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FCCA's - separately or both at once?

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Specializes in Emergency Department, ICU. Has 7 years experience.

Just curious how many of you took the FCCAs separately, or if you took them both at once? Anyone do it one way and wish they did it the other? Pro's/Con's? I am trying to decide if I should enroll in just one or do both at the same time....

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I think the majority of students do them at the same time. It seems doable, from what I have read and heard.

ScudderRN31

Specializes in Med-Surg, OR, ICU.

I just completed them both without any problems..it's doable

MedicFireRN

Specializes in Emergency Department, ICU. Has 7 years experience.

Thank you guys! That is going to be my plan then, I have to call to request late registration for the Sept/Oct FCCAs as soon as I get my final grade from my last nursing theory course today :) such a long journey to get to this point; ready to be done! lol

I was told to take both at once by one of the nurses who just graduated from Excelsior. He told me that it was doable and if he didn't, it was going to add something like 8 weeks to his schedule. Something he didn't want.

Did both at the same time. Did 1 class 1 week, did the other one the next. Each 2 week block was easy that way and I did not feel like I was wasting time sitting around.

I'm enrolled in both right now. For some reason.... (Maybe because I'm an idiot who ASSUMES instead of reading) I thought that the information tested on was included before each module (kinda like info lit). Apparently that is NOT the case. I have completed this program in 8 months with no failing grades, and I SURE WOULD HATE to start now!!!! I want this crap in my rearview! I am OVER working 50 hours a week and trying to complete this program. I'm in such a hurry to be DONE! So much so that I tested once a week and sometimes twice a week for the last 7 weeks.

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How are you studying for the exam at the end of the 8 week class? I have done all 3 modules and now trying to study for the big exam(FCCA #274)

MedicFireRN

Specializes in Emergency Department, ICU. Has 7 years experience.

I am using the SG101 for it; reading it and making flashcards for the parts that I think are most important for actually doing bedside nursing (to really help prepare me for CPNE). I am hoping that between doing that and then re-reading the study guide for some of the other info, I will do well on the FCCA final; it seems like nobody really knows how to study for the FCCA, and since we aren't really allowed to talk about it, nobody who has passed it has given me any pointers on what or how to study :/

Thank you. I didn't know there was a SG101 for the FCCA. I will look at that. I realize it is not something we can discuss, just needed general advice on how to study and I guess if athere were any additional resources to use for studying. Thanks again.

I am using the SG101 for it; reading it and making flashcards for the parts that I think are most important for actually doing bedside nursing (to really help prepare me for CPNE). I am hoping that between doing that and then re-reading the study guide for some of the other info, I will do well on the FCCA final; it seems like nobody really knows how to study for the FCCA, and since we aren't really allowed to talk about it, nobody who has passed it has given me any pointers on what or how to study :/

Currently studying for both parts of FCCA. Where do I find the SG101? Thank you!

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

Currently studying for both parts of FCCA. Where do I find the SG101? Thank you!

You can buy SG101 materials at Studygroup101.com.

UlanaD

Has 14 years experience.

I'm going to do both at once, that way it's only 8 weeks instead of 16. I've been reading the sg101 to get ready for it in October.

Me too! Nervous, but excited and ready to be done.:)

HemOnc, MSN

Specializes in ONCOLOGY/ HEMATOLOGY. Has 15 years experience.

Totally doable together, 16 weeks is too long! Good Luck to you!

I'm taking the 274A final this week and really, REALLY wish I'd done both courses at once. Oh well.

THANK YOU (yes, I am shouting) for the SG101 info. Being a dinosaur who still prefers textbooks and highlighters, I had no idea about this! I was so sick of doing the same self-check questions over and over, I had Mr. Wolf's case completely memorized. On to some new cases and additional information!