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Oct 16, '05I just wanted to let everyone know about another Texas nursing program that is online. Del Mar College and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi offer online programs. Del Mar offers the ADN and Texas A&MCC offers the BSN. I just applied to start the program in the spring. You can go to the Del Mar College website, then the Nursing department and click on the eline Nursing Program to find out more about both of the programs. Some interesting tidbits about the eline program, you can complete the clinicals anywhere in Texas, the tuition is way cheaper than Texas Tech's program, and it is self-paced which means you could complete it faster than the usual time for on campus programs. You can try emailing the eline advisor to ask what the quickest time frame is for completing the program. Also, they don't require that you are a CNA before being admitted like Texas Tech does. I actually ended up meeting the requirements faster for Texas A&M CC than Del Mar so I decided to go ahead and get the BSN even though I already have a Bachelor's degree. I plan on going further on to graduate school so I decided it would be beneficial to get the BSN anyway. By the way, Texas A&M CC offers an excellent Pathophysiology course online if anyone needs to complete that course. You have to be formally admitted to the university to take it. It is taught by an ER physician who was formally a nurse. If anyone has any further questions about the eline program or Texas A&M CC let me know.
Oct 16, '05Two questions for you:
1. How long will it take you to get your BSN (given that you already have a degree).
2. Where in Texas do you live (if you don't mind me asking).
Oct 16, '05txstudentnurse,
Thanks for the info, this sounds like a great program. Do you know if they have Fall and Spring start dates? Also how do you make arrangements for your clinicals?
Oct 17, '05Thank you SO much for the info on TAMU-CC. I have already sent an e-mail to the advisor, but I haven't yet gotten a response. I'm an Aggie (Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 1995) through-and-through, so becoming a "sand flea" didn't appeal to me anyway! The only thing I didn't like about TAMU-CC is that I would probably have to re-take Chem b/c it's been more than 7 years. Do you have any idea how much I hate Chem?!?! I'd rather shoot myself in the foot. Nonetheless, if I can get into the TAMU-CC program in a shorter period of time, I will. Thanks, also, for the info on the Pathophys class. I think I will definitely take it at TAMU-CC. It's so nice to have a glowing recommendation on that class from you b/c I think it's a class I would really enjoy if I had a good instructor.
Thanks again. You're a lifesaver! I'll keep in touch with you, if you don't mind. You're not located far from me at all...I might want to touch base with you on clincals, etc...
Oct 17, '05I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There are already a few students in this area that have started the eline program. They have several different starting dates for the program which includes both the Fall and Spring, I am not sure if they admit in the summer or not, you would have to talk to the eline advisor, Rita Rushing. The only thing about starting the program is that you have to have all of your preregs done before beginning the program. I was only lacking Pathophysiology but I had to wait until the Spring to be admitted and I am currently taking the Pathophysiology course. I am not exactly certain on the arrangement of the clinicals but I think they have some contacts with hospitals, etc. in the area or if you know of a place you want to do clinicals at then I guess they can arrange that. There is an old thread somewhere on allnurses about the eline program where someone may have answered that question. As far as how long it will take to complete the program since I already have a Bachelor's degree, that is determined by how fast I can move through the program. You complete modules online and after a certain number of modules you go to clinicals and then you come back and do more modules, and then clinicals, etc. If you can move quickly through the online material then that will speed things up, also I don't plan on working while I am doing the program so that I have more time for clinicals and can complete them faster (although I don't want to rush them so much that I don't know what I am doing either). So maybe if I follow this plan I can complete the program in 1.5 years instead of 2. I would have much rather attended an accelerated program that is 1 year in length but I am a stay at home mom and am unable to attend day classes. Anyway, I think the eline program will work out a lot better for me anyway. If you are at all interested in attending the program I would contact the eline advisor, find out if you have met all the prereqs or if you need to complete more courses before applying, and once you have met the prereqs get your application in quickly before more people start finding out about this program. Also, if you are like me and are lacking Pathophysiology (for the BSN program only) I would suggest applying for admittance into Texas A&M Univ CC for the Spring. Signing up for Pathophysiology so you can get an idea of how their online courses work. It also helps to already be admitted to the university and have your financial aid situated and to have all that extra paperwork out of the way before you even start the nursing program. Let me know if you have any further questions or just contact the eline advisor directly.
Oct 17, '05On the chemistry requirement you may or may not have to retake it. I would check with them first. If you can't reach Rita by email which sometimes I had trouble with you can call her. I took General Chemistry I in 2006, Gen Chem II in 2007, and Organic Chemistry in 1999 and 2005. Although my general chem courses are a little old I think they accepted them because I had taken organic chemistry recently. If you need any help finding online courses for the program let me know. When I first looked at the Texas A&MCC program I thought I was going to have to take a lot more courses also but I found out that the foreign language requirement could be met by high school courses which I had. When I was deciding on a program I sent emails to all of the advisors for Texas Tech, Texas A&M CC, etc. I found out what the requirements were for the programs and whether certain courses I had completed would meet those requirements and from there I picked the program that would be the quickest route. Although it takes a little extra work to do all of that, you might be surprised by what you find out, a program you initially thought would be difficult to be admitted to suddenly seems like the perfect program.
Oct 17, '05Thank you for all the advice! I am also a stay at home mom and the idea of being in class for such a lengthy period of time makes me cringe.
Oct 17, '05I will check with them. My Chem I and Chem II were in 1992 and 1993, so they're pretty old. My mom's a high school chem teacher, and she could help me through--Piece of cake. But I really HATE chemistry. I know, genetically, I should love it, but it just doesn't work that way!:chuckle
I e-mailed Rushing, but if she doesn't respond, I'll call her in a few days. Right now, I'm studying for an A&P exam tomorrow...Heaven help me!
I work part-time as a tax specialist at a major corporation in Dallas. I might be able to quit in the coming months and stay at home with my two kids, so this might be just my thing if I can do clinicals in the evenings or find child care for those times. How are you working childcare with your clincals?
Oct 17, '05I know what you mean about chemistry, one of my least favorite classes!
I also have tests coming up, one today in Epidemiology, one tomorrow in Pathophysiology, and I am also taking a 3 week government class that is keeping me busy.
I don't know what I am going to do about childcare. It depends on the time I need to do clinicals. If I can do clinicals in the afternoon or evening then my husband can watch my daughter. He works an early shift. If I need to be at clinicals in the mornings then I might find a nanny or a friend to watch her. We should keep in touch, maybe we can do a childcare swap. You can email me or send me a PM off of this board.
Mar 4, '06Hi - I am brand new here - but I am snooping around to find a good 2nd degree nursing program. I was looking at the Tech program and thought it was pretty much my only option - I am so thankful i found this thread! (I'm in Austin, not Dallas, though) I will look into TAMU. The CNA thing kinda stumped me for the Tech prereq.
I am a SAHM too - so again, its nice to hear how other people are doing it, sometimes it just seems like its almost impossible to jump through all these hurdles and hoops.
Anyway - thanks for posting this great info!!!