Nursing programs relatively easier to get into ?

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    I know many nursing programs are highly competitive but i was windering if there are any in Washington that are relatively easier to get into than the competitive ones ? I have all my general Pre-reqs (except A&P 2) at the moment although some may be older than five years. Are there any distance only or hybrid programs ? Please share, my husband is thinking of moving to Washington.
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    Hi, so there are a few in my opinion that are easier to get in. Seattle central cc has a minimum GPA that you have to meet on six pre reqs and then you can apply and it is first come first serve for those that qualify. Tacoma community colleg has a lottery system so that may help your chances. People say that shorline is hard to get into because they have a points system but for me this is helpful because if you have all the points you should get inand you can work at earning all the points with experience, grades and other factors. There are some schools that have a deadline for how old you pre reqs are. If I were you I would just call around and ask the schools themselves.
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    Bellingham Technical College has an LPN program and then an LPN-RN bridge program that is waitlisted by first come, first serve. As long as you have a 76% in the pre-reqs, you will be added to the waitlist. Bellingham is 2 hours north of Seattle, and 1 hour south of Vancouver, BC.
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    I don't think they exsist
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    I don't think any are "easy" to get into. Even the schools with a wait list you are on there for months or even years until a spot becomes available. What's your timeframe? What part of the state are you looking at? What are your goals? There are a lot of options for nursing programs and in various settings in the state. I don't think there are any distance degree programs for an RN unless you already have the associates level and are working on the bachelors. I would just call and/or check the websites of the schools in the area you are interested in moving to. Also, 5 years seems to be the limit for a lot of schools, so you may get stuck having to retake some of those classes. The thing is, every school is different for what prerequisites they want, how old they must be, if you need to be a CNA or not, etc. etc. It's a real pain in the behind. There is no unified approach to nursing school applications. I am so glad I've finally been accepted for this fall and can put that application nightmare behind me. If you need further advice, happy to help!
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    I think Tacoma Community College will be very hard to get into. While there number of applications vary a lot, they have had as many as 400 or applications for 20 slots. I expect that the number of applications will increase because students who have a 3.0 will have the same chance as someone with a 4.0. In the past, I can't imagine a 3.0 student even bothering to apply when the application was competative. Moreover, the TCC application process is extremely easy. I did not think I had a chance but filled out one anyway because it was so easy. It turns out I just barely made the cut at 3.78. I worked really hard on my Pierce College app, spent lots of time and energy only to be cut after the interview stage. The surest route is to take the LPN route and then upgrade to RN. LPN programs are easier to get into and the RN bridge programs seem to be easier to get into as well. You also have the added benefit of having an interim step after completing the LPN.
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    All nursing programs are hard to get into, and you must be smart. Most nursing programs require at least a 2.5GPA, but in order to be competative, you must have at least a 3.0GPA.
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    I think Tacoma Community College will be very hard to get into. While there number of applications vary a lot, they have had as many as 400 or applications for 20 slots. I expect that the number of applications will increase because students who have a 3.0 will have the same chance as someone with a 4.0. In the past, I can't imagine a 3.0 student even bothering to apply when the application was competative. Moreover, the TCC application process is extremely easy. I did not think I had a chance but filled out one anyway because it was so easy. It turns out I just barely made the cut at 3.78. I worked really hard on my Pierce College app, spent lots of time and energy only to be cut after the interview stage. The surest route is to take the LPN route and then upgrade to RN. LPN programs are easier to get into and the RN bridge programs seem to be easier to get into as well. You also have the added benefit of having an interim step after completing the LPN.
    What was the process like with Pierce College? Did they tell you how you did on the interview and why you were cut? What were the interviews like? Was there a test you had to take? Just wondering, since I'm considering if it's even worth the effort to apply.
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    Has anyone been given an acceptance email for Tacoma cc Winter 10?


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