Where have you applied for 2007? - page 3
This is the most stressful thing I've ever done!! I've applied to the ASN Program at Rivier and NHCTC/Nashua for Fall 2007. I took the NLN in November and got a 116 Composite, which was good enough... Read More
0Mar 12, '07 by DoGood2uroxxy3773
I live in Concord, only 7 minutes from NHTI, so with rising gas prices, that will be my first choice. It sounds like we're comparable in test scores. The classes I have done are: A&P I (halfway done A&P II), Intro to Psych, Human Growth and Devlpmnt, Math and Eng 101. I'll take Micro this summer and maybe a Humanities. I've also had Medical Terminology although I don't think that counts for anything. Good luck to you. Moving from HI, be ready for the COLD!! LOL I'm 46 and will have two boys in college this fall too!!. How old are you?
0Mar 12, '07 by Jamie-SueI talked to NHTI today and asked how the review process was going. They said it was going fine and we should all know by the beginning of april. I know that I was in the first round of applicants and I should more then qualify. I could have done better on my NLN but I have great references, all or most of my classes done and I have a 3.9 GPA. They just started the review process on the 1st of march, there is no way in that time frame that they could have reviewed the 100's of applications that they have received. Where did you hear this rumor?
0Mar 13, '07 by DoGood2uJamie-Sue
I thought the person who told me was correct, but I called her this morning to verify and you're right, my info was incorrect.
0Mar 13, '07 by roxxy3773, RN, NPHi DoGood2u, I am 27, and it will be a HUGE change to come from Hawaii. I am from NH and I am still considered a NH resident because my dh is in the army (we've been in HI for 4 years but I came straight from NH here). I love NH, but I also LOVE HI! My dh will still be here in HI for part of the time I am in school (pending acceptance of course!), so I will still be able to come here to visit during all the longer breaks. I think the biggest adjustment will be to have to shovel the snow off my car again!!! And here I think when it gets down to the upper 60s it is cold...burrr...and I get my sweatshirts out! haha, should be interesting!!
No kids so the move won't be too bad, I pretty much have most of my winter stuff at my mom's, which is where I will be moving to anyway, so it should be an easy move. Probably just bring what I can for the plane ride home and call it good!
Anyway, I won't be able to take any courses between now and September, so I will be a little slammed in Sept., but school is going to be my only focus so I think I will be fine.
Does anyone know if most people have all the coursework complete when they apply? that is the only thing going against me now, that I don't have all the sciences done, other than that I have great references, a great GPA and I did well on the NLN.
Just a few more weeks to find out I guess.....
What is everyone doing about the work thing? Are people planning on working while in school?
0Mar 15, '07 by DoGood2uHi Roxxy thanks for writing back. I'm not planning on working.
I am married, so we have a small income my husband is making now. He had a stroke the day after Thanksgiving so he's getting disability payments. Hopefully he'll go back to work next month. Even when he does, it isn't enough to cover just our bills. So......Like my sons who are at UNH, I plan on using my financial aid to get by.
0Mar 20, '07 by lfod4meRoxxy3773,
I'm a freshman in the nursing program at Stratham. I got accepted last April without having any of the prereqs completed. I guess that means I got in just on my NLN scores.
I'd say that the majority of my classmates have previously completed all but their nursing classes. Still, there are 7 or 8 (at least) who are taking the rest of their classes concurrent with the nursing classes. I took my A&P 1&2 over the summer, and I'll do microbiology this summer. I think it would be difficult (but not impossible) to take A&P while you are in the nursing program. Hopefully microbiology will be easier.
Good luck on your return to NH!
0Mar 20, '07 by kukukajooWow DoGood! Great job Roxy!! Those are AWESOME scores!! Usually someone does great on two and not so great on the third, but you aced them all! I think with those scores, you will definately get in to wherever you wanted to go! I bet you could get scholarships!
I am currently attending in Laconia but am transferring to Rivier this spring. I was accepted for Fall of 2006 but deferred my enrollment a year so I start this year. It's been busy trying to get all my classes for transfer approved, but way worth it. Looks like I will be graduating with my Bachelors in two years. I thought that some wouldn't transfer and was prepared to re-take classes if needed- I figured I would just learn the material that much better.
Oh- last year when I applied for Rivier, I was #10 on the waitlist and got in no problem so those with low numbers on the wait list should be just fine. The woman I worked with last year left, but she was awesome at keeping me posted. EVERYONE there has been just totally awesome to deal with. I have heard nothing but very good things from people that have attended Rivier.
I am a little apprehensive about transferring, as I don't know the instructors or their style and will have to learn their way of doing things and how they like care plans, etc.
Also- have you seen the changes? Much of the fourth year coursework is now available online- No commute- whoo hooo!!! A few less travel days for me!
Right now I am scouring the world for scholarships so if you hear of any please please let me know!! The extra money for tuition and travel is going to kill me, but hey I wanted to go there anyhow.Last edit by kukukajoo on Mar 20, '07
0Mar 20, '07 by roxxy3773, RN, NPlfod4me,
Thanks so much for your response, it gives me more hope that I will get in based on my NLN scores! Were your A&P courses in the summer shorter and more often or did you take both A&P 1 and 2 at the same time over the whole summer? I'm just wondering because I would like to be able to see my husband during the summer and the breaks, but if it was a condensed version I might still be able to do both. I guess I will have to try to take at least one other class this fall if I get in, but then we'll see how that goes. I don't want to completely overwhelm myself!
How are you liking the Stratham campus? Manchester and Stratham are about the same distance for me so I haven't figured out where I would go if I was accepted to both. Concord is a little further, but not too bad. I just want a place to go in the fall, but I have been trying to figure out what school would be best for me if I had the option. Any thoughts or have you heard anything positive or negative about the various campuses? Are clinicals usually close to the Stratham area?
Sorry for all the questions, just happy to have someone that might give me some insight!!
0Mar 20, '07 by roxxy3773, RN, NPkukukajoo,
How far into the Laconia program were you? Just one semester? Do you have a lot of previous coursework that will transfer into Rivier for your BSN, is that why it will only take 2 years? That's great that the fourth year coursework is mostly online.
0Mar 20, '07 by kukukajooRoxxy- I did take a bunch of extra courses that will transfer in. I have 77 credits already. When I was working on prereqs for Laconia I enrolled full-time as a Liberal arts major so I could get scholarships and aid. I completed all the gen ed and science, etc. classes needed to graduate except the nursing classes and Micro, which I am planning on taking this summer. I also took some classes that were relevant to nursing but not needed- medical terminology, law & ethics for the medical professional (tranfers as bioethics), and some computer courses and other gen eds.
I will be completing the first year- 29 more class/clinical days left and have nsg 101, 102, 103, 104 done. I'll still have a couple odd courses to take like religion and I think Philosophy & Biostatistics for prior years but will be taking Mental Health this spring and be well on my way. I am sooo excited!
I spoke to a few other Bachelors colleges and one would not even look at a transfer student, one would not allow more than half the credits to transfer in, another would not accept somebody elses nursing credits unless you had a lower degree (associates, diploma), and I think one was balking about Laconia not being nationally accredited.
0Mar 20, '07 by lfod4meRoxxy,
I'll try to answer your questions on Stratham. The answers may apply for Manchester as well because the two programs just split a year ago. Until then you could move back and forth without a transfer application, but they are now two distinct programs. I don't know much about the other programs around here.
A&P I&II took the whole summer. We started the last week of May and finished around the second or third week of August. It was intense. The summer program is taught by a professor with a fierce reputation. He's a little bit 'old-school', but I feel like I really learned the material, so I'm not going to knock him. The class met 3 times a week, from 8:00 - 1:15. This time included both lecture and lab. As I recall it basically worked out to be a test every two weeks and they were tough. I'm glad I did it. The program requires you to get at least a 'C' in A&P I&II concurrent with (or prior to) Nursing I&II. If you don't get the 'C' then you can't continue on with Nursing. Then you have to wait a year for the right class to come along before you can re-enter, and then you are dependent on a space being open. That's another reason I liked having it out of the way. I didn't need that stress.
The clinicals have mostly been close to Stratham. Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter, and Brentwood. The only locations far away have been for the psych rotation. Some students ended up an hour away. But you only do psych for a half-semester, so that shouldn't be too big a problem for most.
I'll give my opinion of the program, but of course it is biased and I'm naive about the competition. The faculty in Stratham is very dedicated and involved in our development. Most of the teachers are very good. There are a few who are less dynamic. The clinical sites that I've been to have been excellent; they welcome students and go out of their way to provide interesting opportunities. I think that I've been fortunate; I'm not sure that all of the clinical sites (particularly first semester extended care facilities) have been too exciting for everyone. Then again, students who are already LNAs have already 'been there, done that', and may be bored stiff with the first semester clinical.
Outside of the nursing program things are a little different. Stratham is definitely a 'junior' college. If you are smart enough to get into the nursing program, you'll feel like a rocket scientist in the GenEd classes. Test out of as many as you can! Do it for your sanity!
Finally, it is my understanding that the Stratham program has a 100% pass rate on the board tests for graduates in the past two years. I think that demonstrates that the program is focusing on the right subjects and presenting it clearly. Some people might judge that they are teaching to the test, but I personally feel like that's appropriate in a field where you need to be licensed.
My experience in Stratham has been a positive one. I'd recommend it to my friends.
I hope this helps. And remember, 'your mileage may vary.'