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Hi everyone!

Well I have not actually applied to the program. What's annoying is all the changes they've made starting this year! But if anyone who has been accepted to the TCC nursing program, any pointers would be MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!

Some of the major things I want to know:

1. If you were accepted, what was your GPA (if you don't mind me asking). I have already graduated from a Virginia Community College (but just with general studies). Then I went to Virginia Tech for a year. My GPA from both community college and VT was 3.6. I know (from what I've read) that some of the major grades they look for are ENG 111 (got a B), and the 2 bios you have to complete. I don't know if it was different for you all, but apparently I have to complete 2 out of 3 bios before I can even apply to the program (I can choose between BIO 141, 142, or 150). I am choosing to do BIO 141 & 142. I am hoping since those bios are basically the only classes I am taking this fall and spring, I will get good grades. So based on that, what would you say my chances are for getting in? I left VT to do this program and I don't really have much of a backup plan.... so I am just hopeful! Would you say that most people applying for this program have a really high GPA? I read that around 300 applicants apply, but I am just not sure where I would stand. I already have all the additional classes (other than the nursing classes- ie. the psyc classes, english, sociology- except PHI). Will these things help me in getting in?

2. How easy or difficult was the nursing math diagnostic test??? I haven't done a real math class (besides stats) in what seems like forever! And they don't allow calculators, and I am just afraid I will forget how to do the simplest math problems! Is there any kind of prep class to take?

3. I know they have LPN to RN programs.... Do LPNs have a better chance of getting into the program than someone going straight to the RN program, or is it pretty even and everyone is given the equal opportunity?

4. Unfortunately, I can't turn in my application until the week before the deadline of May 15 because I have to COMPLETE Bio 141 & 142 before I can apply.. does applying during the not-early app period lower chances of getting in?

Ok, that is all I can think of for now. I am SOOOOO nervous!!!!!

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Hey Hopeful,

the first thing I'll ask is have you attended the information session?

From what I understand admission is based on a point system. you get points for how well you've done in the sciences required and English. you get 4 points for an A , 3 for B, so on... Admission is granted to people who have over 9 points.

The minimum GPA is 2.6, so as long as you have that and have the required points, you should be fine.

Applying by the deadline is all you need to do, where you get placed as far as cohorts is up to them.

Nursing Diagnostic test?????? Expect to fail it. you'll be taking the nursing math class. Sorry to sound negative, but there were people in my class who had already taken calculus that failed it.

Lpns who have graduated from an approved in state program in the last 5 years, or who have been working in acute care and pass the challenge exams do a Bridge program that starts in the summer. The rest of us are on a level playing field and are evaluated by the same rules.

hope this was at least a little helpful. good luck!

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Hey Hopeful,

the first thing I'll ask is have you attended the information session?

From what I understand admission is based on a point system. you get points for how well you've done in the sciences required and English. you get 4 points for an A , 3 for B, so on... Admission is granted to people who have over 9 points.

The minimum GPA is 2.6, so as long as you have that and have the required points, you should be fine.

Applying by the deadline is all you need to do, where you get placed as far as cohorts is up to them.

Nursing Diagnostic test?????? Expect to fail it. you'll be taking the nursing math class. Sorry to sound negative, but there were people in my class who had already taken calculus that failed it.

Lpns who have graduated from an approved in state program in the last 5 years, or who have been working in acute care and pass the challenge exams do a Bridge program that starts in the summer. The rest of us are on a level playing field and are evaluated by the same rules.

hope this was at least a little helpful. good luck!

I have not gone to the info session yet, but I am actually going next week. I have a bunch of questions to ask.

Thanks for the heads up on the diagnostics test! From what I read, it was described as being a bunch of simple math and then also multiplying/dividing fractions and decimals.... I was hoping if I could brush up on that, I'd pass.... I don't understand why calculators can't be used. If the technology is available, I don't know why it's withheld. So annoying! But I will plan on taking the class then. (Lame!)

I have a B in my ENG 111. Hopefully I'll get A's in my A&P (I know that is a long shot because I've heard the class is really difficult, but it's my only real classes this and next semester so I am hoping I'll do well).

Anyway, thank you for the info! It was helpful :)

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Some of the major things I want to know:

1. My undergrad GPA (I already have a B.A. from many years ago) was 2.75, but I had a 4.0 in the pre-reqs. Also, you really need to do BIO 141/142 first because even if they did let you in without it, there's no way you'd be able to take that plus NS classes--the NS schedule is intense as it is. BIO 150 is the least of the evils--a few of my classmates got accepted w/o it and took it over the spring/summer.

2. It is rare that people pass the nursing math test though, but AFAIK, you only need to take the test if you want to get out of taking Math 1. But double-check that: I could be wrong.

And as I wrote earlier, when they say Math 1 they mean Math 1. No higher math course can substitute for it, so even if you had taken the highest calculus courses they have, you will need to take Math 1 if you fail/skip the math test.

3. I don't know. I do know a few LPNs who decided to start from the beginning of the RN program instead of skipping the first year because they thought it would be better for them.

4. You can apply before you finish BIO 141/142 and other pre-reqs. The more pre-reqs you have done the better your look to them, but there were a lot of students in my class who applied while finishing up 141/142 and were accepted for that fall.

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My3GuysinVA has 2 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse/Super Mom.

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Hello all new TCC Nursing Students! Firstly, congratulations. To get into this program we've all had to go to he** and back. Unfortunately, that was merely purgatory, he** starts the first day of 108 :devil:

j/k, kind of...

I've just started the last class of the first year of the program, so I've been around about half of the block and am available for Q's and A's at any time. I also practically live at the campus, so I can be found sleeping in the back of the library...reading, studying, reading or occasionally, catching a quick smoke...:smokin:

I am the 2nd VP of the TCC campus' National Student Nurses Association. Please, join and get involved. It will help you professionally. I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if our Pres and 1st VP were floating around these boards too.

Day 1 of NUR 108 you are already behind the 8 ball. The first half of the morning is dedicated to orientation, syllabus, etc. then you start lecture. Hard core. It doesn't get any easier either. It is a rewarding and challenging course if you do your part, though at times, frustrating.

Sleep is a valuable commodity. If you can get by without having to work, do so. It is very tough to hold down a job and put in the required effort to pass these classes. If you don't drink coffee, start! :smilecoffeecup: :smilecoffeeIlovecof

Also, please don't try to take other classes simultaneously. I'm not telling you that it is impossible, it's just extremely difficult. You will be in lecture for about 6 hrs a day and need to be spending the remainder of your time reading.

If you haven't already ordered your uniforms here's a tip: the female tops run big. Think: yurt. The bottoms are ugly. Don't waste your money, go to a uniform store and get a pair of white scrubs that have an uncomfortable amount of polyester in them so they'll blend with the fabric of your top. No flare or boot cut. Cargo pockets are a plus. No clogs, but I'm sure you've heard that already...Crocs makes a very affordable comfortable shoe that has no ventilation holes that I've recently had Ms. Bell approve...we'll see how long that will last though. Walmart sells ID holders. Get a student ID before class starts.

PacK lunch or buy on campus. You'll rarely get time to go anywhere to eat. 30 min. is the average lunch break and it takes forever just to walk to your car. There is a Great Steak opening on campus next week, BUT, in good conscience, I can't recommend eating there often at all! No bueno for the heart

Have fun! This is amazing! If you are called to Nursing, it's worth the struggle to get through school.

Again, I am available on campus, Tuesday through Thursday until Clinicals start up. My classes end at 2:30. Welcome and feel free to hunt me down at any time.

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Hi thanks for all the information. You answered a lot of questions that I had. One of my questions is My husband just got his bacholers degree in elementary education and is currently trying to find a job teaching. I start the program in spring of 09 (march). Do you think is impossible for a person to leave class and go to work from 3-10pm?

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My3GuysinVA has 2 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse/Super Mom.

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It's probably not going to work out if you have to go to work on the same day you have class. Not much time to commute. Teachers have the power to change your class schedule so you might not get out until 30 minutes later than what your syllabus may say. I have several classmates who work very hard on top of going to class, but let me tell you, they'd probably all rather just focus on class if they could only afford to! Again, it's not impossible, but many people who end up dropping out of the program do so due to family and work conflicts with school. It's unfortunate, but Nursing School is like Boot Camp for your brain! :eek::grn:

p.s. I forgot one of the most vital rules: NEVER HAND THE NURSING OFFICE ANY ORIGINAL PIECE OF PAPER. Keep all of your personal documents (the originals) and give them copies). Heck, carry around a couple extra copies in your bag just in case...and invest in a good roller bag. I put it off as long as I could, but you gotta save your back.

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Hey my3guys,

Thanks for the info. I just got my uniforms. your right, the pants are huge and hideous. I am sending them back pronto. Do I need another student ID besides the one I already have? I got one at the Virginia Beach campus when I started taking pre reqs 2 years ago. Do I need one particularly for nursing? I do have to work while in the program, I'll be doing 2 twelve hour night shifts on the weekends. I thought I might be able to do an occasional thursday night if clinicals are am. How soon into the program will I know whether I'll be in a day or night clinical?

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I'm in cohort 2 so I decided to take Ethics now. it's online with flexible dates for midterm and final exams. I plan to have the bulk of this class requirement done by the time Nursing 108 starts. Its basically a read the book answer the questions kind of class. Did i make a mistake? How many papers can I expect to write for the first 8 weeks of nur 108?

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Psychiatric sheep...er, nurse.

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Hey my3guys,

Thanks for the info. I just got my uniforms. your right, the pants are huge and hideous. I am sending them back pronto. Do I need another student ID besides the one I already have? I got one at the Virginia Beach campus when I started taking pre reqs 2 years ago. Do I need one particularly for nursing? I do have to work while in the program, I'll be doing 2 twelve hour night shifts on the weekends. I thought I might be able to do an occasional thursday night if clinicals are am. How soon into the program will I know whether I'll be in a day or night clinical?

You don't need an ID specifically for nursing: you'll have your nursing name tag and when you go to clinical you wear both name tag and TCC ID.

However, TCC has switched over to a new ID--one that can be scanned--so when you go to get your semester sticker for your ID, they'll take your picture and give you a new card.

If you're in 108, you won't know whether you're days or evenings until you get a couple of weeks into the class. Plus, the clinical section you registered for is not necessarily the hours you will get (don't worry, they resolve that problem (for the most part) by 130/170). So I'd play it safe and not sign yourself up for work on Thursday nights for the time being.

Not much paperwork for 108: unless they added stuff since I took it, there are a couple of care plans (at least one is a group project), one teaching plan (may or may not be a group project) and a community assessment assignment (individual).

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Psychiatric sheep...er, nurse.

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Oh yeah, almost all paperwork is graded on a pass/fail basis...well, they use a range of 1-3: 1 (unacceptable), 2 (passing, but needs work) and 3 (perfect). So you don't need to kill yourself over the paperwork, at least not for the first year. As long as you snag a 2, you're fine.

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Oh yeah, almost all paperwork is graded on a pass/fail basis...well, they use a range of 1-3: 1 (unacceptable), 2 (passing, but needs work) and 3 (perfect). So you don't need to kill yourself over the paperwork, at least not for the first year. As long as you snag a 2, you're fine.

really?. You do get a letter grade for the semester right? how are clinicals graded?

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