MATC or WCTC??

  1. 0 Just wanted some feedback on which school would be the better choice for me to pursue an ADN. Any help would be much appreciated!
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  4. Visit  luv2b_a_nurs profile page
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    I started my prereqs at MATC south campus. I moved to Walworth Co and finished my program at Gateway. The prereqs I took at MATC were fine. I don't know about their nursing clinicals or teachers. I have heard that WCTC is a very tough program and they are known to kick students out of the program for mistakes. I would be constantly worried about that extra stress. Whatever you decide, good luck!
  5. Visit  kylee_adns profile page
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    I go to CVTC and have heard some horror stories about people getting kicked out here too. However, I have had nothing but a positive learning experience. I would go to ratemyprofessor.com and look up nursing instructors for both schools. This might give you an idea of what percentage of teachers are good at each school. Good Luck to you!!
  6. Visit  Mishko profile page
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    I am a nursing student at WCTC currently in my 2nd semester. I took my pre-req. courses between WCTC and MATC, but stayed at WCTC for my actual clinicals/nursing school. I also heard a lot of horror stories about how WCTC is super tough, and is known for "weeding" people out, and this really was the case during my gen. education courses (especially the sciences). However, although the actual nursing program is very demanding, it really is an awesome program. The staff is so supportive, and because the class sizes aren't that big (20-30 usually), you can always get direct help if you need it. Also, WCTC has one of the highest Nursing Boards pass rates in the state! This is in part because of the challenging program, and the fact that they really prepare you for your boards and your future as a nurse. I'm not too familiar with MATC's clinical program, but I do know that they were close to losing their accredidation not long ago (as so many schools seem to be), and so I think that that speaks volumes of the program. It might me easier, but it is not to the claiber of WCTC. I hope this helps, and best of luck in pursuing your nursing future!
  7. Visit  luv2b_a_nurs profile page
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    Actually, I believe all the schools in WI have NCLEX pass rates above 86% which is the percentage of students (nationally) that pass the NCLEX on the first try. Not bad for a test that is super hyped up. I passed with 75 q's and all my friends so far have passed as well. I really think too much focus is placed on passing boards, unfortunately. That being siad, you will get out of school what you put into it but I personally would not choose to go to a school where I am constantly afraid of being weeded out. Too much stress in school as it is. I once heard that school opens the door to your learning but it is our job to really learn the info. You can't expect to be "spoon fed" nursing. Just doesn't work that way. Good luck wherever you plan to go. It is a journey!
  8. Visit  GoingStrong profile page
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    I am a current WCTC nursing student and last I heard they are only accepting Waukesha county residents into the nursing program. You have to complete your pre-req's and pass the PAX at either school before you can petition to begin the nursing classes so either way it takes FOREVER, if you are starting from scratch and you may have to wait a semester or two before you can start the actual nursing classes. Good luck
  9. Visit  amandabell profile page
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    I just petitioned twice at MATC and didnt get it. So frustrating!!!! So now im starting to consider other options i have in the milwaukee county. i just feel like ive wasted a year of my life waiting around to get a seat in the nursing program...i was thinking of transferring to WCTC...i just cant be guaranteed a seat. i just feel so discouraged!
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    Quote from amandabell
    I just petitioned twice at MATC and didnt get it. So frustrating!!!! So now im starting to consider other options i have in the milwaukee county. i just feel like ive wasted a year of my life waiting around to get a seat in the nursing program...i was thinking of transferring to WCTC...i just cant be guaranteed a seat. i just feel so discouraged!
    Careful with WCTC. I have heard from several past and present students that they weed people out a LOT! That might change your mind on where to go. I wouldn't think the extra stress is worth it!
  11. Visit  soxgirl2008 profile page
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    I've also heard that at WCTC students in waukesha county get first dibs, and since there is such a large waiting list people in outside counties hardly ever get in. I know that's how it is at GTC in kenosha county.
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    Quote from soxgirl2008
    I've also heard that at WCTC students in waukesha county get first dibs, and since there is such a large waiting list people in outside counties hardly ever get in. I know that's how it is at GTC in kenosha county.
    yep, that too.
  13. Visit  Binkyp profile page
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    Don't go to WCTC...they'll promise you the moon and the stars, and kick your butt out to the curb for the littlest thing. Level one teachers are very arrogant, and just chomping at the bit to kick people out.
  14. Visit  Binkyp profile page
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    Quit lying.....WCTC still loves weeding people out, and all the hype about the boards is all propaganda
  15. Visit  wctcsn1 profile page
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    I just finished up my first semester in the nursing program last week. There are many rumors floating around out there, so here goes. First of all, you DO have to be a resident of Waukesha County to enroll in the program. There are a few students left (living outside of the county) who were grandfathered into the program because they started before the rule was put into effect. When you first enroll at WCTC you are automatically enrolled into the "pre-nursing" program. It will take you 2 - 3 semesters to complete your prerequisites (general and advanced A&P, Microbiology, along with additional courses). You are required to be enrolled as a "pre-nursing" student for ONE YEAR before you will be eligible to petition to get into the nursing program (even if you transfer most of your credits). You also cannot petition until ALL of your prerequisites are completed. This includes taking the Nursing Assistant course (can be taken outside of WCTC) and being certified in BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR - American Heart Association). Once you finish all of your prerequisites, you can petition to get in. Some students are accepted the first time they petition, some are accepted the second time. I found many of the rumors - instructors like to kick people out, etc. - to be untrue. My instructors were a wealth of knowledge and were willing to help me whenever I needed it. With that being said, they are not going to hold you hand through the program. If you're experiencing difficulty, it will be up to you to initiate intervention. WCTC has a learning lab with tutors available for somewhere around $5.00/ semester. They also have math and writing workshops available for students before the semester starts. The program is a lot of work. You start out the semester taking Nursing Fundamentals, Pharmacology and Nursing Skills. They throw a lot of information at you the first two weeks, so you have to be very organized. If you procrastinate and get behind in your reading/assignments you may not be able to catch up. The first Skills class is a challenge for students. You have to pass this class (runs over 8 weeks) with a 79% or you cannot go on to your Clinical assignment. Basically, students who practice in the Skills Lab pass Skills. Students who don't practice don't pass Skills. Your first clinical assignment runs over the last 8 weeks of the semester. I had an excellent experience, as did most of the student I talked to. You will be assigned a patient the day before and are expected to go home and prep on your patient. You have to come to clinical prepared to take care of your patient. If you are not prepared your instructor may ask you to leave. Just like everything else in the Nursing Program, you will get out of it what you put into it. I talked to a nursing student from MSOE. He bragged to me about how he went through 3 1/2 semesters of school without wiping a butt. This will not happen at WCTC. The instructors there believe in giving you the most challenging patients so you are prepared when you get out in the real world. Good luck wherever you choose to go and if you don't want to work your butt off, pick another major!


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