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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    The following is a timeline of the letters I received last year: Dated: April 14, 2014 It states: -- GPA used for ranking and then it states the Composite Score Used for Ranking -- Will begin ranking on April 24 -- If there is a discrepancy to contact the office by April 23 Dated: April 25, 2014 -- We are pleased to offer you admission to the Nursing Program Fall term 2014. -- Drop off $100 by May 07, 2014 to save your spot -- Attached letter to that states Mandatory Orientation, May 21, 2014 8:30-11:30 a.m. Once you have this letter, take your $100 to the cashier and save your spot. At that time you may request your ranking in person. Then you do a funky happy dance alllll the way back to your car. Dated: June 2014 -- This letter will state when your start date (Aug, Oct, Jan, Mar) and first date of class. Give or take a few days in 2015. You have a better idea of what to expect! Hope that helps.
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    Sweetp3a, That really is a subjective question because we all have strengths and weaknesses. I had to reflect on this question a bit. If you got that MCC acceptance letter in your hand after tackling the mailman/woman, YOU BELONG THERE! Nursing school will take you on a awesome journey. Once you've signed on there's no turning back, remember that! You will bust your a$$ to do your best because you don't have a choice. I do not know 1 person that thinks it is "easy" but I can tell you there are 36 that think it's one heck of a challenge. On days when I'm trying to balance my family, home, studying, working, it is very hard (almost panic worthy), but I have to remind myself that I asked for this. No complaining allowed! Time management is what makes it hard, not the material. You get out of it what you put in. My recommendation to those of you that are waiting to get in. Look at bridging programs to get your bachelors degree. Start working on prereq's, get them done! You will not regret it. I do not have mine done yet K, I need to go read my Infectious Respiratory Problems chapter. Whoot whoot!
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    I am currently in the 2nd semester. The classes are posted under registration so you can look at the times available to get an idea. It can certainly be difficult to decipher though. Some classes are only 4 wks so they are very fast paced. Typically we are in class 2 days per week and have clinicals 1-2 days per week depending on where you are in the program. Clinicals are in groups of 8 people and can be on days or afternoon shift at hospital, no midnights. It's pretty much a M-Th schedule, but we do have 1 group that is scheduled for Fri afternoon shift coming up for psych rotation. MCC will make your class and clinical rotation schedule (glad I don't have that job), and unless you have a "valid" reason, class schedules are not negotiated. I just make sure I'm where I'm supposed to be, when I'm supposed to be there, and do what I'm supposed to do when I'm supposed to do it. They own me. My instructors and classmates are amazing and I'm learning soooo much. I love the program! Best wishes to you!
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    Macomb Community College Nursing 2014

    I agree, the back pack I recommended was before I started the program. I currently use a standard backpack to carry my binders and only use that one above if I need to take my laptop with me somewhere.
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    The HESI study guide definitely prepared me for the exam. Having my A&P and micro completed also helped. I would say I actively studied a couple of hours per day for about 4-6 weeks before the exam. The math is what I feared the most. Practice, practice, practice. The more problems you do, the better your recall. Of course I've already forgotten how to do those darn fractions. Knowing there was no algebra on the exam eased my anxiety. There were story problems and household measurements, but they were very basic and easy to work out. Just take your time and do not let your emotions get the best of you. The study guide is the only source I used to prepare for subjects. If I did not understand a concept, I would look it up or find a video to clarify. Make sure you understand each concept presented and keep it basic. I personally did not find the study guide helpful in the vocabulary, maybe 5 words for my exam. You never know which words they'll pick, so study it! The exam seemed more like general knowledge to me. I took the HESI 3 times over the years. 89%, 87%, and 92%. The first 2 times were back when there were 1000 applicants and everyone had to have a 4.0 and a 99 to get in. I was an alternate and chose physical therapy assistant instead. It's a rewarding but physical career. - Remember, everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Find your weakness and work on that. - Watch nursing test taking strategies videos to help ease anxiety and teach you some ideas on how to decipher the questions. Practice and master what is in the HESI book and you can go in confident that you are prepared! Study on! Barb
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    I was actually surprised that there were only around 350 applicants that qualified for ranking in 2014. MCC even decreased the amount of test dates offered for the HESI. I remember the first time I applied there were like 7-800. Implementing the specific pre-reqs really slimmed down the competition and lowered the GPA ranking. Way back in 08/09 MCC took the most recent 12 credits so everyone had a 4.0. Now it's an even playing field and everyone in your group must bust their butt to compete. My goal when I went into the HESI was to get nothing less than 90%, so I was thrilled when I saw the 92.332. It was pretty cool! Take 5 min at the beginning of your exam to do some deep breathing and calm down. You are very well educated folks and your hard work will pay off. You have plenty of time to complete the exam so do not rush. I'm very slow at my exams and I had, I think, like 45 min. left. If you feel fatigued or anxious just stop, look away from the screen for a minute, regroup, and move on. This is the beginning of your journey! If you haven't yet, start looking at RN to BSN programs. I am still short some classes and wish I would've considered my options a little sooner to cram in math & chem before I started the program. While I did get some classes in, I should have focused on those two more than anything. Many of you younger students already have the math and chem skills and/or the time to take them before you start the RN program. I'll get there eventually. Holler if you have any questions!
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    Many people go straight to the reading comprehension because the paragraphs can be long and they are more focused at the the beginning of the exam. Work on your weakness areas first before you fatigue. HTH
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    MCC nursing applicants for 2015

    I'm currently in the RN program, August start. I had a 92% and 3.7103 GPA and I ranked #37, (I know you will ask) . I think you could work 32 hours in the first semester (weekends included). I do not work that much because I have support of my husband. Most people in the program are working 20-32 hr. If you are already in healthcare, that'll make it even easier due to increase comfort with patient interaction. For me on the hesi, I'd say vocab was the most difficult. There really is no good place to study for that. I'm horrible at math and scored a 98%. The calculator is exactly the same that is on your home computer using the / to divide and * to multiply. Learn your 8th grade math because you'll need it for med calculations anyhow. Take your time to master it and it will make things sooo much easier when you do meds. If you HATE math, go to youtube videos and learn to love it. I am loving the program. Currently we are in class M&Th. 9-12 and have clinicals Wed 7-4 (clinical schedules vary depending on site chosen for you, but it is only 1 day per week right now), so it's not outrageous. I saw some pretty amazing stuff today in clinicals! You hard work WILL pay off!
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    Macomb Community College Nursing 2014

    [h=1]Here's the one I will be using for the nursing program, I also used it for the PTA program at MCC. I got mine from target for $60.00. Looks like a backpack, rolls like a dream. [/h]http://www.swissarmy.com/us/product/Travel-Gear/Category/Collections/Architecture-3-0/Big-Ben-Mono-Retrax-Wheeled-Laptop-Backpack/31323501
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    Macomb Community College Nursing 2014

    I'm in, 3.71 and 92. I found out at noon, but couldn't post to let ya'll know cause I was at work. I was psycho texting my son to get the mail. Bet he's glad that's all over. :)
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    Macomb Community College Nursing 2014

    Four years ago I was an alternate in the nursing program, 30th out. I also got into PTA, OTA, RT, and Surg. tech. As soon as I paid my $100 for the PTA program, I lost my placement into the nursing program. Back then the PTA deadline was earlier than nursing too, so a decision had to be made. There was no guarantee that I would get in to RN and I wanted to make sure I got into a program. I don't regret my decision, I love physical therapy; the pay is awesome and so are my patients! I'm fortunate to work with a VERY good nursing staff at my SNF. My family thinks I am NUTS (I may be) to go back into a program and endure more torture, self inflicted! But I just have this feeling like I'm supposed to do it. Good luck to all of you!!! You've worked hard to get to where you are!
  12. Hi! Unfortunately I did not get in. I'm #220 , I am an alternate, so that's what... 68 out. heheheh I feel as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. As much as I have a passion for helping people and anyone that knows me knows I do, I'm kinda relieved and now know where I belong. Last year I was accepted into the PTA program and turned it down. I needed more time to figure out my place and where I best belong and give my kids one more year with mom. This year, I'm jumping at it! I don't feel as devastated as some may, because I wasn't absolutely positive that RN was what I wanted and maybe, just maybe, subconsciously I sabotaged myself on the HESI. If I can pull an A in A&P there's nothing I can't do I truly appreciate the love and support I've received from my online buddies, close friends, family, and college buds. This has certainly been an exciting ride, one that brings me to a better understanding of myself and I've met some fantastic people....you know who you are :heartbeat If I get called up (just incase there are 60% felons out there;)) I'd be happy to step up and answer my calling. For now I will pursue my original passion and that is with movement and strength. I will try to pop in and see how you are all doing, but I have a feeling once you guys start, you won't be visiting too often either. I truly wish every one of you the very VERY best in your programs study hard hard hard! I hope you have found your passion and have a wonderful journey through the RN program. God bless, Barb
  13. You guys are hilarious. :wtosts::cheers:
  14. LOL, that's cute :yeahthat:
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    No worker left behind???

    Hello, I went to my appointment today and I qualify as unemployed (I asked about displaced homemaker and he said no). It was a long class, 1.5 hr., and it "seems" like a lot of running around, but actually it was a fairly simple process. There were almost 30 people in the room. My case worker was very nice and the paperwork was straight forward. Many people in the meeting didn't have any clue what career they wanted to pursue or even what was available. I was the first one called to meet w/my case manager and we simply zipped through to make sure all the proper documentation was there to make a determination. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE EVERYTHING THEY REQUEST FOR THE "ELIGIBILITY" MEETING OR THEY WILL MAKE YOU RE-SCHEDULE. I still don't know for certain if I get the funds, but "G" said everything looks good and my test scores were just fine. Having my pre-reqs completed is a big bonus. The only thing I'm waiting for are my acceptance letters (I've applied to several programs as my nursing entrance score is a bit low) and I have to make a decision which program I'm going to go into. Then I just have to drop off the letter and the ball will start rolling . I have 6 months from today's date to make a decision or I have to resubmit all my paperwork again, (so there's a time frame for you to consider). I'm so excited and thankful to have this program available. It couldn't have come at a better time in my life as we all need all the help we can get right now. To anyone wondering if you qualify for this program, do your homework and absolutely try! It's better to ask and be turned down than never know if you had the opportunity to make it happen! We're talking $10,000 here and certainly nobody knows more than us how difficult it is to get into the healthcare programs and how hard we're gonna have to work once we get in. (I'm a nervous ninny and if I can do it ANYONE CAN!!!:pumpiron:) Good luck everyone, I truly wish the very best for all of you. PM me if you need more indepth info.
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    No worker left behind???

    EEEEGHADS!!! Nope, not gonna commit "fraud" here. (No "F" word allowed) You are absolutely right "displaced homemaker" is not what I qualify under. The Michigan Works employee was sitting next to me and she suggested that I mark that box; I don't know why the lady told me to mark that box, but it was the only box indicating homemaker status so maybe she misunderstood the term too. There is a displaced homemaker program at MI Works, but after researching it, I don't qualify for that. I appreciate jm123 bringing that to my attention as I was under the impression that "displaced" simply meant that I was no longer a SAHM and ready to return to the work force. I don't want to post inaccurate information on allnurses.com either so I'm glad you said something. Thanks again for the heads up jm123 and yeah.... you scared the crap outta me that I did something wrong. :sofahider I know a few women who are getting NWLB funds right now, but I'm not sure what status they claimed to get the funds or how they designate it. Two are in PTA at MCC and one is in the Nursing program. They were all SAHM and had no problems getting funds for training. Tell your wife to definitely look into it. I will get this matter cleared up on Monday and get back with you guys on how it went. I don't want to speculate any further until I have all my facts 100% straight.