Is there away around the nursing school waiting list? - page 2

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Hi, I hope I am not being repetitive here, I already posted this question in the Florida forum because that is where I live. I have a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from 20 years ago, (I am 41), and I am looking at a career... Read More


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    I can certainly understand not being able to move.

    Look into Florida Hospital College. Orlando is within driving distance. My brother does it three times a week since he lives in Tampa and works and goes to school in Orlando.

    The school is a bit expensive, but they own a ton of WONDERFUL hospitals in that area that will pay your tuition for a work commitment. The school had a good reputation.
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    Will do! I live in Polk County, that isn't too bad a drive at all. Well, okay, I-4 is an evil evil commute, but for that nursing degree, I am willing to endure it. Tampa to Orlando, now THAT's a commute!

    Quote from sunnyjohn
    I can certainly understand not being able to move.

    Look into Florida Hospital College. Orlando is within driving distance. My brother does it three times a week since he lives in Tampa and works and goes to school in Orlando.

    The school is a bit expensive, but they own a ton of WONDERFUL hospitals in that area that will pay your tuition for a work commitment. The school had a good reputation.
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    Polk county? Winter Haven, Hanes City and Lake Wales? Out by Highway 27?

    I spent one year living in an orange grove out on Tilden Road out in Winter Haven. snooooooozzzzzeee!
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    Hi there!

    I called USF's nursing program a few weeks ago asking some of these same questions and I'll share what they told me.

    First, they DO have an accelereated BSN program for those holding a Bachelor's in an unrelated field. Beware though, as these programs are ineligible for some of the financial aid available to the traditional RN programs. You CAN take their tradition RN program as a Junior transfer, as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Here is a link to their program offerings:

    http://hsc.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/Programs_of_Study.html


    As far as prerequisites go: USF does NOT have a age limit on the previous credits. Nor does Hillsborough County's ASN program. However, Polk County's CC's ASN nursing program DOES require all the science prereq's be under 5 or 7 years old (can't remember which). Something to think about.

    USF told me they had NO waiting list...however, that the average GPA for those who WERE accepted this fall was 3.5!!! :uhoh21: Their minimum requirement is 3.0, though.

    Another resource I thought I'd share was the Florida Board of Nursing's NCLEX Passing Rates by school. Although I had also heard good things about Florida Hospital of Health Sciences, its percentage of students who passed the exam for last year was only 80.7%. (For perspective, USF's pass rate was 96.5%). That is not the only aspect to look at of course, but it is pretty compelling. Here is the webpage if you are interested:

    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursi...03_%202004.pdf


    Best of luck to you. I will be applying for Summer 2006 myself!

    Michelle
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    This is very good information! I appreciate it. That's quite a difference in the passing rate. It looks to me as if going to a traditional four-year college (as a junior or with an accelerated degree) would be the best option. I would have to complete a whole bunch of prerequisites because all of my science classes from college are way too old; so one option might be picking the four-year college where I have the best shot of getting in to a nursing program, and taking all of my science prerequisites there. Hopefully that would be USF, since they have such a high pass rate! I think I need to look at how many students apply for how many slots in the nursing program - I just wish there was some way to know how good a chance I have of being accepted to a particular program (other than making sure I keep my grades up, obviously!)

    Quote from fledgling
    Hi there!

    I called USF's nursing program a few weeks ago asking some of these same questions and I'll share what they told me.

    First, they DO have an accelereated BSN program for those holding a Bachelor's in an unrelated field. Beware though, as these programs are ineligible for some of the financial aid available to the traditional RN programs. You CAN take their tradition RN program as a Junior transfer, as long as you have completed the prerequisites. Here is a link to their program offerings:

    http://hsc.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/Programs_of_Study.html


    As far as prerequisites go: USF does NOT have a age limit on the previous credits. Nor does Hillsborough County's ASN program. However, Polk County's CC's ASN nursing program DOES require all the science prereq's be under 5 or 7 years old (can't remember which). Something to think about.

    USF told me they had NO waiting list...however, that the average GPA for those who WERE accepted this fall was 3.5!!! :uhoh21: Their minimum requirement is 3.0, though.

    Another resource I thought I'd share was the Florida Board of Nursing's NCLEX Passing Rates by school. Although I had also heard good things about Florida Hospital of Health Sciences, its percentage of students who passed the exam for last year was only 80.7%. (For perspective, USF's pass rate was 96.5%). That is not the only aspect to look at of course, but it is pretty compelling. Here is the webpage if you are interested:

    http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursi...03_%202004.pdf


    Best of luck to you. I will be applying for Summer 2006 myself!

    Michelle


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