Bergen Community College Nursing Program Question - page 136

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Last Thursday I was at the college for the purpose of collecting my Chemistry grade with some classmates. Apparently, there was a graduation ceremony for RN's going on that night as well, and my friends started talking to one... Read More


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    you have probably heard from them by now...it took Elsa around three weeks to post it on bergen as nursing major pending and send email saying it was approved to proceed...they usually email u info that your applicationwas accepted and tell u when u should proceed with your backgroundl check. i believe by now it shouldve been done...at least i know that med sonography applicants are already completed backgraound checks and all the health professions are in synch b/c they take HESI at the same time....Good luck on HESI!
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    Thank you very much for your response. I will send an email to Elsa.
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    hey! i am getting ready to take my hesi a2 exam for bergen cc, can any one point out what i should be focusing. i bought the evolve book and used it as a guide. my friend said the class average is 94?! at this point i am panicking!
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    I am in the level 1 nursing program. Here are some thoughts about the entrance exam:

    1. The evolve book is a good review for what will be on the test, though it won't be everything. Know all the vocabulary in the book. I had quite a few of those words on my test, though some others said they didn't.
    2. Chemistry and biology have their own sections so make sure that you review that and go over basic concepts of both disciplines.
    3. There is NO WAY that the class average is 94. The nursing program tells you that if you get an 85 or higher (with some variation based on the students taking the test) you should be in good shape to get into the program. My results page had a listing for "class average" and it was in the mid-70's.

    Good luck!
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    thank you for replying so quickly! i have been studying for about 2 months now and my only worry is chemistry, was this section specific? and do i need to remember the periodic table? my exam is in 2 weeks and im quite nervous.
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    Hi Rory92,
    I am a Level 1 student and trust me...a lot of my classmates got into the program with scores in the mid (and lower) 80s. Don't panick! The most important thing I have learned in this entire process is to not listen to what everyone around you is saying. There is so much negative chatter that goes on on these websites and at school. Last fall, other applicants were all saying that you "had" to get a 90+ score to get into the program and so I went into freakout mode. The reality is that only a few people who entered the program had scores into the 90s (when I asked to see my placement compared to others, I quickly glanzed down the page at other scores and didn't see many 90s). However, that doesnt mean that you shouldnt study your butt off . Study your hardest and do your best!! I scored a 91.75 on the Hesi and immediately posted study recommendations. Go back several pages and you'll see the post that I made with a list of what to focus on. The Hesi book was a great source for the vocab (make sure you know most of the words in the book!), and it was great for the math as well. I would pull out some of your old science books though and refresh yourself on biology, chemisty, and maybe a little anatomy as well. The test isn't too difficult, but make sure you're well-rested the night before. Best of luck!!

    Kristy
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    Quote from krissy3
    Hi Rory92,
    I am a Level 1 student and trust me...a lot of my classmates got into the program with scores in the mid (and lower) 80s. Don't panick! The most important thing I have learned in this entire process is to not listen to what everyone around you is saying. There is so much negative chatter that goes on on these websites and at school. Last fall, other applicants were all saying that you "had" to get a 90+ score to get into the program and so I went into freakout mode. The reality is that only a few people who entered the program had scores into the 90s (when I asked to see my placement compared to others, I quickly glanzed down the page at other scores and didn't see many 90s). However, that doesnt mean that you shouldnt study your butt off . Study your hardest and do your best!! I scored a 91.75 on the Hesi and immediately posted study recommendations. Go back several pages and you'll see the post that I made with a list of what to focus on. The Hesi book was a great source for the vocab (make sure you know most of the words in the book!), and it was great for the math as well. I would pull out some of your old science books though and refresh yourself on biology, chemisty, and maybe a little anatomy as well. The test isn't too difficult, but make sure you're well-rested the night before. Best of luck!!

    Kristy
    Thank you Kristy! How is the program? I'm hearing it's a lot of work but worth it! I looked at your older posts as you mentioned and I think I have everything down, but I'm still worried I don't know enough. The only thing I need to memorize is the steps is meiosis and mitosis. Overall my only worry is chem because I have not seen this material for quite some time. Also, can you tell me if the periodic table needs to be memorized? Thanks!

    -Rory
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    The program is harder than I thought it would be in some ways and easier in other ways. Some of the material is a little more common sense which is refreshing after dealing with all of the microbiology, chemistry, and math courses! But, some of the exams are tough because they're not as black and white so memorizing a textbook and class notes doesnt always help you prepare. It's shocking when you're used to getting all A's and all of the sudden you are praying for a C. lol. The hardest part for me so far is the time investment. You will spend many hours a week in class, in lab, at the hospital, at home studying, etc. It's totally doable, but be prepared to work hard. It's a lot of fun though and you will actually WANT to come to class most days

    For the chemistry portion of the test, I believe there are some questions related to periodic trends (e.g., is Oxygen more electronegative than carbon?"). And, there may be a couple of questions where you'll need to identify one of the elements, such as "what does Fe represent on the periodic table"? You will want to be somewhat familiar with the periodic table, but just review the basics (mostly the trends). I had no questions on limiting reagents, enthalpy, acid base titrations, or thermodynamics; in other words, they left a lot of the hard stuff off of the test.. thank God! If I remember correctly, you will want to know: scientific notation, all about molecules, atoms, electrons, neutrons, protons, the different types of compounds, the differences between solids, liquids, and gases, unit conversions, heterogenous vs. homogenous,the different types of energy (kinetic, chemical, electrical), the different types of bonds...so basically, know the basics of chemisty. It's mostly what you learned in Intro to Chemistry. Do you still have a chemistry book? I would review the first several chapters in your Intro book. That is what I used to review and I scored high on that section. I think what I did for both the chem and bio was looked at what was in the Hesi book and went back to my textbooks and read those sections for more information. I also went onto Youtube and would listen to online instructions and easy tutorials. That is a good way to refresh your memory of some of this stuff. For the most part, I remember being surprised at how relatively easy the chemistry section was, but felt that the bio was a little tough. Just do the best you can and I am sure you will do great!!! Good luck!!!
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    Thank you so much! hopefully I do well. Good luck with school!
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    Hi Everyone...Long story short..I took the HESI exam last year got an 89, didnt get accepted at first, then someone turned down their seat and i got in...unfortunately things did not work out financially, causing me to reapply again this year. BCC said I did not have to retake the exam...but I am afraid the class average might be higher than it was last year which was 79...I have about 11 days to study maybe less, and if I get a lower grade, that is what I will be stuck with....does anyone think I should re-take the exam, or should I stay with my grade and see if I get in?

    I know it is ultimately my decision...I just wanted to hear other people's opinion.

    Thanks!


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