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    Yes they do.Evening sessions usually ,technically runs from 4p-11p.But rarely do they make you stay till 11.

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    hi everyone. i attended an information session at St.Paul's School of Nursing in Queens and passed the SLE test right after. i think the downside of this school is the tuition which is around $45K, that's if a person has to take all of the prereqs & clinical classes. I took some prereqs but here's the catch that the lady in the session told us: all science courses must be at least a B and taken within the past 2 years AND all non-science course (psych, sociology, etc) must be at least a C+ and taken within the past 5 years. So technically i have to re-take all of the prereqs cause they do not fit in their requirements. I'm wondering if anyone else had to do this and also how are the class schedule on an every day basis? thanks so much in advance PS. and how are the classes?
    @ladyey...Yeah that's how SPSON does it now.They uped the ante on what's acceptable grade in order to transfer as well as what the minimum grade is to pass a class once you're in.It was a bit different since I went.Look at their student bulletin to see the specifics.My personal opinion is that they are not too though on you in classes compared to other schools.But it is not a walk through the park either unfortunately.Depends on the type of student you are.If you work hard then I cannot of a class I took a here that at the very least I could get a A-.Not that I personally did.But if you slack then you dig yourself a hole.To be honest the teachers vary in personality but most of them are good.Some may work you hard but it pays off in the end.They know you are paying a lot of money.My advice to you is prepare in advance for everything especially NCLEX.If you can take pre-reqs outside the school do so because once you 're in you can't. Understand their accreditation status,see which schools will take their credits when you decide for BSN program.Market yourself to EVERYONE so you increase your chances of getting a job when you finish.You will have to be proactive here and there as far as paperwork is concerned..Drug tests, clinical assignments,annuals physicals all that administrative stuff.Overall hard work and preparation will overcome everything.Easier said than done.LOL.All the best.

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    @DoGoodThenGo.I mean maybe I should have said nursing school or nursing education. I said that based on my experience applying to nursing school.They have a myriad of policies,rules,and regulations before they actually accept you.More so with private nursing schools and all the policies tend work out to their advantage.So I was suggesting that research is done before applying.

    But the healthcare field in general is more about business just like most services that are offered to the public.Nursing is part of this.Yeah of course nursing is essentially about patient care and according to Florence Nightingale a "service to God" but it is has been sucked into being a business first.

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    PrettyPlease88 likes this.

    Yeah.I just finished my last semester there. SPSON is a interesting school.Alot has been said about NLN accredidation and yes it is important but it depends on your situation.I had no choice so I just have to work a bit more to deal with this issue.It's like going to medical school overseas.As long as you get your license your a doctor/nurse.

    SPSON is just in a transition phase and it unfortunate they have to deal with this because it's more a business issue than academic.The school has respectable and dedicated staff but don't expect it to be NYU or something. Too many people go here and expect it to be such and complain and make the school look bad. It is not perfect and off course it has issues here and there but which school doesn't. Remember nursing right now is more about business than patient care so please remember that.Nursing is challenging so expect work.My biggest thing is just prepare for the NLCEX in advance because it will catch up.It happened to me. Tuition, good/bad professors/clinical placement/NLN accreditation/40k tution all comes with the package, it will not be perfect.If you find issue with that then save yourself the trouble and try to go to another school.All the best.

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    @BOW28ala. There are some professors who are tough to be honest but like one or two.But what are you going to do?Most schools have professors like that.If you can avoid them good.Not that they are unmanageable but it's just extra personalites you have to deal,with. It comes down to you.There are a lot of students who just go through the motions.Then there those,who,really want to be nurses. If you can set a steady schedule then things will be easy even if the professor is hard.If you wait last minute to do things then even easy professors are hard.

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    SPSON is accredited as much as they need to be by NY state.They just dont have the fancy label of NLN yet.There are some schools that don't take SPSON credits but there many that do.SPSON are NLN candidates.They are going to be evaluated this September so I hope they become accredited.Then there should,not,be a problem. As far as getting a job very few places take associate graduates like,aside from nursing homes so having a Bachelor is a plus.Almost all nursing graduates have a hard time getting a job not just from SPSON. Try to do internships in the summer,volunteer, leave a good impression in your clinicals, make good relationships with professors and get the help of the career advisor at the school and you should be good.

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    I'm entering my last semester at SPSON Queens campus.The program is fair in its difficulty. Just do your work and avoid the politics that maybe present. Sometimes you have to be proactive and be a go getter because the school doesn't have too much time on their hand to cater to every individual. It's like that in all schools. Your biggest goals should be to get good grades, passing your NCLEX, BSN program and hopefully a job. Try to prepare for NCLEX from the first semester so you don't have to cram during your last.All the best.

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    Hey.Everything is one class they just alternate everyweek or go with 2-3 week stretch discussing peds then med-surg material. I never took a 12 hour shift but yes they are an option, but i guess it is up to you how it feels.Try to find out which Instructor is teaching the class.It make a bit of a difference.Study for the Peds/HESI from the start,you can really use those 7-10 points.

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    Summer classes tend to be okay.I took Micro last summer and it was okay.Because you really just focus on one class.Nutrition should be easy. Peds is one class.I was in night session so we were there like from 430-1030.It was grueling.I had clinical back to back days about 6-7 hrs per day depending on how the day went. Or you can opt for one day 12 hr shift. Peds usually done only at Lincoln hospital in the Bronx as far as I know and you have to go there unless they change it. You go for like 3-4 sessions.The rest you go where ever you signed up for in relation to med-surg.All the best.

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    Hmm.Im starting my second year in January.I felt the first semester was fairly easly. If you give an average effort you can get an A in all your classes. With SPSON I can tell you one thing is that you have to be PROACTIVE since day one. I wasnt so much in my first year but God willing I will try to be in this coming year. We can tend to become passive but sometimes you have to fight for your rights, even with the administration. But if you do your part 110% you won't have to resort to that.Try to stay on top,plan way ahead and always keep a cool head. Don't leave anything to last minute whether it be for studying for an exam,handing in an assignment, or doing any admin work( eg FAFSA ).

    Second semester was tough especially the long clinical hours but whatever,it needs to be done. Do research interships/externships from the get go as bluesquares mentioned.It will be a big advantage.Talk with teachers/classmates/ build strong relationships,overlook faults. Try to be active in the Nursing Club. Extracurricuar activites,research if possible. Try to be creative so you can stand out, especially when you apply for that hard to find job.I've have come across some highly motivated people.

    @bluesquares. If you have any advise for the final year please let me know. Any exit exam tips, NCLEX tips, and post grad info. Thank You in advance. All the best for the furture and you will definitely get what you are entitled to.

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    Yeah I started last year in January for night session. They don't finalize class schedule like a week before classes start.Sometimes students drop or who exactly is teaching the class is not final. The morning classes run from 8-4 I think and the night session is from 4:30-10. Sometimes if you finish the material the professors let you out earlier.You will be there Mon-Friday but if you're only taking nursing classes it might be less.You should ask the registrar lady,she is usually helpful.

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    Uh you dont get to pick your schedule in any semester because it's a small school.everything is limited.unless you have some dire situation you maybe able to switch around.if they continue to expand the maybe you have more choices.you are either in the day section or night and you go from there.depending on prereqs who will most likely with the same people for all your classes.which is cool i guess.i think 60 is alot!but since we will be in new buidling everything is more spaced out.

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    Ashley627 likes this.

    yeah @Ashley627.i finished my first semester, starting second in aug-sep. yeah dont get caught up with drama.blaming the teacher,blaming the school etc.

    all the freshman level nursing courses are a little work.you do have to read unfortunately! if you have the time to read the entire chapter awesome!your work will be cut out for you when you take your boards! if you work or have family you can still get A's buy at least showing up to class,PAYING ATTENTION to your teacher rather than their PERSONALITY,and least 2 days before a exam go over your handouts. i got by, doing this like 4hrs before the exam (in extreme cases only!). their exams are ten times easier than the material they cover in class.hope the it'll be the same trend for you guys!

    don't sleep on skills lab where you do the hands on stuff.it haunted me and other people as well. they test 2 times during sem. pay as much attention as u can and practice the skills regularly. people break down when they get tested due to lack of practice and preparedness.one instructor ate me alive,so don't put yourself in that position. sucks if you don't know how to take a blood pressure!!

    yeah don't buy all the books at once.gauge each class and see if you really need it.

    anything else, during the semester, holler!

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    yeah.forest hills is nice.it's in a nice location and runs better that other hospitals in my opinion.It's under the LIJ banner so nuff said on that!

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    Hmm,interesting. Queens hospital is a clinical site also,when we started. Flushing hospital is also a choice though that comes later in program. Yeah the director does say we have no choice but what she means to say is that there is no guarantee of site and there are a limited amounts of hospitals that they will have a contract with.Sometimes there is a rare chance that they dont have a clinical intructor or the deal falls through with a hospital.In our nursing fundamentals class we had the choice of where we wanted to go. The earlier you sign up the more chance you get to have your choice.During the end of our semester they added some hospitals for the next term.I don't remember which ones because i was so set on going to Forest Hills again.It's one of the better hospitals for clinical. I just wanted to say is that the first semester is fairly easy. There really is no reason for you not to get all A's. Don't get caught up with the drama.So aim for that.All the best.


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