WGU writes: RN-BSN in 6 months is a rumor, not do-able - page 5

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Here is a quote from the BSN community site mentor: "Hi everyone! I know that there have been some rumors about finishing the RN-BSN program in 6 months, and I wanted to clear up those rumors. A 6 month finish is highly... Read More


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    I am in the Oct 1st RN to BSN class I am transferring credits and have 34 to complete the degree. I am really hoping to complete the 34 credits in just one 6 month term. I spoke to my enrollment counselor today and he said that the issue is with Community Health. It ultimately comes down to your mentor. You cannot complete the practicum (90 hours) until after the class is finished. He said that if I have all my classes including Community health nursing completed with plenty of time remaining in the term, then my mentor will most likely allow me to enroll in the course. He did say however, if I compete everything and only have 4 or 5 weeks left of the 6 month term, then he doubted that my mentor would sign off on it. Hope this helps!
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    Yep, that's the idea! I had over four months left in my term when I finished the first community health course, so my mentor had me start the practicum. And now as of yesterday I am done, 3.5 months in. So yes, you can do it but it depends on you and your mentor.

    And welcome to WGU!! It's awesome, can't see a reason to go anywhere else.
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    Quote from featherzRN
    Yep, that's the idea! I had over four months left in my term when I finished the first community health course, so my mentor had me start the practicum. And now as of yesterday I am done, 3.5 months in. So yes, you can do it but it depends on you and your mentor.

    And welcome to WGU!! It's awesome, can't see a reason to go anywhere else.
    That's soooo encouraging!! Congrats!!!
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    Quote from featherzRN
    Yep, that's the idea! I had over four months left in my term when I finished the first community health course, so my mentor had me start the practicum. And now as of yesterday I am done, 3.5 months in. So yes, you can do it but it depends on you and your mentor.

    And welcome to WGU!! It's awesome, can't see a reason to go anywhere else.
    Totally OFF topic (sorry!) but what does the Community Health Practicum involve? And how does it take to complete in reality?
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    I just started in September, but here are the problems I have run into in three weeks that have hindered going quickly.

    1. Actual enrollment: you cannot sign up for a test until you actually enrolled in classes. And this doesn't happen the first day of your term. I wasn't technically "enrolled" until at least 6-7 days into my term.

    2. Signed up for my first test. You need to give them at least 5 days notice and then choose three available dates. I did this and of course they picked the last date. So here I am waiting for a week.

    3. My fault. I had to reschedule my test. So wait for another week.

    In this three weeks, I never looked at the material. I knew I knew it and didn't need to study. Passed the oa. No problem.

    I guess I should have spent my time working on tasks for my next class, and now I will know that for the future. Just seems that some of the backup is on the administrative end.
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    Some tips.. if you are using the webcam, schedule your test 5 days out then CALL them and tell them you want it earlier. Some people have had the test rescheduled to the same day you call! You can also put in the comments "available every night at 5" or whatever and I hear that also can work. At a testing center, some have called the center directly, scheduled the time, then called the assessment line and told them the date. :P

    If you weren't enrolled on the first day, that's on your mentor. Mine had me enrolled before start of term, I just had to wait until the first to have it be official. I even took the preassessment before the term started and scheduled the two post tests on the first for seven days later.

    I would just schedule the week out then start on another class. 14 weeks and 50 units, if I can do it it's doable! =) You can also double up on tests and take a couple on the same day if you are brave.


    Quote from schnookimz
    I just started in September, but here are the problems I have run into in three weeks that have hindered going quickly.

    1. Actual enrollment: you cannot sign up for a test until you actually enrolled in classes. And this doesn't happen the first day of your term. I wasn't technically "enrolled" until at least 6-7 days into my term.

    2. Signed up for my first test. You need to give them at least 5 days notice and then choose three available dates. I did this and of course they picked the last date. So here I am waiting for a week.

    3. My fault. I had to reschedule my test. So wait for another week.

    In this three weeks, I never looked at the material. I knew I knew it and didn't need to study. Passed the oa. No problem.

    I guess I should have spent my time working on tasks for my next class, and now I will know that for the future. Just seems that some of the backup is on the administrative end.
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    Quote from KaLynRN
    Totally OFF topic (sorry!) but what does the Community Health Practicum involve? And how does it take to complete in reality?
    It's 90 hours in the community. You pick the topic, based on healthy people 2010 - I did disaster preparation, so I spent 90 hours going to disaster drills, interviewing the fire and police chief, stuff like that. Obesity is also a popular topic. Then you write up a paper.
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    Thank you, heather!!!! I just requested to test on a few classes from my mentor so hopefully that goes through!
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    Quote from Danish
    I am in the Oct 1st RN to BSN class I am transferring credits and have 34 to complete the degree. I am really hoping to complete the 34 credits in just one 6 month term. I spoke to my enrollment counselor today and he said that the issue is with Community Health. It ultimately comes down to your mentor. You cannot complete the practicum (90 hours) until after the class is finished. He said that if I have all my classes including Community health nursing completed with plenty of time remaining in the term, then my mentor will most likely allow me to enroll in the course. He did say however, if I compete everything and only have 4 or 5 weeks left of the 6 month term, then he doubted that my mentor would sign off on it. Hope this helps!
    I'm November 2013 start date, and my mentor stated she wanted to schedule my Community Health early on 1st term so I could work on the practicum during the term along with other classes. I asked her again directly if I could do the practicum while taking other classes and she said yes.

    So that's my plan.

    I really would like to finish in 6 months.

    Any tricks? I saw featherz comment on scheduling the assessment the day you start your pre-assessment? I'm not familiar on the steps involved yet to understand this.

    ***ALSO*** Is it better to use a testing center vs. Webcam to schedule exams? Which is faster to schedule and get done? My mentor said it would take 15 days for a webcam to be mailed
    Last edit by KaLynRN on Oct 23, '13 : Reason: added a question
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    If you have a testing center close by, personally I'd use that. The webcam is more convenient, but lately it's been a pain in the butt for some people. Until you get your cam in the mail (and even after that), if you want to schedule a test, just use a testing center.
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