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 I'm an rn or if it is a 5 year wait then I will be 31. I feel like I'm getting old already!
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