Frederick Community College? - page 2

Does anyone have any experience with the program at FCC? I am currently taking my pre-req's now and I'm worried about getting in. They keep raising the GPA every year, now it's a 3.39 min. and you... Read More

  1. by   newnurse14
    Thank you ladies! Good luck to you as well!

    I will be happy to keep you updated on the job hunt. I have sent several resumes out but in this day and age it is all about facetime and who you know and going into finals my husband and I decided we would wait to stress about the job hunt. (it can be very time consuming)

    I dont know what your family situation is like but I do recommend you get your CNA when you finish your first year. Already working for a hospital or doctors office can go a long way when its time to be hired as an RN. I personally, with my kids, couldnt find time to juggle a job with home and school, but if you can I would suggest it. (but by all means dont jeapordize your grades for it!!!)


    PS use and abuse jan term classes! they are long but bring 3 credits in two weeks! :-)
  2. by   Justanotherday
    Yes, I did my Group Discussion class (CMSP 105) this past Jan term. And I plan on taking Medical Terminology this upcoming Jan Term, then the Dosage Calculation one Jan '12 right before I (Lord willing) begin nursing school in the spring semester of '12. The 5 and 8 week long summer classes are a time saver as well.

    I am torn about working as a CNA during nursing school. I don't think I will be able to swing working, as I homeschool two of our children during the day and will be taking my nursing classes evenings/weekends. I would not see my husband very much if I worked in the evenings and after school on the weekends. I have a very flexible part-time retail job right now that I am planning on quitting once I begin nursing school. But I am trying to get into the ER at FMH as a volunteer one evening a week (which is where I would love to work one day).
  3. by   jenniepaige
    Isn't doing a 15 weeks course in 2 weeks kind of crazy? How can you possibly learn all that is such a short period of time? Do you go to school all day every day? I've never really thought about doing it.
  4. by   Justanotherday
    Yes, the Jan Term classes are a bit nuts! My Group Discussion class was about 4 hours a day for two weeks, then of course had to read the chapters at night, there were two reports to type, plus group projects that had to be done outside of class. I was highly motivated and it worked well for me.

    BI 55 is offered as a Jan Term class, and I told Professor Dormo I would CRY if I had to learn everything in that class in two weeks, and he said it is a good chance for students who did poorly to retake it and improve their grade.

    It would also be a good opportunity to get an Art credit or the Body Mechanics class out of the way (hardly any homework), but yes, a class with a lot of outside reading and other assignments is time consuming, but hey, in two weeks you're DONE.
  5. by   jenniepaige
    What body mechanics class?
    I could see it for speech or something like that though.
  6. by   Justanotherday
    You need one PE credit, and the website (have you looked at the nursing prereq flow chart? recommends PE 108 (Body Mechanics). During the school year it is only a 5 week class, once a week. But it is also offered a few times a week during the J-term.

    It focuses mostly on the spine, posture, lifting and turning patients, proper positioning for lifting heavy items, and heart rate (we did some aerobics during one class and tried out the exercise equipment).

    Here is the description from the website:

    Body Mechanics
    Examines the application of physical laws to the human body at rest or in motion, including concepts of effective, efficient and aesthetic postures, both static and dynamic. Emphasizes joint motions, care of the back and components of fitness including body compositions, flexibility, strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance.
  7. by   jenniepaige
    Oh yes I do remember seeing that. I took self defense for women a while back and it counts. I did get a C in it but I don't need to retake anything because it isn't counted in the nursing gpa I don't think. It does look interesting though.
  8. by   TerpGal02
    Re: who to take for pre-req's and such..... I dont believe any of the instructors I had for A&P are still at FCC, but my micro professor is, and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone. Dan Coffman. He usually teaches nights. He works at USAMRIID at Ft. Detrick and is amazingly knowledgeable and helpful. I loved micro out of all my pre-reqs the most. In fact, I spent quite a few class periods talking to him about various sciencey types of things for close to an hour after class before.

    And re: the medical terminology class....TAKE IT if at all possible. You will be at such an advantage if you take it prior to clinicals. If not, its like learn and look stuff up as you go. I really wish they would have made that a pre-req. GOOD LUCK in getting through your pre-reqs everyone. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed in the program.
  9. by   jenniepaige
    Thanks for the tip about taking medical terminology. I may have to rethink my schedule. How hard, meaning how much work do you think is involved in it compared to the other pre-reqs?
  10. by   TerpGal02
    I have no idea what it would be like as opposed to the other pre-req's because I didn't take it myself. I think its a fairly new option, and they are just now recommending it to students in the pre-req phase. It was actually a group of students that brought it up to the nursing faculty that it would be helpful to have a medical terminology course as a pre-req. The problem is that the program has to stay at 70 credits so they can't force it, they can just strongly recommend it and I think they are now. As someone with no healthcare experience going into this, I think it would have helped me out a lot. There were many things we talked about this semester that I had NO idea what they were talking about and I had to look up (they dont expect you to know EVERYTHING, but they do expect you to look it up if you don't know in the first semester).
  11. by   Justanotherday
    I am planning on taking the Medical Terminology class online. Seems like it will be a bit more helpful for me than the pottery class I am now taking to fulfill my art credit...
  12. by   jenniepaige
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    I am planning on taking the Medical Terminology class online. Seems like it will be a bit more helpful for me than the pottery class I am now taking to fulfill my art credit...
    Oh I didn't know that you were even allowed to do a studio class for art? I thought it had to be like art history or something. I did art appreciation way back when. I actually think that pottery would be fun.
  13. by   Justanotherday
    Pottery is one of the art classes offered in the Arts & Humanities section and they offer it as a 5 week session during the summer so I thought it would be a good time to get it out of the way. It is turning out to be more time consuming than my two online classes combined! It is 8 hours of class/week plus homework and a research paper which I was not expecting. Ah well. It is pretty fun, I just wasn't expecting it to be so much work. The teacher (Shane Sellers) is very good and I am learning a lot.

    I may have to drop one of my online classes (Spanish). Every time I try to submit my work on the website they use, it says my transmission was lost! Very frustrating and the tech support people were unable to solve it. I was really excited to take Spanish (and get my Humanities credit checked off!) so I am hoping my teacher will allow me to give her my answers over the phone or typed out in email. Waiting for a reply from her on that. I don't know what else to do and we're into the second week of class. If I have to drop it, I will just take the recommended EN 102 this fall I suppose. But it will be a waste of a $160 book (the online access it comes with is almost $100 by itself!).

    Are you taking any summer classes?