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    The Texas BON meeting agenda (available to the public on the BON website) indicates that the HCC-ADN program approval status will be dropped to Conditional as of end of January 2016. "Conditional" approval means the program cannot admit new students for the Fall 2016 semester.

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    Ah-- forgot to add: it took me three weeks, start to finish. But if you've never taken it before, you'll probably spend much more time with it than that.

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    I did A&P I with them last semester. There were a few mistakes on the quizzes and some of the definitions were off, but I was taking it as a refresher and recognized the mistakes. Probably the most important thing to do is READ THE TEXTBOOK and not rely simply on the ridiculous on-line "lessons." There was very little correlation between the on-line "lesson" materials and the actual quiz/exam materials, especially after the first few lessons. I found numerous outlines/practice tests on Quizlet that followed the on-line quizzes verbatim. It's very doable, but you are essentially teaching yourself the material.

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    OrganizedChaos likes this.

    Just a thought -- your forum name is "WantToBeMidwife." Correct me if I'm wrong (truly!), but I believe midwifery is an advanced practice RN role. The LVN route would be a step in that direction, MA would not.

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    ChrisRicci and ipraz4him like this.

    SG101 = MyStudyGroup101 LLC

    I love their audio CDs. I listen to them in the car while making my daily sitting-in-Houston-traffic ventures.

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    Congrats!! And good luck with the job hunt!

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    I can say only that the Texas BON's website shows that the HCC ADN program is being downrated from "Full Approval" to "Full Approval With Warning" due to low NCLEX pass rates. This change appears in the Board Meeting Agenda for the January 22-23, 2015 meeting. I have heard complaints from friends of mine who attended the program that it's disorganized and too crowded.

    To be fair, the Kingwood and North Harris ADN programs are also being downrated for the same reason. Some people are of the opinion that the low pass rates are due to testing changes from two years ago, but others point out that the majority of programs managed to weather the changes.

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    Love the "Mindset Stuff" -- so true, and so often overlooked.

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    HMJess0514 likes this.

    Your best source for information would be the website for The American Association of Medical Assistants. It covers all of the questions you had, plus more. Best of luck on your test.

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    Best of luck to you, Parakeet!

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    LadyFree28 likes this.

    Quote from Parakeet
    OK, I get it. Does anyone know what a good passing score is for the NLN test? I got a 156 in the 99 percentile, but competition is pretty high. I don't find out till March whether I got in or not. Can an LPN challenge the CMA test? I was just wondering if I knew enough after the diploma course to take both tests. Sometimes you have more job opportunities if you have more credentials. I am already partially familiar with office work. I could always take a couple classes for coding and be done. I would not actually go through the whole program. I was just wondering if I could take the test with what I know.
    Nope, you cannot challenge the CMA test. CMA requires graduation from an approved program and completion of an externship before you can sit for the certification test. RMA, on the other hand -- a registered MA -- is through a different qualifying and testing system. It used to be you could sit for the RMA exam without completing a formal program after working a certain number of years as a MA. I don't know if that currently remains true.

    ETA: The LVNs in my area make DOUBLE the hourly rate of CMAs. Just saying.

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    Esme12 and herring_RN like this.

    Hugs and prayers, Esme! We miss you and wish you well. God Speed.

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    SopranoKris likes this.

    Quote from nlitened
    Bet it feels good to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, huh?
    Yes, CONGRATS!!!

    So glad to hear there's a light! Now all I gotta do is find the darn tunnel. . .

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    You can find the same type of questions in readily-available study guides and free on-line sources. I'm leery of pay-for-use sites that have "fabulous" sample questions, then want you to pay for more. I did this for one site a while ago and not only were the non-sample tests horrible, the site disappeared a few months later along with my money.

    I like to stick with tried-and-true sources when my future's riding on it.

    What program did you graduate from? Most programs offer free remedial help for HESI Exit retakes. Check with your school.

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    Kuriin, RunBabyRN, LadyPotter, and 2 others like this.

    I read OP as meaning "the nitty gritty heavy duty stuff," which Med/Surg truly is. I'm betting she can already pour a mean cuppa joe!