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  1. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    It was great meeting everyone at lunch. The pizza place was much closer than I thought. I wasn't impressive during the interview, but hope everyone gets good news when it comes.
  2. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    Let's do... 1702 Craft Pizza and Beer at 12:30 pm MT this Saturday. 1702 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, Az 85719 https://www.1702az.com/ https://www.yelp.com/biz/1702-tucson Thanks for the input. Website map shows there is free parking as well if you drive there. Seems like a quarter mile walk south of the Nursing School. Sources tell me the space isn't difficult to navigate, just a one room dining area. So, we could let the hostess know to direct the folks to whichever area we end up seated in. Perhaps bring cash for ease if we order as a group (and if we get name tags maybe you can save them). All are welcomed of course and I suppose you can come as early as you want. Maybe we can check out a place closer to the main campus if we have dinner too. If you are here on the map, you've gone tooooo far!
  3. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    Just a thought on time during interviews. Seems like each person gets 10 minutes including question time. So I would think I would keep answers to 20 to 40 seconds (that's a lot of words) and look for visual cues if more explanation is needed. I would think of it more like sound bites you would see on TV interviews. Or better yet those concise answers on beauty pageants for a lack of a comparison. Remember 2 minutes is your average TV commercial break. That's more time than you think. The more time you allot to one question takes away from another of yours. The time to read the above out loud is about 20 seconds. Just a thought. Btw. Random thought, but this show on Hulu that just came out Friday is hilarious. Pen15. It's about two 30 year olds who play their 15 year old awkward selfs back in time.
  4. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    Group lunch on Saturday? It would be great if there was a casual lunch provided by the school to talk to current and future students plus staff. If not, any interest in meeting for lunch and/or beverages at 12:30 or 1 near the School of Nursing. The last interview session starts at 11:30 which includes myself and some others on this site. The best and most convenient option I see is: Boston Market at 1903 E Speedway Blvd in Tucson (northeast corner at Campbell intersection) which seems like a quarter mile south from the school. If there are better suggestions, please leave a comment. And of course, everyone is welcomed. You could tell future classmates that you meet on Saturday to swing by.
  5. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    @CaduceusClay I finally send my grad app to. Scanning 5 of my 6 transcripts was indeed time consuming.
  6. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    @fnpaspiring I am from out of state too. I wrote earlier about my Fingerprint experience. You can print out the form from their website. If you do this and drop off it at a post office before end of business day you may save up to 3 days. This can be done at a UPS store for not that much extra. I got my card from the authorities in a about 7 business days and you can check the your status on their site once they get your stuff. In an extreme emergency, you may be able to go to Yuma and get it done more quickly.
  7. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    @fnpaspiring I sent you a message in your box with some details.
  8. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    The above were stills about the interview from the video presentation.
  9. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

  10. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    @lemm916 Thanks for putting those questions together. Much appreciated. I received an interview request on Friday afternoon and replied that evening. Looking very forward to it. Make sure you guys RSVP'd to the right email address (there was a small error on the first email as you should know). As of know, I'm planning to go in person from LA. I would think even though the interview is worth 20% it isn't a make-or-break thing. But I'd like to go in person because it gives a chance to meet current and future students, plus see the campus (both if possible) on a school day (I'm planning to get there by Friday afternoon). In addition, it is within reasonable driving distance. I just wished it was a week later so I could enjoy baseball spring training which starts the following week. Upon further review, I notice the School of Nursing is actually about a quarter mile north of the main campus (with some other programs) which might work in our favor in terms of housing. Unfortunately, the rec center is 1.2 miles further south. Well, I look forward to the whole process including hopefully meeting people from here. And I encourage those that are reading this and haven't written yet, to please do so because they might cancel this year's class if there are only 7 people, right? Enjoy the Super Bowl.
  11. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    I talked to a NursingCas customer rep about it. It has to do with Academic Forgiveness programs. The lady said NursingCas doesn't use it even though some schools might. So if someone forgot to withdraw from a class and got a F (even many years ago), that's going to hurt the GPA probably like .03 to .05 overall, which can be somewhat significant if you are borderline. One solution is do what companies do for people who have poor Internet searches on themselves; they pad information so the bad stuff is way back and the general public won't make the effort to see the stuff on page 10 or so. So someone can take classes until those low grades are out of your Last 60 range. But for programs that look at your cumulative grades since high school, there's not much to do except look for programs that best suit your numbers.
  12. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    Thanks @tkelly11 for the heads-up. I just got the same email this morning. I was a little concerned because I turned in my application the morning of the day it was due so knew it would take some time to get it verified. I noticed NursingCas made two minor errors that affect my overall cumulative GPA. It won't affect my Arizona app but will try to get it fixed. I'm surprised there aren't that many people on this chat compared to year's past, but I'm sure there are people that are reading this that haven't commented. I would love to hear from others. Well, again good luck to all!!!
  13. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    Hello Araew2129 and others, I am applying to other programs around the country but not many as of now. I think you should be fine, since on the application as you might have seen says: Fingerprint Clearance Card A level 1 Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card (FCC) will be required. In order to interview, a copy of your completed application or a physical card will be required. FCC cards can be obtained from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. If you do not currently have a FCC, we highly recommend applying for a card immediately. Note: In addition to the Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card required by the College of Nursing, separate agencies and clinical sites may require screening procedures such as background checks, resumes, references, influenza (flu), and/or fingerprinting prior to permitting student clinical placements in the agency or clinical site. I am applying to other programs
  14. LAHammer

    UA MEPN 2019

    I'm from Los Angeles as my handle alludes. I finally took the HESI last week for the first time. I knew it wasn't going to be tremendously difficult, but took a huge chance anyway if I had a mental collapse. I found after the first section, that once you summit an answer you couldn't go back. I was going to take it back in November so I could take it twice but had a big class load. I was disappointed I didn't have access to the Anatomy section because the Arizona nursing website said I could skip it, so thought I could still do it for another program. However, Arizona is my first choice. Anyway, my numbers are very similar to lemm916 and araew2129 and chose Tuscon preferred for the full college experience. My Pre-reqs are 4.0 (I retook two to bump it up), last 60 are 3.88 (1 non-A) and 95 on the HESI. I am sure based on previous history those numbers are good enough. I believe the Phoenix location watches the lectures via a feed from Tuscon. I actually think online lectures are better than in person if we have access to re-watch at our leisure and other features. So hopefully in Tuscon, we will have the best of both worlds. The biggest concern now is if my application was sufficiently completed and if there is any scholarship assistance or aid for the $53K out-of-state tuition. My last Fall Grade wasn't posted until December 24th and that school couldn't electronically sent the grades to CAS. So it was snail mailed January 4th cross country. Anyway, as a reminded in the small print on the application, I sent in my fingerprints to Public Safety for the possible interview and you guys should too if you haven't already. That cost about $90 for the whole process ($65 app, $15 UPS fingerprint fee, $5 check fee, $3 shipping and handling) If I get an interview, I am planning on driving and hopefully seeing the Phoenix facilities too. I believe there should be a tour and a meeting with current students Interview Day, Saturday, February 16th in Tuscson. Even though I have finished all my pre-reqs, I'm planning to take a community college Pharmacology and a Pathophysiology class because I hear they are tough subjects in Nursing early on plus don't want to start classes cold. My Pharmacology class is online and a good amount of schools offer them. Here's a listing from another school in case you are interested. https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/nursing/suggested_patho_courses Good luck to all and thanks for the previous writings. I look forward to the future ones.
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