you must be joking?? the flow chart is simply a flow chart showing the minimal course progression if you just came out of high school . if you went to high school and did well on your sats or placement tests the only actual course a person would have to take *before the line* is bio 151 to technically be able to apply but not necessarily be competitive. there were hundreds of people taking micro and a&p before applying to the program long before the change in criteria because they know its required anyway, they are difficult courses and they want to be able to focus on nursing once accepted. these motivated students were just finally rewarded by an official change in standards. if it never held any bearing in the past then the admissions committee would have consisted of a computer and a calculator.
the new selection criteria and point system was clearly listed on pg 8 of the application packet with a revision date of december 2011.
that date means it would have been impossible for someone to pick up an application during the jan-march application period without this information in it. so even if you were not informed before january 15th from keeping up with the website, your advisors, nursing office staff, or even your fellow pre-nursing classmates about the rumors of the removal of the pax and change in gpa requirements a potential applicant would have been well aware of it before turning in their application. so completely reading your application packet could have prevented anyone from being unpleasantly surprised when acceptance/rejection letters came out.
also even if you would have met the original gpa requirement there is no guarantee that you would have gotten in. i can’t believe how many times i heard,” i don’t care what grade i get, just as long as i get a c ,”from other students in pre-req classes. well complacency kills….it also doesn’t get you into nursing school in this economy. even if you fought your way into the program where on earth would they put the hundreds of you all who feel so wronged? i’m pretty darn sure there’s still a shortage in nursing instructors in the us which is why if you kept up with the profession you would know that programs all over the country are cutting seats and dealing with 1000’s of deserving applicants that they aren’t able to accept (i.e. impacted programs and wait lists). so c’s won’t cut it getting into any nursing program anywhere in the country. many programs are changing admissions requirements in order to deal with this issue. there were people who started off their pre nursing courses striving for the best possible grade, had 4.0’s and were still nervous as to whether they would get into the program.
they didn’t make you do anything extra from what you should have been doing to secure your spot into the program and remain competitive. it has always been advised to get all the developmental/intro and science classes done. they actually made it easier for those who were doing what they were supposed to be doing to apply and be recognized for their efforts. i wasn’t even planning on applying this year until i found out i wouldn’t have to take the pax. you should have been making progress getting courses out of the way and fighting for the best grade possible and not wasting your time and money. if you were a responsible adult you would have also had a backup plan and would have been prepared to apply to other nursing programs which also require you to take a& p and such. everyone was informed at the same exact time but some people were more prepared for success than others. if you were lazy, got c’s, took one class every other semester, read one pre-rn exam book and thought passing one test made you deserving of a seat in a competitive program you were wrong. wait your turn, finish your non-nursing courses, get a’s and b’s and your time will come. i am a full time student at pitt in a program with rigorous courses and heavy clinical requirements, a military spouse, travel on a monthly basis cross country between my two home states and was able to finish every single non nursing class at ccac in 2 summers and 1 fall semester. with a 3.1 ccac gpa and all of my non nursing classes finished i got my first choice campus and i deserve it. i will enjoy focusing on only nursing courses (in the nursing program not the”let’s see how many times it takes you to pass micro while you take up a seat in the nursing program”) .i will be taking only 2 classes a semester for 3 out of the 4 semesters and have proven with my transcript that i will most likely finish on time.
i mean the reason for the change must have obviously been for a good reason not just to screw over a bunch of people. i guess they finally addressed that the pax was not a good indicator of success within the program and that often students do not do as well when tackling difficult required courses such as a&p and micro while also diving head first into the wonderful world of nursing. it’s a bit silly for them to give a seat to an applicant who has only proven they can pass developmental/intro courses with a c and are marginally good test takers. that student hasn’t taken the most difficult of the courses most closely related to the major and will have a full course load once in the program. this leads to repeats galore, effects the school’s on time completion/grad rate(( which with new education reform can affect how much federal funding a school or program can get)), wastes their time, space and your money . most ccac students work full time or have families and the school has noted the obvious trend that the more time you have to commit to only nursing classes the more likely you are to get to the end goal of becoming an rn. in all honesty, you may see it as a roadblock on your career path but they are doing you a favor to ensure your success. better luck next yr!!