St. Charles Community College Nursing Student - page 3

Hi. I am new to this website - I just registered today. I am starting the nursing program at St. Charles Community College this Fall semester. I have read over the program information for both... Read More

  1. by   TeleNurse2010
    Quote from buddiage
    Jillybean- if you are done with all of your prereqs, then take classes that will enable you to get your bsn. TRUST ME.

    Buddiage
    Jillybean, once you have your ADN from a community college, you will be able to get your BSN at the hospital's (whichever one you work for) expense. Many of them will want you to continue with your BSN. What buddiage is saying is that if you have already completed your prereqs, then you can begin taking the general classes that will be needed for a BSN. You can look on UMSL, BJC, Webster, etc. websites and find out what is required to transition from the RN to BSN. That way, while you are waiting to get into to nusing school, you will have something to occupy your time and be working towards a bachelors degree. While I was waiting to get into the nursing program I too took all of the BSN general courses, so now when I graduate I will only need to take the nursing courses in a BSN program to get my BSN. I already have a bachelors in another field, so I didn't have many to take, but you can at least start with one or two. A BSN will only expand your nursing options.
  2. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from rhollins
    Jillybean, A BSN will only expand your nursing options.
    Not only that, but my understanding, from working in the field, is that a BSN is potentially going to be REQUIRED in the future, especially for those hospitals shooting for magnet status. Right now that sounds like something you may not be interested in, but unless you plan on going a thoroughly 'nother direction, I would seriously heed the wise words that others are suggesting....
  3. by   AWW7464
    Hello everyone. New user and, hopefully, future nursing student of '10, here. I hav a question as well, pretty similar to the last, concerning getting into the program.
    So I applied back in late May, 2009, for the Fall '10 nursing program at SCCC. I was casually told that for the '09 program, everyone who had applied by July '08, and passed the Dosage Calc. exam got into the program. So, I figured that since I applied in May, I should have no problem getting into the program, as long as I pass my Dosage exam.
    But I just registered to take my exam, and I was scheduled for late February. I asked out of curiosity how many people have already signed up for the exam, and I was casually told that there was "approximately 150 people" ahead on me to take it. Now, I'm insanely worried that I won't get in based on the chances. From my understanding, only 80 people get into the program each year. So would that mean that approximately 70 people would either have to fail/drop the exam for me to have a chance? It just took me by surprise since I was told that everyone who applied my July '08, got into the '09 program.
    If anyone has some advice, that would be fantastic! THANKS!
  4. by   TeleNurse2010
    Quote from AWW7464
    Hello everyone. New user and, hopefully, future nursing student of '10, here. I hav a question as well, pretty similar to the last, concerning getting into the program.
    So I applied back in late May, 2009, for the Fall '10 nursing program at SCCC. I was casually told that for the '09 program, everyone who had applied by July '08, and passed the Dosage Calc. exam got into the program. So, I figured that since I applied in May, I should have no problem getting into the program, as long as I pass my Dosage exam.
    But I just registered to take my exam, and I was scheduled for late February. I asked out of curiosity how many people have already signed up for the exam, and I was casually told that there was "approximately 150 people" ahead on me to take it. Now, I'm insanely worried that I won't get in based on the chances. From my understanding, only 80 people get into the program each year. So would that mean that approximately 70 people would either have to fail/drop the exam for me to have a chance? It just took me by surprise since I was told that everyone who applied my July '08, got into the '09 program.
    If anyone has some advice, that would be fantastic! THANKS!
    My advice is to work on passing the dosage test. If you haven't already, apply to other schools as well to keep your options open. You might get in if you pass the dosage test. More people than you know do fail it. If you don't get in next year, you will definitely get in the following year. In the meantime, take the general classes towards a BSN because you will want to continue your education after receiving the ADN. You will get in somewhere (maybe not when you want to, but do persevere). Good luck to you.
  5. by   copegirl21
    Ok...so I have had a long road trying to get into a nursing program and is way too long to go into details. But I applied in Feb 09 to get into the nursing program at SCCC for Fall of 2010..but I failed the dosage test. I cried so much it was unreal. I felt so prepared for the test and was positive that I had passed so I took it really hard. I reapplied today (June 2010) for fall of 2011 and she said since my application date goes back to 2009 I should be at the top of the list so I should be able to register for the dosage test at one of the soonest times. I did pay, again, for the dosage class to make sure I pass (i did the online class the year before) so I hope the classroom works better for me. I'm just so nervous and afraid I will fail again. I felt like I understood everything before so it's just so hard for me. Does anyone have any similar experiences or any advice to give? I just don't wanna fail again...

    Thanks!
  6. by   avahnel
    Just keep on reviewing your Math, and take your time on the test, you are not timed, so make yourself double check every question. Good luck!!!
  7. by   tnbutterfly
    Moved to MO Nursing Programs Discussion forum.
  8. by   pihlaja
    Quote from copegirl21
    I reapplied today (June 2010) for fall of 2011 and she said since my application date goes back to 2009 I should be at the top of the list so I should be able to register for the dosage test at one of the soonest times. I did pay, again, for the dosage class to make sure I pass (i did the online class the year before) so I hope the classroom works better for me.
    Copegirl21, I'm taking a dosage calc class this fall, as well, in preparation for the exam next year--though this will be my first time to attempt it. Which class are you in? Mine runs from late Sept-Oct--can't remember the exact dates off the top of my head.

    If you'd like a study partner, however, I'd be glad to have someone to team up with!
  9. by   copegirl21
    hi..
    it's been a while since i've been on the site. my dosage class was from oct-nov and i have one class left next tues. the class has helped a lot and the teacher (tieman) is great about relaying all the info you will need on the test. i feel very confident that i will pass this year, yet i'm still very anxious and nervous considering i've been waiting for 2 years to get in the program and everything depends on this one test.. i take my test jan 24th at 9 am. i guess your class is over. since the test is still a ways away if you still want a study partner let me know. i live in st charles not far from the school : )
  10. by   paramedical_girl
    I am accepted to start SCC this fall 2011. Anyone else?
  11. by   copegirl21
    Congrats on being accepted! I'm also accepted into SCCC ASN program this fall! I'm so excited after all my waiting! I'm also starting a job at barnes jewish hospital admitting in the ER! I'm sure it will be a great experience! I live close to SCCC and live alone and will be working full time...so any tips to manage would be nice and also if you ever need a study buddy i'm sure we'd both benefit!
  12. by   futurenurseya33
    Congrats on being accepted! I'm accepted too. Though I have not yet received my official letter. I wonder if we're just supposed to register as normal? I also am working full time. I was considering applying to a hospital but i'm not sure how much i would make and I'd be unable to take a paycut at this time. Are you going to be doing days for nursing school or evenings?
  13. by   copegirl21
    Congrats on being accepted! I'm accepted too. Though I have not yet received my official letter. I wonder if we're just supposed to register as normal? I also am working full time. I was considering applying to a hospital but i'm not sure how much i would make and I'd be unable to take a paycut at this time. Are you going to be doing days for nursing school or evenings?

    Thanks! I haven't recieved my official letter yet either...but i took my test in january so i know i'm one of the first to take it (and pass!) I believe they should explain registering for classes in the letter. If you get the letter and it doesn't say anything about registering I would call them and ask. I get 11.50/hr but since i work overnights it's 12.50/hr and an extra 1.85/hr for weekends (which i work every other weekend) so it's not bad. I only make 10.75/hr now and it's at an airport which doesn't help me at all with my career. i thought st. charles community college only offered days for their associate of science in nursing, so i guess days. and one professor i spoke with said the clinical hours can really vary because it's more on the hospitals schedule than the schools. What about you?

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