Grand Rapids Community College ADN

  1. Hi All!

    I'm new to this site and hoping to hear from some people who are enrolled in or have completed the GRCC ADN program. I'm coming up on year since I received my "Ready Date" and I was wondering if the 3-4 year wait list that they tell everyone is accurate. It's a little depressing!! I'm really hoping that it's shorter than that. I have most of my pre-reqs completed and while I'm still taking some of those I'm pretty tired of waiting. I've also been told by a number of people that hospitals in GR won't hire you unless you have a BSN. It's always been my intention to do a RN to BSN program after I completed my ADN (I couldn't afford to do BSN at a 4 year college), but it still worries me. Can any of you who have completed the program share your experience with that? Also, I don't work in the medical field right now and I'm wondering if I should try to get a part time job (already have a full time) at a local hospital to help familiarize myself... any thoughts from those of you who have/haven't? Thanks guys!!
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  3. by   Bluwakan
    Quote from jcurtis7287
    Hi All!

    I'm new to this site and hoping to hear from some people who are enrolled in or have completed the GRCC ADN program. I'm coming up on year since I received my "Ready Date" and I was wondering if the 3-4 year wait list that they tell everyone is accurate. It's a little depressing!! I'm really hoping that it's shorter than that. I have most of my pre-reqs completed and while I'm still taking some of those I'm pretty tired of waiting. I've also been told by a number of people that hospitals in GR won't hire you unless you have a BSN. It's always been my intention to do a RN to BSN program after I completed my ADN (I couldn't afford to do BSN at a 4 year college), but it still worries me. Can any of you who have completed the program share your experience with that? Also, I don't work in the medical field right now and I'm wondering if I should try to get a part time job (already have a full time) at a local hospital to help familiarize myself... any thoughts from those of you who have/haven't? Thanks guys!!

    Hey, it's not true that hospitals in GR won't hire you if you don't have a BSN, in fact almost 90% of all those that graduate from GRCC get hired by Spectrum health immediately on graduation. You should try to get your CNA right now and work at least as a nurses aid.. seriously , the experience helps 100%!! I waited for 3 1/2 years and got REALLY sick of waiting. Trust me it's worth it - the pass rate for GRCC's NCLEX is 100%. No other college or university in MI can say that!!! stay patient, Grand Valleys nursing program requires a 3.98 GPA to enter. Just stay patient it's worth it..
  4. by   jcurtis7287
    Thank you for the reply! It'd been so long since I posted that I'd almost given up! Out of curiosity here did you go to get your CNA? I've checked out a couple of programs int he area... Walker Medical was one and I can't remember the name of any of the others. Unfortunately they are all a little inconvenient because I have a full time day job and that's when the classes are. I was told by someone that Spectrum? will sometimes hire and actually train you. Have you heard of anything like that? Thanks again for your input - I really appreciate it!!
  5. by   vanotter
    Hey!
    My 'ready date' was Summer (August) 2009....then THIS summer I finally got my letter for my EDP meeting, went to the meeting and found out my start date was Winter 2013...I told her at that meeting that I really wanted to start ASAP and fall 2012 would be great. She told me, my name was so far down the list that it was highly unlikely that I would be able to start in the fall. Guess what...a couple weeks later I got a call from her...there is a fall opening...sooooo long story short: I start the ADN program FALL 2012 and Finish 18 months later!!! My total wait time from 'ready list' was 3 years!!!!!!!!
    WOOO HOOOO sooo excited!
  6. by   Jonsushi
    Hey, curious. I just got onto the wait list. However my ready date says 3/20/17, but I finished everything like in June. Is that weird?
  7. by   LovelyInPink
    Did you happen to take your HESI back in March? I know they are changing some of the requirements to get on the waiting list but from what I remember, as long as you have your background check, fingerprints, drug screen, and HESI completed then you can get on the waiting list. A lot of people think you need to have all of your prereqs done before achieving a ready date but that's not true. Perhaps that's why your ready date was in March??
  8. by   Jonsushi
    Quote from LovelyInPink
    Did you happen to take your HESI back in March? I know they are changing some of the requirements to get on the waiting list but from what I remember, as long as you have your background check, fingerprints, drug screen, and HESI completed then you can get on the waiting list. A lot of people think you need to have all of your prereqs done before achieving a ready date but that's not true. Perhaps that's why your ready date was in March??

    I started the drug screening around march, but I didnt do my Hesi until te last week of May. I thought u get ur start date on the day u finish the hesi
  9. by   LovelyInPink
    Typically you do get your start date on the same day you take the HESI, but like I said, they recently changed the requirements for the waiting list so perhaps this is something that changed as well. Whatever the case may be, just consider it a blessing that you got an earlier start date! Lol. I'm in the ADN program currently and I waited about 3 years so hopefully the wait isn't too long for you!

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