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Hi, I'm hoping to eventually enter the nursing program, but I'm curious about a something. Someone had told me before entering, it's best to get all of your co-reqs done for the program, so that only the nursing courses are left. Is this a good idea? If so, you can take all the classes (other than the Nursing courses) without being in the program, right?

One more thing... are the PAX exams hard? Any tips to study for them?:uhoh3:

Any help is greatly appreciated!

I am not in the CCAC nursing program, but I am doing my nursing prereqs at ccac, with many people going into the nursing program. I know the people i know have most of the co-reqs done.....most i know because they were/are in my A&P classes, or my micro. From talking to them, most have all classes done, or need only one class....mostly being micro. actually i thought all thier classes were prereqs other then the micro until i looked into ccacs program, so i do think it is very recomended to have most done, and i think having them done (with good grades of course) helps with your applying to nursing program too...especially the A&P.

And yes all courses other then nursing courses you CAN take before you are in nursing

As for pax, i had to take i different test so I cant help with that one, but CCAC does have reveiw sessions for it

dondk, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Step-down, CCU. Has 11 years experience.

Hi, I'm hoping to eventually enter the nursing program, but I'm curious about a something. Someone had told me before entering, it's best to get all of your co-reqs done for the program, so that only the nursing courses are left. Is this a good idea? If so, you can take all the classes (other than the Nursing courses) without being in the program, right?

One more thing... are the PAX exams hard? Any tips to study for them?:uhoh3:

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Over the summer, I had a clinical instructor that alluded that they are considering making it a REQUIREMENT to have all the pre-req's out of the way. Regardless, getting them out of the way is preferred as the nursing courses are fixed. Basically, they only offer them on certain days/times and they don't always allow options to take the co-req's with ease. You may only have one or two time slots that "fit" with the nursing curriculum and it may not be at the campus you are taking your nursing classes.

sewnmom, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN, NP

Specializes in oncology/hematology, med-surg, FNP. Has 4 years experience.

I just got accepted to CCAC Nursing for Fall 2011. I already have a degree and only need a two more bio classes.

My daughter is going to CCAC in the fall as well. She wants to do the nursing program. She could have been accepted to the program directly (we were told at advising) BUT luckily the advisor was very astute. She recommended that she NOT apply to the program but take an extra year to do the pre and as many co-reqs as she can. Turns out the advisors spouse was in the program and found it to be very difficult and stressful.

We also received the same information from some others at the school. Some were clueless though and suggested she just "jump" right in.

I dont think 3 years for an economical education getting an RN is bad. We looked at nursing schools that are 2 years, but most of them you need to have your pre-req's all done and many co-reqs. If you dont then you have to pay tuition to the college that you take them at (this is in addition to nursing school tuition - even if you get a "free" ride with the work back option - you still have to pay the school tuition. That could be upwards of $24K at some schools!)

We felt this was the best program for both of us. I know several Director of Nursing. They said Pittsburgh is lucky to have so many wonderful options for Nursing education programs. CCAC has a good reputation as far as nurses being prepared, according to the ones I talked to about it.

KHALEY972

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg.

What are the pre-reqs and admission requirements for this program? I'm looking on their website but it's not very specific on the actual classes. I have Eng Comp 1, A&P 1, college Algebra, intro to psych, and growth & Dev. Any information would be much appreciated.

KHALEY972

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg.

Yeah, I read through everything in the nursing section, but they're so vague. I am also transferring so I need to speak with an advisor anyways to see what transfers and what else I need to take. Thanks!:)

KHALEY972

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg.

Oh that's more helpful, thank you! Do you know if all the pre-reqs have to be done before you apply?

I do not know, I only went to CCAC for my prereqs for another nursing program. I had looked into CCAC's program as a back up but it it was already far to late to get the chem prereqs, even if I could apply without them, and my program didn't require chem so I just banked on my program working out, and never looked deeper into it.

KHALEY972

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg.

hmm, thanks for all your help!!!

kh321

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

You do need to have your pre-reqs completed to apply. Even though they are not pre-reqs your grades from AP1, AP2 and Microbiology can help you get admission to the program. You are awarded points based on your grades in these which can possibly give you an edge.

Good luck!

Unless you are in a hurry to finish, I recommend finishing as many co-req's as you can. It can only help you!

KHALEY972

Specializes in LTC, Med-Surg.

Yeah, I want to finish as soon as possible, I was looking into the 18 month program they have at Boyce campus. I transferred to CT from TX to a private college a few months ago under the impression that I would get it done in 2 years, but they require you to take a certain amount of credits there before you start the program and it will end up taking me 3 years... the same as TX. Even though I have already done 2 years part time at a CC in TX. So now I'm looking into CCAC and if not I'll go back to TX because it is way too expensive here in CT!!

dondk, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Step-down, CCU. Has 11 years experience.

I recently completed the Fast Track program at Boyce, sure it can be done in 17 months. A few things should be mentioned. Being a Fast Track program it is a "set program", thus if you have a bunch of unfinished co-req's your choices are very limited to get them done and stay on track.

Wash out rate is about 40% from start to graduation. It is very competitive, my class had 30% with previous college (most had BA/BS, a handful MA/MS). Entry into the Fast Track I would guess is 3.3 GPA or better and no less than AP1, AP2 completed and hopefully a few co-req's as well.

If you are not competitive for Fast track, get into a traditional and transfer in. The transfer is not dependent on GPA or what you have or have not completed.

All in all... fast track is fast... your longest break will be over xmas vacation which is maybe 3 weeks, otherwise the average break between semesters is 10 days.

If you are trying to have a fast program also look into St. Margaret. That is where I am. It's a 19 months diploma program. There are 8 pre/co reqs though it is recomended to have all them done prior to starting. They admit a class every June and February, so the next start date is next Feb. Cost is more then CCAC, but if getting to being an RN a little faster is your top priority, It might work. There are less Pre/co reqs to get through, and the nursing program itself finishes a little faster.

Pre/co reqs

English 101

Psych 101

Sociology 101

Human growth and develoment/lifespan psych

Nutrition

A&P1

A&P2

Micro

English, psych and A&P 1 have to be done prior to applying, though they like to see one other science, and may ask to see more prior to making a decision if your grades are iffy.

Would also need to take the psb test at the school one of the days they have it, get 2 reference letters, and write a short essay.

Anyone know if there is any truth to the rumor going around that CCAC is going to drop the PAX requirement? Apparently some people think that being able to score at an average level (50th percentile) on the PAX is too stringent a requirement, which is a shame.

And on the subject of Boyce...there are a good at least eight or so people in the evening 102 program who failed out of that program and transferred to Allegheny.