Anybody Else Doing Howard CC's Accelerated RN Program Starting May 2009? - page 3

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Hello everybody! I just received my acceptance letter for the Howard Community College accelerated RN program starting in May, 2009 (and running until July, 2010). I wanted to see if there was anybody else on the local... Read More


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    Quote from kcecc001
    i am applying to the accelerated program and traditional. i guess i am curious if you have any more thoughts about the rigors of the accelerated option? do the 2 programs interact much? did you consider the accelerated option? if you had been accepted to the accelerated program and offered admission this year as opposed to having to wait a full year to begin the 2 year rn program do you think you still would choose the traditional schedule? (i am applying to both for this year but as i too am out of county i feel like it is really unlikely i will get a seated - but if i do (it would be for accelerated in may).... i was going to accept and say "yippee" and buckle down - but i have yet to really talk to anyone in the accelerated (maybe they are just huddled in a study group 24/7?) - so if you have any thoughts - i would love to hear them. (also - just any thoughts you have too on the folks in the program would be great - (do you feel like there is a lot of bonding or is it more of a independent/subtly competitive experience ?) thanks so much
    you're absolutely right about the studying. we did do a lot if it. emphasis on the we. i don't know how many seats they offer now, but back then it was 24. i can honestly say that there was a lot of bonding. between clinicals (2 8 hour days/week) and study groups, and after hours skills lab, we spent a lot of time together. some clinical groups carpooled. we tried to help each other out with our issues, whether personal or with school. of course there's always gonna be that someone who tries to be the best, the "know-it-all", but remember that in the end, your ultimate goal is to pass each course and the boards.
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    I know this is an older thread but I'm applying to the accelerated program in May 2010 and I just wanted to hear how your experience has been so far Psychopharmacology?
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    Hi I'm trying to get some info about HCC's accelerated program. I'm not a Hoco resident but I do have a previous bachelor's degree. Does that carry any weight with admissions?

    Also, how intense is the program?? Do graduates usually feel prepared after graduation? or is all the infor just crammed ?
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    Quote from lmk1102
    I know this is an older thread but I'm applying to the accelerated program in May 2010 and I just wanted to hear how your experience has been so far Psychopharmacology?
    Hi there! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

    It's hard to believe, but I'm almost halfway through the accelerated program already! I absolutely love it so far, though I have to admit that it's definitely challenging. As a nursing student (and as a nurse), you've got to be willing to be flexible and dedicated, and this program certainly requires both. The faculty have been helpful and the clinical sites that I've been to have been very receptive to students.

    If there are any other questions I can answer, please feel free to ask. Best of luck!
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    Quote from honeydippeaches
    Hi I'm trying to get some info about HCC's accelerated program. I'm not a Hoco resident but I do have a previous bachelor's degree. Does that carry any weight with admissions?

    Also, how intense is the program?? Do graduates usually feel prepared after graduation? or is all the infor just crammed ?
    If you're not a HoCo resident (I'm not either), then your best (and possibly only) bet would be to apply during the rolling admissions period, which should be running from now until February 15, 2010 or so.

    Rolling admissions run on a sliding point scale. Your previous bachelor's degree will get you five points, and, if I remember correctly, you'll get another 5 points for having a 3.5 or better in your science prereqs and a further 5 points for having a 3.5 overall GPA. A 4.0 in either of those would net you 10 points. You need 15 points to qualify for rolling admission, so you can see what an advantage you get by having a bachelor's in another discipline.

    The program is very intense but doable. It would be almost impossible to be successful in this program while working a full-time job, tough, so you should have somebody (spouse/family) who can help support you during the program. As a current student, I can't speak to how prepared graduates of the program are.
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    Quote from Psychopharmacology
    Hi there! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

    It's hard to believe, but I'm almost halfway through the accelerated program already! I absolutely love it so far, though I have to admit that it's definitely challenging. As a nursing student (and as a nurse), you've got to be willing to be flexible and dedicated, and this program certainly requires both. The faculty have been helpful and the clinical sites that I've been to have been very receptive to students.

    If there are any other questions I can answer, please feel free to ask. Best of luck!

    I am glad you are enjoying the program and are doing so well. I don't mean to burst your bubble but you will be singing the blues when you get to 233 and 234. Those are the hardest courses and when you may lose the most classmates.
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    hi i came across this thread. I am from san diego california. I have a previous bachelor's in business and is seeking a BSN or ADN this program would be perfect for me since i am actually considering moving to maryland ( where i have family , aunts that are all nurses) and study there since theres a minimum of 2-3 year wait here in cali for aspiring nurse students.

    the think is i know for a fact that in my previous degree i did not have a 3.5 or even a 3,0 GPA. Will i still be able to join this program. I know i am a good student if i really focus on stuff. Back then when i was going for my first bachelor's i just cruised by I did some high grades but they were not consistent since I just wanted to get it over with. I never failed a course though.

    Can anyone help me on this. Tomorrow I will call HCC. My cousin used to go there but she transferred to UM and is also taking nursing there
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    Pschopharmacology can you tell me what your schedule was like in the summer months as far as how many days a week and hours that were required when you get a chance. Not talking about your own time you spent studing but just strictly lecture and clinical time. We have orientation in March but just trying to get an idea. Thanks so much!
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    KOALA_BEAR --- I desperately need to get a rough idea of what the schedule is for the accelerated RN program because I have to make a decision about whether I have to quit my job or not and if so whether I want to accept my seat in the program. I see you mentioned you have 2 8 hour days/week for clinicals. besides this what is the schedule like. your response is highlyyy appreciated. My forum for this question is also found here:

    http://allnurses.com/ma-nursing-programs/class-schedule-accelerated-675354.html


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    lmk1102 Please respond to my thread on : http://allnurses.com/ma-nursing-prog...ed-675354.html


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