Just an FYI for all you potential nurses out there. Tacoma Community College just changed their standards to get in to the RN program. Here's the email I received:
I have some smashing news for everyone seeking admission into the TCC Nursing Program!
A new process will take effect for those ready to apply for admission on - October 1st, 2009 (students will start the nursing program Winter 2010). This does not apply to those planning to submit their applications 7/1/09 for the Fall entry.
Currently after students take a selected set of courses, they apply and are ranked according to the grades received in those courses. The new selection process will be as follows: the student still must complete the same courses, with a 3.0 or better in the class. When submitting the application, students will be assigned a number. All applicants meeting the 3.0 in the specified classes will be put in a Lottery*, and will be randomly selected for the next entering class.
With this system all eligible applicants will have an equal chance for selection into the next nursing class!
Here is the process:
1) Students will still need to complete the following course work, with a 3.0 or better, to be eligible to apply to the program:
- Biol&241 & 242 (or the 3 qtr series) 251, 252 & 253
2) Any course work not done at TCC, still needs to be sent for evaluation to the records and registration department - long before the application date!
3) Applicants still need to fill out the official application, once you have completed the above courses. When you are issued your assigned number, don't lose it!
I dont know how I feel about this. I mean, yes, TCC was very competitive because of GPA standards, but I've been busting my butt to get 4.0's in all my classes and I'm sure many of you prosepective students have done the same. I have even re-taken a few so i could change my B+ to an A. Kinda frustrating because it's not cheap to re-take a class. I know this is fantastic news for many of the potential applicants, but I'm kinda frustrated.
Anyone else want to share their opinion?
I don't think I said a 'B' was not a good grade.
What do we gain as a profession, or as a school program, by not selecting the applicants who have completed their pre-reqs..which are a great indicator for future success.. to the best degree?
What benefit is it to randomly pick those who meet the threshold? Is there a benefit?
I think it devalues the program... it devalues gaining acceptance. I would be much happier to be rewarded with an admission based on my hard work and efforts to compete for the slot.. as this is how the real world will work, rather then randomly being selected or not being selected.
Last edit by 2bcurious on Mar 5, '09
Mar 6, '09
by j450n, BSN, RN
I think I agree with twinkletoes, in the sense that some are just better test-takers than others. Coming from a liberal arts background, I feel like I've studied just as hard, if not exponentially harder than many other applicants. It's discouraging to see mediocre results after all the work you put in. Sure, with a lottery it's harder to "weed out" students of lower academic success, but at least there's more opportunity for people like myself to make it into a program without having to incessantly retake class after class after class. There's a huge difference when you're retaking a class because you got a B, versus retaking a class because you got a C. In my opinion, I think a B will suffice just fine. So many schools are focusing on the "well-rounded" applicant now and B grades are still competitive. Shoreline's threshold for points to be admitted has gone down. I have B's in my prereqs and I'll still come away with more than the average amount of points for the past few quarters there. Also, Skagit Valley CC was always a wait-list program (until starting Fall 2009, where it will switch to competitive admission - mostly due to new administration), but the entire time it was a wait-list program it had a very good reputation with good NCLEX pass rates...and I think all you had to do was have a C or better in you prereqs to get on the list. I just feel bad for all the people that waited 2 years to get into that program, and now may have very well waited for no reason. Admissions like TCC can help bridge the gap and give some breathing room to those people who are TRULY passionate about being a nurse. To me, that's a benefit. I don't know if it would really "devalue" a program.
My inclination is that people who really want to become a nurse, will persevere and try hard, despite not achieving a 4.0 or something close to that in their prereqs.
Last edit by j450n on Mar 6, '09