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MCC Nursing Program Compass Test

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I was looking at MCC's website to see what I need to do to apply for their nursing program. It says that the Compass Test is a requirement of all applicants...but I guess I'm a little confused. I have taken 60+ credit hours at KCKCC and will have my transcripts sent over. Will I still need to take the Compass Test at MCC even though I have already completed all the pre-requisite courses needed to apply?

It just seems a little odd that I would have to take the Compass Test if I have already completed the college level courses required in order to apply.

Thanks so much for helping me clarify this!

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Yes COMPASS test still needs to be up to date.

I graduated from that nursing program and prior to applying my first time I was rejected simply because my COMPASS scores were not up to date despite I already already had my AA degree which included English 102, Math 140, Read 100? and every other class.

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Interesting. Sounds like taking a few steps backwards if you have pre-reqs done. But I'll have to get over to the school to get it done. Thank you!

What did you think of the program once you got accepted? What days were classes and what day were clinicals? What was your class size?

Thanks again for your help!

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Things have changed since then I'm sure but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Other than that, the program was okay but wasn't perfect however what program is. As for the dates and times of classes, it changes every semester but it's usually once or twice a week in classroom time. For instance, 1st semester I had clinical's twice a week for 5 or 6 weeks and this doesn't include simulation labs which is like once a month for a total of 3 per semester. After that or at least up until the 4th semester generally you have 2 separate sets of clinicals per semester as you have OBGYN & Mental Health clinicals 2nd semester, Adult II and Pediatrics clinicals 3rd semester, then adult III clinicals 4th semester along with a 2 - 3 day community clinical.

And just FYI, this just includes clinical as I have not included actual classroom time and somethings may have changed since then as I heard the program is undergoing new management.

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I just finished my first semester. I had a great experience. Yes, there is little issues but, I agree those are present in every program. As the previous poster said each semester is a little bit different. Prior to receiving class, clinical, virtual hospital, and skills schedules just plan to be available 5 days a week. After you get your schedule you may have 1-3 days a week that you are free. There just isn't a regular set schedule, it varies from week to week. I am looking forward to second semester but am expecting it to be very challenging.

I think no matter where you chose to go you will experience similar schedules and challenges.

As far as the compass- ya it is kind of silly if you already have a bunch of classes. I was in the same boat and just had to take it to take it. My score was not going to matter since I already had English and College Algebra. Just one of those hoops you have to jump through.

Best of luck!

PS... Little_Bear2013 were you able to find a job after graduation and how did the NCLEX go for you?

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UnicornMomx3 has 10+ years experience and works as a Aspiring RN.

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Thank you for the info! I am planning to go to the school to take the test tomorrow to get it out of the way.

So you said it didnt matter what scores you got on the Compass cause you already had the required college courses completed?

Im not really sweating the Compass test since I recently took the TEAs and did ok on that. I would be devastated if I scored low on a certain part for some reason and they did not accept me because of it (even with having A LOT of college courses completed!)

Thanks again for your feedback...it is making this whole process less stressful!

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Yep, your score won't matter. I had taken college algebra 20 yrs ago. I did not pass that section on the compass. Since I already had the class with a C or higher I did not have to take any additional math.

Sounds like you will be fine.

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@Lilacs...

FYI....The second semester is known to be the hardest & by far was my most stressful semester. Study hard and use your time wisely and try not to stress, especially if your doing the full load.

As for the NCLEX, I ended up passing in 75 and the test wasn't as difficult I thought as people made it seem to be but it still wasn't easy and I really did have to critically think on a lot of questions if not all especially as I had like 32 SATA questions and a couple of exhibit / priority based questions which were probably my hardest ones. As for work it took me a couple of months to find a job as I wasn't in really a huge rush and applying at a lot of places like some of my classmates were during school but I'm working full-time at a pretty big hospital now and love it.

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