having to file appeals to the boards, taking additional tests in order to prove themselves, etc., etc.) The extra hassle just doesn't seem worth it to me. Then there are the online "professors" who almost never respond to you, and when they finally do they demonstrate poor grammar and spelling in their explanations.

    I'm not a PR rep for another school; if I was, then I'd be recommending another obscure trade school. I'm just stating what I know based on observations... and my own personal experiences.

    You'll have to excuse my cynical ways, but if I was seriously considering Galen for the RN program, I'd wait until after you've gained that accreditation, then apply, and after getting my RN from Galen, move onto a cheap, 4-year university that everybody recognizes for my BSN because there is no way I'd stop at an RN (or an LVN for that matter). Few people actually want either of those licenses to be their last anyway, because nowadays too many employers will only look at job applicants who have much more advanced qualifications. Plus, after a while, LVNs begin to feel like they're being paid in peanuts compared to what RNs make.
  10. Visit  BBFRN profile page
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    I think it's great that you are thinking ahead regarding your educational plans, and for most people who have their lives worked out to be able to attend a 4 year university, I would highly encourage that myself.

    Many people attending nursing programs such as this in my area have lost their jobs, and they have families to feed. They have decided to complete a program that won't take as long as a 4 year BSN, so they do the 1+1 at schools like Galen (LPN the first year, then RN the second year). All the hospitals in my area offer tuition reimbursement for Indiana Wesleyan's program, so they don't seem to have a problem with it. I have heard nothing but good things about them, so I will reserve any opinions about them having a shady reputation.

    It's wonderful that you have the option of completing a 4 year degree, and I agree that you should definitely stick with your plan. Good luck to you in your educational pursuits, and welcome to Allnurses.
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  11. Visit  mary2169 profile page
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    Quote from BBFRN
    I think it's great that you are thinking ahead regarding your educational plans, and for most people who have their lives worked out to be able to attend a 4 year university, I would highly encourage that myself.

    Many people attending nursing programs such as this in my area have lost their jobs, and they have families to feed. They have decided to complete a program that won't take as long as a 4 year BSN, so they do the 1+1 at schools like Galen (LPN the first year, then RN the second year). All the hospitals in my area offer tuition reimbursement for Indiana Wesleyan's program, so they don't seem to have a problem with it. I have heard nothing but good things about them, so I will reserve any opinions about them having a shady reputation.

    It's wonderful that you have the option of completing a 4 year degree, and I agree that you should definitely stick with your plan. Good luck to you in your educational pursuits, and welcome to Allnurses.
    why would you mention that indiana wesleyan's program does tuition reimbursement if you are talking about galen's program? are you saying that people should go there instead of galen?
  12. Visit  BBFRN profile page
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    Indiana Wesleyan has a ASN-BSN program. I was suggesting it for those who have completed their ASNs at certain non-accredited schools.
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  13. Visit  mary2169 profile page
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    oic, i am confused on what i should do. do i really want to spend 15-17000 at galen to be an lvn and then another 20000 to continue on with thier rn program? i went to the baptist health care system, here in san antonio, open house and they are not accredited either. the uthsc, sac, and st phillips all said that they only accept a certain amount of people every term and i can literally be waiting 2-3 years before i even get accepted. anyone have any advice? i thought about just going get my lvn with galen, but the way they set up the curriculum does not allow that. another words they put all the classes that other schools would classify as pre reqs into thier 2nd term for the rn's. so basically you would have to be an rn at galen to have some of the pre reqs other schools would accept. should i take my pre reqs now and then go to galen for the lvn so that i can transfer to another school later. please someone help me....

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