I am a MTC student as well. I am currently finishing my pre-nursing certificate. After completing this semester, I will only have 5 classes left to take that are non-clinicals. It's a little discouraging after going to meet with an adviser to realize that a 2 year nursing program will essentially take 4 years to complete. If I had the opportunity to go to MUSC, I believe I would. I have several issues with MTC ADN program. First, you have to wait to be "accepted" into it. That means time and money out of my pocket to sort of "fly in a holding pattern" until I get clearance to land (into the program). Not to mention, I am taking 4 classes this fall, and I will only have 11 credit hours. I need to be a full time student for my financial aid, but the way MTC has their program set up, it's virtually impossible to get 12 credit hours (which is full time) . Last semester, I had a 4.0 GPA...but because I didn't have 12 credit hours, I will only be recognized as a part time student who made the honor roll, basically. And this semester....I am 1 credit hour away from full time status, which puts me in the same boat. And lets not mention students who are awarded the LIFE Scholarship. To maintain your LIFE eligibility, you have to take 15 credit hours per semester...LIFE will only pay for Fall and Spring Semesters. IF I CAN'T GET 12 HOURS WITH 4 CLASSES, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU GET 15 CREDIT HOURS???? MTC is a good school, but their system works against you. In all honesty, I don't know how they can get away with advertising an associate degree in nursing in 2 years. From what I understand, clinicals are 5 semesters...that's 2 years right there????? Not including the wait time and all the non clinical courses.....
I am working toward merit myself, but even merit has it's loopholes. All in all, Tech has you jumping through hoops.....You are probably being told there is a possibility of getting bumped up b/c so many students get fed up with the process. When I spoke to the adviser, she used the phrase "ebb and flow of things"....which means several students drop out which in turn, bumps you up.
Maybe I'll see you around campus!!!