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Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

 Hi,

Is there anyone applying to this program that’s based in Florida in February 2021?

I’ve enrolled today and very excited to start in a few months.  With the cost of programs & how competitive it is these days; I’m glad to see an alternative out in the world!

Good Luck 🍀 Everyone!

 

NursingRocks, LPN

Has 13 years experience.

Hi. I was also looking into starting in Feb, 2021. Have you taken their GAP exam for testing out of Fundamentals and Pharmacology? If so was it ATI or HESI style?

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

Hi,

I am actually waiting on my log-in credentials, I paid my application fee yesterday & sent transcripts - I was told that the GAP is similar to the HESI 2 (170 questions) 

NursingRocks, LPN

Has 13 years experience.

Cool! Do you happen to know their graduation/ retention rate?  I wonder how much more it’ll cost if deciding to continue towards a BSN or even NP. 🤔 

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

I have a few friends that have graduated already and currently are holding their CA RN.  I too am thinking of the NP!  I think it’s a great alternative.  

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

1 hour ago, NursingRocks said:

Do you happen to know their graduation/ retention rate?

Look up "ICHS" and "gainful employment". Looks like 75%  2019 to 2020

 

JGgirl, LVN

Has 9 years experience.

Hi, 

I am also applying to ICHS (school in Florida), sent transcripts and just need to complete the rest. For those of you in the class starting in Feb 2021 and from CA, perhaps we can create a thread on when need to travel for clinicals.  I was looking up the State requirements on clinical hours and from what I understand 50% can be virtual as in simulations and the other 50% at actual sites, therefore we will need to travel to FL. please correct me if that is not the case.  

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

Hi,

Yes, I was told that the other day that since we are still in the whole Covid pandemic that we will be allowed to complete our simulations online, I’m also in CA.  We will get credit for the simulations BUT not full credit.  After the pandemic we would need to make up the additional hours on site!  I also asked about rotations if they were held in a “hospital setting” or “skilled nursing” and I was told both...

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LIVINGMYDREAM, LVN

Specializes in PRIMARY CARE. Has 11 years experience.

Hi , I am also planning to start in Feb. I already paid the application fee and sent my transcripts. we can start a group. I am so excited. 

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

Yay!!  Yes let me know if anyone wants to initiate the group.  I’m in!

 

Hi I am finishing up my LVN program in March and hope to start this program sometime in may. I am from California as well. I was just wondering if you anyone took the GAP, did you have to fly down to Florida to take the test or can you take it in our own state ? 

JGgirl, LVN

Has 9 years experience.

Hi VSU97,

Congratulations... In regards to the GAP, I have not taken it yet, but I do know that it is online. When you get the welcome email with the items needed for application, it will give you the information needed for the GAP test.  Nursing Fundamentals and Pharmacology $150.00 non-refundable.

If you pass this test, then instead of it being 15 months, it would be a 12 month program 🙂

jgG

 

JGgirl, LVN

Has 9 years experience.

Clinicals will be via simulation online for now, but will need to fulfill the remaining on site at their assigned contract facilities.  I asked about proctorship in CA and was informed that they are looking into it.  😉

OK thank you so much for the info! It was very helpful 

YappaYee, LVN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

FYI:  I just paid for the “Gap Exam” let’s goo!

xoxo

I am considering going there as well because I don't live close to any bridge programs that doesn't have a waiting list.  I was curious if anyone will be working while they do this online program?  I saw on a separate thread that some people have negative things to say about the school and it made me nervous to invest my money in it and not graduate after.

LIVINGMYDREAM, LVN

Specializes in PRIMARY CARE. Has 11 years experience.

I will be working full time as a LVN while doing the bridge program. I have a friend who is currently in the program and she is also working full time. lots of negative comments about the school also made me nervous. But my friend told me its totally doable if you put time and effort and don't get behind in you studies. she is almost done and very excited. I am choosing this route because im done with CA schools, I am not going to waste more time. 

JGgirl, LVN

Has 9 years experience.

Hi,

I also work full time and agree with you on the CA schools.  I have been on three waiting list for schools and on the 3rd semester list. I can no longer wait.....therefore I have decided to attend this school.  I only found out about it via my coworker who will be graduating soon too.  I wish I would have discovered this school/program years ago, it would have saved me a few years.  Always pros and cons to schools, but ultimately my education progress is up to me.  calling school now to register for GAP test.