redstepchild 2,192 Views
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Hello, I want a career in nursing I currently hold a BS and a Master degree my first choice is jeff state but the competition is tough I was wondering if VC's program easier to get in
Im 36. You may want to get an NCLEX/ RN book that is an easy read and start studying early. The stuff get's thrown at you fairly quickly. You can learn right then or prelearn.
That is what I have been doing, just reading and studying certain things until they make sense and I retain them. I've got 18 months left until graduation and I try to study "ahead".
I'm extremely happy with my decision. The nursing instructors are very very helpful.
If someone took just the VC courses, they would have a lot of cramming to do with Microbiology, AP1, Nutrition for nursing, and Eng 102 in the same quarter.
I'm very glad I will just have nursing classes. I am able to keep a lighter course load.
I did find out VC requires you to take the ATI NCLEX test and pass with a 95% before you can take the actual NCLEX. A built in guarantee that their graduates will pass with a high rate.
You also have to pass your ATI test for each nursing course subject area with an 80 in order to have passed the class.
You do have to pass your classes and ATI course tests with 80% to proceed but so far it seems they are really geared at getting you where you need to be.
The quarters are shorter. This quarter is already over on 12/06. Started the 1st week of October. Flies by. You do have to study your coursework
also, its pretty cool that my shots n stuff are paid for, I am responsible for my physical, which my Dr did and billed as an annual check up... (its all in the Billing) but then filled out the form later for me with the data.
Books/ scrubs/ lab stuff are all covered as part of tuition.
Im VERY happy with Virginia college. I will keep everyone posted. I did my research and I encourage EVERYONE to do theres.
Q to ask your BA program are
1. If I am licensed as a RN in ALabama by the AL nursing board, is that accepted in lieu of a degree from an accredited school. (example, some nurses have only a hospital Diploma).
2. If I take these classes as a community college, do they transfer.
Mention VC and you hear NO, but ask the above FIRST and then you can lead into
Well, if I graduated from VC, and I am licensed as an RN in Alabama and I took my classes at a community college, does my license and CC coursework not apply. Yes, it does. but if you took English at VC it wont transfer. So take it at a CC.
An Update on my 2010 post...
THANK GOODNESS I didn't listen to the posters HERE!
Not trying to insult but I did do the VC college route because I needed a night/ weekend program that I could transition to a 4 year program and YES, you can do VC and still go to a online program anywhere BUT you MUST take your prereqs/ core classes at a community college. (more on that later).
I did a head start avenue through VC. That is, I did ALL my core classes at Jefferson state so I could be SURE they transferred to the BA program I will attend later.
I contacted the BA programs like University of South Alabama. Initially, they told me VC would not transfer but then I was told my Jeff state classes would and when I graduated and sat for my NCLEX, THAT licensure would be accepted. So you really have to ask the right questions. NO, you wont be able to transfer an english class you take at VC but YES you will be able to transfer the english class you took at a community college.
Not to mention, taking my core classes at the community college cut 2 Q out of the tuition. Everyone said they don't redo the schedule but yes, the Bham location will if you have all your core classes but you won't find that out until you go to actually get your official schedule.
The experience so far is that they have WAY more hands on clinical hours. You only have to compare the amount of Clinical hours to see that VC has the most and that means more hours hands on and less in a classroom/ lecture setting. I'll take that. Plus, the instructors have been VERY helpful and geared towards my success which is completely different than what I experienced so far from jeff state in my core classes. I hear the Jeff state nursing program is brutal.
I've sent my transcript to USA to be evaluated and they said all I need is a licensure to be an RN in Alabama (pass the NCLEX) and my Bus math that I am taking right now, and a lit class, and I can enroll in their BA nursing program online (3 semesters 1 year), and then go for my masters (2 semesters).
I think we all know USA is not a fly by night university.
So yes, I was initially told VC wouldn't transfer and there classes don't. But the Licensure they get you DOES. So take your core classes at the community college, then go to VC if you need the Night option (5pm - 10pm M-Thur) and you don't feel like retaking a class (and waiting another year) to get in the jeff state night/weekend class.
Sure it costs more, but how much will you be losing by not being a nurse for a year?
Also, if you need extra help and support, how much is that worth it. It also seems they keep most of the nursing students in small groups so you have all the same people in your classes and that makes for easy study partners.
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