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by anemone anemone (New) New

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Hello I'm new to this site as I've stumbled upon it recently and found it to be a great source! Anyway back to my question so I've missed the application deadline for Fall 2012 at my school and only have 2 more classes left to take (counting all my GEs and pre-reqs for nursing) which will be done by this summer or next fall. This leaves me with a year of waiting and no classes to take. I've also already applied for volunteering at local hospitals. Is there something more I can do in the meantime to get me prepared for what's to come? Or maybe increase my chances of being accepted?

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Are you only applying to one school? Sometimes different schools around the area require different courses to graduate. I would be working on other courses for other schools just in case I dont get in to my first pick. Also, maybe a CNA course might be good for you. Even if it is not required, it is still good experience.

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A CNA course would probably be good. Supplemental courses like medical terminology? Volunteer opportunities in skilled nursing/ltc facilities. Have you already taken the TEAS or other entrance exam? If not, you could take time to get some serious studying done. Good luck.

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There may be classes in the nursing school curriculum that you can take in advance. It will help once you are in the nursing program to have a few of them out of the way.

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Thanks for all your answers :)

I'm thinking about the CNA course but would I be able to complete it in time or would it be of any use? Since I'll have maybe a little less than a year before applying for the nursing program and will be back in school by then if accepted? Won't the CNA course become useless before I have the chance to utilize it?

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Definetely get your CNA!! The experience in the classroom, whether you work or not, is invaluble!! Good luck :)

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Can someone provide me some information about CNA programs?

Like how to get in one, how long they usually are, how much they cost, what to expect, etc.

Once again thank you all for your time! I really appreciate it! :)

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In Utah, where I live, they have courses that are a few hours a week for about 3-4 months. They also have a one week full time course. I think they range from 250-500 dollars last time I checked. During the class you learn a lot about helping patients with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, walking, etc.) I also had about 24 hours of clinicals at a nursing home. It's great experience to have as a nurse and teaches a lot of great skills! I loved working as a CNA!

I would definitely take the CNA class and start working as a CNA. You can get a weekend only job or PRN position. It might help you get your foot in the door once you are done with school. Most of the people who graduated from school with me and were working as a CNA were hired on as an RN at their place of employment.

Good luck!

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jbluehorseh specializes in Chemo.

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there are couple things you can do if not done already, make sure you have all courses that will need to meet the requirements for a bs degree. the other thing is to get an emergency medical certification. this will give an advantage once you are in nursing school and get use to assessing patients. if you can take pharmacology or ekg certification class that will be a big help too.

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I am in the same situation. I never heard of the emergency medical certification, sounds interesting. Thanks!

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CNA classes are usually offered through community college and career tech schools that take longer but are cheaper. In my area there are for-profit programs that offer classes for 2 weeks straight (or 1/2 days for a month) for about $500.

Call a nursing home and ask how their CNAs got licensed. My community college requires the CNA before enrolling in their nursing program, so they were also able to offer advice.

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