SPC-say it ain't so! Question on apply for Nursing program

  1. i am so lost and looking for a little guidance. i wanted to enroll at spc jan 2010 and begin taking pre-entry and general education classes. i figure, maybe i am a little crazy, that i can do this in the spring and summer term. i thought i could apply for the nursing program for fall term but i just realized that you must apply by july 1.

    so basically, i would be done with all required classes by fall semester 2010 but would need to wait until march 1 of 2011 to apply for fall term 2011? that sounds a bit absurd but with nursing it could be highly true. it would be basically a year break in between finishing supporting classes until i could go to nursing school. is this right?


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  3. by   onefrndlyghst
    Yes. You also must have a high GPA. You can't apply until you have all of the core classes done.
    Good luck.
  4. by   Bean79
    Yep, sounds pretty accurate to me. In my situation the way the deadlines fell I would have to wait to apply for January or August 2010 entry for SPC. PLUS, there was no guarantee I would even get in. (GPA at time was 3.7, which is not bad, but low compared to applicants) I instead chose to go to LPN school and dually enroll at SPC to finish my pre-reqs. This way I can immediately bridge (guaranteed as long as there is a spot) into the RN program in 2010. But yeah, the early application deadlines definitely put a damper on things. Good Luck.
  5. by   riverratt
    Just start taking your coreqs like the rest of us.
  6. by   CVICUismydream
    Oh I am for sure taking the classes ASAP. I work at HCA so...I need to get a degree in something! The wait time is disappointing but I still plan to continue on. Thank you all for your advice.
  7. by   onefrndlyghst
    The wait time is really disappointing. I applied but my GPA was not high enough (3.7!!) so I applied to PTEC and am going to bridge from LPN to RN. I am starting PTEC in the fall, so we will see where that leads me. It is not my ideal route. I would rather just jump into the RN program, but the more I think about it, the more that I think the LPN program will give me a better foundation for my RN.

    Do you have any of the general education classes done?
  8. by   CVICUismydream
    Quote from onefrndlyghst
    The wait time is really disappointing. I applied but my GPA was not high enough (3.7!!) so I applied to PTEC and am going to bridge from LPN to RN. I am starting PTEC in the fall, so we will see where that leads me. It is not my ideal route. I would rather just jump into the RN program, but the more I think about it, the more that I think the LPN program will give me a better foundation for my RN.

    Do you have any of the general education classes done?

    I am starting completely fresh! I went to school originally for accounting but its..um kind of dead end. I am from Charlotte and there is better chance to be successful there than here. So I will begin taking the core stuff in January. I am not familiar with the LPN bridge. Do any schools offer classes for that? Is it an easier route?

    Thanks!!
  9. by   onefrndlyghst
    There are a few schools in the area that offer a bridge program. I am not sure that it is an easier or even a faster route, but it is really hard to get into the RN programs. They are very competitive. I have a really good GPA and I can't get in, so I am going to do the bridge program. I know that the schools hold slots for the LPN to RN bridge program and usually those slots are not filled.
  10. by   CVICUismydream
    I am all set to begin the general, supporting, and pre req classes in January. I just looked at Ptec (I think that is where you said you were going) and am completely confused. To do LPN do you not take the general stuff or is it thrown in with clinicals and theory? OR would I take my general supporting etc then go to Ptec for the LPN then BACK to SPC for nursing? This keeps getting more confusing. If I didn't love Florida so much I would just go back to Charlotte where it is simple to get into nursing! :-) I do love a challenge tho!
  11. by   onefrndlyghst
    Lol. LPN is a Tech school. You would only need to do core classes if you plan to bridge and get your ASN degree at a college (or BS degree).
  12. by   CVICUismydream
    So if I went the LPN route, I would take the 30 or so credit hours for general, supporty, and pre-req then jump over to Ptec? I would be so upset if I made a 3.7 and could not get into the Nursing Program! I would much rather have an edge and that is what the bridge sounds like. Thank you so much! This is all so new to me!
  13. by   onefrndlyghst
    There are currently applications available for PTEC, Clearwater campus, for a start date in October. PTEC does not require any pre-reqs as you do not earn a diploma but a certificate of completion. You must have a high school diploma or a GED. Check the website. It might be worth looking into.
    Depending on you, you may be able to take the pre-reqs while you are taking the LPN classes. What pre-reqs do you need to take? All of them?
  14. by   CVICUismydream
    Well I went to school for accounting so the only thing I get out of is corresponding math and english classes. I was not required in NC to take anatomy or any of that so basically...everything! :-) When I go to advise at SPC I have to find out if I even get to skip math and english. I am learning that NC and FL are completely different!

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