Schools in the Memphis area

  1. 0 I'm getting ready to start nursing school and I wanted some info about the nursing schools in the Memphis area. Let me know what school(s) you went to and what you thought of them. I'm not sure where to go. Also, I work a part time job at night that is very flexible, would this be an issue while attending school? Thanks!
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    From 'Memphis, TN'; 31 Years Old; Joined May '08; Posts: 6.

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  4. Visit  FutureNurse23} profile page
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    Depends on what you are going for and what kind of degree you want. Its a couple of schools though. I live Downtown so I plan on going to Midsouth Community College. I like their programs curriculum and pre-reqs. Also, you have to be a CNA to enroll.

    ASN:

    Southwest Tennesee Community College
    Northwest Community College( Desoto MS)
    MidSouth Community College ( West Memphis AR)

    BSN :
    UT
    Baptist College Of Health Sci
    Uni of Memphis

    LPN :
    TN Tech Center
    Northwest Community College

    Its possible a couple of others but these are the ones I know of.
  5. Visit  dilleweed} profile page
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    This is the last year for the BSN program at UT. Starting next year, they will accept students who already have a BS or BA into an MSN-CNL program.

    I'll be in the last BSN class; I start in July!
  6. Visit  lsprrnbr} profile page
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    I am currently a student at Southwest TN Community College. I just completed my first semester. I chose this program based soley on the fact that they have an evenings and weekends program. Would I recommend this program? If your eye is on graduation, and you do not care how you get there, then yes. I am not very pleased with the program though. I have found that the program seems very disorganized and communication between students and instructors can be poor at times. It is nothing that makes me want to quit the program, but lets face it...nursing school is difficult. They definately do not try to make it any easier on you. If they would get everything organized so that everyone knows exactly what to do when to do it...no surprises!!! I do not regret enrolling in this program. My only other option as a full time working adult was the Baptist nights and weekends programs. I refused to go there b/c they would only accept 24 transfer hours when I already have a bachelors!!! I was going to have to retake alot of classes and I refuse to on principle alone

    Dont know if I have helped your or just vented.....
  7. Visit  sukihb21} profile page
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    Thanks for the info. Looks like I'm going to get some core classes out of the way at Southwest then transfer to University of Memphis.

    UT I would have to already have a Bachelor's Degree
    Baptist I would have to have health insurance to be a student. I work part time right now and it's not an option till I'm married.
    I've heard some bad things about Southwest's nursing program, so I think I'm going to try to avoid it.

    Looks like its UM.

    Thanks everyone!
  8. Visit  cinja} profile page
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    You can look at Union University in Germantown. They have opened up their accelerated to any student over 25 with all the pre-reqs completed not just a BS/BA degree.
  9. Visit  FutureNrsJaren} profile page
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    Quote from lsprrnbr
    I am currently a student at Southwest TN Community College. I just completed my first semester. I chose this program based soley on the fact that they have an evenings and weekends program. Would I recommend this program? If your eye is on graduation, and you do not care how you get there, then yes. I am not very pleased with the program though. I have found that the program seems very disorganized and communication between students and instructors can be poor at times. It is nothing that makes me want to quit the program, but lets face it...nursing school is difficult. They definately do not try to make it any easier on you. If they would get everything organized so that everyone knows exactly what to do when to do it...no surprises!!! I do not regret enrolling in this program. My only other option as a full time working adult was the Baptist nights and weekends programs. I refused to go there b/c they would only accept 24 transfer hours when I already have a bachelors!!! I was going to have to retake alot of classes and I refuse to on principle alone

    Dont know if I have helped your or just vented.....

    Was it really difficult to get into the Southwest Community College Program? I heard it was so I applied to Baptist College because I was told there isn't a waitlist for people that do their prereqs at the school. I have a BS too and I am really discouraged about some of the classes I would have to take. Religion, Computer Concepts and the Baptist College Experience... are any of these classes really necessary when you already have a degree? Should I apply to Southwest too? I just don't want to be in school for another 3 or 4 years. Well any adivice or input will help.
    Thanks,
    JD
  10. Visit  I_<3_ICU_RN} profile page
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    Union University is going to be expensive, so make sure to take that into consideration when you are looking at schools.

    I go to the U of Memphis. I like the program, but I will admit that it is tough. It is a little long (5 semesters), but they have a couple of fast-tracking options. The classes are kind of big, but most of the teachers are pretty good about helping you out individually. And in a big class, it's easy to find people you can relate to/study with. If you have any detailed questions, please don't hesitate to PM me. Good luck!
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  11. Visit  FutureNurse23} profile page
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    Well being a previous student at southwest tn cc from what I think Southwest is a good school if you want to basically go to school for up to 4yrs and only recieve a associates of nursing degree and not be able to go to summer school. Some would believe that southwest is hard to get into because you have to take a NLN and you get accepted from a point system unlike Baptist college you just have to fullfill the pre-reqs and pass the Hobet. Which is said to be alot easier than the NLN.
    The university of memphis hmph seems like they give you alot of core classes that you dont really need. Which seems to just make the school more competitive to stay active in erollment. Or just to make a name for themselves. I have always thought UT was a good school due to I live only a jump away from them. Its sad that now they are ending their BSN program.
    I have choose to enroll in Midsouth Community College though in West Memphis, TN. I like their layout, no waiting list and not alot of high demanding courses that look like a waste of time. Also they make all students become CNA's as a pre-req for enrollment. So I will be there in the fall for 08. All the schools really are good it just depends on your wants and what fits you best! You can't really go wrong with any of them. They all end with the same result RN license.
  12. Visit  Student Nurse 38671} profile page
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    Well, baptist does offer the health insurance that you purchase thru the school for $250 per semester, which is not bad at all. However, there is about a 2 yr waiting list to begin clinicals at Baptist. I went 2 semesters and then transferred to Northwest because I was ready to be hands-on and I didn't need anything other than my nursing classes. Good luck to you whatever you decide!
  13. Visit  Student Nurse 38671} profile page
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    If you go thru Baptist, you will definitely be in school another 3-4 years!! I only had a few courses i actually NEEDED before clinicals yet my clinical date was 2 years out.. at Baptist. So, I did 2 semesters and transferred. Baptist College experience is a 6 weeks class, 1 day a week. Yes, it is a waste of time. I think it is geared more toward those transitioning from high school to college. I think not accepting a computer course is a way for them to get more money. I'm a former IT major and your Intro to Computer course must be less than 3 years old.. give me a break! Not only that, I actually took my "intro to computer" course at Baptist ONLINE! lol go figure.. Religion courses are required becuz it's a private religious college.. but those would transfer in as electives if you choose to get a higher degree elsewhere. Just thought I would give you some food for thought!
  14. Visit  I_<3_ICU_RN} profile page
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    Quote from Student Nurse 38671
    Well, baptist does offer the health insurance that you purchase thru the school for $250 per semester, which is not bad at all. However, there is about a 2 yr waiting list to begin clinicals at Baptist. I went 2 semesters and then transferred to Northwest because I was ready to be hands-on and I didn't need anything other than my nursing classes. Good luck to you whatever you decide!
    Do you mean there is a wait once you've already started the nursing courses? Or is there a wait to get INTO the nursing program (when you are working on gen-ed coursework). Is is the clinical totally separate from the didactic portion of the curriculum?!? If you could elaborate a little more, I'd appreciate it because I have a friend who just applied there for fall 08. BTW, how do you like Northwest?

    I just wanted to mention that at U of Memphis we were on the floor the first week of classes, (second day of nursing school for me!). It was nerve-wracking, because we didn't know anything, but at the same time they feel that the best way for you to learn is to do. In retrospect I'm glad it because I learned a lot very quickly, and it helped to build confidence. All the classes at U of M are coupled with a co-requisite clinical practicum, so you are never NOT in clinicals. Hope that helps!
    Last edit by I_<3_ICU_RN on Jun 6, '08 : Reason: .
  15. Visit  Student Nurse 38671} profile page
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    Yes, there is a wait. I'm not sure why they accept students without having a clinical spot for them. I was accepted to begin 01/07 and my clinical spot was 05/08. I only had a few classes left to take before clinicals and had i wanted to go full-time, i would've run out of classes prior to clinical start. you can ask for an earlier clinical start date, which i did and was able to get into a 01/08 clinical, but.. i chose to transfer to Northwest because that was still one semester earlier on the floor.

    Clinical courses include both classroom and clinical for the area of study (OB, Peds, etc.). All other pre-req must be done prior to beginning clinical.

    Northwest is fine, 2nd semester was much more organized than first. Looking forward to finishing in May!


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