Rhode Island College School of Nursing-- BSN Program - page 5

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... Read More

  1. Visit  RhodyGirl, RN profile page
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    Quote from Nu_2_Nursing
    Thanks for the replies everyone! I hope I get in on my first go at it, but will *try* not to be disappointed if I get passed over the first time. You hear so many stories about transfers and second degree students that you just don't know what to believe.
    Do any of you know if they take a percentage of transfers based on class size or just a set number each semester?
    Good luck to all of you as well as you finish the program!

    Melanie
    From what I've been told by my adviser, they have a set number of transfer and second-degree students that they accept each semester. Students who started their freshman year at RIC are given first priority, then several spots are designated for the transfer and second-degree people. It is more difficult to be accepted as a transfer/sec deg. student, but not impossible.

    Thanks for the good luck... we'll need it this year! Graduation and NCLEX is just around the corner!
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  3. Visit  YisuberValerio profile page
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    Hello i was a originaly an education major when i realized that the education program at RIC sucked! now i am a nursing major and i think all the sciences are interesting. Yes its odd! lol... well i am wondering i got all my GED out of the way. next semester i will take anatomy, chem 106, and physiology. I am only taking those three but i will be full time plus i think thats enough on my plate. I took micro, psyc 230 . I only need the nursing classes left. My issue is that my GPA will be around 2.9 or 3.0.. so i am afraid i might not get accepted, what would i do then? take a semester off? will they allow me to take basic nursing courses, or drug calculations atleast? my last resort is to transfer to ccri, but i really want my BSN?
  4. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Quote from YisuberValerio
    Hello i was a originaly an education major when i realized that the education program at RIC sucked! now i am a nursing major and i think all the sciences are interesting. Yes its odd! lol... well i am wondering i got all my GED out of the way. next semester i will take anatomy, chem 106, and physiology. I am only taking those three but i will be full time plus i think thats enough on my plate. I took micro, psyc 230 . I only need the nursing classes left. My issue is that my GPA will be around 2.9 or 3.0.. so i am afraid i might not get accepted, what would i do then? take a semester off? will they allow me to take basic nursing courses, or drug calculations atleast? my last resort is to transfer to ccri, but i really want my BSN?
    It's funny that you said that because RIC is known for having good education and nursing programs. Guess not everyone agrees!
  5. Visit  YisuberValerio profile page
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    there is a lot of hype about the education program, but i personally think its bogus! at least the nursing program educates you on things that you are eventually going to use! they make you do all this nonsense to get accepted, write a paper take these exams, and after i did all of that and got accepted the semester after all that was not required any more! i think is unfair and they are just trying to make it easier for future applicants.
  6. Visit  TRR8021 profile page
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    Well look at it this way, you get to educate your patients. That's a big part of nursing care. Also, you could be a nurse educator down the line and combine your interests! There's so many options available to you when you're a nurse.
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    Hello, I will be transferring into RIC with an Associates Degree in the spring of 2011 and will be carrying along with me 75 transferable credits (out of 100.5 lol - yes I went to a school way up in the Rockie Mountains so the longer I went to school the more I could ski *:giggle:*) and approx. a 3.2 GPA. I do have A&P completed but feel that my grades are not as high as I would like them (part 2 was taken in the winter... in winter time I used to not be the greatest student, lol - but that has changed for sure) so I might retake - plus it has been about 6 years since finishing those course studies.

    Anyways, I have 3 small children and was planning on taking the 230 (Human development) and 105 (Chemistry) in the spring. BUT now I am understanding that I will have to wait until AFTER orientation to register for courses, this will be Jan! I just looked at the courses and 230 is closed and 105 has one seat left in the hour I NEED. To make it work with my children and balancing Kindergarden and childcare I really REALLY need these exact courses at these exact times.... This educational/career choice and starting it in the spring is essential to my children and myself.

    Is this common for the first semester to not be able to get any courses you need to take? I can not be taking fluff... (I have done enough of that) I need to get this done. Are there waitlists? What are the chances of getting into a course if put on a wait list? Are you able to talk to the professor in allowing you to register for the course though full or is the class size set in stone and once full its full?

    Hope I made some sense. It is late and I am tired. lol. But I had to write and ask people who have been there and done that before I go to bed in hopes of waking up tomorrow with some answers I seek.

    Thank you in advance for your time!

    ~Ashley
    Last edit by ash0607 on Nov 1, '10
  8. Visit  YisuberValerio profile page
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    Well becuase Psych does not require a Lab. You can get into it easily. Just email a professor and talk to them about your situation, most likely they will be able to help you. The professor i took was very nice and fairly easy going, she let me enroll in her class even after it was full. The Chemistry i dont garantee. Since there is a Lab most labs are full and there is no way to squeeze you in. Try taking you Psych and Core 4. If your lucky, they might open other sections. Hope this helped, and good luck!
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    Quote from YisuberValerio
    Well becuase Psych does not require a Lab. You can get into it easily. Just email a professor and talk to them about your situation, most likely they will be able to help you. The professor i took was very nice and fairly easy going, she let me enroll in her class even after it was full. The Chemistry i dont garantee. Since there is a Lab most labs are full and there is no way to squeeze you in. Try taking you Psych and Core 4. If your lucky, they might open other sections. Hope this helped, and good luck!
    Thank you so much for your response. That makes me feel better and sounds like a great idea. I was also just looking into it and noticed that I can take both Chemistry courses back to back in the summer sessions (more then likely if the schedule is anything like last year). I am just so ready for this new chapter in my life to begin that I am just trying to get everything lined up (since it is not just about me anymore and have to have all the pieces in place) and when I saw the courses were filling up I just kinda freaked. lol.

    Oh and your response was totally helpful, I appreciate your time and thank you. Good Luck to you too. : )
  10. Visit  cjcsoon2brn profile page
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    Quote from ash0607
    Hello, I will be transferring into RIC with an Associates Degree in the spring of 2011 and will be carrying along with me 75 transferable credits (out of 100.5 lol - yes I went to a school way up in the Rockie Mountains so the longer I went to school the more I could ski *:giggle:*) and approx. a 3.2 GPA. I do have A&P completed but feel that my grades are not as high as I would like them (part 2 was taken in the winter... in winter time I used to not be the greatest student, lol - but that has changed for sure) so I might retake - plus it has been about 6 years since finishing those course studies.

    Anyways, I have 3 small children and was planning on taking the 230 (Human Development) and 105 (Chemistry) in the spring. BUT now I am understanding that I will have to wait until AFTER orientation to register for courses, this will be Jan! I just looked at the courses and 230 is closed and 105 has one seat left in the hour I NEED. To make it work with my children and balancing Kindergarten and childcare I really REALLY need these exact courses at these exact times.... This educational/career choice and starting it in the spring is essential to my children and myself.

    Is this common for the first semester to not be able to get any courses you need to take? I can not be taking fluff... (I have done enough of that) I need to get this done. Are there waitlists? What are the chances of getting into a course if put on a wait list? Are you able to talk to the professor in allowing you to register for the course though full or is the class size set in stone and once full its full?


    Hope I made some sense. It is late and I am tired. lol. But I had to write and ask people who have been there and done that before I go to bed in hopes of waking up tomorrow with some answers I seek.

    Thank you in advance for your time!

    ~Ashley
    Hi,

    My name is Chris, I'm a senior level student at RIC and let me start by saying 'Welcome to RIC' and next by saying that it will all work out for you (one way or another). It is very common in the pre-req. classes for them to be full when you apply but just show up the first day with a notebook and sit through the first class. Speak to the professor and ask if you can be added to the class, someone always ends up dropping the class and usually they can make room for you. Once your in then your golden, take it from me though. Take your time doing the classes! I know it seems like you're in a rush to get them done so you can get into the program but you really want to take your time and do a good job and that way you can have a higher GPA and be more likely to get into the program when you apply for the first time. Establish good study habits now and make sure to keep all of the pre-req. notes handy just in case you need them later (you'd be surprised when you might need to review your A&P or Chemistry). Good luck and let us know if you need anything.

    !Chris
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    Quote from cjcsoon2brn
    Hi,

    My name is Chris, I'm a senior level student at RIC and let me start by saying 'Welcome to RIC' and next by saying that it will all work out for you (one way or another). It is very common in the pre-req. classes for them to be full when you apply but just show up the first day with a notebook and sit through the first class. Speak to the professor and ask if you can be added to the class, someone always ends up dropping the class and usually they can make room for you. Once your in then your golden, take it from me though. Take your time doing the classes! I know it seems like you're in a rush to get them done so you can get into the program but you really want to take your time and do a good job and that way you can have a higher GPA and be more likely to get into the program when you apply for the first time. Establish good study habits now and make sure to keep all of the pre-req. notes handy just in case you need them later (you'd be surprised when you might need to review your A&P or Chemistry). Good luck and let us know if you need anything.

    !Chris
    Hello Chris and Thank you for your positive words. ** I definitely understand about taking my time, I am close to being 30 (in a few years) and well play time is over. (At least in a sense where education is concerned). This is so VERY important to my children and myself and success is crucial. You know you speak of study habits and boy oh boy did I learn the hard way on that one. I had one of the most AMAZING A&P professors (she was was a RN and had a masters in Nursing education, is that right name? lol You know what I am trying to say I hope) anyways she taught the class in a way she said was equal to Pre-Med/Med school course work. Lets just say she worked our brains out goods. *:giggle:* Anyways, my point is she gave us TONS and I mean tons of useful material to use as references as we went through school and well I moved and tossed it all!!! Stupid. I am still kicking myself. So I completely agree on protecting those references and notes as you go through your school and even after. I guess some things we have to learn the hard way, huh? lol.

    All and all I am just so excited to be starting this new chapter and just feel that the overgrown trail have been on for a while now is about to converge with a more discernible path in the near future.

    Again Thank you Chris for your support. It is nice to find others who are going or have went though the same processes.

    eta: my notebook is already out and ready. lol.
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    from YisuberValerio
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    Oct 20, 2010, 04:51 PM

    Hello i was a originaly an education major when i realized that the education program at RIC sucked! now i am a nursing major and i think all the sciences are interesting. Yes its odd! lol... well i am wondering i got all my GED out of the way. next semester i will take anatomy, chem 106, and physiology. I am only taking those three but i will be full time plus i think thats enough on my plate. I took micro, psyc 230 . I only need the nursing classes left. My issue is that my GPA will be around 2.9 or 3.0.. so i am afraid i might not get accepted, what would i do then? take a semester off? will they allow me to take basic nursing courses, or drug calculations atleast? my last resort is to transfer to ccri, but i really want my BSN?

    Hi YisuberValerio,
    Anatomy and chem 106 alone will be enough on your plate. Make sure you keep those grades up as high as possible. But you cannot take physiology until you have completed anatomy. You cant take them together. Anatomy is the pre-req. to physiology. The committee focuses on anatomy, psych. 230, and chem 106 grades. They do not by any means disregard all other grades, but because these are the minimum entrance requirements, they take these 3 courses into high consideration. You say your gpa is a 2.9-3.0, you need to get it higher. I was accepted Spring 2010, and it took me two applications to get in and I applied my first time with a 3.7, and didnt get in, I got in the second time with a 3.7 again. Then again, I was also a transfer student. The lowest GPA I have heard from a fellow nursing student was a 3.3, and that was after 3 applications to the program, they were not a transfer student. If you do not get accepted your first time, you can take a semester off if you want, but that wouldn't help things. I would take more courses to get my GPA higher. Every semester is a new batch of applications, they do not take into consideration if you have applied before, meaning there is no advantage to having prior applications. (It says that on the actual application.) You are not allowed to take the basic nursing courses (nurs-220, 222, 223, 224) until you are accepted to the program. I am pretty sure you can take dosage calculations if you want, its only 1 credit, and its not required to graduate. I have not taken it and I start psych. and maternity clinical in Spring 2011. You take a medication calc. exam in 223 that you must score a 90 or higher to pass and move onto clinical. I hope this helps! Good luck with your courses and getting to the program! Keep that chem 106 and anatomy grades up!
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    mcb5603...I got your message but I cannot reply via "private messaging" because I have to have 15 posts (or something like that) to have the privilege of private messaging. I can however email (according to Allnurses.com FAQ's). So if you would like to send me an email I can answer your questions.
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    Also...I was looking at RIC's nursing website and it looks like admission requirements have changed a little bit. (Rumor had it last year they were changing the requirements a bit). The minimum overall GPA is now 3.0, and combined GPA for the 3 pre pre-req's (anatomy, chem 106, and psych 230) is a minimum 2.67 (B-). When I applied, which was for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, minimum GPA overall was 2.7, and the minimum grades for the 3 pre-req's were C's. I think they are trying to cut down a bit on the applications because of, the already very high, competitiveness. Good luck to everyone applying.

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