Making a choice of Schools - page 3

Hi everybody, I just want some feedback about the various Nursing Schools in North Texas, like UT Arlington, Baylor (Downtown Dallas), Brookhaven and El Centro. I've done some research into... Read More

  1. by   momto2beauties
    Quote from Mr. Beef
    What kind of writing sample, creative or technical?
    The writing sample was basically a 5 paragraph essay that you had 20 minutes to complete. They basically sit you down in a room with a topic and tell you to go. It wasn't too bad though, and i really enjoyed the interview.

    Just another note - most schools in this area wont accept any AP or Micro classes that are over 5 years old so keep that in mind when you are "mapping things out".
  2. by   TXNurseBSN
    I noticed TWU was not on your list. Why not?
  3. by   Heather, R.N.
    Quote from Mr. Beef
    Congradualtions on your passing the NCLEX, and doing something that I can only dream about.

    Geez, if I'm competing with at least 799 other people I guess I really need to make myself stand out. I know a 3.14 GPA is not the best in the world, but that's about the best I'm going to do without taking most of my classes over again.
    Well, I think the application rate was just crazy that semester. And they look at your science GPA more than anything...


    I have to look at the Mapquest to get to UT Arlington. I'm thinking it's I-30, and as long as I don't get too caught up in rush hour traffic then I should be okay. Also If they don't close I-30 between Dallas and Arlington for too long than I should be good.
    Thank God I live in Denton now!! (Oh by the way, I was driving from north of Denton to Arlington everyday, so it's doable if you're looking at schools up here. Boring, but doable.)



    Looks like I'm not going to avoid the HESI A2 so I might as well take it and see what I get on it. I'm going to need to take the Math and Anatomy or Chemistry and Anatomy (depending where I go) and then go from there.
    I don't know what the HESI A2 is, but the HESI we took was a cumulative exam over EVERYTHING- every subject- we learned during school. It was difficult, but I passed it the first time and I was pregnant and brain-dead. So, you can do it.
  4. by   Heather, R.N.
    Quote from momto2beauties
    Luckily, they do not require the NET any longer. We are required to take the HESI in December and if you don't pass all sections than you are required to take a "Nursing Learning" class - i don't remember exactly what it's called.

    Congrats on making it all the way through!! Just a side question - I'm finding patho really difficult for some reason. I feel like I know all the info but I'm just not doing well on the tests. Any words of wisdom?? Thanks a million!!
    The NET was pretty easy if I remember right. That was 3 years ago, though, so... Who knows?!!

    I guess they changed up the HESI a bit? We had to take a specialized HESI as a "second" final for every class and then after the senior II semester we had to take a comprehensive HESI to graduate. We got two chances in order to graduate on time. All but one person passed and graduated on time from our class, but that girl passed it on her 3rd try.

    Ah, patho... PM me the name of your instructor if it's not Dr. Handy. She had these great books that she wrote and at the end of each book was a list of review questions that were pretty much identical to the exams. That's pretty much how I passed. Patho was hard. I think the one thing that helped make it click for me was to break everything down into body systems and learn it that way, rather than trying to incorporate everything all at once. I barely remember that class, though... lol... But I do remember that it doesn't matter much about the info. It's just hard. Luckily the rest of your education relies more heavily on pharm rather than patho!
  5. by   Mr. Beef
    Quote from momto2beauties
    The writing sample was basically a 5 paragraph essay that you had 20 minutes to complete. They basically sit you down in a room with a topic and tell you to go. It wasn't too bad though, and i really enjoyed the interview.
    Sounds like generic writing. I can do that in my sleep. I scored a 5 (out of a possible 5) on the TASP writing portion and I know that was not my best work. In twenty minutes I could write on just about anything, and edit it.

    Quote from momto2beauties
    Just another note - most schools in this area wont accept any AP or Micro classes that are over 5 years old so keep that in mind when you are "mapping things out".
    I did not take any AP classes in High School and I have not taken Micro at all so I don't have to worry about either of those.

    Thanks momto2beauties,

    Mr. Beef
  6. by   Mr. Beef
    Quote from TXNurseBSN
    I noticed TWU was not on your list. Why not?
    It never crossed my mind to go to TWU. I guess that something to look into.

    Thanks,

    Mr. Beef.
  7. by   lexcourben
    Quote from Heather, R.N.
    I don't know what the HESI A2 is, but the HESI we took was a cumulative exam over EVERYTHING- every subject- we learned during school.

    FYI...there are 2 different HESI tests. The A2 is an entrance exam that more and more schools are requiring. It covers reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, and A&P and a couple of other sections. The other HESI is a test taken while in nursing school that is supposed to be an indicator of how well a student will do on the NCLEX.

    Hope that helps.
  8. by   Heather, R.N.
    Quote from lexcourben
    FYI...there are 2 different HESI tests. The A2 is an entrance exam that more and more schools are requiring. It covers reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, and A&P and a couple of other sections. The other HESI is a test taken while in nursing school that is supposed to be an indicator of how well a student will do on the NCLEX.

    Hope that helps.
    Thanks! I figured there was a difference, but wasn't sure what it was!
  9. by   LKG6
    North Lake has just opened a new parking lot. I have never had problems parking there.
    ECC admits 100 students each semester, 50 goes to NLC. Other than the change for Hesi they may add an extra skills prereq. in the future, too.

    Good luck finding your nursing program. :spin:
    Katie


    Quote from Mr. Beef
    If I had to put them in any kind of order: Brookhaven (Farmers Branch, Closest to me, and an easy bus ride to and from there), El Centro (Downtown Dallas, about an hour DART bus ride from my house still an easy place to get to), North Lake (Irving, I'd have to learn a new campus, plus parking is a nightmare out there), and Mountain View (Does not start until Fall 2007, but might be worth the bus ride)
  10. by   kalmeira
    I know this thread is kind of old, but I thought I'd mention that if you what somewhere that is easier to get into I would look into Brookhaven or Mountainview. I've applied for the summer of '07 class at Brookhaven, but I won't find out if I got in until the 4th. However, while about 300 aplied for the fall program, and 40 got in, only about 70 applied this time around, I've heard. It's crazy because last time I had 23 points and I didn't get an interview. This time I had 31, so I was sure I'd get an interview, but there were people with 18 and 19 points getting interviews this time! I don't know if people gave up trying to apply, but it is a good school. So far it has a 100% passing rate on the NCLEX. If not alot apply to Brookhaven, I bet fewer will apply to Mountainview since not many know about it. Just a thought. :spin:
  11. by   iheartnurses
    i just want to advise you that just try to make As, and if you didn't make As then try to retake the class especially the science classes. Re-take them even if you are already in the process of applying to nursing schools so, in a case when you didn't get in- you won't miss the deadline for the next semester.
    Good Luck to you!
    it can be done!
  12. by   JaxiaKiley
    I'm not sure what you've decided, but making A's is crucial! I had a 4.0 on my pre-reqs and 9 hours of support classes and still didn't get accepted to El Centro/Northlake on the first pass. I did get a call a few days ago, so I get to start in the Spring. But, it was close!

    I've heard that for some reason it's easier to get into programs that start in the fall. YMMV. Best of luck!
  13. by   TXNurseBSN
    Quote from Mr. Beef
    It never crossed my mind to go to TWU. I guess that something to look into.

    Thanks,

    Mr. Beef.
    TWU's nursing program is in Dallas right behind Parklnad, not in Denton. That could make a difference to you. I just graduated from there in May 06.
    PM me if you have any questions.

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