Which school should I go to? Questions? - page 3

by rystle

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i have a general associate's degree because i wasn't sure what i wanted to do. i've thought about nursing since entering college in 2007. the part that holds me back is the wait list and how difficult it is to get into nursing... Read More


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    What type of entrance test is the "ATI Critical Thinking Entrance Test"? I've only heard of like HESI, TEAS, etc. How long does it take to get into? Do nursing graduates find jobs right away? I understand it can be hard for new grads sometimes. I'm interested in nutrition too, is there a way to connect that?

    Do you think Madonna is small or do you like the size? Are some of the teachers nuns? Do they push religion? I've been there, but haven't seen a class in session. Schoolcraft college wait list in 5 years or I would have finished there. It is kind of frustrating. What grades do you have to hold to continue on in the program? I understand the programs are very hard and you can't get under a B- most times. Madonna is more expensive than most colleges too. I know many people go for the community college option because of that.
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    I agree with Anne36, If you can retake the lower of the two classes that were not A's (or both and shoot for A's) and try for A's in A+P I&II you can still apply for OCCs program and have a good chance at getting in. OCC is the only area CC I know of that is strictly GPA based and has no wait list. So if you finish up A&P1 this semester, take A&P 2 and intro to soc summer...maybe Govt in the fall to boost to a 4.0 as well as pass their Math proficiency test you can apply in dec and be in by next fall 2013.

    BUT they are changing admissions for fall of 2014 so that you'd have to take a comprehension/math test...5 classes are weighted by GPA, retakes count against you and transfer classes may count against you (they didnt specify but I'm thinking in a tie situation). So if you are serious and want to get into a program without waiting forever OCC is a good choice, but you gotta wrap up your prereqs quick. Best of luck to you!
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    Quote from rystle
    What type of entrance test is the "ATI Critical Thinking Entrance Test"? I've only heard of like HESI, TEAS, etc. How long does it take to get into? Do nursing graduates find jobs right away? I understand it can be hard for new grads sometimes. I'm interested in nutrition too, is there a way to connect that?

    Do you think Madonna is small or do you like the size? Are some of the teachers nuns? Do they push religion? I've been there, but haven't seen a class in session. Schoolcraft college wait list in 5 years or I would have finished there. It is kind of frustrating. What grades do you have to hold to continue on in the program? I understand the programs are very hard and you can't get under a B- most times. Madonna is more expensive than most colleges too. I know many people go for the community college option because of that.
    I like it I am a bit frustrated with nursing in general right now but I love my school. It is more expensive then cc but not much more then any regular university. Religion isn't pushed but it is present, as far as some professor's will say a prayer out load for us before exams which I love. Passing is an 80% and above in all nursing classes. I don't know it's a good school and as I go through hospitals it seems to have a very good reputation. Good Luck wherever you choose.
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    Quote from redheadMcCoy
    I agree with Anne36, If you can retake the lower of the two classes that were not A's (or both and shoot for A's) and try for A's in A+P I&II you can still apply for OCCs program and have a good chance at getting in. OCC is the only area CC I know of that is strictly GPA based and has no wait list. So if you finish up A&P1 this semester, take A&P 2 and intro to soc summer...maybe Govt in the fall to boost to a 4.0 as well as pass their Math proficiency test you can apply in dec and be in by next fall 2013.

    BUT they are changing admissions for fall of 2014 so that you'd have to take a comprehension/math test...5 classes are weighted by GPA, retakes count against you and transfer classes may count against you (they didnt specify but I'm thinking in a tie situation). So if you are serious and want to get into a program without waiting forever OCC is a good choice, but you gotta wrap up your prereqs quick. Best of luck to you!
    That is scary. They are really making it impossible now. What about Lansing Community College? (I know it is points system, how many points to get in?) I considered there, but now I am just admitted to OCC and Schoolcraft but I haven't taken classes in a long time.

    iluvpatho: Why are you frustrated with nursing in general now? Is it because there are so many good candidates that should get in but don't?

    I'm considering going for another type of bachelor's degree (nutrition? registered dietitian?) then going for accelerated nursing program, is that a better route? I just don't know. It is frustrating.

    I'm wondering if I even want to be in Michigan anymore for that long. I'm considering moving to Florida. I know nothing is better over there, but I don't want to spend my whole life in the same zip code. What keeps me here is my 87 year old dear grandma who is in assisted living and I can't bare the thought of leaving then she dies. She is in very good health for her age and she is actually the one in the best condition in her assisted living home. They are considering moving her up to a better assisted living home because she is doing so good, so she may very well go to 100 years old!! She still knows who I am. She just can't walk but still has her mind and she is very smart still.
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    Hi! No I am in my third semester and have just went through so family issues where I was on the otherside atthe hospital and since then I have really doubted myself. I have a hard time imagining being there everyday as a nurse to witness and be with people during such tragic times in their life. I find myself much more emotional when at clinical and dread going to the hospital. I'm sure it will be something that will get better but its hard. It's a damned if you do damned if you don't, cause if you start to be totally okay then what you become cold and if not then what depresssed all the time? I don't know. I'm also just feeling very stressed out and this is allegedly the hardest semester of the program so I am just exhausted too. I don't doubt that nursing is for me but I have definately found I have preference for where I hope to work and what would be the best for me. I don't see the point of doing a ASD program because I've heard those are very hard to get into and very difficult, my friend graduated from OU and really struggled and I've heard that alot. I love the school where I'm at and we are treated very well, I was in a similar position as far as school cause I was at OCC then decided I wanted to go directly for my BSN but then looked at Wayne State, Oakland, U of D, and just happened to look into Madonna because a co-worker graduated from there and loved it (in a different field) so I met with an advisor and just loved the school and thought I'ld take my chances and got in on my first app and am graduating next year. I'm very happy with my decision as far as schools.
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    Quote from rystle
    What about Lansing Community College? (I know it is points system, how many points to get in?)
    I just went to the pre-nursing seminar about 4 weeks ago. The point cut off for 2011 was 81 points out of 90. However, they just revised the points system so it's now a much higher scale. I believe the maximum possible score is 180 points. They haven't released the 2012 cut off number yet.

    Here's a link to the file that explains the points system (it's on page 10 for the regular 2-year program):

    http://www.lcc.edu/nursing/nursing/a...2006-30-11.pdf
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    Quote from SopranoKris
    I just went to the pre-nursing seminar about 4 weeks ago. The point cut off for 2011 was 81 points out of 90. However, they just revised the points system so it's now a much higher scale. I believe the maximum possible score is 180 points. They haven't released the 2012 cut off number yet.

    Here's a link to the file that explains the points system (it's on page 10 for the regular 2-year program):

    http://www.lcc.edu/nursing/nursing/a...d 06-30-11.pdf
    Looks like I need to become a patient care technician and volunteer, then get a 3.75 gpa or higher. Is there an admission's test? I can't do anything about not being a resident, I live in Oakland County.
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    Quote from rystle
    Looks like I need to become a patient care technician and volunteer, then get a 3.75 gpa or higher. Is there an admission's test? I can't do anything about not being a resident, I live in Oakland County.
    Non-district residents get 5 points instead of 10 for being a MI resident. No admissions testing required. While they don't require you to have all the co-reqs completed before applying (e.g. Micro, Pharmacology, etc.), you get 46 bonus points for having them completed. Plus, you only have to take nursing classes once you're in, so it's easier to focus on your clinicals. And since it's so competitive to get in, you really don't stand a chance of getting enough points unless you've got them all completed. At the pre-nursing seminar, they highly emphasized that your GPA needs to be 3.5 or higher just to be competitive with your points.

    The good news is the GPA is calculated based solely on your pre-reqs & co-reqs. So, as long as you're acing those classes, your application GPA could be different from your cummulative GPA.


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