UPMC Mercy class of 2014 - page 2

I just got my acceptance letter today! :yeah: Anyone else?... Read More

  1. by   jemadi33
    That's terrible! I will be in San Diego on the 20th for a wedding. I already booked the plane tickets and don't come back until that night. What is transition day??
  2. by   kitty_deville13
    I think they said its something to help us prepare for the first day of school. If I were to miss one of those days, the 20th would be the one. I'd call them to make sure.
  3. by   jemadi33
    That's the plan. I'm going to call them as soon as I get my packet. I'm hoping they are okay with it! Thank you!
  4. by   jemadi33
    When you got your packet, did they let you know which classes you were able to CLEP out of?
  5. by   kitty_deville13
    They have it on their website:

    CLEP Testing for Course Exemptions
    Students who have successfully completed (final grade “C” or better) a Sociology , Psychology, College Writing, or Human Growth and Development course in college more than 5 years ago, may request to CLEP.
    CLEP results are to be received by MHSN prior to the start of the the course.
    CLEP credit is granted to students who achieve the passing score recommended by the CLEP Board.
    The student is informed of the CLEP status by the director/associate director.
  6. by   jemadi33
    Is anyone planning on taking A&P as scheduled during the program? I was thinking about taking them this summer at CCAC, but I'm aware a lot of their classes won't transfer when I go for my BSN in the future. I am also nervous about the courseload because everyone tries to scare you out of taking A&P with the other classes. Any suggestions?
  7. by   kitty_deville13
    I have all my extra classes out of the way. I was under the impression after we became RN's, then we would apply to BSN programs and that was it and not have to worry about those classes transferring. I took a&p 1&2 and micro at CCBC. I have heard from a current student that you should get all the extra classes out of the way as soon as possible so you can concentrate on your core nursing classes. Plus it will make your day shorter and give you more time to study.
  8. by   jemadi33
    Thanks for your response! I am glad to hear that I wouldn't have to worry about classes transferring in the future. I'd rather not retake any classes because they don't transfer! I did get credit for Psych and HGDV, so I will only be taking 3 classes the first two semesters regardless. I am also thinking about the finances since I'm maxed out on my grants and possibly my loans. Mercy has the 10,000 copay which won't change if I take the classes somewhere else. If I take them at CCAC, it is all extra. Did any of the people you talked to take the A&P's as a normal part of the program?
  9. by   kitty_deville13
    I'm not 100% in how the transition from RN to BSN works. I was just assuming and I thought that's how it worked. It just doesn't make sense. I mean if you took a class once then built on your knowledge of that course to be a RN, why would you need to retake it? Lol.

    I talked to only one current student and they also took their A&P class at another school. I just can't imagine doing a&p and nursing courses together. I would think your brain would explode.

    Now I don't know anything about the tuition forgiveness program. How does it work? I know you would have to work at a UPMC facility for 2 years after being licensed. But while you work, do you get paid in addition to them forgiving your loans? My husband asked me about it the other day and I didn't know what to say.
  10. by   jemadi33
    I assume you get paid in addition to them forgiving your loans. The website says as soon as you graduate, that you have to pay taxes on the forgiveness as if it were income though. I figure the people who don't take the forgiveness are first time students who are eligible for grants and such.
  11. by   pixiestudent2
    Can you guys give me some tips on how to pass the spelling and science portion of the psb. I am scheduled to take it on the 11th. I took it and didn't pass the first time. I think I just got freaked out with the science and only got to answer about 25% of the questions.. I got A's in bio and A&P. But the spelling was sooooo hard. Any tips
  12. by   kitty_deville13
    I accidentally threw out my scores for the test but I apparently passed since I was accepted. Lol. I am an okay speller. Not the best but I think I do alright. I seriously almost had a heart attack when I came to that section. I just kinda picked the word that looked believable. I tried to at least narrow it down to two words and picked one quickly. For the science, I felt comfortable with it. It's so general though so its hard to prepare for. Good luck and update us on how it goes! We're all rooting for you! :-)
  13. by   jemadi33
    I thought the spelling section was really hard and I convinced myself that I failed. When I got the results back, I noticed that there wasn't an exact "spelling" score, so I wasn't sure what they did with that. I took out 2 or 3 practice books from the library. I studied nonstop for about a week. The key is to answer all of the questions. If you don't know the answer, just guess. They have some random questions on there that most people would have to guess on, but the majority of them are predictable. Good luck!