hello! i'm somewhat new here..
i've decided to finally pursue my dream of becoming a nurse, and i'm very excited, and yet nervous.
after alot of research about the differences between lpn's & rn's, with regard to education, responsibilities, utilization, need, etc., i decided to just go for it and get my assoc degree at a cc in nursing (rn). i'll start out as a cna, as it's a requirement of the cc program, and this way i can start gaining experience.
all this excitment however, i'm hearing stories of it taking a long time for people to get in to the cc rn programs? especially at wake tech or durham tech. is this really true? are there really, really long waiting lists? i wonder if it's even possible to start my classes this fall? (i'll be done with my cna by may)
the other thing on my mind is, after receiving my cna and wanting to put it to work asap, i'm hoping i can find a decent job and quit my current job alltogether. i realize cna's don't make that much $$, but i'm hoping for the overtime pay, which i've seen is readily avalable in my area. after working as a cna at hopefully a hospital/ltc facility, etc., i'd like to start my rn classes knowing that (crosses fingers) i'd have a flexible schedule to help make this possible. i'd like to think that a healthcare employer would apprecaite my desire to further my education, right?
i've also found out that the rn program has quite a few of its classes available online, so maybe there's even more flexibility?
i have no kids, yet. and, my hubby will be a new emt by the time all this starts, so we'll both be in the medical profression working crazy hours. so my focus wouldn't be that interuppted.
so, my question (finally) is... does this sound like an ok plan? is it reasonable to think i can become an rn in two years while continuing to work as a f/t cna (2nd shift prob)? is it really hard to get into nursing school? are there ridicuously long waiting lists for the cc's in raleigh?
any help and advice is thoroughly appreciated!
Nov 1, '10
by aubreys mama
Attending the info session is the best thing. BUT...here is what it all boils down to. At Wake Tech everything for entry to the program is based on points. There are a few classes that have to be taken with in the last five years and they are the BIO sciences ie, A&P I and II, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Nutrition and your Math. If your math is older than five years this doesn't mean you have to retake it it just means you have to pass the COMPASS test (basically testing out of Math 070. The specific score that you need is 46 or higher.) Prior to taking A&P you need to show that at some point you have had a chemistry class (even in high school). The one course that I am not sure if it matters when you took it is PSY 241 (developmental Psych).
So how are these points calculated...take the number of credit hours multiplied by the quality points for the grade you earned. A=4, B=3, C=2
A&P I, II, Nutrtion, MICRO, Patho and general psych and developmental psych are worth double points.
If it is a 4 credit hour class and you got an A 4x4=16pts then if it was a course worth double points multiple that by 2. =32 pts
The other classes that add points ar ENG 111, ENG 112, a humanities. NOW for the bad news if you have ever received a D or F (within five years of the start of the program) in any of these courses D=-10 and F=-20...if the course is worth double point you will have points subtracted D=-20 and F=-40 as the penalty is multiplied as well.
Only calculate the classes you have completed with the grades you have earned, then if you take the TEAS and get the max points you will add an additional 50 points to your score.
You do not have to complete everything to be accepted you just have enough points to be in the top 60. You do have to have your CNA and TEAS done prior to submission of your application and whatever courses are complete at the deadline for that application are the only ones that count.
After all tha I would say once you have everything except 2 courses done, apply.
Here is a good course plan if it works for you. You need one year to complete everything, so say you decide in JUN you want to apply. Take the CNA course first in the summer start classes in the Fall with the following:
1st semester take (Fall)
PSY 150, A&PI, English 111 and Humanities
2nd semester take (spring)
A&P II (BIO 169), English 112, Nutrition (BIO 155), Developmental Psych (PSY 241)
APPLY to the program say 1 JUL for spring semester
Now you have to wait till OCT to find out if you made the points cut so take Micro and Patho in the FALL. If you don't get in for Spring of the following year you now have as many points as you can get and you apply again.
I am sure that by now you get that receiving A's in all the BIO and PSY classes are important since they are worth double.
Then during you last two years of school your schedule will be 8 credit hours (1st full semester, spring), 5 credit hours (summer), 10 credit hours (2nd full semster, fall), 10 credit hours, spring), 10 credit hours (2nd full semster, fall).
Yes it is a long time. For me, I am a second degree student so I completed the classes for Wake Tech and applied to both UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake tech. I was accepted to both programs and choose UNC-CH due to graduating with a BSN vs ASN in the same period of time.
I think that Wake Tech has an excellent program, a nurse manager at the hospital when I was doing my clinicals for CNA have said that Watts and Wake Tech grads are very competent.
I hope this helps instead of confuses you.
Last edit by aubreys mama on Nov 1, '10