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Has anyone applied for the Fall '15 term and recieved an acceptance letter yet? Getting very antsy over here, I applied October 1st. I'm a married mother of two I have been out of school for 4 years and very nervous if I will get in or not. Its my first choice school, if I do not get accepted I will probably attend HACC in Lancaster. Trying to stay positive but being 35 weeks pregnant I'm getting impatient with everything :(

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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Good day:

I've been attending the HACC Lancaster campus for over a year now, and will be starting their RN program this coming January. They have an extremely awesome reputation in the industry from what I've researched, been told, etc. Add they are very economical compared to other alternatives, and a a often higher employment rate (because their training is far more diversified), makes them a prime choice in our geographic area. If the Pennsylvania College of Health and Nursing Sciences (formerly Lancaster General Community College) doesn't work out for you, please do give HACC consideration.

Thank you.

mommyrntobe92

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Thank you. I def will be attending HACC if all else fails. I have heard its extremely competitive to get into the clinical phase is this true?

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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Good day, mommyrntobe92:

HACC works on a point system. They have a high NCLEX pass rate, and they want their students to be successful. The point system is based on how well you do in key classes such as AP1, AP2, Microbiology, and a handful of others. Your GPA is also included in the point system as well. The higher your points, the greater chance you will be accepted into the program. They have two application time lines for the program (January for August start and May for January start). For the day program, they accept 68 students per semester (that's twice a year); for the evening program 32. All of my fellow students who applied for the program I'm entering this coming January 2015 were accepted; given almost all were A students (at least for the core science classes), that was to be expected.

I did look at LGC (they were going through the name change at the time I started looking at them), but there were too many red flags with pursuing them that lead me to stay with HACC all of the way. BTW, some students who go to LGC/PA College of Health and Nursing Sciences take their gen ed's at HACC to save a large amount of money.

Thank you.

mommyrntobe92

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I'm hoping to be able to keep my grades high enough I don't have to worry :) I thought about doing prereq at hacc but someone told me that they don't transfer. So many mixed signals. I did see that hacc has a higher nclex pass rate

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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Good day, mommyrntobe92:

I was accepted at PA College of Health and Nursing Sciences prior to making the decision to go to HACC. They do accept AP1, AP2, Microbiology, Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Psychology, and many others from HACC. There were several reasons I changed my mind including what you are going through (being told one thing, finding out the opposite), finding out Millersville publishes what they accept for BSN... they take HACC credits, guess whom they don't publish anything about? Stuff like that just made me nervous about paying 1.5 to 2 times HACC for a NCLEX pass rate less than HACC, a less diversified clinical experience, and hearing from employers they favor HACC due to the diversification of clinical experience as well as HACC's program policies which teach students from day 1 how to act, behave, etc. in a way that employers will appreciate.

Thank you.

mommyrntobe92

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I guess I still have alot to think about before making a final decision. Thanks for your input :) I appreciate the honesty. I liked that Pa College is affiliated with LGH that was my biggest thing. Is there a place to find a list of clinicial locations for HACC?

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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Good day, mommyrntobe92:

You are very welcome. I don't have a list of clinical locations; I do recommend calling HACC and asking for Patsy Lavinia to ask that question and others you may have concerning the program. BTW, your thought process is normal. I was looking at them as well as LGH is a large employer in the county.

Thank you.

mommyrntobe92

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I definitely will be reaching out to her. Thank you!

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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