I applied to the fall semester at Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC and just received notification that I've been placed on their waiting list. The letter provided little information on the process. It says "August is filled at present, but we will notify you promptly if space becomes available." I'm just wondering if anyone has found themselves in a similar situation and what the outcome was? I have a BA in a unrelated field and a graduated with a good GPA (3.42) so I'm a bit surprised I was wait listed. Your thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Jan 25, '10
I'm sorry to hear you were wait-listed. Did you ever find out your number on the list? Which program did you apply for? Was it Full Time, Accelerated, or Part Time? Just curious. I ask, because I just completed the application process and am in the waiting boat now.
Wishing you the best.
Jan 25, '10
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Jan 25, '10
At the time Mercy did not indicate what number you were on the list. I told them I would accept placement in either the day or part-time/evening program. As I understand it there is no waiting list for accelerated because you don't start this program until your second semester (and I believe you have to begin your first semester in May or August). I ended up being accepted into the evening program a matter of weeks before the semester began. I started the accelerated program this semester and will graduate in December 2010. I guess this goes to show that there is hope even if you are wait listed! I wish you the best of luck!
Jan 18, '11
I was wondering if you could give me some information about what your schedule was like in the Accelerated program. I am applying to the program for Fall 2011 and hopeful that I am accepted. If so, I would like to do the accelerated option but was just wondering about what the schedule would be like. Classes 5 days a week? 8-5? any breaks? etc...
Thanks for your help!
Jan 18, '11
The accelerated program is four semesters. Your first & last semester are a regular schedule (one 9 credit class) with 2 days of lecture & 1-2 days of lab or clinical. Classes are typically 3 hrs long except for in the summer when they are 4 hrs long. Clinicals last for 8 hrs and labs can be anywhere from 2-8 hrs. During your 2 accelerated semesters (one 9 credit & one 4.5 credit class) you will have 3 days of lecture and 1-2 days of lab or clinical. These semesters also utilize breaks (such as spring break) to fit in all the required clinical hours. You also need to factor in all of your studying time and the time you spend preparing for clinicals which is fairly extensive. It is a grueling schedule for sure but worth it if you're trying to become an RN as soon as humanly possible! If you find the schedule to be too demanding, the school will allow you to stop the accelerated program and go back to the regular program though my class proved success is possible by becoming the first accelerated class to graduate with all 10 members. Keep in mind the accelerated program requires a separate application process and it is competitive. My best advice is to give your first semester everything you've got. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Mercy has a wonderful peer tutor program that many students have had great success with. Good luck!!
Feb 26, '11
Hi csaund! I thought I had already replied to u but see I have not. First, thanks so much for the info you have already given. I have been accepted for the fall and do plan to do the accelerated program. For the clinicals and labs, are they ever on the same days as class or do you have something all 5 days each week? Also, are you now working in Charlotte as a RN? Were most people in your group able to get jobs right away?