SLCC changes admission standards, eliminates wait list, Aug 2011, - page 2

NO MORE WAIT LIST New applicants will be selected in a competitive process with probable changes to the current admission criteria. In August, SLCC suspended applications to the nursing program and will announce new... Read More

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    This is copied straight from an reply I received from nursing advisor last week.

    "The only thing I can say with certainty is that the prerequisites of the past will remain the prerequisites of the future as well. Beyond that there really aren’t any updates or anything more I could share at this time."

    I guess it could be interpreted either way.

    While the U's program is my top choice to complete my BSN, I want to get my RN as quickly as possible. I left a career with the postal service in March and am at home these days with my 3 year old daughter. I want to be working as soon as I can after she's in school. I think eventually a BSN will be mandatory and have every intention of completing it, with thoughts of an MSN also down the road. New York is making the move to BSN, if it takes. http://news.nurse.com/article/200909...AL02/309070028

    So for the ADN, I'll go wherever I can get accepted first. Yesterday, I emailed one of the pre-nursing advisors at UVU to ask about the clinicals (could they be done in the salt lake valley). Her reply was blunt "Clinicals range from Payson to SLC. You don’t get to choose." I had to look up Payson. It's way below Provo. Could I do that for a couple years? Yes. Would I rather do SLCC's program without the drive? Absolutely.

    Do you know if one program is better than the other? I've met graduates from both, and everyone seems to like program they went through. Nclex pass rates are similar.

    I will even consider Roseman's program if I can get some help paying for school. Our goal is for us to get through this with no loans and in the shortest time possible.
    Last edit by kdrm on Oct 21, '11 : Reason: addition

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    One week to go...:spin::spin::spin:
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    Quote from kdrm
    This is copied straight from an reply I received from nursing advisor last week.

    "The only thing I can say with certainty is that the prerequisites of the past will remain the prerequisites of the future as well. Beyond that there really aren't any updates or anything more I could share at this time."

    I guess it could be interpreted either way.

    While the U's program is my top choice to complete my BSN, I want to get my RN as quickly as possible. I left a career with the postal service in March and am at home these days with my 3 year old daughter. I want to be working as soon as I can after she's in school. I think eventually a BSN will be mandatory and have every intention of completing it, with thoughts of an MSN also down the road. New York is making the move to BSN, if it takes. http://news.nurse.com/article/200909...AL02/309070028

    So for the ADN, I'll go wherever I can get accepted first. Yesterday, I emailed one of the pre-nursing advisors at UVU to ask about the clinicals (could they be done in the salt lake valley). Her reply was blunt "Clinicals range from Payson to SLC. You don't get to choose." I had to look up Payson. It's way below Provo. Could I do that for a couple years? Yes. Would I rather do SLCC's program without the drive? Absolutely.

    Do you know if one program is better than the other? I've met graduates from both, and everyone seems to like program they went through. Nclex pass rates are similar.

    I will even consider Roseman's program if I can get some help paying for school. Our goal is for us to get through this with no loans and in the shortest time possible.
    Smart to ask about clinicals. Also, I think the amount of clinical hours makes the program. I noticed the UofU's nursing FAQ added recently; students will complete just over 1,000 clinical hours in the program. I considered Westminster as well, but I had a BSN grad in my cert class this summer who felt not as clinically prepared as UofU or SLCC grad's they encountered (no pre-grad healthcare experience, either). Considering the added expense, Westminster is not my top choice, though who knows, heh. My NP who performs my annuals, works at Westminster as an adjunct professor and she's fabulous so I still think it's a good program.

    I, too, am a second career changer, so I initially planned to work at my other job while going through NS. However, as I plowed through my prereq's, investigated nursing schools and post-grad jobs I became aware that if one did not have healthcare (or direct patient care) experience, finding a job as a new grad may be more challenging. Also, it seems healthcare experience is becoming required, more and more, to even get into NS.

    I agree it's also a good idea to plan for a BSN (eventually), as the job market around here is competitive. Many of my classmates who ended up on the SLCC waitlist or trying to get in through SLCC's community partnership program, ended up taking the BSN prereq's while they're waiting. So, even if they get the ADN first, they can start the BSN right after passing the NCLEX. (I've also heard that doing the ADN to BSN route, provides more clinical experience, so it's a good way to go. However, this is just rumor. I wish more schools posted the number of clinical hours completed in their program.)

    Anyway, many different paths to get into nursing. Which is good as everyone's situation is different. I have a gf who's in her second year at UVU and quite happy with the program. I also have a classmate that plans to start Roseman's BSN in January.

    Six days left till SLCC updates their criteria! I wonder if their server will crash due to the number of hits it gets that day? LOL (since it crashes all the time during high traffic registration periods.)
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    Four days left...

    As of this morning, this thread has had just under 500 views according to my statistics page, so I do think there's a tremendous amount of interest!

    I'm taking my CNA class this month, and hoping to find very flexible, very part-time work. We'll see. At least I'll have the cert done since SLCC requires it.
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    I got an email on Wednesday apprising me of my new start date. It was a semester earlier, Spring 2016. LOL

    Along with this:
    " Students will no longer be moved up on the acceptance list on an on-going basis. If a situation arises where an alternate student is needed, students will be contacted in placement order regarding the opportunity to enroll sooner than their confirmed start date.

    Students will no longer be allowed to defer their confirmed start date. If you are unable to accept your start date when that time arrives, your name will be removed from the acceptance list. You may choose to reapply under the new admission criteria (available November 1, 2011)."



    So, I emailed back asking for clarification: if students drop off the waitlist, do those seats go to those next in line on the list, or to new applicants under the new criteria?

    The response said that those seats will go to new applicants, not those next in line on the list.

    Basically, (in my mind, at least) the wailtist is done for, unless you have a start date in 2013 or 2014, I guess. Who's going to wait around until 2016, for a start date? My anatomy and physiology classes would be over five years old!
    Last edit by everwonder_y on Oct 28, '11
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    1 more day...

    Spring 2016?! If you start the U's BSN program Fall 2012, you'll be done by May 2014, a full two years earlier than SLCC's ADN waiting list would even have you starting! Crazy. The waiting list needed to go away.

    I really anticipate that one of the changes to be announced tomorrow will be the requirement for anatomy and physiology to be not older than five years. The nursing director addresssed that at the info session and the dental hygiene program has had that requirement anyway. Of course, that may make registering for A&P even more difficult than it already has been!

    I think we should have started a pool on what the changes would be! This thread has had 541 views as of this morning. Maybe more people would have joined the conversation if there had been an incentive for the predictions that most closely matched the actual requirements to be announced tomorrow.

    I wonder if they will post the updates overnight, or first thing in the morning, or sometime later in the day. And I sure hope the server doesn't crash!
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    I guess, (even though I don't want to admit it), I unconsciously hoped to have some kind of guarantee to fall back on, by having a place on SLCC's waitlist. Though, when I look outside myself and my insecurities, doing away with the waitlist is better for the profession as a whole (merit based admission=more respect for nurses) and ultimately more fair for all. It's just nerve wracking to have spent two years taking prereq's, while taking a pay cut to in order to get direct-patient-care experience - only to sit now in limbo. I'm ready to start already! LOL

    I also expected SLCC to post confirmed new start dates in March 2012 and hoped to at least move up a year or two, rather than just a semester, heh. IHC just announced selected students to start their next nursing cohort in Jan 2012. (400 applicants competed for 40 spots! yikes). My gf got in and she was on the waitlist with me; essentially another 40 spots are probably dropped off the waitlist now. I don't know what 'list' SLCC is planning to post in March 2012, if they've emailed new confirmed start dates already, yanno?

    Anyway, my bets are on a point system like MATC's that I posted up-thread. Though, I wonder if SLCC will require LOR's or give extra points for previous degrees?
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    The nursing program director did not seem to think LOR's would be required, but that was at the end of August and who knows what's transpired since then.

    I know what you mean about at least subconsciously wanting to have that guaranteed admission to fall back on. My initial reaction was "Oh no" and I definitely got the impression that many of the people at the info sessions were pretty upset about the changes. My husband really put it in perspective for me, though.

    And I know what you mean about taking the prereqs and not knowing if you'll get accepted. I think that's whats been holding me back all these years. I couldn't get the prereqs done with my work schedule, but I couldn't afford to quit to do the prereqs and then languish for years on the waitlist. Not knowing if I'd get into the U or USU was too scary. I'm not sure what made me wake up in March one morning and know I'd worked my last day for the postal service and that it was now or never. I had no idea the changes to SLCC were coming, and initially they seemed really scary, but now I'm looking forward to whatever they announce so I know what I need to do. I know you're waiting on the U's decision, but do you think you'll also apply for any spots that are open at SLCC for Fall 2012? I'm assuming that if you met all the U's prereqs, you'll most definitely meet SLCC's.
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    on the nursing page for slcc, there's a new link for "admission criteria november 2011" that then doesn't actually link to any new information.
    when i logged into my page (student account) there is this under campus announcements

    slcc nursing information meeting
    all students interested in applying for the college nursing program can come learn and ask questions about the new selective admission criteria for the slcc nursing program.
    wednesday
    november 16
    6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    jordan campus
    jhs auditorium

    hopefully the website will have some information soon!
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    oh man! A broken link?! After all this build-up? Boo!

    Hmm, maybe I should muster up some initiative and call...

    ETA
    Okay, gave them a call, they said it should be up by the end of the day
    Last edit by everwonder_y on Nov 1, '11
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