Nursing program wait lists

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    Do all nursing programs have long wait lists? I was hoping to begin school spring '07 and completing my pre reqs by fall 08, and applying to a nursing program here in Lawton,OK. by spring 09. However, I am feeling discouraged as of late due to many nursing students and nurses who mention the 2-3 year wait lists that they had to face when they applied to nursing school.
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    I hesitate to say all, but most RN (ASN) programs in Oklahoma do have a waiting period of 1-3 years. I've heard the BSN programs don't have as long of a wait, but I personally don't know if that's true or not.

    A friend of mine applied to the ASN program through Cameron University (to complete the pre reqs) and Western Oklahoma State College (for the nursing portion) and was put on a waiting list. She's now going for her LPN while she waits.
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    It really depends on what route you want to pursue. I am a traditional BSN student so there wasn't a waiting list at all.

    I know for LPN/ADN routes there can be..and usually are. Making sure you complete your pre-reqs in a timely manner will be the deciding factor on whether or not you are put onto a waiting list (along with GPA of course).
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    I would assume that there would be less waiting lists in Lawton than in OKC and Tulsa, but that's just a guess. I do know that 2 years ago when I had checked into OU they told me that their Lawton program had a shorter list than the others. Goodluck with whatever happens!
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    Thanks for the replies! I'm hoping that the wait for the ASN program is shorter here in Lawton and/or Altus than it is in OKC and Tulsa since our area is not as heavily populated. I'm aiming for the ASN program as Western. ASN because if I can get into the program in a timely fashion, I will be able to complete the program by the time my husband separates from the Army. I will be contacting the nursing department at Western today to find out about their curriculum plan. The one that I saw on their website for the nursing program looks to be very do-able, but too good to be true.
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    Good luck, lpnstudent07! I'm interested to know what you find out.
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    Good luck, lpnstudent07! I'm interested to know what you find out.
    I spoke with an instructor in the nursing department at Western, and she said that while completion of their "prerequisite semester" consisting of A&P, Chem 101, and Algebra 101, will make a prospective nursing student "eligible" for entry into their nursing program, it is highly recommended that if not all, then most of the 31 GE requirements be met in order to have a better chance at obtaining entry into the nursing program. Most, if not all of Western's nursing students had the majority or even all of the GE requirements satisfied, which makes the application process very competitive.
    Upon successful entry into the nursing program, the only courses left to take are Nursing I, Nursing II, Nursing III, and Nursing IV all of which are worthe 9 credits each, for a total of 67 credits obtained; satisfying the number of credits needed to obtain the ADN-RN degree from Western.

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    Quote from lpnstudent07
    I spoke with an instructor in the nursing department at Western, and she said that while completion of their "prerequisite semester" consisting of A&P, Chem 101, and Algebra 101, will make a prospective nursing student "eligible" for entry into their nursing program, it is highly recommended that if not all, then most of the 31 GE requirements be met in order to have a better chance at obtaining entry into the nursing program. Most, if not all of Western's nursing students had the majority or even all of the GE requirements satisfied, which makes the application process very competitive.
    Upon successful entry into the nursing program, the only courses left to take are Nursing I, Nursing II, Nursing III, and Nursing IV all of which are worthe 9 credits each, for a total of 67 credits obtained; satisfying the number of credits needed to obtain the ADN-RN degree from Western.

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    Thanks for the information. I'm looking into attending WOSC myself, but that's at least a couple of years away.

    Good luck! If you have to wait at all, I hope it's a short one.
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    I am an instructor at OKC community college that teaches paramedic and pre-nursing courses. The RN list is absurdly long and there's alot of stiff competion. My advice to students is to get in an LPN or paramedic program while you are waiting. It will only make you a better RN (plus, if you are also a paramedic, you can usually get paid more in critical care positions and are more likely to get a great RN job), plus you are eligible for the LPN/Paramedic bridge-to-RN programs. And don't just apply to one school!
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    As far as I know none of the BSN programs have waiting lists, you either get in or you don't and have to reapply next year.

    So no, to answer your question not all nursing programs here in OK have waiting lists. Yes, all the programs are competitive (as they should be IMO) so keep your GPA up and stay positive, I got in on my first try!
    Last edit by marilynmom on Jul 29, '07
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