NVCC Class of 2013 Meet and Greet + Q&A - page 7

Hello All, I wanted to start a new thread for everyone who was accepted (and because the other one was getting really long). :) If you could please share some information about yourself and any questions you have about the... Read More

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    Quote from Talk2tina
    Hi Dave, Carolyn, and excitedtobehere,

    My name is Tina and I also live out in Loudoun, west of Leesburg. I would love to see if we could get some carpooling going.

    P.S. Dave, I have you beat in age. I'm 43.
    Hi Tina!

    I'm not sure if you've already heard from Carolyn, but I'm definitely interested in carpooling! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that there are so many people out this way! I got to meet Carolyn and Tanya in person, and they are super-nice! PM we if you want to talk!

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    I can't believe we are all crazy enough to try this. It is such a relief that there are people to drive with and maybe study with. I did talk to Carolyn and would love to meet you all anytime. I emailed Carolyn so just let me know what works for everyone's schedule. Can't wait to meet you all!
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    I see there are quite a few people setting up carpools. I also want to know if there's anyone in the DC or Bolling AFB area? I'm moving there in two weeks so I'm hoping to find a study group close by or even carpool.
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    Hey guys, I also just graduated the traditional nursing program through NVCC and passed the NCLEX. I start work with Inova next week. If you guys ever need any questions answered, I'm here to help!
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    Keep me posted also because I havn't taken cpr class yet and I'd like to join the session with the others, Thank!
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    Congratulations to all of you who were accepted to the NVCC Associate in Nursing Degree program and began the program in August of 2011. I am contemplating applying for the traditional 4-semester program and need some more information to help me make my decision. Would someone please answer any or all of the following questions?

    1. How many applications were submitted and how many applicants were accepted into the traditional program? What was the overall acceptance rate? 50%?
    2. How many days per week on average do you have to attend class and/or perform clinical rotations. Monday through Friday? Is it four days per week or five days per week? Is there usually one day per week when there are no classes or clinical rotations, such as Fridays?
    3. What has the attrition rate been so far after the first semester? Of those who have been removed from the program, how many left because of academic failure, how many left because of clinical failure, and how many voluntarily dropped out of the program?
    4. What are the demographics of the majority of those applicants who were accepted? Did most of them already have undergraduate college degrees? Did most of them have licensure and previous experience in a health care field? If so, what health care fields? What is the percentage of women and men currently in the program?

    I would appreciate any feedback that you could provide. Thanks.
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    Hello all -- Congradulations to all who got accepted. I am applying for the Fall 2012 Traditional Nursing program. I was wondering if anyone had an suggestions for me as i begin to put together my application and complete the TEAS test. Also what was the percentage of people who got accepted?

    Any and all information would be great.
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    To andi2011,

    No one has answered my February 13th post which includes the same question, so I will share with you what I have ascertained so far. I stopped by the nursing program office to check it out and to get some answers to questions that were not addressed by the FAQs published on the NVCC website. The faculty would not disclose how many applications that the traditional ADN program usually receives every year, but they did say that it has about a 50% acceptance rate. Since there are a maximum of 200 seats available in the program every year, this means that it receives about 400 applications. The traditional ADN program graduates about 150 new nurses each year, which is an average 25% attrition rate over the two years of the program. It appears that most of the attrition occurs in the first semester, so a nursing student who completes the first semester will likely graduate from the program.

    FYI, I am currently taking the science prerequisites so that I will be eligible to apply to the traditional ADN program in May 2013.

    Good luck with your application.
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    Hi NOVA EMT,

    I think you mistook everyone’s silence for rudeness, but the reality is, they don’t share this information with the students, nor are they obligated to. All we can do is notice when someone stops coming to class, or when a student readily shares that they are having issues passing. We can piece together information, but that doesn’t necessarily lead to the right conclusions. I will try to answer to the best of my ability though.
    1. The acceptance rate to the program will vary depending upon how many people applied, therefore this number changes every year. It will not necessarily be indicative of how many people apply in 2013, so something to keep in mind. 50% sounds about right for my particular class.
    2. For the first semester, I was able to get a schedule that had me going to school 3-days-a-week (and I had an ideal schedule). I had class on Mondays and Tuesdays, and clinical on Wednesday from 7-3. The clinical is only 8 weeks, and then a new one kicks in, so the clinical day/time could change half way through the semester, depending on what you get. Some people had to go to school 4-days-a-week. Honestly, it depends on the schedule you get, and the clinical portion is assigned for the first semester, so you get what you get. I am now in second semester, and go to school 3 days a week again, with lectures on Monday, lab on Tuesday, and clinical on Wed.
    3. Attrition rates… I see how you arrived at 25%, but I’ll tell you why that number is misleading... A lot of people do drop out or fail first semester, and it’s the same if not higher second semester. The reason 25% is not accurate is because they add the LPN students to our class in the second semester, so the number they give you as “graduating RN” numbers includes the extra people added to our program later on. Does that make sense? The LPN’s are not included in that 200 number that they give you for RN program numbers. They also add in people that failed maternity or psych last year (if they have room) again skewing the numbers that graduate. From what I’m hearing for this year, we don’t have any additional space for prior year students this spring, so they may offer something in the summer for them, or they may have to reapply to the program. It really sucks. But now you know it’s higher than 25%, although I couldn’t tell you what that number is. It’s a difficult program. And although “150 graduating” is 25% of 200, bear in mind they’ve been adding LPN’s and prior year students that failed into the holes created as people drop out, and these people weren’t included in the 200 that started.
    4. Academic vs. clinical failure vs. voluntary drop outs… Again, hard to say. Most people get a phone call or letter letting them know they are in danger of failing, and drop out before that “F” actually happens, so it’s kind of a “forced” voluntary drop out if that makes sense. I will say that the people that decide nursing is not right for them happens in the first semester, and when that happens, it doesn’t really have anything to do with academics. It just isn’t what they thought it was. Our clinical experience is pass or fail, and I haven’t heard of anyone failing because they failed clinical. The people that drop out do so because they fail the academic portion. I’m only finishing up the first year though, so second year clinical could be more intense and a different story.
    5. No idea about the demographics. There are people with previous degrees, people that are already in the medical field, a handful right out of high school, and everyone in between. None of these seem to predict success or failure in the program. It’s a very diverse group. I would guess there to be about 15-20 males in the program. So they are there, just not in large numbers. The few I actually know have previous medical experience, generally ER.
    Anyway, I hope this helps. Good luck with the nursing program!
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    Hi "excitedtobehere".

    Thank you for your thorough and well-written reply. It was very informative and I appreciate the time and effort that you put into your answer.

    Would you have an idea of how many applicants were accepted having completed the NAS 161 and 162 science courses versus those applicants who were accepted having completed the Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 and Microbiology courses?


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