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Calling ALL Southwest Tennessee Community College Spring 2011 Hopefuls!!!

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Hi everyone. Now that the official October 15th deadline for submitting the application packet has passed, is anyone sitting on pins and needles like me?? I just learned that they would contact us via phone if we are accepted.

Does anyone know when they will start calling the people who are accepted? I tried asking the ever so pleasant lady :confused: that answers the phone in the Nursing department and she didn't have answers to any of my questions.

To all of you that are waiting for that phone call, just as I, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

scifihippie

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

When they called me, it was right before Thanksgiving. I think the Friday before. You have at least a month. I don't think the committee even sits down to review things until November.

When they called me, it was right before Thanksgiving. I think the Friday before. You have at least a month. I don't think the committee even sits down to review things until November.

Thanks for that info scifihippie...you are always so helpful!!! I guess I can stop sitting on pins and needles now :)

Too bad it takes too long! I guess now I will decline since UM accepted me within a week and a half. Plus I want my BSN anyways!

Good luck to you! My friend started this semester and it is tough. Her instructor is not very nice.

Hi there Nikki, I am waiting as well and although I'm not fretting yet, I know come November that will change! I was told by admissions they were expecting 400-500 applicants for spring, and although I have not called back to confirm an exact number, that's a lot of people for 60 positions. Like msturn1975, I guess a lot of those applicants have also applied to other programs so that number may come down some pending their being accepted elsewhere. I've met a lot of people applying for spring at SWCC and most have excellent grades and did great on the NLN, so it's going to be extremely competitive to be accepted. Good luck to both of us, I know from reading your posts over the last year you have worked hard to get into this program and hopefully we will be classmates this spring!

Hi everyone,

I have applied for spring 2011 at Southwest as well. 400-500 applicants?? Now I'm panicking!! Goodluck to you all and I hope to see you in the spring.

Amy

Hi there Nikki, I am waiting as well and although I'm not fretting yet, I know come November that will change! I was told by admissions they were expecting 400-500 applicants for spring, and although I have not called back to confirm an exact number, that's a lot of people for 60 positions. Like msturn1975, I guess a lot of those applicants have also applied to other programs so that number may come down some pending their being accepted elsewhere. I've met a lot of people applying for spring at SWCC and most have excellent grades and did great on the NLN, so it's going to be extremely competitive to be accepted. Good luck to both of us, I know from reading your posts over the last year you have worked hard to get into this program and hopefully we will be classmates this spring!
Hi there fleur-di-lis....that is alot of people to apply to a program that only accepts 60. As a matter of fact, that is insane!!! But I knew there were going to be tons of people applying. I am still going to stay very positive about the whole thing...I keep telling myself that I will be 1 of the 60 and hopefully you along with Applejacks and whomever else has been communicating on here makes it as well. I just cannot believe the time has come. I can remember back to January when I started the pre-reqs and I didn't have a clue as to what I should do and what next steps to take. I must admit that this site has been a tremendous help as I have learned so many different things from so many positive people.

scifihippie

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Stay confident. I bet you'll be starting in the spring. I will say if your grades are good and your NLN score, don't sweat it. There are some people that started with me in the first semester that I seriously wondered how they even got in. I know one girl in my clinical that didn't pass the first semester and it was a relief. I really would have not felt good having someone like that as a nurse. I have to believe the 400-500 applicants is an exaggeration given some of the people I know that started.

Murse901, MSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Case Management, Informatics. Has 13 years experience.

If you're not accepted, consider it a blessing and look into Northwest MS.

If you are accepted, good luck to you!

Hi all. One of my classmates told me about this site so today is actually my first time logging in. I too started my prereqs in January this year with A&P I. I took A&P II summer I and Micro summer II. I have been patiently (slight exaggeration) waiting for the letter/call to notify me of my acceptance for Januray 2011. This site also gave me a lot to think about. I hope to meeting you all very soon in orientation! :-)

Hi all. One of my classmates told me about this site so today is actually my first time logging in. I too started my prereqs in January this year with A&P I. I took A&P II summer I and Micro summer II. I have been patiently (slight exaggeration) waiting for the letter/call to notify me of my acceptance for Januray 2011. This site also gave me a lot to think about. I hope to meeting you all very soon in orientation! :-)
Hello kay_bee and welcome to the discussion. At this point, patiently waiting is the only thing we can do. I have actually managed to calm myself down and I am no longer freaking out about getting "the call". I am staying totally positive and I keep telling myself that I WILL be 1 of the 60. Hopefully we all will get to meet at orientation. That would be nice....let me tell ya! Good luck to you!!!

Oh dear lord 400-500?? Please let that be some sort of scare tactic employed to make us worry even more. At this point I can hardly stand thinking about it any longer. I have patience but this wait is just horrible. Best of luck to all of you!!!!

Yeah the 400-500 number was an estimate that admissions said (this past summer) they were expecting....the actual number of applicants is hopefully much lower!!! Speaking with an advisor yesterday, she said the number of spring applicants from last year was at 300. One of my teachers said in class there was now a waiting list to enroll in Southwest? She also said throughout 2010 enrollment was maxed out... this could be the reason they were expecting an increase in applicants? Just speculating there but it makes sense.

Good luck to everyone waiting it out, it's not going to be much longer and hopefully we all meet in January. :)

I was called and asked to attend the Male Nursing Orientation. Wasn't much of an orientation, more of a testimonial by a male nurse. There was about 20 people there, half of whom were already students. I have no idea if that means anything or what not. Is wasn't made clear if it means anything. It seemed very thrown together and by the time the guy finished talking people were worn out and didn't ask many questions. I did however get a chance to chat with students in various semesters in the program. The overall consensus was that the school sucked, the teachers sucked, and it was more less a self taught curriculum. Being as SWTCC is my only alternative at them moment, I was really glad to hear that lol. Good thing for me I'm able to teach myself very efficiently and will probably need a minimal amount of help. In hind site I should have went to U of M but I'm sure I'll be joining some of you this Spring.

As for competition, if the standards are of those of the students I spoke to, then I wouldn't worry to much. I heard a lot of 3.0 B,B,B nln:120. So, I'm not thinking it's that competitive. If you attend SWTCC then you have to think of the applicant pool as a whole based on people you were in class with. Everyone wants to be a nurse right now, so your going to get more apps yes, but that doesn't mean your going to get slammed with 400 4.0's and 150+'s. Just my thoughts. I may be totally wrong. I can't imagine, other than me, a 4.0 150+ student that would want to go there. Most will pick U of M or Baptist. I mean, I know there are some in the program for sure, but they'll probably wind up in the RN-BSN at U of M after graduation anyway.

Keep your heads up. I don't see that competitiveness being an issue if you have above average scores.

Congratulations to you Xandar, good job! I hope the program hasn't headed south, I've met a few graduates from SW that are doing great in the nursing field and had mostly good things to say about the program. The first semester is the most difficult, I'm told, because students have to self study to pass. I've not heard that about the rest of the program though. All nursing schools are hard, no matter where you attend. That being said, at least your foot is in the door now and you are on your way...congrats again! (desperately waiting by the phone now!!!!)

Congratulations Xandar! That definitely has to mean that you are in there. ;-) I work with several graduates of Southwest and they all say that the school has it's moments where they totally hated it but overall they are pleased with the level of education they were given and felt completely prepared when they began working. One of coworkers also teaches at Baptist and she says she hears the same things from those students about hating the school. I think it probably comes down to the fact that these programs are designed to eliminate people who cannot think quick or work under pressure. If you didn't hate it at some point, then there probably something wrong with you!!! LOL I chose Southwest for practical reasons. Since new nurses make the same thing whether they have a BSN or an ASN, I decided to get my ASN and then I can already be working in the field while I bridge at U-Memphis for my BSN. However, after reading the posts yesterday I have calmed down a lot since I know the call probably won't be coming before next week... :-)

Thanks you guys..... This is just merely another stop in my journey to become an NP. I'm an older student and the four years + left in front of me feels like running up against a bus. I decided to attend SWTCC's nursing program so that I could secure my license and work while pursuing my BSN then to my MSN. I calculated the time going both ways from a two year or four, and realized I could cut a semester out by goiing the SWTCC route. I might have just needed to fight out the extra semester at a four year, but ohh well now.

I've also heard the same negative comments in regards to other nursing programs. I assumed it was similar for all of them. My biggest thing is getting some applicable knowledge out of the program, which I'm sure I will. I don't mind the self teaching concept as long as there's an inkling of guidance along the way.

I'm sure there are many students that were satisfied with their experience at SWTCC. In admittance , the students I spoke to weren't doing all that great in there classes, so it may just be a battle of the fittest type thing. I mean, I remember reading about my AP, Micro, Chem, Physics professors and seeing horrible comments about how hard they were, uncaring, ect.... When I attended those classes I didn't find them to be that way except attitudes. Usually the attitudes did match up, but other than that I found the instructors to be very straightforward, knowledgeable, and quite easy to be honest. So, I guess subjectivity is as much a part of it as anything else.

So we wait..........

scifihippie

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Don't let it freak you out about self-teaching. A lot of nursing school has to be self-taught due to the overwhelming amount of information there is. There's just no way to teach what you have to learn in 4-6 class hours a week. No matter what school you attend, you need to plan on at least 20 study hours or more each week. You will learn a ton in clinical, so seek out every opportunity you can there.

@Xander - I plan on becoming an NP too and I know that I won't make the MSN cutoff, I will have to get my DNP for the NP. I'm a year ahead of you. Is there a school locally that is offering the MSN for NP past this fall? I thought most of them took their last master's prep'd NP's this fall semester.