Please help! Question from prospective nursing student in San Francisco

  1. Hi everyone. My husband is in the military and we are moving next summer. San Francisco is one of the places that we may go, and it will be for four years. My question is this-is it realistic for me to complete an ADN program during this time? I've gotten some pre-requisites done, but from the research I've done it seems like with the waiting lists, lottery system etc. it may be a lost cause. Any info. you have would be great as we have to put our choices in next week and this will heavily influnce our decision. Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   turbohound
    Sunshine24,

    It's about to become easier for GOOD students to get into California nursing schools. Many ADN programs are implementing the Chancellor's Model on Nursing School Admissions. It's a program which looks at a student's grade in prerequisites, and computes a cut score to rank the student. Better grades equal a higher ranking, and depending upon the program, it can also mean getting in sooner.

    Right now many CA schools use a lottery system to select students, and the min GPA can be as low as 2.5. Under the new system, students with poorer grades either will be excluded from the lottery pool, or ranked below better students.

    Take a look some of the schools which have already implemented the model to see how they are applying it.

    Bottom line, if you are a better student, you will get in sooner
  4. by   Rianna1
    I am in the East Bay area and I applied to Contra Costa College in San Pablo this year. There were 38 spots and 240+ applicants. I was number 194 on the wait list and didn't get in. You have to do your research on each community college you're thinking of attending as each could have different requirements. Napa City College has a two year wait list. You get a number once you've applied and you just wait. At least you know that you will eventually get in. I think it would be great if all schools did the Chancellor system. However, pure luck will get your name picked in a lottery system. I decided to go private school route because I want to finish up quickly. What everyone is pretty much doing is applying to everywhere they can, hoping to get in. Not sure if you're thinking about the BSN route, but Dominican in San Rafael has a nursing program. You have to wait 3 semesters before starting the clinical portion of the nursing program. This would take roughly 4 years, but it does cost alot since it's a private school. It is possible to finish in four years though. If you were to get your name on a wait list soon, then it could happen. Napa's program has less pre-reqs than the other junior colleges. Not sure if you're willing to commute to Napa though...
  5. by   Asherah
    Quote from turbohound
    Sunshine24,

    It's about to become easier for GOOD students to get into California nursing schools. Many ADN programs are implementing the Chancellor's Model on Nursing School Admissions. It's a program which looks at a student's grade in prerequisites, and computes a cut score to rank the student. Better grades equal a higher ranking, and depending upon the program, it can also mean getting in sooner.
    Although I'm not going for an ADN, I thought I'd chime in about the closest CC to me geographically...they currently use that model, however everyone who is above the cut score gets placed into a large lottery pool anyway, so in the end its still the luck of the draw. If I was applying there, I'd be quite annoyed by that method.

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