Future CCAC nursing student

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    Hello everyone!

    I am about to graduate with a bachelors degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology). However I recently decided to become a nurse and am moving to Pittsburgh. I'm thinking about going to CCAC's RN program.

    Does anyone have anything to say about CCAC nursing, good or bad? Any suggestions?

    Also, does anyone work while attending the program? What kind of student nursing student jobs are available in Pittsburgh?


    Any info is appreciated... Thanks a lot!

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    I'm currently attending CCAC and it's great. The academic load is very manageable, subject material is not too tough and it's very affordable. As far as jobs for student nurses, I suppose you could look into a job as an aid, although, I'd think there would be better alternatives than that. Good luck.
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    Quote from Bobsdaughter
    I'm currently attending CCAC and it's great. The academic load is very manageable, subject material is not too tough and it's very affordable. As far as jobs for student nurses, I suppose you could look into a job as an aid, although, I'd think there would be better alternatives than that. Good luck.
    Thanks! What campus do you go to? I am thinking about going to South or Boyce
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    Hi! I just graduated with my BA in Psychology as well as my nursing degree in December. I think that if I was able to dual major, you could definitely work while attending school. I know quite a few who did, as well as quite a few who had 4 kids and a husband and a job! You'll be fine.
    I went to CCAC at California Univ. of PA. I loved it there. We were an affiliation with the South Campus CCAC and I have heard about the same thing from all of the CCAC nursing programs, they are great. I think that no matter where you go, the only thing that matters is that you receive your degree and that you pass your NCLEX. So, what you should consider is that CCAC is affordable, while some of the other nursing schools in the city cost more. A plus to going to any of the CCAC's in the city is that you get a variety of clinical experience, both urban and rural.
    You mentioned South and Boyce. I have heard from both of them that their instructors are not very nice. I think that you'll find that at any school though, and I would say I had a few instructors myself that weren't very nice. I also know quite a few students who failed out of South and transferred to my school, they mentioned that the workload there is much more demanding than it was at Cal. The problem with Cal is that our clinical experience was mostly rural, small hospitals.. i.e. Uniontown, MonValley, Westmoreland. I truly think that youll get the same experience out of all of them, though. What really matters is what you put into it, including what you take away from your clinicals or externship experiences.
    The only suggestion I have is that if you care to be a great nurse, do not do the fast-track program. I tried so hard to get into it at Boyce because I wanted to finish school quickly, but I am thankful I did not. In my experience, they produce highly incompetent nurses.
    Good luck in your decision!
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    I also work full time and attend CCAC Nursing program (last semester, 4 more weeks to go...) YIKES!

    I suggest North Campus, South Campus, and Boyce. Stay away from Allegheny campus!
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    Quote from oxsweetsunshine
    Hello everyone!

    I am about to graduate with a bachelors degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology). However I recently decided to become a nurse and am moving to Pittsburgh. I'm thinking about going to CCAC's RN program.

    Does anyone have anything to say about CCAC nursing, good or bad? Any suggestions?

    Also, does anyone work while attending the program? What kind of student nursing student jobs are available in Pittsburgh?


    Any info is appreciated... Thanks a lot!

    Try Looking into University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. They have many hospitals throughout Pittsburgh. They also offer two or three hospital programs for nursing school. I know of two for sure(St. Margaret's(I went there for LPN and RN) and Shadyside). Mercy Hospital may still have a program. They also have a tuition forgiveness program that you may want to take a look at. Good luck to you!
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    I got accepted into ccac south nursing program.. and I'm finished with all my pre reqs. I'll just be taking the nursing courses.. I don't qualify for financial aid, and I need to take out a loan, but I have no idea how much my tuition is going to be with just the nursing courses and the nursing books! Does anyone have any idea or know where I can get some information on how much each individual nursing courses will be?
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    is anyone currently attending south campus ccac nursing program?
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    around 84 or 86 a credit in county.... double if you live out of county.... some extra fees for some other stuff----say 90 for the semester. books for 101 will be around 500 plus at the bookstore------ but you can buy them elsewhere. around 100 for the uniforms. your stethoscope?????depends what type you want.
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    hi, i will be a lpn in feb, 2011, i want to go for my rn can someone recommend a school either st. margrets or ccac? i am 48 yrs old and i want to get this done, but i don't want teachers that constantly want to put you down either. also would i have to take a entrance test since i will be a lpn. any info would be helpful

    thanks
    weesie1244


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