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  1. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    I love crossroads! It means you have options and that's what we all want! Thanks for the congrats. It's hard being a new nurse but it's fun and so much to learn still. Intro from what I remember was super easy and tech writing I took at DCCCD, and was mostly writing a lot of papers; not too difficult. Goodluck!
  2. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    I started this thread when I was just starting pre-reqs. And now wanted to pop in and let everyone know that all of the heartache, all of the tears, the maddening and infuriating moments of your nursing school career are all worth it. In August, I graduated from the UTA AP BSN fast track program and took NCLEX in September. 75 questions less than an hour. Passed! As of last week, I am an RN! I started orientation at my hospital on Monday and finished the last day on Friday. I am in a med/surg fellowship and will be working on a Gen Surg floor. I am a NURSE! Good luck to everyone.
  3. txnurstud! Hey, today is the superbowl, so I'm sure you're not wanting to chat it up about nursing school, but I'm proud of you for still keeping with it! Still u are closer now than you were last year. I'd love to hear about the changes you've laid out or the stand you've taken. Feel free to call me anytime. Right now I'm taking critical care and peds. Let me know if you have any questions or want to vent! haha
  4. Hi there, The classes are a set amount. You can read ahead if you have time. You could theoretically turn assignments in early, but exam dates are usually set. So, if it's a 15 week class, it will take you that long to complete it. Also, there are no clinicals during your pre-reqs. That comes after you apply and are acccepted into the program. And yes, please do not attempt to work more than 16 hours or so in this AP BSN program. Take it from someone who tried and failed! :) I didn't quit school, but I had to beg my boss to find me a part time position shortly after the program started. I was very adamant that I could work full time, but it was miserable. I went part time about week 8. Don't try it. It's a LONG road, but it's totally worth it! I am starting Senior 1 (cohort 2) with the Parkland group and will finish in August. 7 more months to be an RN!!!! Good luck everyone!
  5. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    My clinicals are at Parkland. There are many hospitals and there is no way to be sure which you will be assigned unless you work at a partnering hospital. Otherwise, they ask you to rank your top three choices. And also, you don't get to choose your days. Each instructor will have different days.
  6. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    NVSMOM, Yes, everything is pretty much online. There are a few excursions you will need to do offline, such as visiting a fitness center, group projects, group study, etc. They experimented with us having proctored tests at the campus, but that only lasted one semester. Parking was horrible, but now we have proctored tests at our clinical site for Junior 2. The class schedule starts out pretty hectic and then it ramps up horribly! The classes are much like the pre-nursing classes at UTA (patho, pharm). We do a lot of discussion board postings, reflection papers, NCLEX questions, Evolve modules (a pain), and case studies (awesome!). Lots and lots of reading assignments. Your clinicals for the first semester will be two days a week, 10 hr days. The actual days will depend on which clinical instructor you get. Some can only teach on certain days. The first day is a skills lab where you learn the fundamental skills, such as assessment (biggie! not easy), and routine skills - foleys, injections, IV's, etc. The second day we were in the hospital taking care of patients. Hope this answers some of your questions.. let me know if you any others. By the way, I said before that I had a glitch on a test (flunked the midterm in assessment) because I was working. I ended up with all A's and only one B in that class. I was happy. You'll do great!
  7. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    I made it into the program and don't regret a thing. I worked full time until about the 8th week and nearly had a breakdown. I did flunk one test because I had been up for 30 hours after working a night shift, but I immediately went to part time after that. So far, A's in all my classes except one C that will probably come up to a B. I don't know how it compares to the traditional program, but the accelerated program is VERY fast paced. Honestly, don't even THINK of working full-time. They really mean it when they say you can't do both. As far as my experiences, it is AMAZING! I love what we are doing. But it's hard work!
  8. The participating hospitals were on the form that I had to turn back in. If I remember correctly it was Parkland, Baylor, Texas Health Resources, and John Peter Smith.
  9. shasta12

    New RN looking for Dallas job...

    This really worries me. I am just starting nursing school in June.. will be finished with my BSN next summer. Why do I hear so much about the nursing shortage if none of the hospitals are hiring new grads? I work at Parkland now as a PCA while working on my prereqs. I hope they let me work as an RN since I already work there now.
  10. BLA3911, my advisor and all the coaches are very helpful and quick to respond. Last year, I set an appointment to sit down and do a face to face transcript evaluation. I'm not sure why you're having issues, but to answer your question, they haven't treated me unfairly. I am sooo excited to start June 14th!! Can't wait to buy my navy scrubs, and sew on my patches to my lab coat! It's a long road everyone but just remember, it goes by quick. So, learn as much as you can, soak it all in. I'm a worry wart. Worried that I didn't learn enough to start nursing school. I'm sure I'll find out soon enough!
  11. shasta12

    Please Rate My PreReq's Workload...

    Actually, if you check the date, that was last year, Feb 2009. At the time I didn't know there was such thing as flex terms. I Ended up taking Dev Psych, Tech Writing and Govt during the Spring 2009 A&P I and II during the summer 2009 and Microbiology and Statistics during the fall 2009. And no, it wasn't easy to take those classes accelerated as I did. But I did manage to keep a 4.0 GPA. But thanks for your help.
  12. shasta12

    My first interview after passing nclex

    Nap12, I know this was almost a year ago, but I would like to know the results of your job search from your posting here. How long did it take, did you find what you wanted, etc.. ? Anyone else who will share would be great too. I just finished my prereqs, taking prenursing classes waiting to hear if I get into UTA..
  13. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    Hey Everyone.. I know I started this thread last year when the program barely existed, but just wanted to update. I am finished with my prereqs, I made the Jan 5th deadline for application to the 15 month UTA Academic Partnership program. For those who don't know. It's no longer a second degree program. Anyone who has the prereqs is eligible. And they now have start dates of Summer, Fall and Spring. All classes are online, except for clinicals. Each hospital has a certain number of seats reserved which their employess compete for. Everyone else (those without a hospital partnership) competes for the remaining seats. If you need more info about the UTA AP program, goto UTA.EDU/NURSING and click on the Academic Partnership box. I hope I am accepted for this coming summer session! Goodluck everyone!!! Keep me posted on your progress.
  14. shasta12

    Please Rate My PreReq's Workload...

    I can't believe I finished all my prereqs! Thanks everyone for your advice.. 4.0 GPA sofar!! :) Thanks
  15. shasta12

    UTA Second Degree Fast Track Program

    Thanks so much for that! Now I know what to look forward to! Tommy
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