I live in the Tulsa area and after a few years of careful consideration, I have finally made up my mind to pursue nursing. Though I have known for some time I wanted to do this, I didn't want to pursue it lightly if it might not be the right thing for me. No one wants to end up acting like Nurse Ratchette (sp?) because they are not really suited for this type of thing, and who wants to be treated by someone like that ?
So anyhow, I truly feel this is the right thing for me, and decided on trying for TCCs ADN program to become an RN. I have a few questions for all you friendly people.
1. I have zero college under my belt at this time. Will this be considered a big negative when applying ?
2. TCCs program is 5 semesters, the first semester being prerequisites. Should I be trying to take those courses now before even applying ? What is the best way - for all of you who have jumped through this hoop - to handle that ?
3. In addition to the first semester of prereqs, they show several science classes they say must have been completed within 5 years of applying. A few of these classes are listed in the first and second year nursing curriculum, so uhh... i'm confused. Do they need to be taken BEFORE applying, or are they taken with the rest of the nursing courses ?
3. TCCs online info (on their cost estimation section) states that not included in their cost is the CNA requirement, and that programs to get certified are approximately $450. However, when I called them to find out if they offer that course they ended up transferring me to someones voicemail.. So my question is, does anyone have a referral to a good CNA program, and could you throw some price expectations out there ?
I appreciate any light that can be shed. I'm waiting for my nursing information packet that I requested from them (TCC). I have called and spoken to a few people at the school, who could not answer my questions, as well as tried to confirm with their online info, but I remain confused. =P I have been told the packet should answer all my questions, i'm really hoping so, since not much success over the phone. I should probably go up there in person though, so i'm reserving judgement.
I also appreciate any other general tips on preparing for nursing school
, the best order to do things in, and just anything you would like to share from your own experience. Thanks !