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The program seems doable right now. We are starting slow, which is nice. There is a lot of reading and right now I am up to speed but I started reading before classes started. The instructors all seem really patient and are very helpful. We start clinical next week but we go to a LTC facility for two weeks first then go to a hospital. I am sure that in the next few weeks things will pick up but for now I am feeling pretty good. I am sure that I will eat those words though! Good luck next year!
NECC only accepts about 10 people for the waitlist for a given year. So if you are waitlisted but you don't get called you are guarenteed acceptance for the following year. I applied for 2009 and was waitlisted but was called off when someone dropped out. Had I not been called I would have been starting in 2010. If you don't get accepted or waitlisted you have to do the whole application process over again the following year. That includes retaking the TEAS which are only good for one year. I have heard the Greater Lowell Tech's program is good and I think the requirements for admission are a little less intense. Good luck!
The PN program definately seems to be easier to get into. One of the reasons may be because there are a lot less applicants for PN. I am not sure what you have heard about the ADN program but it is probably true if it was regarding being nearly impossible to get in (especially the first time applying).
I am currently a 1st year ADN student but I had been waitlisted and I have a 4.0 gpa! A friend of mine is in the PN program and her gpa was around a 3.6, I believe. What I have heard is a lot of students go the PN route and then do the bridge to ADN after working for a year.
The funny thing is that they have revamped the program and the 1st year PN and the 1st year ADN have EXACTLY the same curriculum this semester (with the exception of the LPN text that they have). However, my friend has a 24 hour week whereas I have a 17 so it doesn't seem to be any less difficult. In fact right now it seems to be MORE difficult. At some point that will probably change but...
Good luck with applying!
My school doesn't consider anything but grades, gpa, and teas...no interview, recommendations, or work experience is taken into consideration, either. While I agree that the scores give an idea of how someone will perform, it does not guarentee a student will be successsful in nursing. You make a great point about having a one grade taken from years ago effecting your chances of getting in (due to a lower gpa). Thankfully, my school does not take THAT into consideration because before I started at this particular school, I had a 1.9 gpa from a university (it was over 20 years ago).
I agree it is getting ridiculous...my GPA is a 4.0 after taking 27 classes at this school (that is 27 A's including all of my sciences). I have also earned my certification as an MA and just graduated with an AD in Business Management- Healthcare. I scored in the 90th percentile on the TEAS and I still got waitlisted at my CC. Thankfully I got called off the list and I start NS in two weeks and I am truly thankful.
How many great would-be-nurses are we losing due to this hard to acheive academic expectation? I know NS is tough and the "weak" need to be weeded out but who is to say that one person who may test better will be the one that proves to be the better nurse?
Does anyone have any information about the pharmacology math test at NECC? How many questions, what passing is, when is it given, etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
As for getting pp ahead of time ... Most schools have some type of online interface (usually found through your school website) like "Blackboard" or "Angel" where they can post syllabus, power points, updates for class, discussion boards, etc. for the classes you are registered for. Even your traditional classes now can include a lot of "online" work.
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Love the tips...keep them coming! I will be starting my first semester of NS in less than two weeks. I may be missing something but how did you get pp before class? I had a professor in A&P who e-mailed them before class but this was not the norm nor was it mentioned in our orientation. Is it standard NS protocol to have them available before class? I also found it very helpful. I am, like every other new nursing student, very nervous and looking for any tips or advice on studying!
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