Getting into nursing school in NJ - page 2

Hi there, I hear these horror stories about waitlists for nursing schools in NJ (did you see the one on the front page of the site?? YIKES!!). I live in central NJ, and I really want to be a nurse.... Read More

  1. by   antsypantsy
    Quote from ~Susan~
    Raritan Valley Community College only takes Somerset/Hunterton county residents. So if you live in Middlesex County, then Raritan Valley won't even let you apply. That's what I was told when I called and I believe it is on their website.

    Middlesex County Comm. College does take students from other counties for their nursing program. So if you live in Middlesex County, you are up against more students that the other local community colleges for that reason.

    The accelerated Muhlenberg program would be a good option for you. Best of luck in applying to all of your programs.
    MCC isn't taking out of county nursing students anymore because of the volume of applicants, and the Pharm tech program at RVCC is with the corporate & continuing education department and they will take out of county people. Sadly, I can't do the accelerated program at Muhlenberg- I still need to work to pay the mortgage. Good thing I don't have kids, eh?
  2. by   DD-RN
    Antsypansy,

    Did you go to MCCC today? Is that where you found out that they are not taking out-of-county residents? That is good news for us residents. Last I heard (at the Sept. informational session), they still were taking out-of-county residents.

    So, will you be applying to other schools?
  3. by   antsypantsy
    Yep, I went-- I was misinformed. I read the article on NJ nurses on the front pages of this site-- it told me that MCC doesn't take out-of-county students, but the truth is that they *strongly* prefer in-county residents. In other words, in-county residents have a strong advantage over out-of-county residents. But I was told if there is an exceptionally strong out-of-county applicant who has a superior GPA and NLN test score, they would probably get in. I was also told that hundreds may apply, but definitely not all are qualified. Like, they might just be thinking about nursing, but they don't have the math req's down. Something like that.And, she said that about 15 deny their position, so they will take the next on the list. If you're #51 on the list, you just might get in. People deny because maybe they found out they got into their #1 school, and used MCC as their safety. So it was pretty good. I found out that I would only have to take the 2 Anatomy & Physiology classes in addition to the nursing ones. No humanites or psych or sociology or English for me anymore!! Already did that!!!! Still need to take their nutrition class, too. I might actually finish in 2 years even going part-time, wheeeeeeeeee. That is, if I get in... hahahaha. I started studying for the NLN exam (there's a practice book in their bookstore you can buy).

    Oh, I'm still applying to Muhlenberg. I hate begging for a recommendation letter. One down and 2 to go...
  4. by   rhp123
    Nobody think about ECC? It is a very good program. It does not preference of in-county residents over out-counties.
  5. by   antsypantsy
    Does anyone know when MCC's pre-nursing exam actually is? I'd like to make a study timeline. I called today and the lady in charge of admissions told me they don't give out that info over the phone.

    <p>Actually, I don't even think she was paying attention to what I was asking, because that was a really strange answer, right? And then she assumed that I hadn't already applied to the nursing program and I had to tell her that I did. (She was also pretty rude in her answer, which really bothered me).
  6. by   cherylnj81
    I am confused as to whether when people say MCC here they are talking about Middlesex or Mercer County College.

    Anyway, at least for MIddlesex, I got a packet like a month ago about the NLN exam. First I had to send in a form with a registration fee and my info. Then, after 10 days, you are supposed to call their testing center and schedule a test with them. I called last week, and my test date is in February. The testing lady said people will prob. be taking them well into the spring.
  7. by   antsypantsy
    Quote from cherylnj81
    I am confused as to whether when people say MCC here they are talking about Middlesex or Mercer County College.

    Anyway, at least for MIddlesex, I got a packet like a month ago about the NLN exam. First I had to send in a form with a registration fee and my info. Then, after 10 days, you are supposed to call their testing center and schedule a test with them. I called last week, and my test date is in February. The testing lady said people will prob. be taking them well into the spring.
    Oops- sorry, I did mean Middlesex. Thank you for the info-- I wish the lady was able to tell me that!

    Good luck on your test.

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