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    Hi, I am going to Utah next month to start my schooling with Job corps(Clearfield) to become a nurse. They have a partnership with Davis Applied Technology College, so I will be going there to start the CNA program, then hopefully move on to the Lpn/Lvn program that they offer.My main goal is to become an RN and possibly continue my education to become a CRNA. I have no prior college schooling or nursing experience, other than 3 years of full-time care-giver work. Can anyone help me, by telling me what to look forward to, the difficulty level of nursing school for someone with no experience. Will I have a better chance at being accepted into the Lpn/Lvn program seeing that Job corps has a partnership with them?.... Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advanced!
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    Sorry, no personal experience with Jobs Corps or Davis Applied, but I can say that you will need to be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort in your pre-reqs to assure you have good grades and can get into the program of your choosing. Science courses (biology, chemisty, microbiology, anatomy and physiology) were the biggest eye openers for me and were truley the first classes that I forced myself to really study a subject. I'm not sure how competitive DATC is or what advantage the Jobs corps will give you, but I do know that in the Utah Valley/SLC region nursing programs are quite competitive and GPAs in excess of 3.5++ are the norm. The exception would be schools like Salt Lake Community College which has a minimum requirement that you must meet and you are then put on a wait list. From word of mouth and posts on here, it looks like you could be waiting at least 2 years to get into SLCC after you are down with your pre-reqs. Also, there are some private colleges with no waiting lists or competitition, just be careful to stay away from ones where your credits won't transfer since you are aspiring to be a CRNA.

    This is of course for ADN/BSN programs, I'm not as familar with the LPN programs.

    Sorry, not trying to scare you away by any means, just telling you what you will find out once you start. Just be prepared to do as well as you can in your pre-reqs and it will provide you with more opportunities to choose from school-wise. Good luck!
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    Things to look forward too is lots of hard work, but i promise if its your dream to be a CRNA then you can do it. I'm currently in nursing school and all i can say is stay positive and work hard! I never did an LPN program because i got right into a program at a university but i will be able to test for my LPN after next semester.
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    Hi, I am going to Utah next month to start my schooling with Job corps(Clearfield) to become a nurse. They have a partnership with Davis Applied Technology College, so I will be going there to start the CNA program, then hopefully move on to the Lpn/Lvn program that they offer.My main goal is to become an RN and possibly continue my education to become a CRNA. I have no prior college schooling or nursing experience, other than 3 years of full-time care-giver work. Can anyone help me, by telling me what to look forward to, the difficulty level of nursing school for someone with no experience. Will I have a better chance at being accepted into the Lpn/Lvn program seeing that Job corps has a partnership with them?.... Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advanced!
    Hi Demico

    First, congratulations on continuing your education.

    Just wanted to take a moment to tell you what I know about Job Corps and though it might not be specific to your situation, hopefully it will offer some perspective.

    I'm a Job Corps 'grad', myself (Angell Job Corps in Oregon) Started there just before my 17th birthday - primarily to get crash course type preparation for the GED since I'd been out of school since early in the 9th grade...Well, and because my family was living in a hotel room at the time - so Job Corps was a great option because they also provided housing for students.

    Job Corps is kind of a government run service for continued education, geared toward disadvantaged youth. (Now this is completely speculative, so take it with a grain of salt) I would imagine that Davis Applied Technology College would have something to gain from a partnership with a government run (and *funded*) education and training program. If I were to guess, I'd say that they are likely to have the number of spots to fill specifically with Job Corps students - and that those spots are tied to a government funding contract...Meaning that (remember this is completely speculative) there may be special incentive for Job Corps students to matriculate. However, I would also have to imagine that in order for them to protect their investment they would have to have application requirements that serve two purposes:

    1) To ensure that Job Corps applicants will be well enough prepared to handle the curriculum and

    2) To ensure that the bar is not set so high that the average Job Corps student would be unable to reach it without a reasonable amount of preparation.

    So, what that means to you is (remember...speculation)...First, that you may be welcomed with opened arms by the technical college. And second, that there will likely be some requirements you will have to meet that may require a bit more work than the average Job Corps student, but that will be reasonable enough to prepare you for the CNA program and beyond.

    The one caveat is this though...

    If there is some competition for those theoretical spots you'll want to know as soon as possible so that you can get ready to really put your nose to the grindstone.

    I wish you the best of luck!!

    Triq
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