Looking for LPN school in Colorado - page 54

I am looking for a LPN program in Colorado. I heard Emily Griffith has a great program but I want to later move into RN program. I also checked in Regis What do you think?... Read More

  1. by   One1
    Here is a pretty long thread about DSN that might be helpful to you, I believe there are a few threads about DSN already on here

  2. by   Sand_Dollar
    Well, like I said at the beginning of my post, I am seriously anal retentive about my GPA! I am so freaked about keeping it high (to be competitive for CU) that I do anything remotely helpful - I developed my technique over time. I know I won't be able to use the same techniques in NS and will have to develop a whole new set, but no matter what my spreadsheet technique will come with me!

    Since I wanted the least amount of impact on my family when I went to school, online was my only option. I have recommended it to a few others here on this board and they have all thanked me and absolutely love their classes. I have worried that I have it easier than those in a traditional classroom setting, but I think everything balances out. All the exams and quizzes are open book. So, in AP I didn't have to memorize much... however, I had to write weekly written assignments and Journal entries which always included a case study. I guess its 6 of one, a half dozen of another. My AP1 teacher was really tough and I would end up with 17 page detailed lab reports. There were LOTS of students whining that it was SO hard... and it was, but did they really expect it to be anything less? Know what I mean?

    In AP I had weekly assignments, weekly journal entries, a bunch of quizzes, 10 labs and a weekly discussion you had to participate in. You can earn a total of 1010 marks in AP 1: quizzes 190, assignments 140, discussions 100, labs 400 and journals 180. All the exams are online, open book and timed. I usually put in my answer and then checked the book. The teachers seem to make the questions harder because they are open book and I had to seriously study for those exams. Rote memorization is difficult for me. However, instead of memorizing a bone, in my labs and journals I had to describe where it is, what's it for, etc... and I ended up remembering it this way, this method worked well for me. Oh, the exams are available for a while not just a single day. In algebra they were open from the day the unit 'opened' to the 11:59 the day it was due, two weeks later. You never have to be at a certain spot at a certain time for anything, nothing is live - you are given lots of time!

    I have done well in all my classes, even getting more than 100% because of extra credit. It is very doable. However, I have a friend who took Micro and English Comp 2 last semester who failed both classes. It was one excuse after another but to sum it up, she wasn't organized or followed the rubrics. She is repeating both of those classes this spring. A costly mistake!

    As for stats, I don't know exactly what its going to be like, but it looks like it's going to be exams only, with a weekly or unit EC. This is similar to my algebra class. We had to post one answer to a chosen question each week and for extra credit we did a second one. That EC is what saved my behind in Algebra and allowed me to get my A. I have only ever missed one EC assignment, and that was because I didn't feel like doing a 5 page assignment for points that wouldn't help me!

    You don't have to worry about getting extra help. The teacher is available through the board, via email and they also provide a contact phone number. I have never really needed extra help except for Algebra. I ended up finding some great vids on youtube and doing it that way.

    The worst part of all the online classes (for me anyway) are the discussions. I find them tedious and sometimes I just shake my head at people. I post more on AN than I do in my classes. However, since I have already printed out the course rubric, I know what the minimum requirement to meet my full points and make sure I meet it.

    Once you are registed, you can log into the ccconline website and there is a 'pretend' class you can log into and see what its all about. I did that when I first started because I was just dying to know what I was getting into! lol You will have a learning curve when you start out, but by the end of the class you will know where everything is no problem. Most of the classes have the same setup. If you follow my advice and print out the assignment info pages, you will end up going on a treasure hunt and will have a good idea of where everything is, and be a little ahead.
  3. by   JamieA0321
    Oh gosh, the story about your friend has me freaked out completely! It's not that I'm not organized (I'm completely anal about being organized) but I am working FT plus some, I am a single Mom to a 2 yr old and taking these classes, I feel overwhelmed already and I haven't even started yet.

    I hate to admit this, but what is rubrics? I feel sooooooo behind!!!

    I HAVE to do REALLY well in these last classes I'm taking and I'm feeling the pressure!!! I have a previous degree, with a guestimated GPA of around a 3.5 (3 different colleges) and then I'll have these classes. I got an A in Bio and a B Stats the first time around, but although I tried, I wasn't crazy anal about it, the B in stats was the only B I got that year, I remember that.
  4. by   Nurse2bNichol
    A rubric or a syllabus is a document teachers give you to tell you what their expectations are of you for an assignment/test/quiz. It basically details all the requirements and such for whatever task you are completing.
  5. by   Sand_Dollar
    Don't worry JamieA0132! Going into something unknown is always nerve wracking, your're just experiencing natural worries - you will be fine!:heartbeat How many classes are you taking? I did 5 last semester and have my two kids doing online school at home. If you aren't taking as many classes as me then you should be fine. It's all time management. About my friend, I don't think she took it seriously enough. She has something like 6 Associates degrees already (?!!?) and just doesn't have her head on straight yet. She even asked to have my AP tests after I was done, before she had taken hers. She thoughtfully (sarcasm here) offered me a copy of hers if she got them done first. I just told her I prefer to earn my own grades and didn't feel comfortable sharing my tests. I refuse to cheat but others do.

    Don't worry about not knowing what a rubric is, I only heard of them before because of home schooling and then finding them given in our classes. A rubric is a tool used by the teacher to grade our work. They give it to us to let us know what is expected and (I think) allows them to mark evenly across the board. For example, in my Anthro class we have a rubric for the unit discussions. A discussion was worth 50 points and the rubric is set up like a table. The criteria are Frequency & quantity, quality, community, citation and length. Exceptional is worth 10 points and means "3 or more posts in EACH chapter. One answer to question and two replies to peer." Very good is worth 8, acceptable worth 7, needs improvement is 6 and no submission is 0. I love the rubrics because it lets me know straight forward what is expected and what i have to do to get full marks. It also allows for no whining when you don't meet the standards that have been set.

    I'm worry a bit about Stats myself, just because I don't consider myself great at math. But, I don't think it could be any worse than college algebra - and this actually has real life applications. I really could not care when two lines come together but never meet - I just hated algebra! lol
  6. by   ashaffer
    Thanks for the info! That was really helpful.
    I think I will keep shooting to get into CU, Metro or Regis.
    This accreditation info is hard to keep up with. I wish the best to DSON to getting further accredited.
  7. by   One1
    Quote from ashaffer
    This accreditation info is hard to keep up with.
    I agree. I always check the accreditation status of a school on the accrediting agency's website as well, just to be sure...
  8. by   Maghunter
    The main thing the look at for the entrance exam is the math score. My advice is to do all the online practice exams, but don't just do the problems. Instead make sure you fully understand the math principles that are being tested. For example, make sure you can easily work with fractions and decimals. It's not really that hard of a test as long as you brush up on these skills. It does not matter what you get on the other parts...math is the big one.
  9. by   tinybabynurse
    It may be difficult to be accepted into Regis or CU with a 3.0 in pre-req's...not trying to discourage you, but the competition is very tough. I would apply, but in the meantime see if you can retake a couple of classes that you didn't do as well in so that you can bring your GPA up and be more competitive the next time if you don't get in. I have a friend that had 3.2 in pre-req's and applied 3 times to CU and couldn't get in...she retook 2 or 3 pre-req's for better grades and got in the next time. But wasted over a year by the time she applied 3 times, and THEN decided to retake those classes. I don't know a lot about DSN, but I have heard that it is very expensive and the graduates are having an extremely difficult time finding jobs...I mean, everyone pretty much is right now but it is even worse for them. Children's is not the only hospital that won't hire DSN grads. Bummer to spend that much money on an education and then not be able to find work. Good luck in whatever you decide!!
  10. by   Nurse2bNichol
    I'm not totally sold on DSN, but my old college roommate graduated from CU Colorado Springs Beth-El nursing school, she now works at Saint Joseph's and said that she works with many DSN nurses. Therefore I don't know how much truth there is in "many hospitals not hiring DSN graduates". I have no doubt Children's prob doesn't, but it appears many area hospitals do. Perhaps it has more to do with the person up for the job than anything else.
  11. by   Nurse2bNichol
    The Anschutz campus is beautiful, but the 4mile radius around the college is not a good neighborhood. I just left my job there in October to be an LPN in Boulder. For the few years I worked there, it was not uncommon to hear about students getting mugged or shootings around the neighborhoods. I am also a Colorado native and Aurora is pretty notorious for being a little rough. We always advised incoming students to really check out where they live, and if possible, for it to be beyond a 4 mile radius of campus. At orientation and interview days we told students the area is in "transition". Don't worry, it's getting way better but it's just not quite there yet.
    Last edit by Nurse2bNichol on Jan 10, '10 : Reason: reflecting new job
  12. by   alltheprettyshoes
    I'd be happy to discuss this with you over a private message! All I'll say publicly is that I'm in my first year and I have never experienced a school that was so disorganized and unencouraging.
  13. by   alltheprettyshoes
    If you'd like to send me a private message, I'd be happy to discuss it with you there.