No waiting list at CCRI

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    I am just starting this thread to help spread the word about the Nursing program at CCRI. I am currently a student finishing up my last prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply for the FAll 2010 Nursing program in June. I am very excited to have gotten this far in my education. I am have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in another field from RIC back in 2005. I chose to attend CCRI because of its affordability and the fact that you spend less time in school (its a two year program not including the prerequisites) to make your way to a great career. Don't get me wrong in thinking that it is by any chance easy to accomplish. The courses that are required are pretty darn tough, mainly the sciences, but if determined, a person will succeed. The main point of this thread is to let prospective students know that CCRI does not retain a waiting list and as long as the student maintains great grades and fulfills all other requirements (i.e. TEAS test, immunizations, CPR certification etc), they should not face disappointment when applying to the Nursing program. A student will receive an ADN which is just as good as a BSN because both of these degree students take the same NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for the same nursing jobs. Something else worth noting is that students who graduate from CCRI with an ADN can go on to receive their BSN and receive credit for holding an RN license and still get that BSN in a short amount of time, say at RIC or another school. Oh yeah, like some other schools chemistry is not a prereq. Thank Goodness!!
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    Quote from elisiah
    I am just starting this thread to help spread the word about the Nursing program at CCRI. I am currently a student finishing up my last prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply for the FAll 2010 Nursing program in June. I am very excited to have gotten this far in my education. I am have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in another field from RIC back in 2005. I chose to attend CCRI because of its affordability and the fact that you spend less time in school (its a two year program not including the prerequisites) to make your way to a great career. Don't get me wrong in thinking that it is by any chance easy to accomplish. The courses that are required are pretty darn tough, mainly the sciences, but if determined, a person will succeed. The main point of this thread is to let prospective students know that CCRI does not retain a waiting list and as long as the student maintains great grades and fulfills all other requirements (i.e. TEAS test, immunizations, CPR certification etc), they should not face disappointment when applying to the Nursing program. A student will receive an ADN which is just as good as a BSN because both of these degree students take the same NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for the same nursing jobs. Something else worth noting is that students who graduate from CCRI with an ADN can go on to receive their BSN and receive credit for holding an RN license and still get that BSN in a short amount of time, say at RIC or another school. Oh yeah, like some other schools chemistry is not a prereq. Thank Goodness!!
    Thank you for posting this. I have seen many people leave RIC d/t many unsuccessful applications to the nursing program, but have had success with getting into CCRI's program. The lack of waiting list seems to have improved their ability to accept more students.

    I am almost officially a senior (2 more weeks!) in RIC's nursing program right now, and it has been a tough journey. Your line stating that the ADN is "just as good" as a BSN is true to a point. We both take the same NCLEX examination, and we both begin as staff nurses. However, it is important to note the differences. While there is no (or very little) difference in pay, the BSN prepares you for graduate school education down the road. Also, more and more hospitals (particularly magnet institutions) are requiring a BSN for hire. This is not to say that BSN's make better nurses (not true at all), but with the economic situation, institutions have the ability to be picky when hiring new grads. I think the BSN gives new grads a leg up in this situation.

    This is not an ADN vs BSN debate by ANY MEANS, as I have a great respect for nurses with any educational background (LPN, RN diploma, ADN, BSN). I just think it's important to note that a BSN can open up more doors for you in the long run in your nursing career (despite the fact that there are more pre-reqs, and the program is longer and more theory-based...I think it has been worth it for me).

    Also- good point about the RN to BSN option. RIC has a great program for those students who have practiced as an ADN but would like to transition to the BSN (I believe it takes about 3 semesters).

    It is a personal decision when choosing ADN or BSN, but I figured I would point out some of the differences, as many people really don't understand this concept.

    Good luck with your application, and I hope to see a happy post from you about your acceptance
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    Quote from elisiah
    I am just starting this thread to help spread the word about the Nursing program at CCRI. I am currently a student finishing up my last prerequisites this semester. I am going to apply for the FAll 2010 Nursing program in June. I am very excited to have gotten this far in my education. I am have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in another field from RIC back in 2005. I chose to attend CCRI because of its affordability and the fact that you spend less time in school (its a two year program not including the prerequisites) to make your way to a great career. Don't get me wrong in thinking that it is by any chance easy to accomplish. The courses that are required are pretty darn tough, mainly the sciences, but if determined, a person will succeed. The main point of this thread is to let prospective students know that CCRI does not retain a waiting list and as long as the student maintains great grades and fulfills all other requirements (i.e. TEAS test, immunizations, CPR certification etc), they should not face disappointment when applying to the Nursing program. A student will receive an ADN which is just as good as a BSN because both of these degree students take the same NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for the same nursing jobs. Something else worth noting is that students who graduate from CCRI with an ADN can go on to receive their BSN and receive credit for holding an RN license and still get that BSN in a short amount of time, say at RIC or another school. Oh yeah, like some other schools chemistry is not a prereq. Thank Goodness!!
    While you bring up some very good points I wonder if you have considered returning to RIC to earn your BSN since you already probably have many of the pre-reqs done already. You should consider looking at the RIC website for the "Accelerated BSN" option. While earning an ADN from CCRI is certainly a worthwhile option to consider, it isn't "just as good" because they are not the same degree, period. It is true that you will be taking the NCLEX-RN exam and can apply for many of the same entry level nursing positions but in some hospitals (in Boston for example) they are actually requiring that applicants (especially new grads) have a BSN or else they have an ADN with at least a year of experience. Certainly that is not the case for every hospital but in the current economy and the surge of new grads looking for positions it seems like having the highest degree would help to give you more options in your career. Returning for your BSN after your ADN is another option and maybe that will be what works for you but I wouldn't rule out going back for your BSN in the first place (especially if getting a BSN is your ultimate goal.) Obviously no one is going to change your mind and no one is going to say that getting an ADN is a bad idea but you should reconsider getting your BSN (at RIC, URI or anywhere else). Oh and by the way, before I transferred to RIC I was a student at CCRI waiting to get my ADN but I looked again at my ultimate goals and decided to get my BSN first instead of getting my ADN and then BSN. Think about it and good luck!

    !Chris
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    I sincerely appreciate the positive reply. I just thought that I would let it be known to those who cannot afford a four year institution that they have the option of attending a community college at a fraction of the cost. I will go on to get my BSN because I actually want to be a Nurse Practioner, which requires an MSN. In the meantime I will keep an update on my progress for the Fall 2010 acceptance into the Nursing program.
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    Quote from elisiah
    I sincerely appreciate the positive reply. I just thought that I would let it be known to those who cannot afford a four year institution that they have the option of attending a community college at a fraction of the cost. I will go on to get my BSN because I actually want to be a Nurse Practioner, which requires an MSN. In the meantime I will keep an update on my progress for the Fall 2010 acceptance into the Nursing program.

    Lets face it. The only reason your advocating for ccri is because you didnt get into RIC's program.You are resentful. You say your going to go back for a BSN, why wouldnt you do it now? Your going to end up spending more money in the long run and with the way the economy is a BSN is the way to go. And i personally dont want a nurse taking care of me who doesnt have a basic knowledge of chemistry. But this is just my opinion.
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    Quote from Almostnurse88
    Lets face it. The only reason your advocating for ccri is because you didnt get into RIC's program.You are resentful. You say your going to go back for a BSN, why wouldnt you do it now? Your going to end up spending more money in the long run and with the way the economy is a BSN is the way to go. And i personally dont want a nurse taking care of me who doesnt have a basic knowledge of chemistry. But this is just my opinion.
    Yikes!
    Which school do you go to, and are you in a nursing program yet? Do you have specific questions about a program here in Rhode Island?
    I understand some of your points, but there was definitely a nicer way to get your message across..... and as nurses/future nurses, we need to be supportive of each other, no matter what the educational background!
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    Quote from RhodyGirl-SN
    Yikes!
    Which school do you go to, and are you in a nursing program yet? Do you have specific questions about a program here in Rhode Island?
    I understand some of your points, but there was definitely a nicer way to get your message across..... and as nurses/future nurses, we need to be supportive of each other, no matter what the educational background!
    I have to agree with Lauren on this. These threads are not meant to be battlegrounds for debate on the issue of ADN vs. BSN because it has already been played out many times before. We all have the right to our own opinions but let's be respectful of others and treat them decently.

    !Chris
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    For your information I was accepted into the RIC Nursing Program, but I chose to attend CCRI like I said becasue of its affordability to me as a single mother trying to make a difference in my life. I didn't post the thread to try to get any negative feedback. Under no circumstance did I say that RIC was not a good school. I actually graduated from RIC in 2005, like I said, with a Bachelor's in another field and at that time I had a newborn. I did apply to the program and was accepted because I had good grades. However, I chose at that time to take care of my son. Now that he is older I have chosen that this is the time to go back to school. So please know what you are talking about before you pass judgement. And by the way, show me a nurse who in the middle of taking care of a patient in a life or death situation is going to be worried about valence electrons, the periodic table or remembering some of those dire chemistry experiments!! I am never resentful. I actually feel a sense of empowerment. So please keep any negative comments to yourself if you don't have anything good to say. Thank you.
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    Quote from RhodyGirl-SN
    Yikes!
    Which school do you go to, and are you in a nursing program yet? Do you have specific questions about a program here in Rhode Island?
    I understand some of your points, but there was definitely a nicer way to get your message across..... and as nurses/future nurses, we need to be supportive of each other, no matter what the educational background!

    Im in the nursing program at RIC. I didnt appreciate her " I love ccri 224 post" in the thread you started for RIC. But i apologize to anyone i offended.
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    I believe there's also programs where you can bypass the BSN and go straight to MSN. They're called RN to MSN programs. That's another option for the OP.


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