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Hello everyone.

I went to a nursing information meeting last summer and I'm pretty sure that they said when applying to the program they look at the GPA for the 5 pre-reqs as the main focus of being admitted. I am applying next week and I guess I'm just wondering if they really look at the unofficial transcripts that we are supposed to bring to the application meeting.

I have a 3.6 in my pre-reqs, but about 6 years ago, I went to EMU and was not very focused. I did pretty bad in a few classes that I was not interested in and I am wondering if you think they will hold it against me?

Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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LadyEJ BSN, RN specializes in Clinicals.

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Did you apply to EMU;s program? They base their admissions solely on the GPA in the 8 pre-reqs. No essay.

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sweetjean143 specializes in Pediatrics.

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No, I am applying to WCCCD. It's closer to home and in my budget.

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WCCCD looks at the five pre-reqs. They don't care about how focused you were or not - it's the cold, hard number that counts. At 3.6, you are above the 3.3 and 3.4 scores that made it in the last few rounds as the lowest scores accepted. Lots of focused 4.0's apply, though.

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i went to the information on may 9th and it was my understanding that they only look at the 5 prereqs and nothing else. someone at the meeting asked the same thing and was told only the 5 classes counted. however, it was said that they also look at the co-requisites and take the higher gpa between those and the 5 prereqs. so, no need to worry. you'll be fine.

i'm getting afraid because i'm taking the net on monday at hfcc and i hope that i pass it. i've been studying for it for the last week and i'm trying to make sure i have the math formulas memorized. i'm going in with a 3.5 and i'm hoping that i get in. i was pretty confident until i saw the people that i would be competing with at the information meeting. it was packed! oh well, as long as i pass the net, i'll be applying on the 30th. if i don't get in, there's always january. good luck to you!;)

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i went to the information on may 9th and it was my understanding that they only look at the 5 prereqs and nothing else. someone at the meeting asked the same thing and was told only the 5 classes counted. however, it was said that they also look at the co-requisites and take the higher gpa between those and the 5 prereqs. so, no need to worry. you'll be fine.

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i was also at the information meeting on may 9th. what are your thoughts about the way it was facilitated? i must say i was very dissapointed with everything. i hope the speaker isn't a reflection on their program because she was awful. by the way, i was one of the people standing for two hours to hear and see the presentation! :angryfire

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i was also at the information meeting on may 9th. what are your thoughts about the way it was facilitated? i must say i was very dissapointed with everything. i hope the speaker isn't a reflection on their program because she was awful. by the way, i was one of the people standing for two hours to hear and see the presentation! :angryfire

i too thought it was ridiculous how the meeting was set up. it wasn't organized and i could barely hear or see the powerpoint presentation. they should have been more prepared considering that it was the last meeting before the fall deadline to apply. thankfully, i didn't have to stand! i was sitting waaayyy in the back on the bench until they brought in more chairs so that we could get closer to the speaker. i was disappointed, but i'm not going to let that stop my show. i've heard many good things about the program, so hopefully they override the negative.

what campus do you attend and when are you applying? i attend the belleville campus. if i pass the net next week, i'll be applying on the 30th. good luck to you!

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i too thought it was ridiculous how the meeting was set up. it wasn't organized and i could barely hear or see the powerpoint presentation. they should have been more prepared considering that it was the last meeting before the fall deadline to apply. thankfully, i didn't have to stand! i was sitting waaayyy in the back on the bench until they brought in more chairs so that we could get closer to the speaker. i was disappointed, but i'm not going to let that stop my show. i've heard many good things about the program, so hopefully they override the negative.

 

what campus do you attend and when are you applying? i attend the belleville campus. if i pass the net next week, i'll be applying on the 30th. good luck to you!

 

i'm also still going to apply despite ms. norris's poor performance. i was trying to go for fall but since i was finishing up on micro and a&p ii at another college, i didn't make the april 1st deadline to have those credits evaluated (although my other transfer credits have been). so i will be applying for the winter semester. it was probably better that way so i can finish up on a couple of co-reqs.

 

you are doing the right thing by taking the net at hfcc because results are instant. i took it there last year and passed. i'm pretty sure you will do fine:-)

 

by the way both downtown and northwest campuses are closer to me.

 

good luck to you too!!

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I was also at the information meeting on May 9th. What are your thoughts about the way it was facilitated? I must say I was very dissapointed with everything. I hope the speaker isn't a reflection on their program because she was awful. By the way, I was one of the people standing for two hours to hear and see the presentation! :angryfire

I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt this way. That presentation WCCCCD and Ms. Norris gives is slanted, (I could use another word), discouraging, and leaves you with a "what the heck was that'? feeling, something you shouldn't have with something that will suck the time and money from you the next two years. I agree with Def - you learn more here that from the colleges themselves.

It was a real turnoff for me for WCCCD.

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I'm also still going to apply despite Ms. Norris's poor performance. I was trying to go for fall but since I was finishing up on micro and A&P II at another college, I didn't make the April 1st deadline to have those credits evaluated (although my other transfer credits have been). So I will be applying for the winter semester. It was probably better that way so I can finish up on a couple of co-reqs.

You are doing the right thing by taking the NET at HFCC because results are instant. I took it there last year and passed. I'm pretty sure you will do fine:-)

By the way both downtown and northwest campuses are closer to me.

Good luck to you too!!

I am sorry you came out of the meeting with a bad impression. I have been reading the post's on Ms. Norris and I must say something in her defense. I am a current nursing student at WCCCD and my personal dealings with Ms. Norris have always been pleasant, professional and enlightening. Have you ever been in her office?? she has some really neat things in there on her career and positive poetry. I do not know what is happening at these info meetings lately, but I can say this...I am about to enter my 7th semester at WCCCD. In the beginning there was a small amount of students, and each semester thereafter more and more came, to the point that the parking lot's are bulging with cars and they are building extensions on to the Western Campus and the Downriver campus. When I went to my info meeting there were maybe 150 people, when I applied, there were over 300 applicants, most from other colleges, WSU, Madonna and EMU. Some of those students got in over WCCCD student's, which I have a problem with, but anyhow the moral of the story is...don't let these meetings discourage you, I have learned a massive amount of material and I feel confident as a student nurse. I would love to hear from the other students in the nursing program at other colleges on how their program is...I hear so many complaints on my school, yet I never hear how much better these other nursing school's are and what is the difference?? Good luck to you all on your journey and I hope you get what you want out of a nursing school.

The point made about the ever increasing student level is, maybe our nursing department has not dealt with so many applicants in the past. There are just hundreds and hundreds of applicants every year, and with Michigan's hard economic times, maybe our little school is just not used to dealing with so many. I can say no matter how many 4.0 applicants, no matter how impressive your essay is..the program is quite a challenge and many won't make it through. That is just my experience, I pray before every exam, because this is not some easy task at all, you really have to work hard and study a lot. With that said, good luck.

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Isn't the construction going on at the Downriver campus a new performing arts center? I wasn't aware of new classrooms or labs going in.

Wayne County Community College District scored a $91 million dollar millage from taxpayers about 5 years ago. That is where the bulk of their spending is coming from. College enrollment always increases during times of economic downturns. Adding to this is the much-publicized shortage of nurses, who command an impressive wage once they get through school. This need, has jammed nursing schools in Michigan, and really, nationwide. HFCC has just increased the size of their program this past year to accomodate the shortage, and their parking lots are bulging, too. For the 2007-2008 school year, over 4200 students listed nursing as their major.

WCCCD's liberal transfer policy makes it a contender when considering nursing schools because there's no waiting list. If you are a good student and you have all the classes, you're in. Lots of people at WCCCD are unhappy about that, including Ms. Norris and other administrators. A lot of students don't spend their money at WCCCD to get their pre-reqs, then jump into the program right at the end. However, the taxpayers of Wayne County fund that school. I would be plenty angry if they told me I couldn't attend their nursing school without getting my pre-reqs there. That millage added $800 to my tax bill every year, and that's at least one class, a lab, and all the books for me. You bet Wayne County residents have a right to go there and apply for their nursing school. They pay the hefty tax for it. You can't ask them to contribute, then shut the doors because every single class is not from Wayne County.

Finally, the tuition at WCCCD is affordable as well, at least half the cost of nearby nursing schools. All of these factors contribute to the increased attendance at WCCCD.

Nursing school is hard no matter what program you're in! It's hard, hard, hard!

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Make sure you understand, the 5 prerequisites are the main focus of the gpa. However, if you have co-requisites they will also be used, but the higher of the two is NOT taken. It is the higher of either 1. the prerequisites only, or 2. the AVERAGE of the pre and co toghether, whichever is higher will be taken.

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