Does anyone know inside details about RIC's nursing program - page 3

It is my 4th year at RIC. I have applied once to the nursing program. I was not able to get a seat because they couldn't accommodate me. I have everything finished, I mean everything. I have more than 90 credits. I only have the... Read More

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    I am SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOO happy! Finally starting in Fall 2008!
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    congrats!!!!
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    Quote from StikyNoteRightr
    I just got my letter in today. I was accepted! I am so stoked. Good luck everyone!!

    !Chris
    Congratulations, fellow RI'er
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    i got in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woooo
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    Congratulations to all of you that got into the program!! That's great. I unfortunatly couldn't get a seat. So do you have any advice for me? I am a 2nd degree candidate and have only taken 1 class at RIC (Micro) and I got a C. My GPA from my other school/coursework is about a 3.1. I'm going to apply again but I'm still very bummed! I've taken everything so I'm not sure where to go from here to get my GPA up. Any advice would be appreciated!!
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    Quote from LaLa783
    Congratulations to all of you that got into the program!! That's great. I unfortunatly couldn't get a seat. So do you have any advice for me? I am a 2nd degree candidate and have only taken 1 class at RIC (Micro) and I got a C. My GPA from my other school/coursework is about a 3.1. I'm going to apply again but I'm still very bummed! I've taken everything so I'm not sure where to go from here to get my GPA up. Any advice would be appreciated!!
    Howdy Lala, let me just say welcome to AllNurses.com and I'd be happy to help you. I have talked to a bunch of Nursing majors who have gotten in and I have pretty much figured out how its done. First of all, would you mind posting what grades you have for the following courses listed below as well as where and when you took them and your overall GPA at RIC please.

    General Psychology -
    General/Organic/Bio. Chem. I -
    Human Anatomy -
    Human Development -
    General/Organic/Bio. Chem. II -
    Human Physiology -
    Microbiology -

    Although these are not all the courses that you need; they are the most important ones that the Nursing department looks at, especially Human Anatomy, Chem. II and Human Development. I will say that the Nursing department really prefers you take most of the your sciences at RIC, have at least a 3.0 or above and have no more then one C on your transcript for any of your classes. I know that seems really tough but it is possible. Have you scheduled your classes for the fall semester yet? If not we can help you come up with a good schedule to help you out.


    !Chris
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    First of all, would you mind posting what grades you have for the following courses listed below as well as where and when you took them and your overall GPA at RIC please.

    General Psychology -
    General/Organic/Bio. Chem. I -
    Human Anatomy -
    Human Development -
    General/Organic/Bio. Chem. II -
    Human Physiology -
    Microbiology -

    Okay - I took everything at RWU except devel. pysch(CCRI), organic(CCRI), and micro(RIC). Here are my grades:
    Gen Psych - B-
    Organic Chem (I only had to take 1) - C for the class A for the lab (they do it separate at CCRI i guess)
    Anatomy & Physiology I - A
    Anatomy & Physiology II - B+
    Developmental Psych - B
    Microbiology - C
    With only 1 class at RIC my GPA there is a 2.00! I don't think it counted as a strike against me though because my letter said lack of available seats.) So basically I'm a B student which is not too good for nursing I guess. If I took Micro again would my new grade override my old grade? I'm also worried that my courses are going to "expire" because I took A&P in 2004.
    It's really hard because I am a 2nd degree student and my first degree really does not show the student I am now. It's a lot different as you get older (even though I'm only 25) but you treat things differently when it is something you really want. THank you so much for your time and help!! I haven't picked any classes for the fall because I'm not sure what I'm should do yet. I have an e-mail into my advisor I'm just waiting on a reply. What's your opinion? Thanks again!!!
    Katie
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    Hey Katie!

    Your grades will not expire. I took anatomy in 2000 and Physiology in 2001 and I just got accepted into the program. However, I did get a 4.0 both semesters I was at RIC. I took Basic biology, microbiology, human dev, and chem 1 & 2 at RIC. As Chris said (i think his name is chris!) the nursing dept focuses on Organic Chem, Human Dev, and Anatomy. You may want to reconsider taking one of those classes over at RIC and getting a higher grade....I'm also a second degree student (1st degree in health and phys ed from ithaca College) and it's extremely competitive, more so than general students. My understanding is they accept a small percentage of second degrees each semester. So for the fall, even though there were 90 seats available, only about 10 or so go to second degrees. We are in our own category, and all have the same determined mind set of getting in done. I hope this helps. Just keep on trucking!
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    Quote from LaLa783
    Okay - I took everything at RWU except devel. pysch(CCRI), organic(CCRI), and micro(RIC). Here are my grades:

    Gen Psych - B-
    Organic Chem - C for the class A for the lab
    Anatomy & Physiology I - A
    Anatomy & Physiology II - B+
    Developmental Psych - B
    Microbiology - C

    With only 1 class at RIC my GPA there is a 2.00! I don't think it counted as a strike against me though because my letter said lack of available seats.) So basically I'm a B student which is not too good for nursing I guess. If I took Micro again would my new grade override my old grade? I'm also worried that my courses are going to "expire" because I took A&P in 2004.
    It's really hard because I am a 2nd degree student and my first degree really does not show the student I am now. It's a lot different as you get older (even though I'm only 25) but you treat things differently when it is something you really want. Thank you so much for your time and help!! I haven't picked any classes for the fall because I'm not sure what I'm should do yet. I have an e-mail into my adviser I'm just waiting on a reply. What's your opinion? Thanks again!!!
    Katie

    Ok Lala thanks for posting those grades. I wouldn't worry so much about expiring grades because yours are only a few years old but I would instead focus on making the grades that the Nursing department really looks at shine and making a few more of those come from RIC. So here's what I would suggest... Your General Psych. grade is ok so I would leave it. The Chem. grade is a C (which in my mind is fine but the Nursing department is a little more strict then me) so what I would do is sign up for Chem. 106 and do that at RIC. By doing that you will get a good refresher in Chemistry and it will show the department that you can really handle RIC's science courses. Chem. 105 is usually required before Chem. 106 but I think because you took a Chem. course a CCRI you can skip Chem. 105 (be sure to ask your adviser though). Anatomy and Physiology look good and so does Developmental Psych. I would suggest that you retake Microbiology also in the Fall, this will replace the C in Micro you have and show the Nursing department a good faith effort at trying to improve your grade. I would round out your schedule by putting in a core class from RIC, even though your second degree and probably don't need it a good grade from one of these classes will help to beef up your RIC GPA and most advisers will agree with me that its a good idea to do that. So just to do a quick recap:

    I would suggest you sign up for Microbiology, Chem. 106 and Core I.

    Doing so will give you a full time schedule and although I can't promise that will get you in next semester I think it will definitely help your chances a lot. When you speak to your adviser ask them if they think this schedule is a good idea. Also double check with them that you will be allowed to take Chem. 106 because you took another Chem. class at CCRI so you don't have to take Chem. 105 first (Chem. 105 is good too but the Chem. 106 grade is put right on the application first page and it will be the first thing the committee sees.) By the way, who is your adviser?


    !Chris
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    LaLa 783-
    You need to get that GPA up. Take a few courses (ie, Psych, etc.) that aren't too challenging so it can boost your overall average. I agree with Chris in taking Chem 106. The science courses at RIC are much more rigorous and difficult here than at a community college. I think the committee would be pleased to see that you are challenging yourself by taking the Chem II. I wish you luck, and please don't give up!
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