Phi Theta Kappa?

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    I am invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. At first I was excited but then I saw it costs $75! If I were to join, would this help me in the long run, or is that $75 basically for a special tassel at graduation? Will it help me get into nursing school or get a job? Anybody else in the same boat?

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    I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa at my school. There are many benefits to the honor society, and being a member can be beneficial in many ways.

    First, there are a lot of schools that offer transfer scholarships when transferring to a four year institution. Next, there are many additional scholarships that are only available to Phi Theta Kappa members. Also, they will write letters of recommendation to schools as well as employers. A letter of recommendation from an academic honor society looks good. Additionally, the organization offers you an opportunity to perform community service projects. Finally, once you are a member there is a stamp of "Phi Theta Kappa" on your transcript. These are just to name a few. A $75 fee to gain access to $1,000's of dollars in scholarships, letters of recommendation, and the prestige of being a member of a international honor society is well worth it.

    Some will say that it isn't really that big of a deal. However, it speaks volumes on your work ethic, discipline, ability to accomplish a task set before you, your teachability, as well as your ability to excel.

    You should consider anything that will set you apart from those that your are competing with.
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    I'm a PTK Member as well and joined so I can permanently have it on my resume. Any academic accolade as RB2000 says, "looks good".

    I called our nursing school about the transfer scholarships and they said that the nursing school and the University have different pools of money, so the PTK scholarship is only good transferring into the U itself, not the nursing school. That was a bummer, but oh well.

    I'm graduating this May with my Assoc of Science and PTK will send me a gold seal that I can place on my diploma signaling my membership. I'm looking forward to hanging it next to my PTK certificate already on my wall.
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    I'm also a member of PTK, and I do believe it helped me get into the nursing program as well as my university. I did have the points necessary for the nursing program, however my cumulative wasn't wonderful thanks to mistakes I made when I was 17. Having the PTK on my transcript was a good way to show schools (and employers) that I mean business.

    I've also had someone hire me in the past over another applicant because I was a member of PTK. It does matter, and that $75 will seem like nothing after you're able to show what you're made of.
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    I joined Phi Theta Kappa for a couple of reasons. First of all, the economy is tough right now. Hopefully by the time I graduate and have my license, it won't be quite so difficult to find a nursing job. However, PTK is a very quick and easy way to set yourself apart from the crowd of applicants. It is recognition for your hard work and don't let anyone tell you that good grades don't matter. Sure, the person who is #1 in the class and the person who is #50 in a class will have the same license. However, hospitals are going to look at #1 before #50 whenever possible and PTK on your resume lets them know that you were a good student.

    I would never recommend things like "who's who in nursing school" type awards. The ones that put you in their book if you buy a copy. But, PTK is not a scam. It is a recognized academic honor society and you should be proud that you have worked hard enough to be asked to join.
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    I agree with everyone else. That's why when I got my invitation to join I did. Besides, the fee is only a one time thing. Congrats on the invite!
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    I'm a PTK member too, and if nothing else, listing it on your resume (for schools or jobs) says something about your discipline and academic excellence, so I'd say go for it!
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    Quote from RB2000
    I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa at my school. There are many benefits to the honor society, and being a member can be beneficial in many ways.

    First, there are a lot of schools that offer transfer scholarships when transferring to a four year institution. Next, there are many additional scholarships that are only available to Phi Theta Kappa members. Also, they will write letters of recommendation to schools as well as employers. A letter of recommendation from an academic honor society looks good. Additionally, the organization offers you an opportunity to perform community service projects. Finally, once you are a member there is a stamp of "Phi Theta Kappa" on your transcript. These are just to name a few. A $75 fee to gain access to $1,000's of dollars in scholarships, letters of recommendation, and the prestige of being a member of a international honor society is well worth it.

    Some will say that it isn't really that big of a deal. However, it speaks volumes on your work ethic, discipline, ability to accomplish a task set before you, your teachability, as well as your ability to excel.

    You should consider anything that will set you apart from those that your are competing with.
    Agree, agree, agree!!!! Everything you said is exactly what I was going to say!
    To the OP:
    Join PTK - you'll reap the benefits in a lot of ways - I know I certainly have! Congratulations on being accepted into PTK!!
    happy2learn likes this.
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    I haven't joined even though I've gotten the letter the last few semesters for one main reason. Will I lose my status once I'm in nursing school if my grades drop? I would hate to spend the money and have it taken away for my GPA dropping. Would this happen?
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    Staragate, I just checked out the constitution on the PTK website and yes, you can be removed from the rolls if you do not maintain your GPA.
    RUBY2623RN likes this.


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