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Susan - I noticed on their website the other day that they had extended it to June 1 as well.

Wow, I wonder what they consider a ''qualified'' candidate? I guess grades are what they are looking at. They couldn't be looking at the TEAS results already?

What kind of references did you use? I noticed it said they would prefer at least one reference come from a medical setting. I don't have any references like that. :scrying: I think my references will all end up coming from my job and maybe one from a current professor.

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well, i work in radiology so i had the dr. that is head of our department do one and i had volunteered as an emt at my local rescue squad and then a professor. i think a lot of people just don't meet the basic requirements, and that weeds out a lot of people. i don't think they are looking at teas yet. hopefully it will not take 60 days after for our letters! keep me posted!

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I called up to the school yesterday and spoke with the lady at the front desk and she was EXTREMELY nice and helpful in answering my thousands of questions!!

She said a lot of people apply when they don't have the high school chemistry that is required, so they are automatically disqualified. Also, a lot of people don't meet the 2.5 gpa or are just on borderline gpa which makes it questionable.

Have you taken the TEAS test yet? She said she has a study guide for sale at the front desk for $47, I think I'm going to go up there today and buy it so I can start studying and take it soon. The TEAS test is what I'm most nervous about!! She says the most important sections on the test are math and science, more than any of the other subjects we will be tested on.

I hope it doesn't take 60 days to get the letters either!!! She said they "hope" to accept over 100 ppl if they have enough qualified applicants apply.

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That is exactly what I was told, that a lot of people haven't completed the high school classes when they apply. Good news for us. I am taking the Teas on April 18. I am not that worried because I just had algerbra, bio, and chem. Plus I have pretty much completed all of the non-nursing classes. So I am pretty refreshed. I am not going to buy the study guide. I think I am going to take the practice exam online. We only need like 60%...seems low to me.

I find it odd they say its very competitive to get yet, they extend the deadline and say they "want to take 100 people if they have enough applicants"...very interesting. I am just hoping for the best. I am going to do night classes and work full time. How about you ?

Anyone wanna comment or suggestions for the TEAS???? Please feel free!!!

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I thought it was odd too, but I'm glad if that's really the case. She said we are "hoping" to accept over 100 and about 300 apply but lots get weeded out just from not having the correct hs classes.

She gave me the option to take the TEAS on the 18th as well. I may take her up on it since it is a Saturday and that will be easiest for me. I'm just worried I won't have enough time to prepare. I haven't taken chemistry or algebra since hs. I took Bio 101 a yr ago and Bio 102 last semester. I have most all of my non-nursing classes completed, with the exception of 3 - which I plan to take at least two of those this summer to get them out of the way.

I will be taking the evening classes as well because I work f/t during the day. I hear that they sort of frown upon working full time, but I would like to do it if I can. If it proves to be too much, I can always change to p/t. School will definitely be the top priority! I'm glad to hear there are others who are plannign to work f/t and pursue nursing school at night. I know it will be quite a challenge!!!!:D

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They do frown on you for working. I am not going to tell them I am working full time. I have no choice too. That's why I wanted to do most of my non nursing classes before NS. Hopefully it will help.

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Yeah, same here.

I called back up today and asked if I have all of my non-nursing classes out of the way, is it possible to get through school quicker? She said no, you must go in the order as listed on the sample cirrriculum shown on their website. If this is the case, our first two semesters, we will only be taking 1 class per semester! I may wait and keep my 3 non nursing classes I have leftover to spread out over the year and enjoy my last summer off! lol

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I am taking Nas 161 now. Nas 162 and ethics (online) in summer. And then I will have Bio 102, Micro, and Intro to phys. I hate that Bon Secours requires so many more classes than Reynolds and It's a diploma program. I plan on transferring to VCU after for my BSN so atleast they will be out of the way. I wish I had finished them all! Yes, the first 2 semesters will be light..Well- lighter! Lol! Are you from the Richmond area?

Susan

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am taking Nas 161 now. Nas 162 and ethics (online) in summer. And then I will have Bio 102, Micro, and Intro to phys. I hate that Bon Secours requires so many more classes than Reynolds and It's a diploma program. I plan on transferring to VCU after for my BSN so atleast they will be out of the way. I wish I had finished them all! Yes, the first 2 semesters will be light..Well- lighter! Lol! Are you from the Richmond area?

Who do you have for NAS 161? I had a wonderful professor for both NAS 161 and 162 and he is the greatest professor. He makes it so that you actually understand what he is teaching and he is really nice. He gives you study guides for each test that are almost identical to the actual test. It would be difficult to do poorly in his class. I loved him.

I took Bio 102 online last (fall) semester. I don't really recommend taking this class online. It was pretty difficult for me. I got a B for the final grade, and honestly I'm pretty surprised by it. Plus, when you take this class online, you have to go to 3 saturday labs which are ALL DAY LONG!! If I had to do it over, I would take this class in-class.

The professor I had for intro to psych was VERY good! He, also, makes his classes interesting. I actually took his class back in 2001 (i took a hiatus from school for a while...unfortunately) but a friend of mine just took him recently and said the same about his class, she loved it as well.

Right now, I am taking Ethics and Dev Psych (both online). The only non-nursing classes I have left are Microbiology, Eng 112 and the math elective. I read on the J Sarg website today that in order to get into Microbiology, you have to have 1 yr of biology (which I have) and 1 yr of Chem (which I don't have!!) - did you know that? If that's really the case, I guess I need to take Chem 111 and 112 as well. :cry:

I was looking at VCU's website today because I am also interested in their RN-BSN program. It is a night/weekend program lasting anywhere from 18 mos-6 yrs (i didn't understand that part??) but it's not at VCU. You can either take it at Mary Washington, or two othr colleges, neither in Richmond.

However - their RN-MSN program (which gives you your bachelors and masters all in one program) IS at VCU and lasts approximately 2.5-3.5 yrs. I am considering that program. If you are considering as well, you should take a look at their website, you need to have certain prereqs that aren't necessarily included in Bon Secours' program. For instance, you need 9 credits of Humanities courses (speech, drama, foreign language, art...etc.) so you may want to take those during your "light" semesters at Bon Secours to make sure you can go straight from Bon Secours into VCU's program.

Yes, I am from the Richmond area. I just moved out by the airport....it's quite an adjustment from the Short Pump area where I used to live! :D

Sorry for the long post, I know you didn't really ask for teacher recommendations, but I thought it might help! Also, I currently have my Ethics book, Dev Psych and A&P (which you prob already have) books, so if you want I can sell any of them to you if you need them! :)

Kristi

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the only thing i am taking online is intro to physc ,and ethics. i am taking mth120 online now and that is really easy. i would never attempt a science class online..lol. i did not know about the micro bio. i work for vcu at the dental school, so i will take it here for free if i have too! i can't handle another chem class! i live in varina! so we are close. i lived in shortpump as well for 5 years before moving back and buying a house. yes, it is a big adjustment… but, much cheaper. my prof i have is really good as well. i have heard that the professor i will have this summer for 162 is really good.

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Pm me -I was thinking maybe we can split the cost of the study guide and make a copy. And since we live close maybe get together and study.

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tnbutterfly is a BSN, RN and works as a Content/Community Director @ allnurses.

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just a friendly reminder.

please do not post the names of your professors on the public forum. discussions of this nature are best carried on via pm. the terms of service of this site addresses this.

no potentially libelous information about specific schools, instructors, or health care facilities/entities should be posted in these forums. while it is important to be able to network, everyone should be mindful of the following:

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i know none of you have posted anything derogatory, but it is best not to name names. some of the posts have been edited to remove the names.

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