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.
Good luck to all and thanks for the previous writings. I look forward to the future ones.