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  1. curb dog

    Arapahoe Community College

    Arika, LOL, I see you were asking about the program. Well ignore my last long winded post lol! It's a good program in my humble opinion and of course I don't have anything else to compare it to. I feel like the instructors are there to help you succeed, grow, and learn. I have come a long way from pre-reqs to fundamentals through med surge 1 and 2 and now 3. I have had clinicals in the suburbs as well as the inner city. Suburbs is all elective knee replacement patients for the most part haha. In the city, I had gunshot pts, stabs, withdrawal, and everything in between. The program is set up to hard in my opinion in order to ultimately pass the NCLEX. ACC supposedly has a high pass rate for the NCLEX. I believe only 1 person from my cohort has been dropped from the program as this person failed 2 classes. Fail 2 = drop from the program. 77% is pass, 76% is fail. I felt bad. Its a lot of clinical hours, study hours, and $$$. I hope that person is doing ok. 1 other person I believe deferred to the following semester. Any other questions specifically I can help with, please let me know.
  2. curb dog

    Arapahoe Community College

    Hi Arika, Im sorry, I didn't see your comment sooner. Thanks so much, it wasn't easy and Im proud of my accomplishments. At this point, I just want to work and actually get a paycheck! Sure I can tell you about it. You are right, every point counts. Your experience as a dental assistant should count for something. If you have experience with anything remotely medical from that field, write it in detail. Maybe you assisted with sedation or maybe someone coded in the chair etc. I had experience as a unit secretary on a surgical floor and got a point for it I think. Entry into the program really depends on how everyone else who applied did. For example, the applicants who were accepted into the program the semester I was all did really really good. People that didn't make it in would have made it the semester prior. I found my HESI results and scores for others who made it in ---> So I got 91.71 for the cumulative total. That includes bio, a&p, and chemistry. The important number is that I got 94 in English and 96 in math for an average of 95. They take an average for bio, a&p, and chem and the equation is that if you averaged 90% or better, you get bonus 3 points. I averaged 88% and got 2.5 bonus points. I did really bad at a&p, but did really good at biology. Over 80% gets you bonus 2 points. Im guessing 70% average gets you bonus 1 point. Those points are important but not as much as smashing math and English. If you have a health certificate, it can get you an extra .25-1 point. I bought 3 hesi study/practice books including the one they suggest. I would give them to you but I have already given them away. The chemistry that is in them is enough to do well enough on the hesi. I practiced those math problems till I knew how to do them all. On the actual HESI, I think I missed a scientific notation or a roman numeral problem I think. Im guessing 90% of the problems are proportion type problems. The English section I thought was hard. I took all the vocab words that I did't know from all 3 books and compiled a quizlet and I studied that a lot. Sometimes those vocab words were not the answers but you could rule out incorrect answers because you knew the ones you practiced. I watched videos too on correct grammar. There are other parts where you read a long paragraph and answer comprehension questions, conclusions, understanding, etc. Maybe you are awesome at English and it won't be so bad. Maybe you are awesome at math too and that would be really awesome! Don't stress too much, Im sure you are preparing for it. And if you don't quite do as well as you hoped, it's not the end of the world. My friend didn't make it the 1st time she took it and then smashed it the second time. Im sure you will do great! Did you go to the information session? They will show you all the scores and that gives you an idea for how well you need to do. I hope this helps. I will check back sooner this time if you have other questions. Good luck if I don't hear from you!
  3. curb dog

    Arapahoe Community College

    Hi Arika and Everyone, I am currently in 4th semester at ACC and I can tell you everything you need to know about the HESI and what it takes to get in. Basically, admission is probably 98% doing well on the HESI. The math component isn't overly difficult, tons of proportion type problems. You need to knock that one out of the park. Practice the math problems in the HESI practice books so you can do them all. Seriously try to get 98-100% here. I think I got 96%. English for me was hard. It's tedious. Its hard to pick the correct objective/subjective pronoun etc. The vocab was not easy either. Spend time here! As far as the biology/chemistry/ a&p, those are for bonus points. My scores were math 96, English 94, and I think I got 2.5 bonus for the sciences. When it was all said and done, I think my rank was about 25/33 or so. So basically, a lot of people do well at this test but you have to do slightly better. Any prior healthcare experience or health care certificate will help slightly. It's competitive and people squeaked in by .25 or less. GPA helps but there is only 1 point difference max here (minimum is 3.0 and max is 4.0) Not trying to scare you, just trying to be real and encourage you to really try! Good luck! curb dog
  4. curb dog

    Arapahoe Community College

    Hi djk078, Im in my 4th semester there in the nursing program. Im guessing you just started and maybe I am too late to help. 1st semester is Fundamentals which is 1 day a week classroom (most of the day) and 1 day lab which is also most of the day. Im not sure about 9-5??? I would say more like 830-330. 1st semester is also pharm 1 which is a really tough 2 credit class but I learned a lot in it. Its the hardest I ever worked for 2 credit hours lol. That class was a morning class typically 830 - 1030ish if I remember correctly. Maybe longer sometimes. Clinical start about half way through the semester and was only 1 day a week for me. 10 hour shift I think. I also took Patho/Phys that 1st semester online and was manageable. Some classmates also had to take A&P2 during that 1st semester and that would have been a bit much for me. Hope that helps! Arika, Basically, you have to crush the HESI to get in. ACC is fairly inexpensive compared to others so a lot of people apply so it is hard to get in. The semester I started, I averaged 95% on the math and English. I did ok in the science and got some bonus there as well as a tiny bit of health care experience bonus. I think I scraped in at about # 25/33 or so. Hope that helps a tiny bit, curb
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