I'm just a newbie on this site, and so far... I'm loving how EVERYONE is soooo helpful! =)
Hopefully someone can help with my questions about Mercy School of Nursing. I already looked on their website and couldn't find the answers to these questions. If I am on the wrong website, please let me know. http://www.cmc-mercy.org/body.cfm?id=108
I was wondering... 1.) What degree to they offer? ADN or BSN? It doesn't specify. 2) I saw that the tuition is around $4,000? Is that true? Seems kind of too good to be true, in my opinion. However, I am from out of state. Does anyone know the cost of tuition for out-of-state residents? It didn't specify either. 3.) Do you need to have CNA work experience to get into the program? I don't have CNA work experience, but I've been in this hospital setting for years as an administrator and constantly help my mom who runs 2 nursing homes (and her CNA's). So I know that I do belong in this environment. 4.) How hard is it to get in??
Also, how is it living in Charlotte? I live in SF Bay Area right now and I'm willing to move ANYWHERE just to get away from how impacted and expensive it is here. The majority of schools have 2-3 year waitlists! Not for me. I heard wonderful things about Charlotte, NC.
Thank you so much for your time and help!
Mar 31, '10
by Gemini Girl
i do not recommend going to mercy. i completed 7 weeks there and dropped. i did not have a good feeling about the program. it is only a diploma-you do not receive a degree. they do jump around a lot between subjects. there is 120 clinical hours required each semester instead of the usual 80 at other schools. i was working my butt off, barely passing. mson is a hospital based bed-side nursing program.
it's very stressful and don't feel the amount of effort i was putting into it was worth getting a diploma. i just kept thinking, i have to get through these 5 semesters and i still have to get the rn-bsn for another 4 semesters. it did not make sense.
yes, i have a previous bs degree in business/marketing from usc. i was #16 on the waitlist. i moved up very quickly. a girl in my class was #30 and got in at last minute. many people use mson as a last resort-turn it down when they get accepted someplace else. i hope to attend queens u. in the fall in the bsn program.
if you insist on going, take the nurse aide course first, go ahead and get certified. also, get all prereqs done first, even easy ones. you will want that na certification because you will most likely drop from the program (many people do). i also recommend applying to a backup program at another school for the following semester. so, when you drop out of mercy, you'll be set to go somewhere else the following semester.
read literature on bsn. that is what is going to be required eventually.
Last edit by Gemini Girl on Mar 31, '10