Monroe County Community College- RT or Nursing students?

  1. Hi all,
    I am looking into the Respiratory Therapy and the Nursing program at MCCC, wondering if there were any other appliciants or students here? What do you know about MCCC? What's the amount of competition for each program?
    Thanks!
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  3. by   bethg5
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    Hi all,
    I am looking into the Respiratory Therapy and the Nursing program at MCCC, wondering if there were any other appliciants or students here? What do you know about MCCC? What's the amount of competition for each program?
    Thanks!
    I am currently in the nursing program at MCCC. It is very competitive and based on a point system. The points are based on GPA, ACT, credit hours completed, science grades, and whether your a resident or not. You earn the most points for GPA and ACT. The cut off was 60 points this year, which was very high. The year before it was 57. There are hundreds of applicants each year with only 40 being selected a year. Most people I have talked to had either 4.0 and 22-24 ACT or 3.7 gpa and a high ACT score. There is no waiting list because it is point based. Just like any program it has its ups and downs. The cut off date for applying to either program is May. They also form an alternates list after they select the first 40. This year I believe 8 people were called in off the list because of people dropping, so my tip is to get the best grades you can and retake the ACT until you have a score you are happy with.

    When I checked on the respiratory programs I was told that the decisions on who makes it in are based strictly on whether or not the selector likes what she sees in your porfolio. I haven't seen anything related to a point system for entrance. They are getting ready to hold a information session for people interested in monroe's program. You can find the info at monroe's website. I actually talked to a girl who made it in the program who didn't have top gpa or act scores, so there must be some truth to what I was told.

    If you have anymore question you can drop me an email.

    Beth
  4. by   marcieg
    Thanks for the info. I am much more interested in the RT program. It has been a good 17 years since I took the ACT, lol.
    I feel like I have been burned on nursing programs too many times now anyway (changing pre-reqs after I have already been waitlisted, etc, etc). I wish I had known about RT's years ago, I would have done by now. I just never worked anywhere where I came into contact with any RT's.
  5. by   bethg5
    I don't know what the job outlook for RT's are and I have heard many different stories. Some say it's easy to locate work and others say they have only found part-time work. The program is a stressful one, but not anymore stressful than the nursing. I have talked to several students who are in the program both 1st year and 2nd and they seem to like it. I could not do the work because my weakness is mucus. You should really attend the information session, it will also be required for your application process.

    The prereq's for nursing haven't changed at least for the last couple of years. To apply you have to have taken chem, bio, math, and a computer course. Before you start the fall nursing semester you have to take English and psychology. I hadn't taken my ACT for over 13 yrs and I actually did well when I retook it for the nursing program. Taking all these college courses really helps with that test. I can email you the points breakdown if you want them so that you can see where you sit in points. Sometimes its not as bad as you think. We have several in the program that thought they would never get in, but sure enough are!

    Good luck!

    Beth

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