Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program - page 11

by RhodyGirl, RN

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i just wanted to start a thread for the ric bsn program. if anyone has questions on pre-req classes, admission, what the program is like.....this is the place to ask! the whole nursing school process can be overwhelming, so... Read More


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    Well, in my case I had all the pre reqs done with my previous bachelors (from RIC-so I have a ton of credits here) except for Dev. Psych which I took Spring 2008. After that I only had the nursing classes. I've consistently taken 6 credits per semester, not including summers. I took the sophomore level classes 220 & 222 in fall '08 and 223 & 224 in spring '09. My "junior year" was fall 09 to Spring '11 (fall 09 Maternity, spring '10 psych, fall '10 pedi, spring '11 med/surg 1).

    Next I'm planning to take the 3 credit senior Leadership class this summer (the 6 credit classes are too time intensive for me to take in the summer). Then fall '11 Med/surg 2, Spring '12 public health, summer '12 intern somewhere, and fall '12 transitions. Slow but sure I'm getting there, but the students I started the sophomore classes with are graduating this May. Ultimately, this is what is working for me, so I'm sticking with the plan. I've been told that when it comes to taking the NCLEX, to really brush up on Fundamentals though because at that point I will have taken it quite awhile ago.

    Good luck to you!
    Last edit by RileyJay on Apr 25, '11
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    Hi all, thanks for starting this thread. I am applying for the accelerated BSN for students who already have a bachelor's degree. Do you have any information about the program? I know it's competitive, but I'm wondering what my chances of getting in are? Graduating with a BS in Biology from the U of Mass with a 3.1- but all A's and B+ on nursing prereqs (anatomy, lifespan, micro, etc). Thanks for the help!!
    Jess
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    It sounds like you may have a good shot at it. I don't know if anyone can really tell you what will be accepted, but if you have all As and Bs in the pre-reqs, it sounds pretty good for you. Did you apply for fall 11?
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    Quote from MiniDachshund<3er
    That's good to know! Thank you! I actually prefer black and its not too late to return the shoes I just bought! Thanks for the good luck! I will need it! Med. Surg and pedi are a few weeks away!
    Hey! Just wanted to see how you were doing in your classes and how far in the program you are? I start 223/224 this fall and I'm pretty excited but also nervous of what to expect and what I need...
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    I applied for the spring, actually, because I do have to retake Chem 106, which i'm doing in the fall. I just spoke to someone in admissions who thinks with my first undergrad GPA above 3.0 and my prereq courses (all but chem 106) in the B+/A range, I should have a good shot. I am crossing my fingers because I don't know what i'm going to do if I don't get in!! Do you like the program so far?
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    Does anyone know if the RN - BSN program at RIC is any easier to get into than the second bachelor's BSN program. It sure is a lot fewer classes. I have this idea on the back burner.

    Thanks.
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    Hello all! This post has been so informative to me, thank you for creating it! I will be starting this Summer as a transfer student from CT. I will be taking Human Anatomy for the first session with Julia Held and Human Physiology the second session with Hall. Then taking Chemistry 106 and Psych 230 this Fall. So nervous!! Has anyone had Held? And who would you recommend for Psych 230?!

    Emily
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    Quote from RInursingstudent
    anyone had Held?

    Emily
    I have Held for Anatomy right now. She is a good teacher, don't believe the bad reviews she gets. She is very willing to answer questions and she gives extra credit for the exams. You just need to really crack the books for the class. You must be ready to study your butt off, honestly. I read and re-read the chapter, sometimes 3 times. It is a tough course, a lot of memorization. Lab is actually the most fun part, but it is ALL memorization of difficult terms. It is going to be a tough ride in 6 weeks, just make sure you stay on top of the readings. Seriously, you're going to have to really stick with it, not going to be easy in 6 weeks. But you can do it if you teach yourself how to really understand the material. Held is very helpful with course outlines, and chapter studies. Do the readings and study and you'll be fine! I get A's and B's on the exams.
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    Thank you so much!! I have been so nervous because of those mixed reviews, but I also know that it's what you put into a class as well. Do you recommend getting any other material besides the required? Coloring fill ins? This is my first time at Human Anatomy since high school. I saw some anatomy color fill ins at a local bookstore, think they're worth it? How are her quiz's and tests?

    Emily
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    Quote from RInursingstudent
    Thank you so much!! I have been so nervous because of those mixed reviews, but I also know that it's what you put into a class as well. Do you recommend getting any other material besides the required? Coloring fill ins? This is my first time at Human Anatomy since high school. I saw some anatomy color fill ins at a local bookstore, think they're worth it? How are her quiz's and tests?

    Emily
    Just get the required text and the lab guide. Book is over 200 bucks, guide is roughly 30. Do not listen to her bad reviews. She is a good teacher, the people who don't like her are seriously the ones who do not put in to the course, do not study (class requires a ridiculous amount of studying), and do not come to lecture or read material beforehand. You need to re-learn how to study and memorize. LOTS of memorization. But I have a family, work full time, and just got a 98 on the muscle lab exam. So it is absolutely DOABLE, but it is going to be INTENSE in the summer. I actually might recommend taking an easier course in the summer. I took Intro to Psych and Bio last Summer. Taking Chem 105 and 106 THIS summer so I can apply to the program in the Fall. Her exams are fine. You get TWO choices per multiple choice question, 2nd choice is half point if you get 1st choice wrong. So, that is helpful, but if you study your ass off you won't even need the 2nd choice. Short answers can be tricky, just read and re-read chapters. Then use lecture to really comprehend the material. There is a lot to soak in. Honestly, I can't imagine taking the course in 6 weeks. It is going to be rough, but give it a try. If you feel you're slipping WITHDRAW fast because you don't want to mess up your GPA.


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