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Courtlane - Last admission I know a guy that got on the alternate list with points in the 160's range. I am not sure if he actually made it in. I think someone else posted about someone they knew that got in with a 181 or 184. As long as you are a strong reader with good comprehension, the COMPASS is not difficult. Took me about 10 minutes. I don't know about the HESI, I took the NLN. Something to remember about PJC is that people fall off ALL the time. I met a girl that was 60-something on the "waiting" list but she got in so don't be too discouraged by that. I don't know which one is the better school, but JDCC has been around for a long time and I have always heard good things.

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Thanks for replying... I am new to this site but I love it so far.

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anyone in this area know how much the starting salary for nurses are and if job availability is an issue? What kind of schedule do you have at PJC or JD..classes everyday? How soon are you learning in the hospitals?

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The amount of points changes all the time.

The COMPASS test was not difficult. Brush up on reading before hand. Also if you need to place in math you may want to do some algebra

I am about to finish the second semester at JDCC. It is not an easy course. People that came in with 4.0s have quickly learned that. Only 1 person I know of still holds a 4.0 others with 4.0s have failed classes already or got less than As. Not an easy course but you will be ready for the NCLEX when you graduate. Try to have all of your coreqs finished before you start the core. Also try not to have your second semester in the summer. Most fail. It is a TON of material in that short of time. I am doing finals for second semster now. We lost about 1/3 of our class and it was in a long semester. I couldnt imagine it in the summer. Also semester 5 would hit in a summer too which would hurt.

Good luck. If you need any info let me know. I will help how I can.

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anyone in this area know how much the starting salary for nurses are and if job availability is an issue? What kind of schedule do you have at PJC or JD..classes everyday? How soon are you learning in the hospitals?

starting salary is about $19 then more for shift diff and weekends

Jobs are there

I am at JD:

First semester was 3 days (can do it in 2 if you schedule stacked classes)

Second is 3 days (can do it in 2 if you schedule lab right)

Third semester is 1 day (that will be nice!!!)

I think the fourth semster is 1 day also

Not sure on the fifth yet.

Hospital doesnt start till the second semester (Med/ surg and Peds)

The first semester you will do 2 days in a nursing home.

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Thanks guys... trying to figure it all out. I am a hard worker and will study but can't help but be nervous when all I hear is how hard it is and that many don't make it. I have always been an A/B student but I am nervous! This is my dream and i am so excited but don't want to jeopardize my husband and child. I hope I do well this summer. I will be finished with all the pre-req's. I am applying to both JD and PJC. I am just trying to learn all that I can to make sure it is do-able... I will be driving from P-cola if I get in JD. I heard (atleast at PJC) that they offer you a part time job in the hospital during the 2nd semester...is that true? Why do so many people fail...do the teachers not help and want you to learn or do the students that fail not try?Are you allowed to decide how many classes you want to take each semester or is it set in stone? Is it true that you need a rolling backpack? If I do get on at JD...do they do clinicals in Pensacola or in Brewton? Any advice in general...I am enjoying all the responses and trying to make lists and soak up the advice! Thanks so much to all.... I really want to do this and am just trying to learn all that I can! Also, silly question but if you get in and pass and become a nurse... do you just apply for all different positions (er, or, pediatrics, etc. ) or do you pick a specialty before graduation? Before graduation do you get to see lots of different work environments to see what you excel in? Oh, and a girly question... can you wear whatever scrubs you want or does each dr/hospital have a certain color? Ok..thanks again!

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Thanks guys... trying to figure it all out. I am a hard worker and will study but can't help but be nervous when all I hear is how hard it is and that many don't make it. I have always been an A/B student but I am nervous! This is my dream and i am so excited but don't want to jeopardize my husband and child. I hope I do well this summer. I will be finished with all the pre-req's. I am applying to both JD and PJC. I am just trying to learn all that I can to make sure it is do-able... I will be driving from P-cola if I get in JD. I heard (atleast at PJC) that they offer you a part time job in the hospital during the 2nd semester...is that true? Why do so many people fail...do the teachers not help and want you to learn or do the students that fail not try?Are you allowed to decide how many classes you want to take each semester or is it set in stone? Is it true that you need a rolling backpack? If I do get on at JD...do they do clinicals in Pensacola or in Brewton? Any advice in general...I am enjoying all the responses and trying to make lists and soak up the advice! Thanks so much to all.... I really want to do this and am just trying to learn all that I can! Also, silly question but if you get in and pass and become a nurse... do you just apply for all different positions (er, or, pediatrics, etc. ) or do you pick a specialty before graduation? Before graduation do you get to see lots of different work environments to see what you excel in? Oh, and a girly question... can you wear whatever scrubs you want or does each dr/hospital have a certain color? Ok..thanks again!

The reason most people fail is that they expect it to be as easy as other classes they have taken in the past and don't put the requiered effort into it.

It is very time consumming. But it is doable. There are plenty of people that do it with a family. It is tough on a relationship at times because you have to take time that you normaly gave to them and study.

You can split semester 2 and semester 5 so that will make it much easier on you. I would suggest it. I wished I had split this semester at times. There is just so much thrown at you at one time in the second semester. Just one of the classes is 8 credit hours.

As far as anyone offering you a parttime job in the hospital... all I know is that you can get a job as a tech at some of the hospitals (Weat Florida for sure) after the first semester. I don't know much other than that.

Some people do have rolling back packs and take every book with them to every class. I do not. I have a simple bookbag and carry what I need. Notebook, pen, drug guide and the text book for that class. I see people struggling with these suitcases full of books and they don't ever use the books. :uhoh3: Doesnt make any sense to me. I think it is more of a status thing.

Clinicals are spread out. They use hospitals in Brewton and in Pensacola, Jay, Milton. You could ask the instructors if they will take where you live into consideration when they schedule you but you get what they give you.

In semester 5 you will do preceptorship where you can choose a specialty and you do a lot of clinical hours there. Doent mean you will work in that field when you graduate. I think most places want you in Med/ Surg for at least a year before specializing.

As far as scrubs go. If you are talking about clinicals, all white. No colors allowed. They are pretty strick on that in the school. We even have uniform inspections.

If you can make yourself study. Then study some more. You will be fine. A lot of the people that fail out don't put enough effort into studying. You can kinda tell the ones who wont make it in the middle of the semester. They talk about "going out last weekend", the party coming up they are going to, going on vacation etc. Not really focused on school. If you want it, you will get it. Just depends on how bad you want it. I think anyone can do it. They wont give it to you tho. You have to take it!!! Good luck. If there is anything else you want to know just ask.

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Thank you soo much. I have never been so nervous with everyone saying you will fail... over and over again. I do not go out or party. I have a very supportive family and both grandparents in town that are willing to help. I am a very hard worker. I want this and I will do this! Good to know about the splitting the semesters... I want to get done so I can get a job and start helping my husband again but I also want to pass! Could you give me an idea of how much I need to save up for gadgets I will need in school... besides tuition and books? Any special books I should get now to start looking over? How many students do they allow in each semester at JD? PJC? Also, do you go in the summer... one person posted that going during summer was bad? Also, thanks for advice on backpack... didnt want to spend the extra money unless I needed it! When you say a class is 8hrs... I saw that online..what does that mean exactly? Sorry, just new to this... but I noticed some classes on PJC and JD that had 4 or 5 or 8 instead of the traditional 3... how many hours a week are you in class/hospital? Thanks! :)

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As far as books now, bone up on your A&P it will help you through the rest of the RN course

Aslo a good one to get is Saunders NCLEX review. It helps a TON!!!

If you arent the greated on math, you need to prective that. We lost some people in the first semester over math. Also there is a math test every semester, you must pass that to continue. (you get three chances)

The only "gadgets" you will need other than tuition and books are...

Stethescope

Scissors

Scrubs (wait till you get in for these they have specific requierments)

A polo you must get at the school (for your casual uniform)

A lab coat

I think that is about it.

I am not possitive about the number of stubents they let in each semester guessing from my starting class size about 45

You can't skip the summer. It is part of the program. But you can split the classes (just take one of the two.

yes it makes the course longer, but no longer than if you failed because you overload yourself.

Credit hours are a little harder to explain

The one class that was 8 hours I went from 9-4 for class and then 9-12 for lab 3 weekends of clinicals 12 hours a day.

Hope that helps.

You can do it!!!!

sounds like you have a great support group

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sniper1, your posts were very informative! Even though I didn't ask the questions, thanks!

Also, I was curious if anyone else noticed that JDCC is hiring a new Director of Nursing. Wondering how this will impact the program.

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The current DON is retiering. Her name is Mrs. Mantel. She is strick but very good at what she does.

I know there are 2 people at the school that are instructors now that are contenders for the job.

I don't think a change in the DON would be negative for the school. I think there are awsome instructors and they will still be there. I don't think you would really notice a change in the program with a new DON. I have seen her 4 times since I started going there.

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Just to put in some input about PJC since you've been asking about JD and PJC. First off, about the rolling backpack issue...I did not want a rolling book bag, I always thought they were dorky and made fun of them, but I do have a rolling book bag now. It is not a status issue, it's a save my back issue. No, I don't always end up using every book that I carry in the class, but I have them there if I need it, plus my lap top that I use to take notes, then if I want to go into the library and study after class I don't have to take the long trip to the car...it is NOT a status thing lol!!

Anyways, PJC is changing up their program, sounds like they are kind of molding themselves after JD. The students that will start this fall will be in a 5 semester program instead of 4. I'm in the 4 semester track and it is extremely tough. This summer I am taking Adults 1 and Mental Health in a shorter time period for the summer. CRAZY amount of work load. Next semester it's OB/Peds and Adults 2...but for the people in the fall, they will have their classes devided up a little different and will be able to pick and choose when they want to take OB/peds, adults 2 etc. So I think that it will be a little better than it is now. JD is probably still better though, from what I've heard. At PJC you start clinicals 1st semester. One day a week for 6 weeks, then 2nd semester you do 2 clinical days a week for the whole semester, 2 long term care, med/surg, then 6 days of mental health clinicals. Right now my days are 2 lecture days, long days, 2 long clinical days, hardly any time for studying. About people flunking out, I agree with Sniper, mostly it's because people aren't really putting in what is required. Even the ones who say they study so much, you can tell that they are not when they are talking about going to the beach, not being caught up on their reading, going out every weekend. Pretty much you need to consider any social life over once you start school, granted you do need to take breaks for your own sanity, but it can't be all the time like they are doing. Well, hope this helps! I was right where you are at last year, trying to decide between JD and PJC...Good luck to you!

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