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The biggest problem has been some instructors who are largely absentee: do not grade and return assignments/tests/quizzes/discussion boards/group projects/etc. in a timely manner; do not take ownership of the syllabus (which was prepared by the "lead instructor"); do not give clear due dates or give confusing due dates and instructions for assignments (Blackboard discussions, quizzes and other assignments); do not seem familiar with course material on day of lecture (shockingly, appear somewhat surprised when they open the PowerPoint); do not spend class time constructively.

No I do not round anywhere. I do have a clinical once a week.

How do you get your schedule for first semester? Is it like "acceptance email" then a quick rush to register or do they register you? And how much of the week is class? I'd like to try and work some while in school, just trying to figure out if I can get a day or afternoon to schedule.

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Another week goes by... another empty email box... waiting and waiting.. hope these people hurry it up.. I'd be nice to know what I'm doing in january.

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CaptKris: From previous semester's threads, there is an orientation with a lottery. We pick numbers and then choose our classes in that order. Some people also posted their schedules in those threads - usually they have 1 full day of classes, one full day off, and a couple of partial days.

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Also - there was another nursing applicant in the BLS class and she said she'd spoken to a counselor who told her that the high points last semester was a freak occurrence and they should go back down. I could only look at her incredulously. It's gotten harder to get in all the medical programs every semester. She had 198 or so points when she applied in the fall and she didn't say if she had any more now. But if the advisors are blowing smoke up people's butts like that, that's pretty scary.

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Hi everyone! Good luck with your applications! Here is a little bit of information on how things worked for us.

Registration was a portion of a full-day orientation. We had orientation on Monday, August 16 with classes starting two weeks later on Monday, August 30.

The last thing that was done as part of the morning session was to distribute the schedules. On the schedule there were 14 sections, each holding 12 students. Shown on the schedule were the names of the courses, the days/times when they meet, the instructors' names, and the name of the hospital for the Clinicals course. Two of the 14 sections were the Nights/Weekends sections and one section was a restricted section whose purpose was never identified, so the Day students had 11 or so remaining sections from which to choose.

Right after the schedules were handed out, we were given a 30-minute lunch break. When we returned, after a few more announcements, the lottery began. So all in all, we had only about an hour to decide which section we would like to join. Of course, if you drew a high number in the lottery, your first, second and third choice was probably not available.

We have the following courses:

Dosage and I.V. Calculations - self study (start now!)

Medical Terminology - self study (start now!)

Techniques - 5 hours each week - first 6 weeks of term

Clinicals - 6 hours each week - same day as Techniques - second 6 weeks of term

Pharmacology - 3 hours each week - hybrid class (meets "online" about 1/4 of the term)

Health Assessment - 3 hours each week

Concepts - 3 hours each week - hybrid class

Here is how your week will work if you are in a "Day" section:

Monday - we have at least one exam (and sometimes two exams) every Monday. The exams are always 50 multiple choice questions and are always one hour except for final exams. Final exams are cumulative, 100 multiple choice questions and are allowed two hours. Our exams start at 9:15 am and on days we have two exams, the second exam starts at 10:30 am.

Tuesday - Friday - we have two of the 3-hr classes on one day (9-12 and 1-4), the last 3-hr class one day (either 9-12 or 1-4), Techniques on one day (8-1 or 8-1:30 if your class votes to take a lunch break), and one free day. When you move to Clinicals, you will start an hour earlier and go 7-1 or 7-1:30, depending upon if your class has a lunch break.

Hope this helps you know what to expect. Good luck everyone!

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The only thing I would add to that is that registration is in-person on orientation day and on paper. After the lottery numbers are drawn, the students line up according to number. When you got to the front, you registered for the section you wanted (if still open) and submitted it on a form they had handed out. Then the school actually input it into the computer system. As I recall, there was about 24-48 hours until you could see it in Connections. Then there were some quirks regarding payment. I think you had to pay your tuition within the next three days or something, but I don't remember exactly. You couldn't pay before your registration appeared, but you couldn't pay too late, either.

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thanks for your help both of you. One last question. which hospitals are available to clinical at?

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Also - there was another nursing applicant in the BLS class and she said she'd spoken to a counselor who told her that the high points last semester was a freak occurrence and they should go back down. I could only look at her incredulously. It's gotten harder to get in all the medical programs every semester. She had 198 or so points when she applied in the fall and she didn't say if she had any more now. But if the advisors are blowing smoke up people's butts like that, that's pretty scary.

I don't know about blowing smoke. I had a friend that failed AnP1 and retook it and got a C. Got a C in AnP2. his UNF nursing advisor told him it was "no problem" and he should keep on taking classes to get into UNF's nursing program. That he'd be fine and it "wasn't as competitive as everyone made it out to be". I thought that was a little beyond blowing smoke. Atleast FSCJ evaluates on points and not some beauty competition.

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MangoGirl,

Thanks for your time, that was a lot of good positive information that I am confident we will all find helpful. Make it a great weekend and have a Happy Holiday Season..You too Charlie...( notice I used the correct "too") ...

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Thanks for the info, you guys. :)

Regarding the academic advisors, if they give out misinformation or give people false hope, that's totally irresponsible. Yeah, you want to help people acheive their goals, but it's important to be realistic and tell someone when that goal is probably out of their reach. Or is completely out of their reach.

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which hospitals are available to clinical?

Note that they are subject to change every semester. For Fall 2010 Term I students, the Clinicals choices were Orange Park Medical Center, Baptist Nassau, Baptist Downtown, Memorial and St. Vincents.

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not to keep coming up with questions. what are the scrub rules. I'm a tall guy and most "unisex" scrubs look like crap and don't fit. I was gonna order me some man scrubs unless you need some kind of "FSCJ official" embroidered scrub.

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