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National University LVN-to-BSN 2015 cohort 7

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Has 6 years experience.

Hello, I've recently applied to National to their LVN bridge program, still waiting on the date for TEAS and the essay. But I still have a lot of classes to do with their recent changes :-( which is frustrating, they just changed on us at the last minute. My advisor is not the smartest one either, she keeps forgetting what program I'm going for:-)

And I don't know anyone else who applied to the same cohort, anybody out there just as lucky?:-)

Hey! I'm glad someone finally started a discussion thread. I applied in August and just received my test day, which will be on October 8. I am currently taking ethics PHL337 and my next class will be Chemistry. I'm nervous for the TEAS but I've been studying so hopefully it will pay off.

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

Wow, basically you are going to be starting Chemistry right around the test date? that's tough... :-) My test date is October 9th, right after you:-). I'm bumped we have to take the exam and write the essay on the same day... Our brains will be fried:-) What study sources do you use for the TEAS prep?

Good luck to both of you and I hope both of you get in. You can also take the TEAS at SDSU every day until you get the score you want. NU let's you take the TEAS an unlimited amount of time, you just have to submit a score by the day of your scheduled essay and exam.

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

Hi, thanks for the tip, but my advisor told me it has to be at least 60 days between the tests. Is that not true? If not, I'm scheduling myself for next week just to see how I'll do:-)

It has to be 60 days in between exams if you're taking it at NU. If you take it outside of NU there's no time frame that you have to wait in between each exam. If you are applying to other schools you should check what their policies are.

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

Really?! So I can take it at SDSU between now and October and National won't care about such a narrow time period?! That's great news! I think I'm gonna do that just to see what it's like :-) Thank you for this great tip!

The ATI study guide is a great resource for the TEAS since NU has a contract with ATI. Throughout the nursing program you will have to take ATI exams and pass with a level 2 in order to pass the class.

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

I heard ATI study guide is not enough sometimes; for science, for example, test goes deeper into chemistry and other physical sciences, as well as DNA/RNA/ATP/cell respiration. There was nuclear chemistry question on ATI online practice test! So I was told to use ATI just as a skeleton for most subjects and do more catch up on my weak areas... Well, I've never taken the test before, so I dont know. But there are so many rumors and feedbacks going around:-)

There are other books that can help you, but I recommend focusing on the ATI study guide to help you. The science portion is the hardest, but if you focus on the other 3 sections you should still get a good score. I took the exam and was still able to score 80% and science was my weakest area on the exam. I focused on the other areas and they boosted up my score.

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

Thank you, SammiN, for your great advice! I made an appointment with SDSU, took their test yesterday and got 86%, which is not great but not horrible either (I don't know how the other 72 applicants will do, lol) But I've got a taste of what the test looks like, and I may retake it later at NU at our official date, or may not. For me, math was hardest and science section was the one that boosted my score:-) They wanted me to divide and multiply 3-4 or more digit numbers (like 208,587 into 78) in a little over a minute! And answers differ in only 2 digit, cant really guess for sure! All questions I had were actual calculations, no "free" questions, like "look at the graph and tell what is the difference" or "what instrument is used to measure..'' I barely made it on time and had to guess on super long calculations. Maybe I'm just "lucky" to get that version of the test:-) Other sections were easy. Either way, thank you for your advice, that took half of my stress away:-)

That's great! You did awesome, and 86% gives you 25.8 points. As long as your gpa is high and you didn't repeat any classes I'm positive you'll get in. You did an amazing job!

You did great! Keep that score and I'm sure you'll get in! Congrats again

Also, my classmate attended the nursing forum recently and she said the breakdown of scores changed.

It was:

Science GPA grades: 30%

Retake of classes: 20%

TEAS: 30%

Essay: 20%

Now it's:

Science GPA grades: 20%

Retake of classes: 20%

TEAS: 40%

Essay: 20%

I haven't spoke to my advisor about this yet but I hope it doesn't take affect this year =(

alinkastar

Has 6 years experience.

I attended the forum just before the application deadline (because nobody told me I have to go to some forum in order to apply), and we were told it's the following:

GPA for science - 40% (A/P I and II, Micro and Biom. Stat)

Teas - 40%

Essay - 20%

I don't know if that changes anything or not....

Honeymcbadger, I replied to your PM (at least I think I did; I don't have 15 posts yet and they are saying I cant send PM until I reach 15...hmmm)

SammiN, thank you for your encouraging words! Did you by chance already graduated National?

Yup they did change it =( they're putting more weight on the TEAS...

Yes, I got your message! I wrote you back and thank you again for all your advice.

I completed the LVN to BSN program at National, but I'm in a very unique situation where I am still not eligible to take the NCLEX, because I challenged the LVN board due to my military experience and the RN board won't let me take the exam until I take Peds and OB. Those courses are not part of the LVN to BSN program and National University is not willing to help me. They've been sending me on a wild goose chase since May.