Mt Hood LPN program

  1. Hello everyone,

    Is there anyone out there who has information on Mt Hood's LPN program? I am thinking about applying for the entry in spring 2012. Please let me know how competitive it is in comparison to their RN program. Like are there still a lot of people trying to get into the LPN program or the RN program? What are the competitive points? I'm just trying to see if I even stand a chance....


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  3. by   NurseToBe3
    Last year they didn't have enough applicants to fill the positions in the program. Everyone eems to be forgetting about the LPN program and going straight for the RN program. I have a friend that was planning to apply for the RN last year, but she got a tip about the LPN program the day before the deadline and decided to do that and try to bridge later. She's half way through the program now and she seems to be enjoying it.
  4. by   abree0323
    thank you so much for replying! I didn't get accepted into clark this year with 37 points. I think their cutoff was 42 or something. So I'm really interested in the LPN to RN to BSN bridging process. It is good to know that last year they didn't have enough applicants to fill the LPN program. Part of the problem with most schools especially the comm colleges is that everyone is trying to get in since it's way cheaper than going straight into a BSN program at a university.

    I am going to attend the LPN information session tomorrow at 4pm hopefully I can find out more info!
  5. by   NurseToBe3
    If you are planning to bridge later, make sure you check out your options now. The sciences and math have an expiration date (I think 7 years). MHCC has info about their bridge program on the website, but according to my friend it isn't actually up and running. Also, the process for getting accepted is INSANE. Make sure you check it out before making your decision. Walla Wallas Portland campus does have a bridge program and they don't require the 1000 LPNhours like MHCC. Have you thought about reapplying to Clark in the fall? The October 1st deadline is much easier to get into. I think last year people down to 43 points got in (but you would want to check the website for the exact #'s). If you are interested in doing the LPN thing, I say go for it. If you are using it as a stepping stone to the RN, you might want to work on your plan before you jump in. It would be aweful to get throught and then not find a bridge program. Good luck in whatever you decide! I hope the info session tomorrow gives you lots of good info to make your choice!
  6. by   abree0323
    Thanks for the advice! I will be sure to look into it and ask questions at the info session tonight. I do believe Lower columbia in longview, wa accepts mt hood but I am not 100% sure.

    as far as reapplying to clark and stuff I will have to retake a couple classes to get that A, which is just driving me crazy to even think about doing. But IDK lol
  7. by   NurseToBe3
    Good luck today! Sorry!!! I was mixing up MHCC's numbers with Clarks. Last year people got accepted down to 33 points (not 43). That means you would have a REALLY good shot!!! They have so many less people apply for the October 1st deadline because the don't know about it. It says they only had 115 applicants and I think they take around 50. I hope this all helps! Good luck today!
  8. by   shelly5
    Im reading these posts and wondering did you (or anyone) go thru the mhcc LPN program? What was your schedule like and are you doing the bridge program?
  9. by   shelly5
    your post was over a year ago and Im wondering what did you end up doing....
  10. by   abree0323
    Hello! I am currently finishing my third quarter at mhcc lpn program. Next quarter will be my last thank god! It's an ok program....disorganized, clinicals are somewhat boring just because we weren't allowed to do very seemed like cna stuff which did not challenge me much since I work as a cna on a med surg floor at the hospital. Still learning a lot though. You definitely have to be self motivated as it is mostly distance learning. Ask me more questions if you'd like .
  11. by   jessa9999
    What exactly were the hours like? I am starting in march and they have been unclear about the actual hours. how often is class, and how often is the clinical? How difficult was the program and how much time did you spend studying? thanks!
  12. by   abree0323
    Hey jessa9999, you're probably almost done with with your program by now. For me, the program was not difficult at all. I was able to work 36 hours a week, granted they were 12 hour shifts 3 days a week only. That was the most challenging part, working full time, and doing lab, clinicals, and study time. But course work itself, was doable. It was a lot of content in very little time. Mostly distance learning, the theory/lecture days were like once or twice a week if I remember correctly (and a waste of time). Labs were also once a week along with open lab times if needed. I'm a procrastinator, so I'm not the best person to ask about how much time I spent studying, but if I had to guess I would say at least 3 hours a day.

    I was very disappointed with clinicals, so hopefully your cohort has better luck. For 3 out of 4 quarters of clinicals all I did was pass meds, administer insulin, and do patient research. That's it. At my preceptorship I was also not allowed to do very much except pass meds, and I think I wrapped somebody's foot one time with Kerlix haha. So yeah not too exciting at all. So I graudated March 2013, took the NCLEX-PN in May, passed the first try at 85 questions, and got a job a LTC facility in June. I still currently work at said facility as a charge nurse for swing and noc. So far so good, now I'm looking to get into a bridge program!!!!!
  13. by   dtccbcna
    Can someone tell me how the Mhcc lpn interview is? Any tips? Thanks
  14. by   aDevelle
    MHCC LPN interview is a group interview + essay.questions. First, they give you time to answer typical essay questions: why do you want to be a nurse, where do you see your self in 5/10 years, dream job, example of your leadership skills/ conflict resolution skills. Then you randomly choose 1 one of your answers and give a impromptu speech to your interview group about your answer.
    Wear professional clothing, preferably suit
    Don't go off-topic during your presentation

    You should get in no problem, the program has a low application rate (if you want to know why, pm me). The only two that didn't get in from my interview group was the woman wearing jeans and a tshirt who sounded unenthused to be there, and the lady who went on a crazy rant about her coworkers when she was supposed talk about how she handled conflict with others.

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