I am SO very frustrated everyone... I've got to do a little venting. Okay, I have applied for a nursing program at the local community college, but when I met with the director of the program she told me I probably wouldn't get in because I was applying straight out of high school. They go by a point system, and anyone who has completed any college hours gets points, and anyone who attends that school gets points. Now, I understand the points for those who attend that college, but I'm frustrated by the fact that anyone who has taken a college course will have a better chance than me. I have a 27 on my ACT and a 3.5 GPA, and the community college has given me a 2-year academic scholarship
, but if I don't get into the program (Associate's Degree program) right away, I'll end up paying for either an extra semester or an extra year of school.. sorry again, about the rant.. just felt the need to vent! Thanks for listening!
May 11, '03
I'm a little confused...does your school not require you to complete prereqs like Anatomy & Physiology before you are accepted into the program or even allowed to apply? My first year of college was spent completing prereqs. We use the points too, but you aren't even allowed to apply until you have completed A&P II at my school...and it is also common for many people not to get in on the first try...is it different at your community college? I'm sorry you're disappointed but I can see why those /c completed prereqs would get in ahead of you...good luck, though
Did the director of the program not explain any of this with you in detail or do they really not require prerequisite classes?
Last edit by nursbee04 on May 11, '03
May 12, '03
BTW just remember nursing is a very demanding program, you have to have scientific foundation because nursing is mostly composed of anatomy, physiology, patho, etc.
My program is supposed to be a 4 year BSN, but I can tell you I was there for 5, and all of my friends(except like 2) were there for 5, even 6 years because of the pre-reqs. It's may be frustrating, but they make us do it.
Good luck and you can do it, it just takes some time.
Oh I was just thinking about the pre-reqs again, not only did we need a foundation in sciences, we also took many psychology courses, sociology, nutrition, etc. It it imperative that you have this kind of knowledge before entering the nursing program, as you will be expected to already know the basics. Your mind will recall info you don't even remember learning. With patients you will have to deal with their conditions(medically, scientifically) you will have to deal with their psychological state, their economic background and family environment, etc.
Last edit by fairyprincess2003 on May 12, '03
May 14, '03
1) Every school gets to make its own rules in this regard. As it should.
2) If your major goal is to complete a nursing school, there is no point in bemoaning the rules of any particular school, but instead, use your time to get accepted to another school that provides what you are looking for.
3) If your major goal is to complete a nursing school, you will probably have to make some decisions that don't permit you to reach some of your other, lesser, goals at the same time. You might have to relocate, get in debt, delay having children, or whatever.
4) All this is good training for you in terms of learning to evaluate and prioritize your goals and values. If you are not willing to relocate, for example, then staying where you are geographically has a higher value for you than entering a nursing school in the very near future (which you might be able to do were you willing to move). And so forth.
Last edit by sjoe on May 14, '03