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I'm in cohort 9 at Watts School Of Nursing in Durham, NC. I, like many nursing students in general, and men in particular, am pursing a second career. My blog is at: http://www.sendamantonursingschool.com

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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    The next testing date is this Tuesday the 10th http://wattsschoolofnursing.org/modules/watts_admiss_pro/index.php?id=9 After that there should be some dates in the first week or two of December. Call between 8-5 M-F and you should get someone. Search this thread or another Watts thread in this forum, we've outlined the process a couple of times. But basically, you register for the test, take/pass the test, then submit an app with a fee + essay. Upon approval of that you have to submit a background check for acceptance. Then you do the enrollment stuff.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    If you want to start in January then you most definitely need to be taking the exam ASAP. I believe they are testing this week, so if you aren't in this rotation then it will be September before you can take it. The test/apply/approval process takes 2-4 months, so you want to get going. If I were you, I'd also check with the school to make sure they still have openings for January...
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Wow, early June. I wonder how they are going to do that, we don't finish until July 2nd.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Question for you guys in cohort 10. You all keep saying that you're starting in June. What is your start date?
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Like I said, I'm ignorant on this topic and have intentionally stayed that way. Start with the Financial Aid off at MOC. You should be getting a letter from them before long telling when you go in to talk to everyone. You spend and hour or so making the rounds of the campus director, the financial guy, and financial aid. The lady in financial aid will give you the school's number so you can do the fafsa and a list of the institutions they primarily work with.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Lovee I'm not going to be much help to you there. This is the first time I've ever had student loans so I just did what my wife (who has student loans) and the financial aid person at MOC told me to do. I did go through cfnc.org to get the actual loans. I really can't tell you what I have for loans - LOL. Sorry. I'm currently working full-time (IT) while I'm in pre-req's. Plan to go to part-time when 1st semester commences, but by 2nd semester I know I'll need to be 100% focused and committed to the school work to be the student and nurse I desire to be. I have a 'contract' with my wife. I put her through school and she is going to do the same for me.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Carolina Girl, The Watts pre-req's are designed to accommodate the working person. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-10 and for the most part homework is at a manageable level. Starting with the nurse program it becomes more demanding. As a general rule expect to be at school/clinical at a minimum 8-4 Mon-Thu, with some Fridays thrown in and sometimes you need to BE AT clinical before 0700. You also need to allow time for outside classroom requirements such as homework, reading, test prep, skills practice, and group projects, and possibly study groups. Without doubt it's a full-time job of its own. I'm working full-time during pre-req's, will go to part-time in 1st semester and will become 100% full-time student by 2nd semester (not counting any NA work I do after my Externship between 2nd and 3rd semesters). As for age...you don't mention your age or have it listed in your profile, so no clue on that. HTH L
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Ooops, sorry.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    We have ****this semester. I've heard a rumor that they are considering using a Watts staff member to teach it going forward.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Laney Who taught your A&P?
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Lizzo Last I knew they were still filling slots in the July start. Once your application et al is processed you'll need to send in a background check form (and $) (you'll get a letter with all the specifics). Once that clears satisfactorily then you'll get the magically letter saying that you've been accepted and when you'll begin. Good luck!!
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    Want to move what is Watt's like?

    Like any nursing program, it's a challenge. Watts works in conjunction with Mount Olive College to provide a diploma along with an Associates Degree (not an ADN). You take your pre-req's through MOC at the Watts facility. They have a rolling enrollment with two starts each year, Jan and July. I believe they are currently still filling the upcoming July cohort. Getting in is more a competition against yourself than anything else :) You need to pass the entrance exam, then turn in the applications with an essay and personal references. Upon passing those steps you'll then need to pass a background check. When accepted you're put in to the next available slot. Durham is not a bad place, contrary to what is usually said. Like any city it has it's bad areas and elements. A lot of work is being done to revitalize downtown, and a major shopping area was developed in the southeast area a few years back that has been a boon. Cost of living is decent, especially compared to the NE. The school is in a new facility in the northwest part of town, close to the edge of town. HTH
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    Watts School of Nursing?

    rnrgrl, You need to have a BLS certification before starting the 1st nursing class semester. Best not to do it too soon as you want it to last through your entire tenure and there are only certain ones they accept.
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    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Lovee, Congratulations!! WTG...well done!
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    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    You'll hear back from Watts no matter what.
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    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    It used to be that there was a committee that reviewed the completed applications and once you passed the committee then you received the background check form. Not sure if that is still the case and, if so, how often they meet. As I recall I thought it was 3 or 4 weeks after I had everything in before I got the background check, and it was a couple weeks after I returned that that I heard back from the school. Best of luck!