LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) Nursing Program - page 2

Hi Everyone (preclinical students + alumni) I hope this information here will help you decide if Lagcc is right for you. CUNY schools in general are very competitive because tuition is cheap at $1600 a semester so everyone... Read More

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    I know all the requirements I know they are all general courses. I wanted to make sure they wasn't just pre req. but I decided not to stay in lagcc so im transferring. My sister is a RN. ADN wouldnt get me a job. BSN will since she has her BSN. She said there's nothing wrong with taking regular classes during clinical it was easy for her. But thank you for the advice .

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    Quote from Inori
    Hi Everyone (preclinical students + alumni)

    I hope this information here will help you decide if Lagcc is right for you. CUNY schools in general are very competitive because tuition is cheap at $1600 a semester so everyone wants to get in and tons of people apply. Admission is based on GPA so they start admitting the 4.0's then works it way down until its full.

    Note / Disclaimer! All opinions and comments are mine alone,they do not reflect any endorsement by the school. Do your own research and make an informed decision. This review is from me as an alumni, graduate and a happy student.

    * RESPECT is earned so please no prof bashing, name calling, cussing, insults, we are future nurses and professionals.


    What is the GPA? Perquisites?

    RN Program
    Preqs: English 101 (ENG101), Chemistry (SCC210), Anatomy & Physiology 1+2 (SCB203+204), General Pyschology (SSY101)
    GPA: 3.8 minimum
    Seats: 70
    Accepts: Spring and Fall
    Entrance Test: None
    Time: 2 years

    LPN Program (as of spring 2012)
    Preqs: eng 101, gen pych, medical dosage (MAT106), A&P 1+2
    GPA: 3.4 approx
    Seats: 120
    Accepts: Fall only
    Entrance Test: None
    Time: 9 months


    Nursing Major - You are only a nursing student if you've been accepted into the clinical phase aka the competition for seats. all others its pre-nursing. Alot of people get very mixed up and what not on this title.

    F.A.Q - All About Nursing At LAGCC

    Campus

    It's a small campus, consisting of 4 buildings E,M,B,C. It has your basic library, computer labs, gym, Olympic size pool, fitness center, yoga classes, free tutoring, writing center, and the like.

    Support

    Preclinical students are expected to read the nursing handbook, student general handbook and know what classes you need to register for as advisers are overworked and short staffed. THere is advisement the student advisement office if you're truely loss. When in doubt go to C107 they'll point you in the correct line to go to.

    Clinical Students - Once you've been accepted into clinical phase you get an assigned adviser who is also a nursing professor. read the handbook before hand.. it gets very annoying to have to answer the same question 20x in a row when its printed on page X in the booklet.

    Nursing Program

    The training is rigorous, harsh and very complete. Anyone graduating from here is ready for the workforce, nclex you name it. At the end you have strong body of nursing knowledge, training, critical thinking, analysis skillz, and learn assertiveness. Professors drill into you the basics so its 2nd nature. Nursing process of ADPIE it applies to everything.

    Money

    Financial aid consist of your standard tap, pell, loans, work study, scholarships, and self funded. Most students work part time and some even FT.

    Classes

    Pre-Nursing classes like your prerequisite chem, A&P those fill up quickly, so keep hitting refresh and checking to see if there are spaces, register early and grab a section even if its not ideal at least you have something. Class size: like 25 with the occasionally mega class for chemistry of 100 those are rare.

    Nursing Clinical Student

    Once they accept you then you have a seat in all your nursing classes until you're done. No competing needed.

    Lectures/Lab

    Is usually 1 day 9:15-1pm and lab either on same day or separate either from 9:15am-12:45pm or 1pm-4:30pm

    RN Classes

    All RN nursing classes in day until you get to semester 3 and 4 then there's evening option because the evening class is usually the LPN-RNs. Day group is students that are starting fresh w/o nursing background. Kinda cool they keep the groups together so you level up with the same people you started with and graduate with.

    LPN Classes

    All day no evening / weekend classes

    Clinical Days

    It's 1 day a week 8am-3pm for the first 3 semesters and for the last semester 4 you get to do 2 clinical days back to back. Days well ya dont really get to pick unless you have truly extra ordinary situations like child care and such. WHICH DAY? could be mon, tue, thurs and occasionally friday.

    Is it true that nursing ... just need to get a C to graduate?

    Yes, but let me warn you that "C" is going to be the hardest grade you've ever had to study for. If you get the "C" amount of effort you've put in would have equaled an A+ in any class on any topic.

    Uniform

    You only wear it to clinical its nurse whites with apron for women and men its blue uniform top. See details when you get here. TIP: buy 2 sets with one as backup.. because i've had my uniform stolen left in lib, Had Ink pen explode in pocket, spilled coffee, grease drip from pizza. (skyblue apron = LPN) and (Navy Blue aprons = RN)

    Tests

    It's 3 exams of 50 questions in 60 mins with 1 finals at 100 Ques. style follows NCLEX so its suppose to train you for that exam, hmm critical thinking required by 2nd semester so gotta learn it. No one can teach you how to think critically but you need to figure out if given X data, what do i do with it? how to i keep my patient safe etc. Think out of the box

    Homework


    Clinik writing - a ton there's nursing process tool, teaching plan, care plan, reflection, eportfolio. You'll do more writing in nursing classes than you've ever written for any English class or what not. I once spent 21 hrs writing my tool and 25 pages long.

    LAB PREP there's h.w to be done before each lab


    Professors

    PreNursing
    (prerequisite) ... it's a hit or miss some are awesome others soso and some prof's need to learn how to teach. If you're out of luck and got a bad prof and you can't self learn the material for a high grade then you have to choose drop the course or take the risk you get a lower grade.

    Nursing Professors ... all are highly knowledgeable in their area of expertise, some are better at teaching than others, they are available to students, have office hours, reply to email fairly quickly. Remember these profs are not here to be your friend, they're here to make sure that you learn what it takes to be a nurse so uh ya the training is harsh and students blame the prof, hate em. I am of the mind of take responsibility for your own training/education suck it up and do whatever it takes to pass those nursing classes.

    Mentors ... this is the fun part. Anyone can be your mentor whether it be your professor, an upper class-men, once you're in the nursing program they take care of you, and you're supported by your professors, fellow classmates, senior nursing students ..there's always someone to answer questions, give advice or reassure you about nursing fears.

    Food ... there's awesome shiskabab by tmobile corner. Vandamm Dinner is fabulous with sinfeld like atmosphere and decor, 7-11 shop, pizza store, and cafe, Cafeteria and Atrium Cafe.

    Coffee ... sigh you'd think upper management didn't drink coffee considering the inky stuff cafeteria calls coffee. 7-11 has decent one, atrium cafe drinkable.. no Starbucks within a 10 block radius go figure and McDonald in 9 blocks.

    Great info. Thanks!
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    I have a question regarding the GPA calculation. I'm thinking about taking a class like calculus right now because I may need it in the future. Will grades outside of the nursing program's key curriculum be calculated in my GPA for candidacy? Or is it ONLY the key courses plus required classes that are factored? Because I don't think it would be fair for the grades in non-required classes to be factored in.
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    The class that isn't required will be calculated to your GPA. It's not right but that's how they do it. I didn't know you will need that class down in the future. Only math is required is statistics.
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    Hello everyone. I am attending the lpn program in PA. I am planning to move to ny by 2014 and I wold like to know how many hrs is needed to complete the lpn program in NY? And also I would like to know how much does an lpn get paid an hr/
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    LaGuardia's requirements has changed and you have to also take TEAS exam to get in the program also.
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    If you do not have a 3.8 min gap, is ther other options you can do to get in the program??.really want to get into this schools's program
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    Quote from JasonKa
    I have a question regarding the GPA calculation. I'm thinking about taking a class like calculus right now because I may need it in the future. Will grades outside of the nursing program's key curriculum be calculated in my GPA for candidacy? Or is it ONLY the key courses plus required classes that are factored? Because I don't think it would be fair for the grades in non-required classes to be factored in.
    It depends on the program you are applying to. For LPN they count ONLY Key courses but for RN they count everything once and Key courses TWiCE. So if you are going for RN do your best to get A's at everything. Plus now (starting Spring 2013) they have TEAS, you need to score 58.7 or so to be eligible to apply for RN program. For LPN I guess it 41 points or something around that.
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    Why does it say that community health and statistics are pre reqs? They are not. They're key courses which you can take either before or after applying to the program. Also, the TEAS 5 exam is a requirement now, you must take that exam before you can apply for candidacy.

    For those who have gotten in, what was your GPA? Do they look at overall GPA or just for the 4 pre-req classes? Thanks!
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    Community health and statistics are general education courses not key courses. You can take them after getting into the program but it is highly not recommended. Nursing courses are going to occupy all your time so don't risk the chance of failing. For the Rn program, they use the key course gpa and the required general education courses gpa.


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