Schoolcraft College - page 2

by rystle 5,762 Views | 18 Comments

Is 4 years worth the wait? Do you think they will ever change to competitive admissions? I almost started there like 4 times but kept being iffy about it because of the wait. If it is 4 years, then I will be 30 by the time... Read More


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    Well, if you really want to be a nurse, and the spring semester starts in a few weeks, I would sign up for A&P1 and then pick a date to take the TEAS and sign up for it. Begin studying for the TEAS. A work hard at A&P1 as all that crammed into 7 weeks is going to be a full time job. Then, by July or August, you should be able to apply to SCCC nursing. I am certain you will still have classes to take (for example A&P II) while you wait. Also, after you secured a spot at SCCC, while you wait you could apply to a competitive program and see how you fare. If you get into the competitive program, you are set. If you don't you can take the remaining prerequisites at SCCC and some extra classes for a BSN (if that's what you are ultimately looking for) and the wait won't honestly be that long.

    As for what to do while you wait ... just keep doing whatever you've been doing. I still have my full-time office job and intend to keep it until I absolutely cannot. I am a single parent who also has a disabled dependent parent to care for, so not working is not an option for me. As my current job pays very well for an administrative assistant and provides all of our health insurance, I am not going to just give it up because things get hard. I still have a mortgage and utilities and car payments to make. If you are hung up about working in a medically related field while going to school, then pursue that in the meantime. I am certain that if I can do it, and maintain a 4.0 GPA, virtually anyone could do it. I'm a smart, hard working girl, but there is absolutely nothing special about what I am doing beyond just getting the job done.

    The first step really is signing up for the silly class and taking the TEAS. If its what you want to do, then do it. There is no magical answer that's gonna make you an instant RN.
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    I took phlebotomy at SC and there were a LOT of nurses & nursing students in my class! Our teacher is a nurse at Beaumont, and one of the students (who is already a nurse) said that she never felt she got enough experience with phlebotomy during nursing classes and it makes her nervous while at work.

    Having taken the course, I would absolutely recommend it! You get a lot of practice and if its one more thing you'll go into a nursing program confident about, why not???

    As for what else you can do while you wait, I would absolutely apply to other programs. Look at Wayne, Eastern, U of M, etc to see their pre-reqs and work on those. Extra knowledge is never a bad thing! You can also volunteer for a local hospital to just get some extra experience.

    Good luck to you!
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    Quote from Dharma21
    Well, if you really want to be a nurse, and the spring semester starts in a few weeks, I would sign up for A&P1 and then pick a date to take the TEAS and sign up for it. Begin studying for the TEAS. A work hard at A&P1 as all that crammed into 7 weeks is going to be a full time job. Then, by July or August, you should be able to apply to SCCC nursing. I am certain you will still have classes to take (for example A&P II) while you wait. Also, after you secured a spot at SCCC, while you wait you could apply to a competitive program and see how you fare. If you get into the competitive program, you are set. If you don't you can take the remaining prerequisites at SCCC and some extra classes for a BSN (if that's what you are ultimately looking for) and the wait won't honestly be that long.

    As for what to do while you wait ... just keep doing whatever you've been doing. I still have my full-time office job and intend to keep it until I absolutely cannot. I am a single parent who also has a disabled dependent parent to care for, so not working is not an option for me. As my current job pays very well for an administrative assistant and provides all of our health insurance, I am not going to just give it up because things get hard. I still have a mortgage and utilities and car payments to make. If you are hung up about working in a medically related field while going to school, then pursue that in the meantime. I am certain that if I can do it, and maintain a 4.0 GPA, virtually anyone could do it. I'm a smart, hard working girl, but there is absolutely nothing special about what I am doing beyond just getting the job done.

    The first step really is signing up for the silly class and taking the TEAS. If its what you want to do, then do it. There is no magical answer that's gonna make you an instant RN.
    Thanks for the guidance. It really does help. Would you recommend taking the sequence of A&P 1 and A&P 2? What about BIOL 236 where they combine both A&P classes? Is that not advisable? What month should I take the TEAS? In the fall? Should I take the prep class for the TEAS? I'm nervous about the test being timed. I heard the science section was very hard and I may need to brush up on my math skills. I'm fine on the english section where you insert commas and such, but I'm always afraid of the reading section. What if I don't pass the TEAS? That's what make me scared then I did all that work for nothing.

    I would be more relaxed if there wasn't a strict time limit of the test. Were the math problems tedious? I know it is basic, basic math but I need to brush on percents, fractions, and basic problems. I'm confident about the math if I review some topics, but I'm afraid I will run out of time doing the work because I like to double check my work.

    Would you recommend taking the TEAS prep class? What book do you recommend studying for the TEAS? Would you recommend the practice tests online?
    Last edit by rystle on Apr 18, '12
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    A&P 237 & 238 are significantly more in depth classes. They were specifically designed for people getting into the medical field, so I would recommend taking those over 236.

    I got the McGraw book for the TEAS and found it to be a great prep for what was on the test. It was only $12 or so on Amazon. The science is hard, especially if you haven't had a chem, or A&P class recently. I took the test twice, just so I could score better on the science.
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    Forgot to mention - as far as the test being timed... You take it all at once. So if you get done with something, you just keep going. In total I think they give you 4-5 hours? But I was done in about 1-1.5 hrs both times. Its really not that bad.
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    I too would recommend AP I & II, especially since often BIO 236 (the combined course) does not transfer to other schools. As for the TEAS, strategically, I would sign up to take it just as I was finishing/finished BIO 237 so that you can get on that list as soon as possible. Like I said, the test dates fill up quickly. I believe I signed up and paid for my test in April and I couldn't take it until November which was fine for me because I was finishing up BIO 236 and Chem in December so I could apply to the program as soon as grade were posted (btw, you need to schedule an appointment with the adviser for the day the grades are posted to do this).

    The TEAS. Well I didn't take the prep course, but I did have the study guide. Everything is timed and I finished all sections, with the exception of the math portion, with time to spare. The math section just tripped me up because I obsessively recheck my answers, so I am pokey. Mostly I know that if I breeze thru any math, I make silly mistakes. I did manage to finish with an score well above the minimum in one attempt with minimal studying.

    Just take a deep breath and relax before the test. I'm not all that keen on taking tests, especially timed tests, but ultimately to get your license you are going to have to take a big timed test. Best to work up your nerve with practice now ;o)
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    Oh! I didn't take the TEAS at Schoolcraft - I took it through one of ATI's testing sites. It was more money, but there are a LOT more date & time options. When I asked SC about how to send my scores to them, the nursing dept said I could just bring them in one day. So that's another option if you can't get into one of SC's testing times.
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    Quote from WorkingTowardsBSN
    Oh! I didn't take the TEAS at Schoolcraft - I took it through one of ATI's testing sites. It was more money, but there are a LOT more date & time options. When I asked SC about how to send my scores to them, the nursing dept said I could just bring them in one day. So that's another option if you can't get into one of SC's testing times.
    Schoolcraft College allows taking it at the ATI testing site? Don't they require only two attempts? How many times did you take the TEAS test? Was one time enough for you?

    Is TEAS kind of similar to the GED test? I have a high school diploma, didn't take GED just wondering.... lol. I'm not good at test taking.

    How do you know if the TEAS tests times are filled or not on Schoolcraft College's website? Is there a way to check?
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    Quote from rystle
    Schoolcraft College allows taking it at the ATI testing site? Don't they require only two attempts? How many times did you take the TEAS test? Was one time enough for you?

    Is TEAS kind of similar to the GED test? I have a high school diploma, didn't take GED just wondering.... lol. I'm not good at test taking.

    How do you know if the TEAS tests times are filled or not on Schoolcraft College's website? Is there a way to check?
    ATI has a company they work with (and shoot, I cannot think of what it's called. I'll see if I can figure it out!) that I tested through. I was actually testing to apply to Davenport, which is why I went through ATI. I'm currently a SC student, so I talked with them about getting on their waitlist (as my backup plan), and asked how to send my TEAS scores. I ended up taking it twice. I applied for early decision to Davenport, wasn't accepted for early decision, but they looked at me again for regular admissions. When they told me I was accepted for early decision, they recommended taking the TEAS a second time to up my scores. I took the test twice total, mainly to raise my science score.

    Call the nursing dept about scheduling your TEAS. Actually, I think they have some of that info on their website.

    Truthfully, the study guides for the TEAS help a lot. The McGraw book was the only one I had and I went through, completed the practice tests and then focused on the areas that I was weakest. I read through it all, but I spent more time really looking at the places I wanted to improve my scores.


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