How competitive is it to get into a nursing school? - page 4

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Hi Everybody! I have read many threads here and I think the advice is just great so I thought I would add my question here as well. I am very interested in becoming a nurse but I am quite confused what it takes to get into a... Read More


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    Is anyone familiar with Clover Park Tech-college..they have a new LPN-RN bridge program I am being told. Does anyone know if they have a wait list???
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    Quote from psyknurs
    Is anyone familiar with Clover Park Tech-college..they have a new LPN-RN bridge program I am being told. Does anyone know if they have a wait list???
    Hey there Psyknurs-

    My lab partner's husband applied to this program and was accepted right before the Winter session began. Since it was so new, they were accepting applicants literally up until the last minute. I don't know if this is still the case, but it wouldn't hurt to try. Give them a call... who knows, you might be able to start very soon with their next cohort. Good luck!
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    Quote from Silvana Tesla
    I am glad I signed up with allnurses.com because I am getting alot of info on this RN world we all belong in but cant seem to get into fast enough! I am in OC Calif. I am almost done with my pre reqs, end of 2008 and then I apply. I will be moving to WA in the future because of my fiance'...BUT for now we are here. I was thinking of applying to the WA schools too but it seems like its the same as here to get in. We have a 2 year wait to get into the RN program. Are there any private nursing schools out in WA? Do any of you know how long the wait is? a year, 2 3?
    Thanks so much!!
    Not sure about the wait, but wanted to wish you luck in getting in!
    Last edit by babyRN. on Nov 6, '10
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    Quote from psyknurs
    Is anyone familiar with Clover Park Tech-college..they have a new LPN-RN bridge program I am being told. Does anyone know if they have a wait list???
    Hi there,
    I just read a post about your question regarind Clover park CC LPN-RN.
    You mentioned there LPN-RN is new, so be aware of attending new nursing school. You should check out if the program is accredited since some hospitals only accept RN who graduate from an accredited nursing program.
    Furthermore, if you're interested in transfering to a dfferent school for BSN, then the unaccredited program won't be accepted.

    I got into the same thought but realizing about this accredition thing leads me to a second thought of going to an accredited school!
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    Quote from Justine_
    I would put a plug in for Seattle University. It's located in Capitol Hill (right next to Seattle Central CC). It's pricey here, but we've got many transfers that are on the older side (our oldest is 40), though most people are 21-22 years old.

    http://www.seattleu.edu/nurs
    I guess if you are 21...40 would be "the older side" but there are MANY going into nursing all the time that are in their 30's, 40's and even 50's. I graduated with a wonderful women that was 55 when we graduated (although she totally did not look it....very young and fit!!!)
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    I'd like to weigh in and say, I agree with the advice about being careful of new programs. The school I am graduating from (May 3rd--yay!) is a fairly new BSN program. I will be a member of the 7th graduating class and it is just finally starting to become a more solid program .They are accredited and passed their 5 year renewal last year, but, basically, IMO, it takes at least 10 years for a school to really prove if it is a success. Something to consider: employers may not be open to considering your application if you come from a school with a poor rep. Not always the case, but a possibility.
    I'm not saying don't apply, just be aware of the risks going in..
    sorry if this is a ramble, it's late, I have my practicum early tomorrow and I need to head-off to bed...
    Good luck!
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    Most of the responses here have been about schools in western wa. I'm curious about the eastern wa schools. I'll be attending Spokane CC. The info I got from the nursing department listed the requirements as finishing the prereqs (9 courses) with a 2.5 or higher. That's it. I have no intention of getting such poor grades, but I'm a bit confused that they only listed that. I spoke to a counselor on the phone and asked her how long it usually took to get into the program. She told me not too bad, that most of those applying now are likely to get in for Fall. I am actually having a counseling appointment with her on Thursday.
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    Quote from StigmaBusterRN
    I'm not sure what part of Washington you are heading to, but there is a private nursing school in Spokane. It used to be a part of the WSU/Intercollegiate College of Nursing but recently branched off into a school of their own. The university's name is Gonzaga University. I would imagine it's going to be extremely spendy, and they're essentially a new program so their reputation is not yet established. I have no idea how long it takes to get into there, I would guess if you had your prereq's done it wouldn't be long. Not sure if you need to be a student there already or not. I'd just find their website and give them a call, I'm a EWU/WSU grad so I'm not familiar with Gonzaga.
    I'll be going to Gonzaga in Fall 08 to start up their BSN program. It will be a bit more expensive compared to other Washington programs, but resonable when put against some of the other nursing schools across the nation. I'm from Oregon and didn't get into any of the programs in the Portland area, but luckily I applied last minute to Gonzaga's and got in. (I have solid grades, a prior degree, and lots of work experience/volunteer work.) From everything I've seen thus far from Zaga, which hasn't been much mind you, they are very personal with their students. I got several emails from advisors/other faculty and a call from my advisor within a few days of accepting. I was in Spokane to see family over the weekend and decided to swing by for a visit, and they went out of their way to make sure I got to look at the facilities and answer any questions. They left me very confident in my decision to head up north. (I'm used to way more impersonal setting. My first degree was from Oregon State University where the classes were 300+ in lectures and around 30-35 for labs. There were a few smaller classes once you hit the 400 lvl)
    All that said, I definitly recommend checking them out and applying. They accept two classes a year. One for Fall and the other for Spring.
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    Everyone seems to have such great advice. I have a question regarding helping my chances to get into nursing school. I have decided I want to go to nursing school. However, I have no science background, I have an undergrad in International Relations. I will have to take the pre-reqs. and volunteer or work in the health field for experience before I apply.

    My question is, I was thinking of doing a one-year master abroad (a lot cheaper than a US one) in International Health, Public Management, or International Development, not only because I am interested, but because it might help my chances in getting into nursing school. I would like to know what your thoughts are on this, and if it would be worth spending a year to get a master in one of the above (or something else) and if it would help my chances in getting in?

    A masters in Spain or France is significantly cheaper than if I did a one-year master in the US..and I would love to do that, but I want to know if it really would help me get into school and if spending the living costs abroad would be worth it?

    Thanks, appreciate any advice!
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    There are other options. You have to ask yourself if you really want to be a nurse or do you want job in medical environment and work with patients.
    Some schools offer programs in medical neurotechnology and have no limits on number of students. Offered programs include Polysomnography, Neurodiagnostic technology (EEG, Nerve Conduction Study, Evoked Potentials) and IOM ( Intraoperative Monitoring Technology) where technologist monitors patients in OR, guarding them against surgical error.
    The board certified IOM Technologist can easily make 100K/yr and find employment anywhere. But work in any of the specialties also provides necessary work experience allowing the applicant better chances of acceptance to nursing or P.A. programs.
    Alphaneuroscienceinstitute.com in Michigan provides regular 40 week programs in all specialties or 10 week 40hr/week intensive training program for out of State students.


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