waiting list for Trinitas Hospital School of Nursing / Newark area nursing schools? - page 2

Hi, everyone: I live in Newark, currently I am studying for a professiona license required by the job. I will be done in the Summer, I wish to go into nursing program in September. But I heard... Read More

  1. by   healinghand
    I am currently doing Medical Surgical term and must say it's a wonderful program.
    you will learn NURSING in and out.
    Will be very confident in taking care of the patient as soon as you graduate(Even earlier)
    But get ready to READ 24/7 as the quizzes and exams are hard.But not impossible.
    The best incentive to keep up the GPA above 3.0 is scholarship for 231 and 232 plus $ 500 in book vouchers.
    Start with your credit courses and aim for As and B+ to keep up GPA.
    Get grilled at Trinitas and NCLEX will be a cake walk.
    Trinitas has the highest NCLEX passing score.Above 95%.Just to give you the picture.
  2. by   healinghand
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    How much is TRINITAS?

    Also, isnt it in conjuntion with UCC? Therefore i thought it was community college prices. I'm confused. I don't know what i'm talknig about! Can someone please clarify?

    I actually live in NYC and have just applied to a community school in Manhattan, but there's a chance i may move to Union County so i want options!

    THanks and good luck to all!!
    Yes trinitas is in conjunction with UCC.But Trinitas is a private nursing school.You take other credit courses with UCC at community college prices.
    The tution for Nursing Fundamental course 130 is about $320 ++
    The tution for Clinical term 131,132,231 & 232 is higher Say about $4000 per term
    If your GPA stays above 3.0 at the end of 132..you automatically get qualified for scholarship and get $500 for books.
    Inspiring enough??
  3. by   fnimat1
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    How much is TRINITAS?

    Also, isnt it in conjuntion with UCC? Therefore i thought it was community college prices. I'm confused. I don't know what i'm talknig about! Can someone please clarify?

    I actually live in NYC and have just applied to a community school in Manhattan, but there's a chance i may move to Union County so i want options!

    THanks and good luck to all!!

    Hi nycNurse2b,
    I live in East Orange, which is in Essex County, therefore I will be charged out-of-county rates. I'm not sure how the clinical rates go...but the regular rates are about $147.00 + a credit for me. I don't know what the residency requirement are, you should probably call admissions to find.

    Fatima
  4. by   newcomer
    Congratulations on finishing the program. That's exactly want I'm doing taking all prereq first because I work full-time....then I'll concentrate on nursing classes only...hopefully I'll be able to switch my hours to part-time...
  5. by   melly06
    I was admitted into Trinitas, however, when I went to sign up for the NUR 130 class (first nursing class you must take) i discovered it was FULL. I then found out that people waited in line overnight to get into the class!

    Did anyone run into similar problems when trying to take this class? Any advice for next term? what time should i begin standing in line to take it?

    This seems to be a strange way to get into a program - whoever has the will to wait out the night outside the door to registration gets in the class! I'll do it if I have to, but it seems bizaare!

    Melly06


    Quote from damode
    i have just been admitted to trinitas nursing , there is no waiting list to enter the program. i think you only need a minimum GPA 2.0 to get into the program since you already have a BA. i think we are in the boat, i do have a degree BA in chemistry as well and will be taking my first nursing class in the fall.did you check middlesex county college? they do have a evening class for the program and you can attend part time too.
    another plus about trinitas is that you can take you pre-req along with the nursing class.
  6. by   tower
    Just a word of advice from someone in the program currently. If you register for the Trinitas program on weekends, be forewarned, after Nursing 131, there are no other weekend clinicals. Every subsequent class is offered only during the week days. Also, from what I understand, 600 people showed up the day or registration for Nursing 130. There were only about 160 available spots. If you want to get into the program, you will literally have to camp yourself out at the building and wait for registration to begin. I got there at 5:00 am and snuck up to the 5th floor. There were people already there, and that was when I registered 2 years ago. There is no extrance requirement, only a minimum 2.5 GPA from what I recall. Thats why we get so many people wanting to get it.

    Its not an easy program. Nursing 132 is the most difficult class. Theres a high attrition rate, so if you think it will be a cake walk. Out of 40 that start, maybe 15-20 pass, and that is being generous. You will have no life that semester. I broke up with my gf because I knew there would be no time for distractions, and I just barely made it through the class. I am not too happy with the pricing of the school either, since it is on average about 4 times more costly than any other program offered, but the convenience of being 5 minutes to my house when I get out of clinicals is what keeps me there.
    Last edit by tower on May 17, '04
  7. by   melly06
    Thanks for the info. Another couple of questions:

    - Did you have to "camp out" for NUR 132 and all nursing classes after that? Or is it unecessary as they do not fill up as fast because people have already been "weeded out"?

    - What, exactly, makes NUR 132 so difficult?

    - Is there another program that I should consider applying to (such as Muhlenberg) in case I am not able to get into Nur 130 -- I don't want to wait another semester if I don't get in this spring. I am already put back one semester from my original goal.

    Thanks again -- I have a million questions but these two will have to do for now!

    Quote from tower
    Just a word of advice from someone in the program currently. If you register for the Trinitas program on weekends, be forewarned, after Nursing 131, there are no other weekend clinicals. Every subsequent class is offered only during the week days. Also, from what I understand, 600 people showed up the day or registration for Nursing 130. There were only about 160 available spots. If you want to get into the program, you will literally have to camp yourself out at the building and wait for registration to begin. I got there at 5:00 am and snuck up to the 5th floor. There were people already there, and that was when I registered 2 years ago. There is no extrance requirement, only a minimum 2.5 GPA from what I recall. Thats why we get so many people wanting to get it.

    Its not an easy program. Nursing 132 is the most difficult class. Theres a high attrition rate, so if you think it will be a cake walk. Out of 40 that start, maybe 15-20 pass, and that is being generous. You will have no life that semester. I broke up with my gf because I knew there would be no time for distractions, and I just barely made it through the class. I am not too happy with the pricing of the school either, since it is on average about 4 times more costly than any other program offered, but the convenience of being 5 minutes to my house when I get out of clinicals is what keeps me there.
  8. by   tower
    What makes 132 hard? Too much information and too little time to know it all. 132 encompasses Med-Surg nursing. There is a lot of information you need to know. Neuro, Cardio, Respiratory, Endocrine, Diabetes, Genito Urinary, Reproductive, Excretory. Between knowing functioning, and your meds, it takes up a lot of time. Its not impossible, but I tell you now, if you are used to getting A's and B's, say good bye. Get used to passing with the C+. As for camping out for 132, no need. They register you in the class when you are about to complete 131. 130 and 131 are they only classes where you have to camp out. Its crazy. When I registered ofr 131 in Spring 02, there was about 200 people crammed on the 5th floor at the campus trying to register. Its an archaic, outdated process, in desperate need of restructuring. Until the present adminitration realizes that or is replaced, you will have to deal with it. As for waiting or going elsewhere, my understanding, and this is only here say, Muhlenberg has a 2 year waiting period just to get into the program. I cannot confirm that, since I never checked on my own, but that is what I heard form several people. Best case scenario, go to the classes in the fall, and keep trying to register the first two weeks. Someone may drop and you might be able to get in during the add drop period. Like I said earlier, the program at Trinitas has a high attrition rate in the first 3 classes. It is not uncommon for half the entire class to be gone by semesters end, or half or more so to fail the class. Its a tough program, and the instructors admit this, but it will make you ready for the NCLEX.Remember also, 2 failures in the prgram and you are kicked out of it and not allowed to return. I am not sure, but they may be running 130 over the summer, you may want to check. I know they are offering 132 over the summer for students that failed or needed to get into it. That is the first time they have offered a clinical during the summer, so they may have 130 as well.
  9. by   melly06
    You mean I'll have to camp out for both 130 AND 132? Wow. I want this so bad, I think maybe I'll get there the night before - like midnight or something. Maybe sit in my car until the line begins to form. Geez, it sounds like concert tickets and Ticketmaster! Couldn't they just make it easier by requiring everyone to take their pre-reqs first?

    Will registering at the Elizabeth campus get you any closer to getting on the list for 130? I registered at the UCC Cranford campus for fall classes.

    Oh, well. I am also going to apply for next spring semester at Muhlenberg -- the one year program for those who already have a bachelors. I have a BA from U-Wisconsin. The person I spoke with at Muhlenberg told me I would most likely get in as long as I complete the application: 3 letters of reference, an entrance exam, an essay and all transcripts.

    Wow - I wish I would have had this idea a few years ago - to go to nursing school. It looks like it takes that long to actually get into a program.

    Thanks again for all the info!

    Melly06


    Quote from tower
    What makes 132 hard? Too much information and too little time to know it all. 132 encompasses Med-Surg nursing. There is a lot of information you need to know. Neuro, Cardio, Respiratory, Endocrine, Diabetes, Genito Urinary, Reproductive, Excretory. Between knowing functioning, and your meds, it takes up a lot of time. Its not impossible, but I tell you now, if you are used to getting A's and B's, say good bye. Get used to passing with the C+. As for camping out for 132, no need. They register you in the class when you are about to complete 131. 130 and 131 are they only classes where you have to camp out. Its crazy. When I registered ofr 131 in Spring 02, there was about 200 people crammed on the 5th floor at the campus trying to register. Its an archaic, outdated process, in desperate need of restructuring. Until the present adminitration realizes that or is replaced, you will have to deal with it. As for waiting or going elsewhere, my understanding, and this is only here say, Muhlenberg has a 2 year waiting period just to get into the program. I cannot confirm that, since I never checked on my own, but that is what I heard form several people. Best case scenario, go to the classes in the fall, and keep trying to register the first two weeks. Someone may drop and you might be able to get in during the add drop period. Like I said earlier, the program at Trinitas has a high attrition rate in the first 3 classes. It is not uncommon for half the entire class to be gone by semesters end, or half or more so to fail the class. Its a tough program, and the instructors admit this, but it will make you ready for the NCLEX.Remember also, 2 failures in the prgram and you are kicked out of it and not allowed to return. I am not sure, but they may be running 130 over the summer, you may want to check. I know they are offering 132 over the summer for students that failed or needed to get into it. That is the first time they have offered a clinical during the summer, so they may have 130 as well.
  10. by   melly06
    I meant "You mean I'll have to camp out for both 130 AND 131?", not 132.



    Quote from melly06
    You mean I'll have to camp out for both 130 AND 132? Wow. I want this so bad, I think maybe I'll get there the night before - like midnight or something. Maybe sit in my car until the line begins to form. Geez, it sounds like concert tickets and Ticketmaster! Couldn't they just make it easier by requiring everyone to take their pre-reqs first?

    Will registering at the Elizabeth campus get you any closer to getting on the list for 130? I registered at the UCC Cranford campus for fall classes.

    Oh, well. I am also going to apply for next spring semester at Muhlenberg -- the one year program for those who already have a bachelors. I have a BA from U-Wisconsin. The person I spoke with at Muhlenberg told me I would most likely get in as long as I complete the application: 3 letters of reference, an entrance exam, an essay and all transcripts.

    Wow - I wish I would have had this idea a few years ago - to go to nursing school. It looks like it takes that long to actually get into a program.

    Thanks again for all the info!

    Melly06
  11. by   tower
    When I started the program 2 years ago, all you had to do was see a UCC counselor to register for 130 if there was space. You just had to apply through Trinitas for acceptance into the program, and I believe at the time, the gpa was a 2.5 to get. I don't know how things are now to register for 130, but when I spoke to some people in administration, they literally had 600 people trying to register for 160 or so available seats about 2 weeks ago. Which makes total sense. New Jersey has a shortfall of about 18% when it comes to unfilled open nursing positions. Thats double the national average. Projections see it double in this state alone over the next 5 years. With so many postions, signing bonuses, and lucrative salaries, everyone wants in on the cash cow. I on the otherhand did it because its a market 95 % occupied by females. Can you blame me? J/K.
    131 is really the only class that I had to camp out for. Towards the end of the semester in 131, you are registered by your instructor for 132. The same occurs for the next two clinicals as well.
    I graduated Rutgers with 2 BS degrees, but at the time the only track available was to do the full program. They did not offer a one year program for college graduates who held a BS. That would have been sweet. I'd be working on my masters by now. I would definately go for that if its available. I have not heard anything regarding the Muhlenberg program, so I can not honestly comment on it. All I have heard was there was a 2 year waiting list to get in. I have learned not to believe much of what most say, I like to find out on my own. I would encourage you to do the same. In my opinion though, if you can get it done in a year, as opposed to going to Trinitas and doing it in 2.5 years, thats a no brainer. My only regret is I did not do nursing 5 years ago when I first looked into. I'd have my masters by now, and be working as a CRNA. Good luck to you to you though. As for Trinitas requiring an extrance exam to get in, who knows. I would think that is an eventuality. They have to do something to streamline the process of registering. I've heard individuals in Student Accounts and the main office in Elizabeth complaining about how ridiculous it has become with the influx of people trying to get in. I hope it works out for you for the fall. If you have any other questions, drop me a line.
  12. by   chellevrn
    Quote from melly06
    You mean I'll have to camp out for both 130 AND 132? Wow. I want this so bad, I think maybe I'll get there the night before - like midnight or something. Maybe sit in my car until the line begins to form.
    Two of my friends were also trying to get into 130. They actually camped out around 12:30 until the school opened and they still didn't get in. I couldn't believe it. When I started at Trinitas a few years ago (it was still Elizabeth General), we didn't have to go through any of that stuff. All we had to do was fill out the registration form and put it in the counselor's mailbox. They would just put the registration in for us. But then again, there weren't that many people in the school yet. But yeah, Tower is right....there are a lot of people who start out in NURE 130, but then by the time 232 comes around, it's good if there are 20 people left in the class. There were only 11 people in the days class that graduated with me last January. I think there about 30 of us that graduated - days, evenings, and LPN to RN program.
  13. by   melly06
    Hmmm.... what do your friends plan on doing next semester to try to get in? Begin waiting at 5:00pm the night before? A counselor told me that people started lining up at 5:00pm for fall semester.

    I think I would go crazy if i waited from midnight until morning and still didn't get in!

    I think Trinitas is going to have to make admission more competitive and based on GPA, not one's ability to arrive at registration first.

    Good luck to your friends, and thanks.


    Quote from chellevrn
    Two of my friends were also trying to get into 130. They actually camped out around 12:30 until the school opened and they still didn't get in. I couldn't believe it. When I started at Trinitas a few years ago (it was still Elizabeth General), we didn't have to go through any of that stuff. All we had to do was fill out the registration form and put it in the counselor's mailbox. They would just put the registration in for us. But then again, there weren't that many people in the school yet. But yeah, Tower is right....there are a lot of people who start out in NURE 130, but then by the time 232 comes around, it's good if there are 20 people left in the class. There were only 11 people in the days class that graduated with me last January. I think there about 30 of us that graduated - days, evenings, and LPN to RN program.

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