Quote from AprilAnney
Is the "Human Growth and Development" pre-req the same as Developmental Psych? I'm hoping so...
I'm currently at AACC and getting frustrated with their changing admissions policies (which have now become non-competitive other than who can run to the office and submit their application first) so I'm looking in to other options. At UMSON, I'd finish my schooling in the same amount of time as I would if I stayed at AACC, but I'd have a BSN instead of ADN (I have previous credits from University of Delaware that I could transfer). I just have Stat and Nutrition that I need to take (and I think a humanities class)- which I just registered for at AACC for the fall.
Anyone know how GPA is calculated? Is it only on the courses that you transfer over? My grades at UD are horrific (that was 10 years ago when I was a young, immature, lost child with no career goals)
, but I'm holding strong with a 4.0 at AACC now that I have a focus. If I only transfer in the pre-reqs, my GPA is above the required 3.0...but if they transfer over all of my credits from UD, I'm in bad shape.
I'm going to go in and speak with an advisor soon- the application deadline is quickly approaching and I'd like to apply for the Spring 2012 class if at all possible.
I attended AACC from 8/09-05/11 in order to complete my prerequisites for nursing school and was thinking of applying to AACC's nursing program, but for the same reason you cited, applied to UM and was accepted for Spring 2011, but deferred until August 2011. I will try to answer your questions in order:
(1) Yes...Developmental Psychology is the same as Human Growth and Development.
(2) From what I was told by an admissions counselor, the GPA is calculated on prerequisite courses only; UM places emphasis on the cumulative science GPA for obvious reasons; since a portion of your prerequisites were taken some time ago at UD, they will place the most emphasis on your more recent grades (I believe the last 40-60 hours or so...I could be mistaken). The thing about UM is that they evaluate the total package: transcripts, both academic and personal recommendations, resume and personal goals statement.
I know that the nursing program at AACC ranks students strictly by their cumulative prerequisite GPA with the top 80-90 students extended offers of admission. Does AACC require a TEAS test? I know they plan to make that a requirement in the very near future. UM will require one if you decide to apply and you need a minimum adjusted score of like 70 I believe. FYI...you can take that test in the testing center at AACC and since you are a student you will not have to pay the testing fee; however, you will have to pay to have your TEAS scores sent to both UM and AACC.
If you are interested in attending UM you should send a copy of your transcripts (from all institutions, except high school) to their admissions office to be evaluated. They will let you know if (1) your courses will transfer; and (2) you are competitive or not. I think it only takes 7-10 days for them to examine the transcripts. I know individuals who had excessively high GPAs that didn't get an offer, while others with much lower GPAs get offers, so there are no hard cut-offs.
I would also recommend attending one of UM's Open Houses, which would be a great source of information. Go to UMSON's website to look at the scheduled times and dates. It is a great program with great, new facilities with a lot going on. I thought their facilities were nicer than Hopkins when I went to tour their facilities.
Also, bear in mind that AACC's nursing program has a stellar reputation and from the unsubstantiated rumors that I have heard their students get more clinical hours than the UM students. I know quite a few very capable and impressive individuals who could have gone wherever they wanted to go for nursing school, yet chose AACC. So it is not a huge step down if you apply and get accepted into AACC's ADN program. I think the BSN gives you a pathway into management and it seems like a lot of hospitals are requiring BSN-trained nurses to gain Magnet status...whatever that means.
If you have specific questions feel free to PM me. Good luck to you!