PalmHarborMom 5,772 Views
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At the colleges that I looked at, the actual nursing part of the program was a set program. Meaning that there was no choice as to which classes were taken when. BUT, the pre-req's can be completed as quickly as you are able to. So if you are highly motivated AND can still maintain a good GPA.... you could finish a BSN in 3 years from start to finish. Please be aware that most nursing programs are highly competitive so be honest with yourself if it becomes too much. I did 78 credits in 2 years... with a 3.9 GPA, so it is very doable. Considering I am an older student, I took 2 remedial Algebra classes and needed foreign language in addition to the regular pre-req's. Had I not needed those other classes, I would have easily finished the pre-req's in 1 year. Taking more than full time does prepare you for nursing school. At my university, we take 17 credits the first semester. It is alot for the students that have never taken above 12.
One of the things that I found helpful was not memorizing the information for each medication individually. Instead, I grouped them into categories (ex. beta blockers or ace inhibitors) and learned their side effects, actions and contraindications. Then if there were specific side effects for a certain med, like Steven Johnson's Syndrome, I learned that. Our program really focused on knowing what to do and when. So knowing when to hold a med or when a side effect was life threatening or not was essential to getting an A in the class. Pharm is a difficult class but definitely doable. Learning 100 meds is hard but breaking them down into 8 groups is much easier.
I am a current USF College of Nursing student in the Upper Division program. It is a VERY competitive program but it is not impossible. First, you need to keep that GPA up and try to raise it. Then work on your essay that you need to write for your application, take it to the writing lab to have them go over it. They are great at making suggestions.
Here is the way the selection process goes. There are points awarded for overall GPA (30%), pre-req GPA (30%) and your essay (40%). Once everything is submitted, the waiting game starts. I received notification about 2 weeks after the final day for submission. Also, once the emails start going out, do not be upset if other people are getting their email about being accepted or not and you haven't yet. From the people that I heard from, the ones that received emails first were not accepted. So no news is good news at times.
I believe that the process is similar for the Second Degree program but their notification process maybe different as far as dates and submission requirements go.
At any rate, you have just as good of a chance as anyone else to get into USF. I started at SPC and earned a Gen Ed Associates then transferred to USF. You can also apply now to USF as a pre-nursing student. Then you can talk to the pre-nursing advisor (Andy), she is great! Having her go over all of the classes you have taken would prevent any surprises in the future, like finding out you need an Art class. Also, if you are a USF student, you can submit a request to take Pathophysiology before you are actually accepted into the nursing program. It is a 4 credit class that is normally taken during semester 1. The first semester is 17 credit hours, so reducing that to 13 is a big bonus! I loved not having that extra class in semester 1.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.
Yes, the Americans with Disabilities Act protects workers.... BUT. An employer is only required to make reasonable accomodations. Having a nurse that can not read a pass down or a doctors instructions is a danger to patients and to other nurses. There are jobs that people with learning disabilities will never be able to get if that disability makes doing their job dangerous for themselves or other people. It sounds like this person would be well advised to enter into a program to help him/her with reading or find another line of work.
I'm not trying to sound harsh. There are times in the medical field that there are no do-overs. One mistake can mean death for a patient. This is just the hard truth.
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