Getting accepted to nursing program???

  1. I am curious about when you get accepted into the nursing program at your schools. I have been reading posts where students who are just starting or finishing prereqs have already been accepted. At my school, I cannot even apply until my prereqs are done, or I am in my last semester of them. Which I think is kinda late, because if I don't get accepted, then I will obviously have to sit out until I do get accepted. And being a "late" starter, I really don't want to break my momentum and quit going to school until I get accepted. I was just wondering what the norm was at your schools. Thanks!
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  3. by   futrnurse
    At my former school you could start when you were accepted wether you finshed prereqs or not... you just get an acceptace letter and go register.....Thats all... good luck I just passed boards and it seems like a long time but it really is not
  4. by   RNIAM
    MY school is a combined school. You take a full course load. You can take the prereqs(as some call it) before but it is not necessary. Have any of you noticed that nursing is the only program that offers you the choice of taking the core subjects seperate from the nursing classes? I personally think that they do it so more nurses will pass.
  5. by   ashemson
    Rhona - I wish our school was like that. They won't even consider accepting you if prereqs aren't finished. I really hate the thought of possibly not getting accepted, then having to wait until I do. Ugh.
  6. by   fnimat1
    At my college there are 3 things you have to do before being accepted.

    1. You have to do extremely well on the NET (Nursing Entrance Test)
    2. You have to take Eng. 101, Chem 101, and A & P 1 and pass with at least a C
    3. Have a GPA of at leat a 2.50

    Of course you have to do the maximum when trying to get accepted, being that the program is very competitive and there area limited number of available spaces.

    As for me, I was previously an Early Childhood Major, so I completed all of my pre-req's required of the nursing program and then some. All I have to take is 4 nursing courses and Microbiology

  7. by   nursing 101
    Well at my school as long as you are accepted into the school of nursing they start monitoring your grades and all. From being a freshman. You are never on a waiting list. The only thing is that all nursing classes start in the fall. You also have to take chem, anatomy, physiology, micro, english and some other liberal arts classes before you can start to take your nursing classes.
    Good luck... Out of all things in getting into a nursing school I thingk the hardest part is being on a waiting list and not knowing when you will actually start (that is until you get an acceptance letter).
  8. by   darby1
    At my school, you are required to have Biology, Algebra, and Chemistry from high school, or take these courses as developmental courses. You have to take a placement test when you start to school, to see what courses that you have to take for developmental purposes. I had none of these under my belt, because I didn't finish high school twenty some years ago. My nursing adviser said that if I took A&P 1, that they would count this as my Biology, and I would have to take Algebra and Chemistry. I went ahead and finished A&P 2 also, because it comes in sequence behine A&P 1, and is only offered in the spring. Chemistry was also pretty tough on me, because I had never taken any Chemistry.
    Anyway, you have to have the courses mentioned above finished before you can apply for the ADN program. The requirments for LPN are not quite as tough. They don't require Algebra or Chemistry (go figure). When you finally get you prerequisite courses in order, then you fill out your application, along with two personal references and your college transcipts. THEN, you have to wait until June to take the PSB nursing entrance exam (for ADN), or a lesser test for LPN. There are 14 spots available for ADN, and 24 for the LPN each year. After taking the test, your scores are calcualted, and if are in the top 25 of the ADN students, they call you back for an interview. This took a week, and I was just about ready to accept defeat in my mind. I was almost sick! You'll go in for the interview, the nursing staff will go over your PBS test, your GPA, and ask you a lot of questions. Finally, after waiting another week you either get the good news, or the bad news. I was well blessed to have gotten the good news, for I made it through! It's not as difficult to get into the LPN class, and most people take both tests in case they don't make the ADN program. I chose to just go for the ADN. My school does not maintain a waiting list, and people who don't make it in, have to go through this same procedure again until they make it. There were a lot of people taking the test along with myself, that had already taken it two and sometimes three times. There is a school in the next county (20 miles away), that has a waiting list, but you may have to wait a year just to get into the top 70+ people taht they admit each year. That number is narrowed down by at least half, by the end of the first year of ADN school. It's tough to get in around where I live, and they only accept the best students. If a student just goofs around, they won't make it far where I live. Sorry to be so wordy, but I hope this helps to answer your question. PEACE. Darby
    Last edit by darby1 on Jul 9, '02
  9. by   colleen10
    My school's program is really flexible. It's a 2 year ADN. You can pretty much apply any time you want. There are very few classes that you need to get in as most of the classes are considered "co-requisites" not pre-requesites.

    You need your basic Bio and Anatomy and Chem. but other classes like Human Develop., Micro, and Math can be taken while you are doing your actual nursing clinicals. If you can apply to the program at least one semester before the clinicals begin it's pretty much a sure bet.

    I actually spoke to an advisor about two weeks ago who said that if I really pushed getting my vaccinations and physical done I could start clinicals in the fall. I had Psych last semester with a young woman that applied to the nursing program three weeks before it started and got in and started clinicals right after.

    My program is by no means lax or easy. We just have more openings than students. I guess it's because Pittsburgh is loosing population, not gaining and we have a lot of other nursing programs in the area.
  10. by   SG Chris
    Our program in south GA is similar. You must have Pharacology, A&P I, and Psychology. I don't believe that anyone is on any waiting list for the ASN program. All other classes can be taken along with the nursing classes. I think that my school has between 8 and 10 instructors which may or may not make a difference, but to me it seems like a lot.
  11. by   Brown Suga
    I would have to say that after completing my first year of nursing school. I am completely happy to have all my prequsites and corequistes completed. The completion has enabled me to concentrate on the nursing studies because that is all I have time for. I have some classmates that are working on the corequistes are now over the summer. My summer consisted of taking a pharmacology class the first five weeks and now I am working full time until school starts. I am even doing so leisure reading and some textbook reading in NCLEX books anyway. Well enjoy your summer. Good Luck to those of you starting this fall. If you can handle the first semester you are going to make it. By the way from my experience you must be extremely flexible as far as clinicals go and sometimes lecture. I don't be afraid to ask questions because if you don't understand there is proably others who don't either. Take care everyone.
  12. by   babynursewannab
    At my school, we have to complete 12 prereqs before we are allowed to start the clinical sequence. However, we only need to have completed 7 of those before we applied to the program. So the last year you finish up your prereqs and then slip right into the nursing cirriculum.