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Has anybody done the nursing program at PIMA?? If so what do you think. Is it worth it?... Read More

  1. by   VIXEN007
    What kind of stethoscope did they supply you with? Did you have to buy anything and if so, what?
  2. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from TerreP

    At community colleges and universities, you have to buy your books separately, as well as your own stethoscopes and such, and you pay for your uniforms separately as well. I have a large collection of books for school already...over 25 books, most very large, very new, and VERY expensive!So I figure with the cost of books at other colleges' bookstores, I probably have a minimum of $2500 worth of books!!!! And by the time I finish, I guarantee there will be at least double that amount in books! So if you figure in $150-200 in uniforms, about the same for nursing supplies, and over $5K in books that are included in the tuition, it's not really as high as it seems!!!!!

    Umm, no. I paid about $600 in books for the entire degree. My whole program, tuition, HESIs, scrubs, books, stethoscopes, etc was less than 5k.

    Not saying that it's not a good school, but as far as costs, it has no comparison to a Community college, and may even cost more than my local BSN.
  3. by   VIXEN007
    My CC has a 2-3 year waiting list. I did not want to wait that long. I have a BS already, so I plan to complete and RN-MSN program at Walden or Drexel when I am done with the ADN.
  4. by   TerreP
    Quote from VIXEN007
    What was a typical week like and what courses did you take during the first 16 weeks?
    First semester was Microbiology on Tuesdays (3 hours of class, 2 hours of lab, with an hour for lunch), Study Skills (1 hour) and Chemistry (2 hours of class, 2 hours of lab) on Wednesday, Nursing 100 theory & lab (2 hours), and Human Growth and Development (3 hours) on Thursday, and Med. math/dosage calculations (3 hours) on Friday. We had Mondays off. I know they are making some changes to the program, as far as what semesters classes are being done, at least at the Mesa campus. So I don't know how they will do your classes. But that's the general idea of it. Second semester, we have Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, and lots of nursing, both didactic and lab, plus our clinicals.

    As far as the stethoscope, we got ADC ones, and I actually like it better than the Littman I already had! The only things we had to buy was our pencils/pens and paper. (The school supplies us with backpacks and binders as well.) I forgot to mention that we also got a sphygnomanometer as well, also ADC.
  5. by   VIXEN007
  6. by   suzanne4
    It all comes down to time and money. If you do not want to wait the two to three years, then a program like this is great. Money gets you to the head of the line for the training, and to some that is more important than anything else. And as long as the training is the same or better then it should not be an issue.

    And what works for one does not mean that it is for everyone.

    And it is not any different from all of the LPN/LVN programs that are private and at a cost of $25,000 for the year. Actually a better deal.
  7. by   VIXEN007
    TerreP, what is the most challenging aspect of attending PIMA MED INST?
  8. by   LIZZY66
    Quote from PaSsIoN_4_NuRsInG
    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Has anybody done the nursing program at PIMA?? If so what do you think. Is it worth it?
    hello my name is Lizbeth I'm currently enrrolled in PIMA I m in CORP it is extremely intense i have trouble memorizing things so i have to study for hours i came to the point were iam like damn is this really worth it is the whole school course is going to be like this? i dont know what to think i have to put all my effort into it i even quit my job. i need advice please help.
  9. by   AZMOMO2
    Sorry you are having such a tough go and doubting your program. Its hard to advise anyone because NS is one of the toughest programs I hear. Which is why I opted not to go to PMI and instead the CC program. That way I could do all my pre-reqs and co-reqs before having to do the core classes.

    What I really wanted to say though was (((( hugs )))) hang in there if you can cuz you'll be an RN sooner than me
  10. by   chocolateskye
    I find that having more than one NCLEX book helps. They some times can explain things a little better or different than your instructors can and they have plenty of questions and rationales that will help you understand some of the nursing concepts better.
  11. by   brandy2010
    Ok so the question I have is... I've got all my pre reqs done, now here comes the waiting and it still will take 2 years to finish at my cc so at PMI do you have to do all the pre reqs again? If you have them all finished can you just do the nursing classes and clinicals ? I just don't wanna wait and need some where to go (school) that isn't to far to drive Tucson is as far as I can go I live in Sierra Vista and I was going to go to the RTP at Pima and passed and go in but didn't wanna drive was having some issues with my kids father and it wasn't the right time. Which the drive is worth it now that I'm so close but yet so far from finishing. I just want a program where I can take the actually nursing courses and be done I dont wanna wait on a list and I dont need to worry about the cost I get FA and then I have scholarships to apply for and usually get them so money isn't a problem just time. Please help any info please thanks so much

    And there are so many scholorships to apply for any college will give you info on them and most ppl wont take the time to get them, my friend got 27,000 for the first 2 semesters and all she did was fill out an app and a ref letter and go the money free and clear.