Nursing school with little wait list in Madison area? - page 2

Hello, I really want to start a nursing program as soon as I can. My youngest will be starting kindergarten in the fall, so I'm ready to get my career started. I am planning to work as a CNA while I'm waiting to start... Read More

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    My advise no matter what program you choose is to start taking Chem, micro, ANP I & II now thru MATC they will transfer to almost any program you want to go to and you do not have to be enrolled in the nursing program to take them. This will lessen the number of courses you have to take once you find a program and will mean you don't have to take them and some of the more difficult nursing classes at the same time, which I have been told by people who had to do it, that it was horrible. In general I have found that with the MATC campuses if you go to one outside of Madison they are more understanding that you have a life outside of school. I took all four of these classes at Watertown.

    I did graduate from Herzing in there 1st class of nurses and they do have a pretty bad rep going at the moment. I will be honest that the accrediation business was not a fun process to deal with, but we did get an excellent education and the NCLEX pass rate was very high. Still don't know if they got their accredidation but they were supposed to have their NLN site visit the 2nd half of 2008.

    Now here is another pitfall they only have 1 or 2 of the original instructors that taught our class that still there and there is definately a learning curve to starting a new program. It is very expensive, there is no flexibilty to the schedule (courses are only offered once a year) and as previously noted I've heard it is not where you want to take ANP or Micro (you have to have Chem prior to admission). I don't have any first had information on this I took these at MATC.

    As far as getting a job as a graduate of Herzing initally the area hospitals were a little apprehesive and I was told by one HR person, about a month ago, that with the class I graduated in they only hired nurses who already worked in their facility in some other capacity, but they have been quite happy with those people and are now considering other Herzing graduates.

    Hope you find this information helpful
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    Hi em7008019!
    I am excited to come across someone that went to Herzing! What was your day to day schedule like? Did it take 24 mo? Can you transfer in A&P and micro? I am finishing A&P 1 right now. It looks like there class is 4 credits like this one, but I didn't see a A&P 2 in Herzings schedule. Did you have to have one semester of chem or 2? Sorry about all the questions! This whole deciding where to go is tricky stuff! Thanks much! :-)
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    I had 1 semester of chemistry from MATC, I also transferred in Microbiology & A&P 1 & 2 from MATC.

    The day to day is either 730- 1130 for the am group or 1230 - 430 for the pm group. You usually have class 2 - 5 days a week depending on the term. Term for most classes are 9 weeks long and you have 1 to 2 classes per term. I think there were a couple classes like Pharm that they were talikng about extending to 18 weeks.

    For clinical and you have 4 of them (LTC, Med/Surg I, Med/ Surg II, & OB/Pysch) AM people go from 730 until around 300 and pm people are from 230 or 300 until 930 or 1000 just like working second shift. Plus an internship (we had 200 hours I think they were planning on decreasing to 150). Everyones is different and you get about 12 weeks to complete it.

    I was in the PM group. When I went we started in July '06 and we finished the middle of April '08. You do go through the summer. The only breaks you get are 2 weeks over christmas and 2 weeks in the summer. There is also no flexiblty in the schedule, they only offer courses once a year. I probably still have the course lay out somewhere if you'd like to see it.

    The big thing to check on there is that they received their accredidation. They didn't have it yet when I graduated. There was also a lot of instructor turn over around the time I graduated so I don't know very much about the instructors they currently have.

    Good luck, Let me know if you have any other questions.
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    Thanks SO much for your quick reply and lots of info! So...I am guessing that the clinicals are spread throughout the program right? I am confused on the AM/PM groups. If you were in the PM group were classes or clinicals in the afternoon/evening or both? Also were other prereq's like the speech/comp, electives etc. worked into the program? I have all that done so I am wondering if that will help me out. Was it difficult to get in? Thanks again!!
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    I transferred in a bunch of classes. I will indicate them below in the course sequence I found from when I went through the program. Anything you can transfer in will make life much easier because there are some though classes that a together. I had no problems but I had some friends who really struggled, especially taking Pharm & Body structure together and Med/Surg & A&P together. I will also indicate the day the classes fell on (if I can find them) to give you an idea.

    As far as AM / PM goes there are two groups of 24 students that go through at the same time. When you enroll you either choose AM which is classroom from 730a-1130a with clinical during first shift hours or PM with classroom from 1230p-430p and clinical during second shift hours. The only way you are allowed to go in to the other section is of someone will trade with you.

    Course Sequence for 2008 Graduates

    July ‘06
    Computer Applications
    Intro to Psych (transfer)
    Student Success (transfer)

    Sept ‘06
    Body Structure (transfer)
    Nov ‘06
    Fundamentals of Nursing
    Comp I (transfer)

    Jan ‘07
    Clinical I (LTC)
    Life Spans
    Mar ‘07
    Career Development (transfer)
    May ‘07
    Clinical II (Med/Surg I)
    July ‘07
    A & P (transfer)
    Med/Surg Nursing
    Critical Thinking (online)

    Sept ‘07
    Mental Health & Community
    Speech (transfer)
    Microbiology (transfer)

    Nov ‘07
    Clinical III (Med/Surg II)
    Nursing Managment
    Jan ‘08
    Clinical IV (OB/Psych)
    Cultural Diversity (online)
    Mar ‘08
    Clinical Internship

    The classes I took online were thru Herzing and I took them during other terms where my course load was easier. I think I took cultural diversity July ’06 and Critical thinking Nov ’06.

    Hope this gives you a good idea. If you have all the classes I did then the program really isn’t that tough. Most of the time you only have one “class” to concentrate on. Clinicals are mostly showing up and you have to write a care plan. Some small assignments, but nothing like the amount of time you’ll spend doing things for the classroom courses.

    If you have any other questions let me know.
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    I am a recent graduate from the nursing program at Herzing University-Madison, and I can tell you that at first it was pretty rough (very unorganized-there had been some position changes prior). They got it together fast...I feel like I got a thorough education, and had some amazing clinicals! It is pretty exspensive, but I got in and out and can now say that I have an RN behind my name Graduated in May, took the nclex in June, Passed at 75 questions (phew!), and have a job! ......I will even say that at one clinical one of the nurses said she loved it when the Herzing students were there because we worked hard, and "actually did work!" compared to the other schools they have come in.

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