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So I got into ccsf for spring 2011. I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about this school? How are the classes, instructors, clinicals? Where do you do your clinicals? Can you tell me more about the exams? Is this a good school to graduate from? I know our economy is at a freeze right now and so are the hiring for any jobs, but is it easy to find a job once you graduate from this program? How do you compare ccsf from Merritt college in Oakland? I would really appreaciate it if someone can give me some info! Thanks!

can't say if you'll find a job right away after school, but nothing again is predictable, but hopefully by the time you graduate there will be jobs, atleast that is what i am hoping.

I am in my first semester @ ccsf and i gotta say it is tough, one thing i will say you gotta keep up with ur reading, the first 4 weeks is tough, and you get tested weekly, passing grade is C, if you have gotten your list of books, get them right now and start studying, study for med math. i am currently doing my clinicals @ CPMC and Laguna Honda, and i think some of my classmates were @ sf general

from what i have heard ccsf nursing is a great program, and i love it.

if u wanna know more ask??

what is the daily routine or schedule? Are classes everyday? what time do you start in the morning and what time do you usually get off? I'll be travelling from out of the city so I'm still in the process of figuring out how to get there more effectively. Exam is everyweek?! Are they quizzes? or actual exam-midterms? When do you start clinicals during the first semester? I apologize I have a lot of questions and thanks for answering my post!:yeah::lol2:

my classes right now is mon 7am-10am clinical lab, 1-3pm Pharmacology, Tuesday 8-11am Nursing 50, Wed 6:30am-3pm & Thur 6:30am-3pm clinical in the hospital, i have no class wed, thur every other week.

For the first 4 weeks my classes were same mon, n tuesday, and wed-thur 7am-4pm, exams (actual exams not quizzes) were every week for Nursing 50, but when you start going to clinicals around the 4th/5th week, you go to the hospital wed, thur every other week.

where would u be commuting from, i have classmates from oakland and fremont who carpool, and also carpool to clinicals.

its okay i am happy to answer ur questions.

some of my classmates have classes mon-friday but i was lucky i register early n picked a schedule that works for me

Thanks for the reply! I already got most of the books that i will be needing. I will start pharm book reading soon. How's you classes going? I'm also about to order my uniforms but its so expensive! I will be coming from oakland and debating between carpooling and bart. Do you have any studying tips? Is the pharmacology class gonna be tough? Thanks again!!!:clown::clown:

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Pharmacology was tough at first but i later figured out how to study for Pharm. i went through the course outline and made up questions, read my notes and then answered each questions without looking at my notes. i did it this way for my last 2 exams and ended up with A's. Pharm became easy when i figured out how to study for it. i think our classmates have questions posted up on Iflipr. if u need help with that let me know

In my opinion, you should start on the Math, except if u are great at Math.

I suggest carpooling, i have classmates coming from Oakland and they all carpool, you would also need to carpool for clinicals at the Hospitals.

Glad first semester is over. the first semester teachers are great.

Hi Marylanding...I too am in the Spring 2011 program, so I guess I will see you at orientation this week. I'm also commuting, but from the central valley, I'm going to see how the first month goes taking bart in from Dublin/Pleasanton. I did it during the summer when I took the Healthcare Mathematics course they recommended taking and it wasn't too bad. I've been looking into places around the bay/oakland area, but it is VERY expensive...So we shall see.

Marylanding or Lilykiss6 are you guys working while doing the program?? I recently got a job @ UCSF for a per diem which I'm hoping would work out during the program. They only require a minimum of 4 shifts a month 8hr shifts, so I'm thinking it wouldn't be so bad... The women who hired me told me they had a part time job while they were in school and it helped out really well during clinicals. I also talked to them about the market for new hires, they told me currently UCSF has been hiring 1-2 new grads every few months/year...She said there are so many veteran nurses in the market with more specialized training that, that is whom they've predominately been hiring. She said hopefully by the time I graduate the job market for new grads will pick up and the schools/hospitals will provide more New grad RN transitioning programs.... In case anyone was wondering, they have plenty of PCA positions @ UCSF, they would love to hire nursing students (@ least that's what my hiring manager stated)

Jasporro congrats on getting a part time job. It sounds great. I'm currently not working right now but I'm thinking of getting one after I get a feel for the program. I would love to get some extra cash while going to school. I might also move to sf if I get a cheap place. It will be tough and frugal for the next two years but hopefully we all make it. I would also love to set up a study group with you if you feel up to it. And we can also get study tips from lillykiss. Lol! Have u read up yet? I'll be reviewing my math as Lilly suggested. Thanks Lilly! Jasporro looking forward to seeing you at orientation. Have u taken the mabs challenge yet?

I did not work much, maybe 1-2 shifts per month. i think one can work and go to nursing school as long as u are not working too many shifts because nursing school is stressful.

First semester teachers were great. you all should brace yourself for the first 4 weeks, because you get alot of information just before starting clinicals. I suggested studying math because everyone was stressed out about it ( and you guys don't have a long time to study after orientation, i had the entire summer). and be careful not to ignore Pharmacology during the first 4 weeks of class, i did and did not make the best grade i wanted in the first test, hopefully the study tip i shared on studying for pharm would help.

if you need any help let me know, hopefully we'll see you guys around.

Try to test out of mabs, instead of taking the entire class

Goodluck guys.

Hello lilykiss6 got your pm but I don't get to send pm's yet. So, hopefully you get this. I'm currently working as a perdiem float pca, which I love! You can apply through the website ucsf careers, I was told they are still hiring pca's, although i was told they would like to hire those with experience or in nursing school. As a perdiem I'm able to pick my days as long as I have a total of 4 shifts month with 2 of them being weekend shifts. Which for me works well since I'm in school. So....I guess just fill an app and follow up with a phone call..

thanks alot for the information, i applied and will give them a call, hopefully i can get a job

so application is from jan 20- feb 20. when do notices get out?

I am in the lottery for 2011 Fall at City College of San Francisco. However, according to the application process, we will receive letters of admission anytime between last month and mid-May. I guess this is the best I can hope for right now, just getting into the lottery means it is entirely up to chance. It's too bad they are doing only one lottery a year for spring and fall. If we don't make it in for fall or spring, we have to wait another year. Anyone else in the lotto?

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Well I'm a graduated from CCSF 12/2010. I had the longest commute in their history.:eek: From Tracy to SF every day in Traffic. I have 2 school aged kids and a needy husband, I also worked part time... very part time. It is hard, I'm not going to LIE!! :cool: but you can do it. If I can pas,s ANYONE can!!! Determination!!! :heartbeat My hardest classes were for me, PHARM!!! I almost failed I got a 61% on a exam and had to bounce back, it was hard but I did it. Med Surg was hard too. I got a C, and Pharm too. the rest of my classes were all very hard but not as stressful. We lost people the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd semester. Especially from psych and med math. YOU HAVE to HAVE a 80% on your math or else your kicked out. :mad: So get your math down. I went to Merritt in Oakland for a little bit before CCSF and dropped. HORRIBLE experience, the worst ever. That is not what nursing school should be like. I was so unhappy there. CCSF is so much better!!! the staff cares about you and, will show you support. I graduated, pass NCLEX and got a job.:nurse: Out of my class I think 5 of us got RN jobs. I did not get a preceptorship either, but I worked my *** off to find a RN position. Cold calling HR departments and Walk INS got me 3 job offers, so there are jobs out there. :yeah::up: Good Luck, if your really want it you can do it.

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Hello fellow nursing students of ccsf. I am starting in spring of 12. Currently I have been a pharm tech for 5 years and I was wondering what to review or prepare for in pharmacology. Do you think its as rigorous as a general pharmacology class, which would provide information about pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, interactions, prescribing, toxicology etc. Also I am relatively good at math, I have taken up to statistics and did well. I am good at conversions, but wanted to know more specifically what to prepare for. I have the Nursing fundamentals book and have been reading the first ch's given out at orientation. Do any of you, use the studyguide that can be purchase with this book? How are lecture notes given? Are we given any sort of handout for each lecture? I am just really anxious to start and I still have 2 months to go! So, in addition to spending as much time with family, friends and work before school starts I would like to start some of my own studying to get back in the mode. Any answers to my?'s, advice, tips, etc. would be helpful. Thank you, lot's of luck to all fellow nursing students. :):heartbeat

Well I'm a graduated from CCSF 12/2010. I had the longest commute in their history.:eek: From Tracy to SF every day in Traffic. I have 2 school aged kids and a needy husband, I also worked part time... very part time. It is hard, I'm not going to LIE!! :cool: but you can do it. If I can pas,s ANYONE can!!! Determination!!! :heartbeat My hardest classes were for me, PHARM!!! I almost failed I got a 61% on a exam and had to bounce back, it was hard but I did it. Med Surg was hard too. I got a C, and Pharm too. the rest of my classes were all very hard but not as stressful. We lost people the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd semester. Especially from psych and med math. YOU HAVE to HAVE a 80% on your math or else your kicked out. :mad: So get your math down. I went to Merritt in Oakland for a little bit before CCSF and dropped. HORRIBLE experience, the worst ever. That is not what nursing school should be like. I was so unhappy there. CCSF is so much better!!! the staff cares about you and, will show you support. I graduated, pass NCLEX and got a job.:nurse: Out of my class I think 5 of us got RN jobs. I did not get a preceptorship either, but I worked my *** off to find a RN position. Cold calling HR departments and Walk INS got me 3 job offers, so there are jobs out there. :yeah::up: Good Luck, if your really want it you can do it.

Hi i was wondering if you can tell me what kind of math are they looking for in the program?

Nursingluv101

Specializes in Emergency Department, Float Pool. Has 1 years experience.

Get the book and do the CD rom calculator free to. First semester no calculators. Good luck