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Mercy College of Health Sciences ABSN SP2021

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by Jess321 Jess321, EMT-B (New) New Student

Hi All!

I recently got admitted to MCHS in Des Moines, Iowa for their ABSN program for Spring 2021. For current or graduated students, I was curious to know what the school is like and what the program is like. Is it a good program overall? I really appreciate any info! Thanks!

yeager6

Specializes in Emergency medicine, EMS.

Hello, I am also curious of how it's like there. I plan on attending in the Fall 2021 cohort. Let me know how it goes for you in the Spring!

Hi! Its a very difficult program but like everyone has told me before, it's doable. There is a lot of information in a short period of time. It's sort of like when you take a Summer class everything is super quick. But you are taking a few Summer classes at a time. The professors are great and there are a lot of resources available to use also. There isn't a whole lot of preparation you can do for it before but be ready to work when you start and you be okay.

yeager6

Specializes in Emergency medicine, EMS.

Thank you very much for your feedback! I am excited about starting and I fully intend to hit the ground running. Are you currently able to attend class in person? If so, how much time is split between classroom and labs? How is the campus? It looks nice online. Thanks again!

No we are not doing in the classroom right now. Everything is online and through video calls. We are allowed to practice some skills on campus in the lab but there is a small capacity, so I haven't spent a lot of time on campus. We are still doing clinicals in hospitals as well. I'm not sure if you are from Iowa but if you aren't the snow is a lot to get used to. 

 

yeager6

Specializes in Emergency medicine, EMS.

I imagine the snow will be an adjustment. How big are your classes? I know its all distance learning but I'm still curious. Do you think that a person would have time to work while doing this program?

Hi I was accepted for Spring 2021 term! I am wondering if anyone is coming from California? I read on another forum that the CA BON doesn’t accept this school but am curious how accurate that info is. Thanks in advance if anyone knows!! & congrats! 

yeager6

Specializes in Emergency medicine, EMS.

Hello,

Where did you here this? My understanding is that as long as your school is accredited, then you should be okay. MCHS is accredited through the ACEN which I believe is nationally recognized. And at the end of the day, you're allowed to take the NCLEX which is the national exam. I may be wrong but I'd like to hear others opinion on this matter. 

On a couple other forums, there is a user stating that she went to Sacramento and spoke to people there with the CA BON and that they didn’t accept this school due to something with the curriculum. I haven’t been able to find any other information though so I am just searching for anyone with experience! I’m sure people from CA have gone to this program, but I would just hate to have issues with it. 

yeager6

Specializes in Emergency medicine, EMS.

That's strange but I find it hard to believe. You think you would read something about that on Niche or something? I'll look into it more and see if I can out more.

I am from CA as well and I did look into this a lot before I came to Iowa. Im not sure if they still are but the CA BON was very difficult to get ahold of maybe because of COVID. I contacted Mercy before coming and they said there are several people from CA currently who are going through the process to be licensed in CA. MCHS is accredited. If you have specific questions I would contact Mercy or even try contacting the CA BON. 

Edited by Jess321

On 2/11/2021 at 6:45 PM, yeager6 said:

I imagine the snow will be an adjustment. How big are your classes? I know its all distance learning but I'm still curious. Do you think that a person would have time to work while doing this program?

I'm working part-time 20 hours a week at a hospital nearby and some people in my program are working full-time but it is very difficult. There is a lot of work and learning and its a very big adjustment. It's possible but if you can I would recommend trying to do just school.