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Finally accepted into American River College's RN program!

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Has 8 years experience.

Hello everyone. My name is Cortney, I'm 31 and from Sacramento, CA.

I found out last week (on my birthday!) that I was finally accepted into ARC's nursing program!! I applied 7 times= 3.5 years waiting. I will start in January 2013 after passing the TEAS V. I am so excited! I have waited so long for this and somedays I cant believe it's actually happening! I have worked as a CNA and home-healthcare aide for the past 8 years and I am so ready to fulfill my dream of becoming an RN.... but I'm also a bit scared.

I have been done with my pre-reqs for 3 1/2 years and have just been taking one class a semester to stay in the "groove" of school, but now I'm concerned that it is going to be a major adjustment taking full classes again. Also, it's very unnerving having no idea what to expect!

I'm hoping to connect with some people that are in or have been in American River College's RN program and can give me a heads-up on what to expect! I look forward to any feedback/advice you can give me!

Thanks for reading!

-Cortney

Hi Cortney! Congrats on getting accepted : ) you must be very excited! I applied to ARC's RN program for spring 2013 too, but I have not heard back yet. My status online still says "application qualified"...so does that mean I probably did not get accepted?

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

Thank you for the congratulations!

I'm no expert and therefore not completely sure, but unfortunately I think you would of heard by now. :(

I found out I was accepted last week on the 6th. I know previous times when I didn't get in, I would get the "not selected" email about a week or so after friends had gotten the "accepted" email. Not sure why they don't send them all out at once. Also, if you aren't selected the status online will continue to say "application qualified" until the next time your able to apply.

How many times have you applied?

Just wanted to say congratulations!!!!!

Now rock it in nursing school :)

Thank you for your input! Yeah I am pretty sure I would have heard back from them if I was selected. This was actually my very first time applying.

My best friend was in sac state's nursing program and she just graduated in December; this is what she told me about the program:

The first few weeks are extremely hectic, they test you on a lot of different things that they expect you to know coming into the program. Some things you might want to review from A&P - The heart, kidneys and the respiratory system. Make sure you understand those really well.

She also mentioned (a lot of other students from ARC told me the same) KNOW how to do dosage calculations. You can get a cheap book on amazon. Just practice those before the program. My friend was given a math test the first week of the program. The first few weeks are going to seem really frustrating and loads of work but she said it will calm down a bit. If nursing if your passion, you will love it! Even though my friend went to sac state I am sure the 2 programs are very similar. Good luck to you:)

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

Thank you for the info! I will definitely study up on the things you mentioned. I know we are given a math test in the first week so I have been practicing my dosage calc's. Nursing is definitely my passion-- I can't wait to be an RN.

Hope to see you in the program soon!!!

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

Thank you!!!!

CarryThatWeight

Specializes in Oncology, Mental Health. Has 5 years experience.

I am an ARC alumnus. Feel free to PM me if you'd like. Congratulations!

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

Thank you! I am super excited!

I cannot figure out how to "PM"... I just signed up today. Maybe that could have something to do with it?

CarryThatWeight

Specializes in Oncology, Mental Health. Has 5 years experience.

You have to have 15 "quality" posts before the site will let you PM. If you're posting a lot, it goes quick! They want to prevent spammers.

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

OH! Okay... well I will PM you eventually. I'm really hoping you can tell me what it's like! I'm so nervous!

Lyricalluna

Has 1 years experience.

Congrats I have yet to heard back yet either. We usually will get a rejection email if anything so there is still hope =]

Yeah the fact that I have not received a rejection letter yet gives me some hope.

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

Yes! There is still hope! I hope you both get in and we can rock the program together! ;)

Congratulations!!! I actually just finished my last pre-req in the Spring of 2012, so Spring of 2013 was the first semester I could get in, and I just found I was accepted as Samuel Merritt! I am SUPER excited! My friend has been applying to ARC for 6 semesters, almost like you, & hasn't heard back yet... I'm hoping they haven't told everyone yet, because I feel REALLY bad that I got in before her. Do you know anyone else that heard after you, or do you speculate they sent all the acceptance letters on the 6th?

Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) Good luck on your TEAS, too!

Cortney

Has 8 years experience.

CONGRATULATIONS! Getting in anywhere on your first try is a big deal!! I'm happy for you! :yeah:

I hope your friend gets in this time too! I'm hoping for everyone that they havent sent out all the acceptance letters yet. I dont have any friends who applied this time, so its hard to know. Most of my nursing friends all gave up on ARC a couple years ago and moved out of state for nursing school or went into another field. :scrying: I know how heart-breaking it is to wait and wait... and then get another "not accepted" letter. I dont wish it on anyone.

Good luck at Samuel Merritt hun! And... again, a HUGE congratulations!!

Congratulations!!! This was my first time applying to ARC and Sac City. I didn't get accepted at sac city and I haven't heard from ARC so I assume its a no. But it's nice to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Yes, definitely keep applying. You will get in somewhere, but the waiting game and application process in general is awful!