are nursing schools in ohio easier to get into?

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    i heard that the programs are easier to get into in ohio. is that true? i'm in georgia right now, and i was thinking about transferring there.
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    Probably no more or less easier than anywhere else in the good ole US of A.
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    Are you considering a particular program in a particular part of the State? I would agree that there are some programs that are easy to get into, but then there are plenty of programs that have wait lists, only take very highly qualified applicants, etc. I don't know about the schools in Georgia, so I cannot speak to whether they are easier or more difficult. However, I would anticipate that it would depend on what program you are considering.
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    Quote from shortnorthstudent
    Are you considering a particular program in a particular part of the State? I would agree that there are some programs that are easy to get into, but then there are plenty of programs that have wait lists, only take very highly qualified applicants, etc. I don't know about the schools in Georgia, so I cannot speak to whether they are easier or more difficult. However, I would anticipate that it would depend on what program you are considering.
    which programs are the easiest to get into in ohio?
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    Quote from kraam
    which programs are the easiest to get into in ohio?

    I would say the certificate and ADN programs. BSN programs and MSN are more selective. Although I don't see how that is different than anywhere else.
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    Easier as in getting in quickly? Or easier as in grades?

    If getting in quickly, there are some programs that you apply to and if you have good grades and have a majority of your pre-reqs done (and will finish the rest before starting, as they are pre-reqs), then yes, it's easier to get in.

    If you mean, easier to get in because of grades, then yes, that can also hold true. But, the ADN programs that have lower GPA standards often take longer to get into. Tri-C is currently seating for Fall 2011. I've been in the applicant pool at LCCC since Aug 2009 and was recently told that it would be Fall 2011 at the minimum, and all my support courses will be done this summer.

    So, it depends upon what you mean for easy. To me, easy means easy to get in and start! I'm sick of waiting!
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    Quote from kraam
    which programs are the easiest to get into in ohio?
    It entirely depends on what you mean by easy.

    In the Columbus area, there are tons of programs. You have everything from Columbus State Community College which takes everyone who meets their requirements (GPA, prereqs, HESI). However, when the application period opened this Jan 10, for the Fall 10 program, it was filled in the first 2 minutes the period was open. So, it's easy in that if you meet their requirements, you'll get in eventually. However, there are a fair amount of prereqs, and the wait to get in in terms of after applying isn't necessarily easy. Then you have the private Chamerlain/Hondros type schools that do not have a wait list, but their cost of the program is many times what CSCC is and in some instances they have GPA requirements, etc. There are also the University programs which are very difficult to get into academically, but are middleroad cost, etc.

    I'm sure different parts of Ohio are very different on what schools are "easy" to get into depending on your definition of "easy."
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    Like the above posters said, it really does depend on your definition of "easy" and your educational goals.

    I'm an Ohio resident (currently at school out-of-state) who is going home to begin an accelerated BSN program this summer.

    I applied to a full spectrum of RN programs in Ohio (ADN's at community colleges, traditional BSN's, accelerated BSN's) & found, at least academically, the pre-reqs were comparable across program type.

    CC's had longer wait-lists (sometimes 2+ years) than BSN's/ABSN's, but would eventually sit everyone who met the minimum requirements. The bachelor's programs were more competitive, requiring a higher minimum GPA, better test scores, essays, & interviews. All the BSN/ABSN programs to which I applied had selective admissions (more qualified applicants than slots) & most only accepted apps once a year.

    I'm not sure how this compares with the situation in Georgia.

    One caveat: Ohio is a geographically diverse state, with several big urban areas (Cleveland/Akron-Canton/Youngstown, Columbus, Cincinnati/Dayton, Toledo) as well as many smaller, rural ones. The bigger cities (obviously) have more programs from which to choose, but if you're willing to relocate to less populous area you might find schools with a smaller applicant pool.

    Also, I didn't look at any of the for-profit schools in Ohio (Chamberlain, etc), so I'm not sure how their admissions procedures work/differ from those of not-for-profit schools.

    Good luck if you apply & come to school Ohio! It's often overlooked, but it really is a lovely state, with a fairly low cost of living.
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    From my experience I think Ohio nursing programs are easier to get into. I did my undergraduate education in Atlanta, GA and remained there after I graduated. I decided to do an accelerated nursing program in Atlanta and had a really hard time getting accepted. I applied to one school (there are very few accelerated BSN programs in GA) and could not get into the program. I applied two times and did not get in simply because the applicant pool was very large and the number of seats were very small. I applied to the University of Cincinnati's Accelerated program and was accepted with no problem. Good luck on your journey!
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    Columbus State Community College has CHANGED. There is NO longer a wait list. They have changed to highest GPA gets in( even though there is a min GPA to apply, AFTER a TON of prerequisites) So if there are only 70 seats open and 70 people with a 4.0 applies they get in before someone with a 3.8...

    Columbus State is also only one of 2 schools on Columbus that have NLNAC accreditation. The other school cost over $78k..


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