SUNY Farmingdale

  1. Does anybody attend SUNY Farmingdale? What is your impression of the program?

    Thanks
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  3. by   neeniebean
    my impression is that it's a nursing program, so therefore,it is hard!

    what kind of info are you looking for? I never took nursing classes anywhere else, so i can't compare, but i assume that its the same as everywhere else. It has a bit more flexibility in scheduling than NCC does-not much, but some- so that's good if you need evening/weekend classes, but other than that... it all depends on which professor you have, where you do your hospital rotations, who you have for your clinicals.... either way... its just a matter doing all of your work, trying to get by, and praying that graduation day HURRIES UP!!!
    If you're thinking about going there and have more specific questions- let me know!
  4. by   nurse2btracy
    Thanks! I applied there for the Fall but was waitlisted. Have you been happy with the professors? Do you feel like you are learning alot?

    Thanks again
  5. by   Lilluv117
    Hi! I am attending NCC and it is beyond HARD!!! I had a horrible professor for fundamentals and thank God that I have a GREAT professor for Med Surg right now. I heard that the other programs in the area are "easier" than NCC's... I don't think any nursing program is actually easy but some are easier than others. One thing we heard is that SUNY Farmingdale doesn't do clinicals until their last semester? Is this true? It may just be a rumor. At NCC you're in clinicals from your 3rd week of school.
  6. by   neeniebean
    Quote from LoveNursing422
    One thing we heard is that SUNY Farmingdale doesn't do clinicals until their last semester? Is this true? It may just be a rumor. At NCC you're in clinicals from your 3rd week of school.
    Nope, not true. We had clinical days on campus (learning all of the basics for when we went to the hospital) for the first 2 weeks, and went to the hospital and had patients by our third week. Could you imagine not being in the hospital at all for the majority of a Nursing program???
    Maybe what they meant was that we do an additional 90 hours in our last semester (on topof our regular weekly clinicals) as part of transition?

    And, I guess it depends on what you define as easier- because its hard to compare- we were on the floor w/ NCC students, and while i wouldn't want to have the careplans that they have to do- we spent 8 straight hours on the floor, and they were there for less than 3- granted,they had a 2ndnight there also, but 6 hours, combined, on the floor doesnt seem too bad to me.

    Alot of it- as it is with any program- really depends on your Professors, too. Both for class and for clinical- they can really make or break your semester. But, learn how to adapt, and you can usually compensate for that.
  7. by   Lilluv117
    I knew it had to be a rumor... It sounded too far out there. LOL

    We are at the hospital for 12 hours total on our clinical days... 5pm-11pm... But we do pre and post conference so we usually end up on the floor for about 3-4 hours depending on what teacher you have. Some professors let you go early, others don't. They are so into this critical thinking and care plan process records that we go over so much of that aspect of nursing instead of just the skills part. I guess they figure we'd get the skills down by working, and through the time spent in clinical and lab, etc. but they really want us to know so much more than just how to do skills. It gets annoying sometimes but I guess it's worth it in the long run.

    I'm just wondering... do you get the same talks from your professors? Our professors are always telling us that Nassau nurses are sought out for and chosen over other new grads and that they really know what they're doing when they graduate, etc, etc... I was wondering if every school tells their students the same thing.

    I have heard from a friend at Sloan Kettering that she can always tell a Nassau student apart from all the rest of the nursing schools and that they come onto the floors with an advantage but what is the point if they only have a handful of graduates every year? We started with 36 students in my class and we're down to 17! I think Nassau makes their program rediculously hard! Who cares what the NCLEX passing rate is if you only have 5 people graduating. Anyways, just a little venting. LOL

    I know this will all be worth it in the end but Nassau is really draining me.
  8. by   shmitty3
    Hey Lovenursing422,

    I just got into the NCC day program for the Fall. I have heard from other day students that are in medical surg now that NCC is extremely difficult. They said it is impossible to work and go to school etc.

    Are you working and going to school at the same time?

    Do you have any tips for me.

    What hospital did you do your rotations at? do you know if they only use NSLIJ hospitals as well as Nassa Medical Center?

    What makes the classes so hard? Do you think its hard like AP1 hard?

    Ohhhh big question, how do they do registering at NCC? I have to go on the 22nd of May @1pm. I wasnt sure if you look through the catalog and chose whats open or they just randomly assign.

    I am so excited to start this all!!!!

    Thanks for any advice you can give!
  9. by   chuck1234
    Quote from LoveNursing422
    I knew it had to be a rumor... It sounded too far out there. LOL

    We are at the hospital for 12 hours total on our clinical days... 5pm-11pm... But we do pre and post conference so we usually end up on the floor for about 3-4 hours depending on what teacher you have. Some professors let you go early, others don't. They are so into this critical thinking and care plan process records that we go over so much of that aspect of nursing instead of just the skills part. I guess they figure we'd get the skills down by working, and through the time spent in clinical and lab, etc. but they really want us to know so much more than just how to do skills. It gets annoying sometimes but I guess it's worth it in the long run.

    I'm just wondering... do you get the same talks from your professors? Our professors are always telling us that Nassau nurses are sought out for and chosen over other new grads and that they really know what they're doing when they graduate, etc, etc... I was wondering if every school tells their students the same thing.

    I have heard from a friend at Sloan Kettering that she can always tell a Nassau student apart from all the rest of the nursing schools and that they come onto the floors with an advantage but what is the point if they only have a handful of graduates every year? We started with 36 students in my class and we're down to 17! I think Nassau makes their program rediculously hard! Who cares what the NCLEX passing rate is if you only have 5 people graduating. Anyways, just a little venting. LOL

    I know this will all be worth it in the end but Nassau is really draining me.
    NCLEX-RN passing rate is about the reputation of the school....
    Nobody wants to go to a school that has a passing rate of about 50%...
  10. by   drizzle
    hmm.... Actually I've heard similar things from my friend's program. She graduated from LaGCC and the program told them also that LaGCC nurses are chosen over other new grades b/c they know what they are doing when they graduate, etc etc. I know that LaGCC have 100% NCLEX passing rate and that when my friend graduated (they started from 40 people i believe) there was only handful of them with other students from previous semesters graduating with them.

    I believe all nursing programs are not easy... and passing NCLEX, which doesn't really quantitate one's competency as a nurse, is just the first step into the real world of nursing; but i agree with chunk, no one wants to go to school with passing rate of 50%...

    just my 2 cents:spin:
  11. by   Michael076
    I go to SCCC and I can tell you nursing exams are much harder than A&P. I got straight A's in all my sciences now i'm consistent B or B+. I feel anatomy is more memorizing while these exams are based on critical thinking and it seems there could be two answers to most questions. When you get into nursing school I recommend buying the Blue Saunders NCLEX review book and focusing on the segment pertinent to the semester your in. Do the questions and read the rationales which will put you in that nursing state of mind for when you take school exams. After doing this I have improved my test scores and wish I did it in the first semester. Honestly the notes are important but try to incorporate this into your studying as well.

    Here's some more tips while answering questions on the computer always have two pages open one for the internet the other for the questions. Example you get a question on BP med's with 4 options available...Minimize the page and google each med - then go back and answer the question...Finding the info aids in long term memory..Remember you don't want to cram because this stuff needs to be retained. One teacher told me a nurses best friend is it's closest reference.

    Good luck and congrats....

    Quote from shmitty3
    Hey Lovenursing422,

    I just got into the NCC day program for the Fall. I have heard from other day students that are in medical surg now that NCC is extremely difficult. They said it is impossible to work and go to school etc.

    Are you working and going to school at the same time?

    Do you have any tips for me.

    What hospital did you do your rotations at? do you know if they only use NSLIJ hospitals as well as Nassa Medical Center?

    What makes the classes so hard? Do you think its hard like AP1 hard?

    Ohhhh big question, how do they do registering at NCC? I have to go on the 22nd of May @1pm. I wasnt sure if you look through the catalog and chose whats open or they just randomly assign.

    I am so excited to start this all!!!!

    Thanks for any advice you can give!
  12. by   neeniebean
    Did you ever hear from them???
  13. by   nurse2btracy
    Hi!

    No I never heard from them. I do have an interview for Beth Israel on Friday. I am hoping that all goes well with that.
  14. by   carrieann123
    Hi everyone,
    Im new to this forum and I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on the hospital locations for the clinical rotations for Farmingdale. I have not yet gotten an acceptance or a rejection letter(Ive been patiently waiting since December). I applied for housing, so if hypothetically I were to get into the program, I would have to find a way to get to the hospitals because I am from Queens and without a car as of this moment. Also, can anyone tell me what an acceptable composite percentile score would be for Farmingdale's program? I know it varies from year to year based on the quality and quantity of the applicants, but I have been oh so impatient. I think acceptance/rejection letters will be sent out in the next two weeks, but I would love for someone to give me some info on this. Also, I was told that there are only 187 spots; is this true? Competition is fierce I heard this year because of the 1400 applicants! Wish me luck!

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