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    Actually, the pre-reqs HAVE to be completed before you can apply. Then there are the support courses such as A&P II, micro, end of life, doseage, etc, which you earn points for completing before you start the program. See, you get points based on your HESi score. Then you get additional points for each support course you finish. Some are worth one, some two. They add your point total together and that ranks you. I can tell you that the chance of you getting in with just a high HESI and prereqs done is slim to none. I did very well on my HESI and completed all the support courses but one and just barely made it into the range of those that go accepted in the spring of 2009. So, you are looking at an easy year, year and a half to get those out of the way before you start the program. I do know one or two students in the program that got in without all their supports finished and they are really struggling to finish those AND everything you have to do for the program. It is accelerated so you basically have 3 months less to do the work than normal ADN programs. Honestly, I couldn't imagine having to take Pharm, Patho, Micro, or A&P II while in the program. There is just too much to do. Plus, you really need that knowledge from day one. Good luck.

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    If you are still looking, try Hearts in training in Garland. graduated from there last year. Good, easy program. Paid arounf $800 I believe.

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    Start my 1st semester at Mountain View College in Dallas on monday. Good luck!

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    Hard to say. Depends on several factors. I am not sure what the lowest # was that got in for this fall but I heard that last spring's number was around 28. If you had a really high HESI II score and if the three classes you have done are worth 2 points apiece, maybe. Also depends on who you are going up against. I would go ahead and apply, you might get lucky or at least you will have your three points for applying next time. Good luck.

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    I started at $10 an hour in a area hospital. Although I have heard of some hospitals offering less with no experience.

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    I am game for getting together. What is a good time and location for everyone? If anyone is on Facebook, have started a Mountain View School of Nursing group. Just search for it. Lets get something planned!

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    Congrats Mustang and Mom! At least you guys are hearing something. Other than the acceptance email, we haven't heard a thing!

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    Try Denton Regional. Once you are a Nurse Extern, you can practice your skills once you have checked them off. Plus we are really short handed! If you want some contact info, PM me.

    Matt

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    Dmatausmc-

    Welcome to the club. I haven't heard anything. I swung by the nursing office on 5/11 to ask questions but nothing had been decided. No dates for success camp or book lists yet.

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    Are these salaries your all are quoting fulltime pay with bennies? My hospital in Denton, from what I hear, start out at $23 + $5/hr shift diff. If you go PRN, you can add $10/hr on to that. I have no proof to back this up as I am still in nursing school.

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    Karma,
    Yes, you CAN apply after the pre-reqs and HESI but you most likely will not get in. The past two semesters, the best I can tell is that a 28-ish got in. If you take the HESI and got a perfect (can be done but I have never met anyone who did) they count 100-75 = 25 points. If you make a 92, 92 - 75 = 17 points. Get it? You take the say 17 points, or whatever your number is, and add that to the GPA of your pre-reqs, say 3.5. 3.5 + 17 = 20.5. Not even close to getting in.
    You need the extra points from support courses (12 possible if you take them all) to really get you competitive. Plus, from what we have heard from the instructors and 4th semester students, if you get into the program and you do not have classes like Pharmacology or Patho, or even A&P II, you are really behind and the instructors will not wait for you. I met a few graduating nurses a week ago and they both had all of their support courses done before the entered the program. Both said that they couldn't even imagine the extra course load if they had to add a few extra hours for Dev Psych, or EOL issues, or any of those other supports. It was overwhelming enough with just the nursing classes.
    Also I spoke to someone in the nursing office at BH and she said that even if you rolled in with a high or perfect score on the HESI, you might be likely passed over until you complete the majority of your support courses. They too recognized that you are just doomed to failure if you have to try to do it all in 16 months. I think this avenue of thought is from past semester experiences.
    On a personal note from someone who has completed them all, DO IT! You will make yourself more competitive, you will have a lighter class load once your in, and you will have the necessary back ground in Pharm and Patho to have it little more confidence. Now, I don't start MV until the fall so I probably do not have any idea what I am talking about but I think my theory is sound. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

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    Kani - You are Crazy!! I can't believe you are taking Micro in the Maymester. There is so much that you have to do I couldn't even imagine having to finish it in less than a month. But I guess you do go for like 8 hours a day so I could be doable. I did Chem in Summer I and it about killed me. Who is your instructor? Do you have your book list? I will sell you my lab manual (unmarked) and book if they are the same. Dosage is cake, if you can handle some basic math. Let me know if you need that book too.

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    That isn't true. I was lacking Microbiology, which I am in now. But, it has gotten so competitive and the points totals so high that you pretty much have to have them all completed to get close to the 30 mark. Now, it is possible to score a perfect on the HESI and only have a few classes done and be in the upper 20's and low 30's but Ann Cortez told me one that they really prefer those students with most of their supports completed. She said that nursing school is just too hard if you haven't had the basics.

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    Congrats KM. I got into MV also for the fall. I was initially disapointed, BH was where I have done all my pre-reqs and support courses. Plus, it is 18 miles closer to my house. The day I got the confirmation e-mail, I couldn't stand it and drove (after I looked it up on a map) down to MV to check out the their new Allied Health building. All I have to say is I was blown away. Their skills lab is state of the art. There are plenty of beds and dumbies, including the fully automated dumbies that simulate a patients symptoms. I didn't get a chance to meet any of the instructors but I am heading down there tonight for an information session. The session is geared towards those who are interested in the whole proccess but I hope to get a few questions answered. I'll let you know if I find out anything new.

    Matt

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    I talked with a 27 and they didn't get it. 28 might have been the magic number which was the number last semester.


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