Applicants to Portland area schools 2013

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    Hello everyone! I was an avid reader of last years articles on applying to schools here, and it really helped me get an idea of how many points I would need. I thought I'd return the favor. So far I've only applied at PCC with 54.5 points (I think). For some reason, I'm not getting any discretionary points at Chemeketa and very few at Mt. Hood, so I might just forgo them this year. Is it just me or are schools going to a model where you can only really have a chance if you take the prereqs there? Anyways, good luck everyone!!!!
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    Hey Apple74,

    Nice to see that I'm not the only one who checks this website anymore! You are right. It's nice to compare yourself with everyone else. Gives you an idea of where you stand.

    So im tying up all of my loose ends, and i will be mailing in my packets some time next week. Im applying to MHCC, CCC, Linfield, and OHSU Portland. It seems like the requirements/points changed a ton for all of the schools this application cycle. I did all of my classes at CCC so i think my points stand best at that school.

    4.0 gpa
    Associates degree
    all pre-reqs complete
    received my CNA at CCC
    work in direct patient care
    military veteran

    So for CCC I'm sitting at 58 out of 66 points.
    MHCC i have like 55 out of 64 points.

    It seems like OCNE's goal of conforming the points system for all the schools has changed a little bit. Mt hood requires strictly 3 credits of "humanities," where CCC allows those credits to be from either humanities, social science, or natural science. It's little things like that which made it difficult for me to be absolutely 100% prepared for all schools. So i missed a few points here and there. I feel your pain.

    Any OHSU Portland hopefuls out there?
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    Good luck to all of you with your apps!! I was in the exact same boat last year. I got in to both PCC and OHSU and am currently in the OHSU Traditional BSN program. If you have any questions about the application process or what to expect (sorry can't answer any essay related questions) along the way - let me know. Again good luck and remember to breathe.
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    Hi there!

    I applied to PCC and CCC and plan to do my proctored essay for OHSU next week. I took all my pre req's at CCC and currently work as a CMA at OHSU. I have 52/60 at PCC and 57/66 at CCC. I am pretty excited! - keeping fingers crossed -

    Good luck to everyone!
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    Hi Everyone! I'm so glad someone finally started a page for 2013 applicants! I am almost done applying to PCC and OHSU Ashland. Unfortunately I ended up getting a B in anatomy which might have ruined me.... I think I have 49 out of 60 points for PCC. Still staying hopeful for now and excited for whatever happens. Good luck!
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    A big hello to everyone out there!! I'm really excited to be applying for the Nursing program as well. This is my first year- just finishing up with apps for CCC, PCC, and MHCC. My points are on the lower end this round, but it just might be enough to get an interview at least. Fingers crossed for us all!
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    I am applying to the ABSN and 3 yr traditional programs at OHSU, and also the OCNE programs at PCC, CCC, and Mt. Hood. I am still considering applying to a program at Johns Hopkins, depending on what I hear back from the ABSN program at OHSU and if I am invited the PCC's proctored essay.

    I have a 4.0 in pre-reqs and a 3.9 in my undergrad BA in Human Sciences. I have also taken a lot of other health related courses through PCC and Marylhurst. I have 120 internship hours through Northwest Primary Care Clinic in the Care Coordination office here in Portland. No other work or volunteer experience beyond that.

    Hoping that we all get invited to set for our essays and accepted to programs this year!

    Kelly
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    Hey Chris-

    What made you choose OHSU 3 year over PCC? Is the prices gap between the two programs as steep as people think it is?

    How are your clinicals going?

    --Kelly
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    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for your questions. I chose OHSU over PCC for a few reasons, the national reputation of the program was important. I felt that the clinical sites might be a bit more stable with OHSU and offer a better overall experience. And lastly I knew I had to get my BSN rather than just the associates - primarily because of the job market in the PDX area. I know with PCC you can continue on an additional year and get you BSN through OHSU - but all the people transferring to OHSU to complete their BSN after an associates are now being placed in online sections rather than in class sections. For me this was huge - and it really takes away from the classroom experience that is so important for a nursing education. When you get into OHSU you become part of a 24ish person cohort who will be together for the entire three years of the program. We have all become quite close and it is a really incredible group. I think if you had to do that in an online environment - that would be missing. The price gap is significant and it is really my biggest stressor. I have to work (nearly full time hours) and along with my wife's income we survive - by not much though. As far as clinicals, they are going quite well. The first term you are almost exclusively in OHSU's lab environment learning the head-to-toe assessment, with a couple outings to a local school for a health fair and a retirement community to do an interview with people about their aging. This term is all about chronic illnesses and we are primarily in long term care settings as well as the lab to learn applicable skills. Lastly - the faculty at OHSU are incredible. They are passionate about nursing and passionate about making us excellent nurses. I am sure PCC has an excellent program as well as the other CC's but I know I made the right choice for me. Good luck and hang in there these horrible weeks of waiting.

    -Chris
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    Chris-

    A lot of the factors that you mentioned is why I hoping that I get into one of the programs at OHSU. I am glad that your experience is going well, although it is tough when money is such a large factor. How was your financial aid package-- did you get any scholarships or outside assistance?

    --Kelly


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