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Is there anyone out there who is attending or did attend St. Louis Community College, Meramec campus to be more specific? I have taken all of my non-nursing classes, and I was wondering what kind of... Read More

  1. by   fabdana
    3.7? Oh no! I have a 3.5. I was just looking at SLU and was very excited until I saw the cost. There is just no way I can do that even with loan repayment from the hopsitals. How did you work it out?
  2. by   BeccaznRN
    I got in at UMSL with about a 3.5-3.6 GPA (and even had a few F's on my record since I forgot to drop out of a few classes way back when). However, this was for the traditional program and not the accelerated. I'm not sure about the accelerated program - it may be more competitive. Even so, the traditional program is a good deal as well! As long as you have the prereqs (and your science courses can be up to 10 years old), you can apply and the clinical portion is still only two years long. The accelerated program lasts 15 months.
    Last edit by BeccaznRN on Feb 23, '07
  3. by   1studentnurse
    Yes, accelerated at UMSL was the program that would not even look at you without the high GPA. They also had really unprofessional admissions folks, but I also know that they were really reshuffling their SON org (director got a no confidence vote and left) just before I would have started. That was a big red flag.

    fabdana:

    Talk to the recruiters at SLU hospital. Tenet has a future nurse program that will pay your tuition (or $40K) if you do 5 years there. They only have so many spots and fill up fast. Note: there is no maternity or peds there, so if you want to do that, you need to check other sources for money.

    I had planned this for two years before I started and took out student loans which is how I could do it. My hubby has worked most of the time and I have COBRA for the insurance, which has worked.

    Planning is a BIG deal. I made my budget ahead of time. Plan for 10% increases in tuition each year if you will have to go this route. It's really crazy, but I didn't want to have to be obligated to anyone, which is why I did this.

    Good luck!
  4. by   LuvWounds
    If you guys aren't worried about the money then I can offer you some info. Sanfrord-Brown college in St Peters has a one yaer bridge program that is offered M_F 4;30-8:30 same for clinicals. I am not sure sure of the time frame if you are not already a LPN, but they do take tranfer credits. I was looking into relocating from Washington, Dc to attend ther eithr May or August class. I'm still undecide due to the fact that I have kids and can't seem to get ant info about any extended care daycars in the ST peter,Charles or Louis area. The time frame is great, you go to class on apart time basis and still finish in one year, but it is pretty expensive.
  5. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from 1studentnurse
    fabdana:If you need a slow pace and can do the two year program, apply at all the STLCC locations. FP is the only one that admits both in spring and fall. The other two campuses (MC and FV) only do fall.ot drive around a ton.
    Just a correction on this and she may already know, but Meramec AND FP both start classes in the Fall and Spring....FV is the only campus that only has a class in the Fall....I am attending Meramec and there's a 1st semester that just started, in addition to the fact that I was initially supposed to start last spring but had to take a deferment!
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from NEWATTHIS
    If you guys aren't worried about the money then I can offer you some info. Sanfrord-Brown college in St Peters has a one yaer bridge program that is offered M_F 4;30-8:30 same for clinicals.
    The only caution I'll offer up again is to be sure that if you're interested in eventually obtaining a BSN or beyond that you check with ALL the universities you might attend to be sure their credits will be transferable. It is a heck of a lot of money (and time) to invest only to find out later that you must redo these classes.

    Someone else on these boards mentioned that some of the universities in town will accept them, but it'd be wise to check yourself and then also know if you're planning to move out of the area at some that you can take them with you there, also.

    If you're looking in to child care in the St. Peters area, you might check with St. Charles Community College. I understand they have a terrific program and it's open to the public, not just students. Not sure how close it is to the SB campus, however.
  7. by   fabdana
    Quote from 1studentnurse
    Yes, accelerated at UMSL was the program that would not even look at you without the high GPA. They also had really unprofessional admissions folks, but I also know that they were really reshuffling their SON org (director got a no confidence vote and left) just before I would have started. That was a big red flag.

    fabdana:

    Talk to the recruiters at SLU hospital. Tenet has a future nurse program that will pay your tuition (or $40K) if you do 5 years there. They only have so many spots and fill up fast. Note: there is no maternity or peds there, so if you want to do that, you need to check other sources for money.

    I had planned this for two years before I started and took out student loans which is how I could do it. My hubby has worked most of the time and I have COBRA for the insurance, which has worked.

    Planning is a BIG deal. I made my budget ahead of time. Plan for 10% increases in tuition each year if you will have to go this route. It's really crazy, but I didn't want to have to be obligated to anyone, which is why I did this.

    Good luck!
    I am interested in mat and peds. Boo! Is Tenet a good place to work? This is all very frustrating. You spend very little money but it takes 3 years to complete everything or you can spend $30K to have everything done in a year. I want there to be a middle ground but I don't think that is going to happen. I have an appointment to meet with BJCON on Monday and I am still planning on talking to SLU even though I know I can't afford it. I might talk to UMSL too. No matter what I am taking my BIO and CHEM classes this summer so that I can get my apps in at SLCC.

    Thanks for all of the information everyone! This board has been such a great source of help!
  8. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from 1studentnurse
    Yes, accelerated at UMSL was the program that would not even look at you without the high GPA. They also had really unprofessional admissions folks, but I also know that they were really reshuffling their SON org (director got a no confidence vote and left) just before I would have started. That was a big red flag.

    UMSL has a new dean now and things are much, much better. I was in my second semester when all of the drama went down with the previous dean. It was taxing, but we survived. The school still has a great reputation and one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state of Missouri. I'm very satisfied with the education I received at UMSL.
  9. by   maggijo
    I will probably go to Meramec, but I am also looking into BSN programs that allow for a part-time class/clinical schedule. I already have a BA, and it seems like the only programs I can find are accelerated or really intensive, time commitment-wise. I have completed all of the courses required for the ASN or BSN programs in the StL area; all I have left are nursing courses. When I talked to someone at UMSL, she discouraged the traditional track and was really pushing the accelerated option. I am a SLU alum, so I would love to go there, but it seems like the only option is the accelerated program. I have two young kids at home, so I need something that would only keep me away from them 1/2 days. Any ideas, St. Louis folks?
  10. by   maggijo
    1studentnurse, do you know if SLU allows you to apply for the 4-year/traditional BSN, even if you already have all of the science courses and another bachelor's under your belt, instead of applying to the accelerated program? I'm having trouble getting a call back from the recruiters there.
    Thanks for your help!
  11. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from maggijo
    I will probably go to Meramec, but I am also looking into BSN programs that allow for a part-time class/clinical schedule. I already have a BA, and it seems like the only programs I can find are accelerated or really intensive, time commitment-wise. I have completed all of the courses required for the ASN or BSN programs in the StL area; all I have left are nursing courses. When I talked to someone at UMSL, she discouraged the traditional track and was really pushing the accelerated option. I am a SLU alum, so I would love to go there, but it seems like the only option is the accelerated program. I have two young kids at home, so I need something that would only keep me away from them 1/2 days. Any ideas, St. Louis folks?
    I think any program you do will be a large time commitment regardless of being accelerated or not. Some of the schools do have evening/weekend options, but I really don't know of many schools offering part-time options.

    Just as a side note, you can do the traditional route at UMSL even if you have a previous degree. I'm not sure why they are pushing the accelerated, but you could insist on the traditional program. A few of my classmates had previous degrees, and a few even did a sort of "part-time" option there (taking five semesters instead of four). And you can take some courses online and/or in the summer. However, it's still a huge commitment.

    Best of luck!
  12. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from maggijo
    I will probably go to Meramec, but I am also looking into BSN programs that allow for a part-time class/clinical schedule. I have two young kids at home, so I need something that would only keep me away from them 1/2 days. Any ideas, St. Louis folks?
    I also am not aware of any daytime part-time programs....last I knew, Barnes Jewish College had a part-time evening program...that's about the only one I'm aware, other than perhaps if Sanford Brown has one (I am NOT recommending them, however)....

    As for Meramec, you won't be in class full-time, but it's a pretty good time commitment....Mondays are maybe 2 hours of lecture, but you'll have to go to the hospital to pick up your clinical assignment....then you'll go home and maybe spend 3 or 4+ hours doing the research on your pt's diagnoses and drugs....T & W (first semester) will be clinicals from 0630-1230 (second semester is every T from 0630 - 1530)....then the day after clinicals (or the evening after your last one) you will spend time completing the paperwork with care plan, assessments, etc. It's a LOT of time....then you need to add in time for labs...that class is about 2 hours on Th, but you'll spend time outside of lab practicing for the checkout...some can be done at home, but 1st semester you'll be IN the lab a lot either practicing or viewing videos....Fridays are usually a 2-hour lecture....

    We have a lot of moms who have little ones at home...including single moms, and I have the utmost in respect because I don't know how they make it all work and stay sane, but it can be done....however, if you REQUIRE 1/2 days, you might find that even the ASN program will be pretty intense!!
  13. by   1studentnurse
    maggijo:

    Contact SLUSON at (314)977-8995. This should bounce you to the right person.

    If that fails, let me know via private message.

    You can do the traditional program if you have a previous bachelor's degree. Some students who do not like accelerated, "decelerate" and join the traditional students.

    It's not important to SLU which class you're in, it's that you finish your BSN. It's really up to you.
    Last edit by 1studentnurse on Feb 24, '07 : Reason: forgot a thing!

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