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  1. kellmoiselle

    Watts School of Nursing?

    Sorry, I meant to say the prereqs are taught at WATTS two nights a week, not at Mount Olive itself!
  2. kellmoiselle

    Watts School of Nursing?

    You will be accepted to the school and then you are required to do a semester of prereqs that are taught two nights a week at mount olive before your start your nursing courses. I think it's 18 credit hours, if you have already taken one or all of the prereqs and get credit for it then you will still be required to take 18 more credit hours with mount olive, most people did online classes for this. You would be better off applying to the school and seeing if you get in before taking the classes, otherwise you will end up taking useless credit hours and spending more money if you get into Watts.
  3. kellmoiselle

    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    I promise you are not the only one with this issue! Talk to the instructors and let them know and I'm sure they will work with you!
  4. kellmoiselle

    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Classes usually start at 9am and run to about 3 or 4 at the latest, you clinical days will vary in start from 7 to 8am, maybe a bit earlier, depends on the site. I know in first semester we didn't have any earlier than that but you may have to travel 30 minutes from the school, depending on what clinicl sites they are using.
  5. kellmoiselle

    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    Don't read the passages, there is no way you can! Skim the passage for the answer to the question. In fact I would find it hard to believe you could answer all of the questions on the reading section period. I didn't and still did well.
  6. kellmoiselle

    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    The admission test is a very interesting experience. You have two portions, you have a 90 question ( I believe that is how many it was) and you don't have a lot of time to answer. This is the academic aptitude portion and it has math, synonyms (like a sentence with a word and you have to tell what a synonym for the word is, and spatial problems with shapes (like this is to this). The second part is a reading comp part where you read a passage and then answer the questions based on it. The first time I took it I didn't answer enough questions and my score was terrible, I didn't even get through half of the questions on the first part. My personal strategy when I retook it was answer ALL the questions even if i had to guess. My score the second time was excellent. The test scores are based on how well everyone else does so if you got only 20 questions right but everyone else that tested that day where ever they were got 10 right then you will be in the top percentile. The reading is tough because you are kinda burnt out after all the questions in the first portion but don't read the passage, you will waste all of your time, Just scan the passages for the answers. I don't think many people actually answer all of the reading comp questions so don't worry if you don't. I'm sure others have different strategies but that is what worked for me, after I knew how the test was the first time I knew how to take it the second time. As far as studying goes, focus a lot on fractions (add, subtract, dividing and multiply) and converting fractions to decimals and vice versa. That is a lot of the math because when you get to dosage calcs that is pretty much the basis. Hope that helps!
  7. kellmoiselle

    Anyone starting Watts School of Nursing in Jan '09

    Watts and MOC do not charge more for out of state, I was a California resident when I moved back to NC and started Watts. Watts and MOC are considered private institutions, not state supported so everyone pays the same thing.
  8. kellmoiselle

    Calling any Watts School of Nursing Students!!!

    You tuition for Watts and for MOC will not differ from residents, they are both private programs and not state schools so you won't pay more than NC natives.
  9. kellmoiselle

    Watts School of Nursing?

    I do have very good credit, but I still got a cosigner as well, they wouldn't allow me to apply without one since I have no income. The better your credit the better the rate you will get. Check out wells fargo Education Connection Loan, I also know someone that got one through Wachovia but I didn't find any info on that when I was looking so I'm not sure about that one. Sally May used to have a private loan but they are no longer taking applications for that due to the economy being in bad shape. College Foundation NC has an Extra education loan that is private but my understanding is th.at you aren't eligible for that in your first semester. I will graduate in May 2011, I started my prereq course with MOC in Jan 09 and am in my first semester of nursing courses now. Are you referring to the entrance exam for the school or the NCLEX that you will take when you graduate to get your licensure? If it's the later I don't have any advice on that yet :)
  10. kellmoiselle

    Watts School of Nursing?

    w201962, I am not working as a student, I may work a bit as a CNA in the coming semesters but I am in my first semester so I thought it best to hold off and see how I was handling everything. There are people that are still working though school in my cohort. The financial aid that I got from Mount Olive didn't cover all of my tuition for the first two semesters and I wasn't left with any excess. I have a decent amount in savings but decided I didn't want to use everything thing I have and be left with nothing after graduation. I took out a private loan through Wells Fargo as that was really my only other option. I know private loans have higher interest rates but sometimes if that is the only options you have to take it. Plus if you do the tuition payback option through Duke you can pay them down faster. I will still end up using the majority of my savings before I graduate but I had to think about the outcome and how I will have a great job and be able to pay my loans. So my advice is look into some private loans or work, those are really the only options I can think of to supplement income while in school. I'm not gonna lie, I'm a planner too and money worries have really been the hardest part of this experience so far for me. What I did was take a good look at what I have and how much it takes me to live on per month and figure out how much of my savings I wanted to use toward schooling and living and then I took out a loan. Good Luck!
  11. kellmoiselle

    New grad salary?

    Hi, I don't know much about the salaries for the Duke Med hospitals but I can give you some insight to Watts. I just started the nursing portion this July! I'm in the first cohort for the new curriculum. So far I am loving it. We go mostly Mon-Thurs, I have one friday that I have to go this semester. First week was all orientation, the next two weeks were class from 9-3, Mon-Thurs. Then is switches to where you will have lab either Mon or Tues (depending on what group you are in) and then the other day you will be at your clinical sight. For example, I go to lab from 8-11 (skill practice in mock setting) on Mondays and in a few weeks we will be starting clinicals sights Tuesday but for a few weeks we just do skills lab on both Mon and Tues. We have three clinical rotations, mine is three weeks at Forest at Duke, then three weeks in the peds nursery at Durham Regional then three weeks at White Oak Manor in Burlington. All of those will be on Tuesdays from 8-2:30. Class will be two days a week on Wed and Thurs. So for me Mon-lab, Tues-clinical, Wed & Thur class. We have a test about every two weeks. So far i'm really enjoying it an it's a great school and you get the sense that the instructors really care about your success. I was a bit nervous about being the guinea pig for a new curriculm but I think it will work out well. Let me know if you have any other questions and maybe I can help!
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