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  1. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC vs. UPMC Mercy comparison?

    I started at the Allegheny campus then transferred to Boyce for summer. I'm still at Boyce. I wasn't able to transfer back to Allegh (sections were full). From what I understand, the flip flopping is not looked upon well. The different campuses DO use different textbooks and the program varies greatly. Switching campuses is not easy. I really, really liked the Allegheny evening program. I found it very manageable.
  2. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2011

    No problem. Definitely get a Litman stethoscope, and make sure you put a label on it with your name. They run about $100 but you really want a good one - there is a big difference in quality. Look online for one - or maybe the uniform store. Oh, you'll also need a watch with a second hand. And I think it's a good idea to buy a BP cuff to practice (unless you already know how to take BP). You can wear white or navy longsleeves under the scrubs. At least you can at our campus.
  3. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2011

    I'm a current CCAC nursing student and you are all correct in that they are not necessarily straightforward with what you'll need. Here are my suggestions: Yes, get a stethoscope. You definitely need one. I suggest getting a high-quality one. White shoes, they don't have to be nursing shoes. Just make sure they are all white. Pen light, scissors, etc. When you get your book list, I suggest trying to find the books online, it's much cheaper than the bookstore. Each campus is different so make sure the booklist is for your campus! You have to get a drug test too. There are several places around the PGH area that do these. All of your clearances take about 2 weeks - oh, and you need to get the Hep B vaccine if you haven't already. If you have, you need to show them the results of the titer test. Good luck!
  4. Bobsdaughter

    BA Degree; Assoc in Nursing or Diploma to BSN

    I suggest finding an Associate's degree program (look into local community/technical colleges). Roughly 2-3 years will get you an associates degree and will allow you to sit for the NCLEX. After that, you're an RN, then you can get your BSN fairly easily. Plus, if you're working at a hospital, most offer tuition reimbursement.
  5. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Jan 23rd PAX resuls are in!

    I'd suggest against Boyce. Take a look in this forum on what some students are saying and consider it the truth. There is a huge difference among the different campuses (not just faculty - different books are used, tests are completely different, how lab is run, etc.). Do some research and try to find out which campus people consider the best one. Trust me, it's not about being "spoon fed", it's about being treated and tested fairly, which unfortunately, doesn't happen at all of the campuses.
  6. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Jan 23rd PAX resuls are in!

    If you're planning on going to Allegheny, I strongly suggest applying to the evening/weekend program. The staff is far superior to the day staff.
  7. Hi. I'm currently enrolled at CCAC Allegheny campus but am considering transferring to Boyce this summer. I'm curious, have any of you who are currently in 101 at Boyce registered for 102 this summer? If so, can you give me an idea of what your schedule is like for 102, (particularly what days you have clinical)? I've already applied for the transfer but have yet to hear anything. If I can get an idea for what the schedule is like, I'm going to push the transfer harder. THX!
  8. Bobsdaughter

    Future CCAC nursing student

    I'm currently attending CCAC and it's great. The academic load is very manageable, subject material is not too tough and it's very affordable. As far as jobs for student nurses, I suppose you could look into a job as an aid, although, I'd think there would be better alternatives than that. Good luck.
  9. Bobsdaughter

    Current CCAC NRN202 students

    YES! It does, tremendously, thank you!! I just wanted to see if there was an option for me other than having a clincial on Sunday. Thanks so much for the response!!
  10. Bobsdaughter

    Current CCAC NRN202 students

    Hello. Can any of you who are currently in your 3rd semester in CCAC's nursing program tell me how many days of clinical you have for this class? Also, which program/campus are you in, (Allegh Day or Eve/Weekend, Boyce, etc.). Curious too which day of the week you have your clinicals. Thanks for any info!
  11. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2010

    I got the list of required books at registration yesterday but was wondering if anyone out there had the ISBN numbers? That's the best way of assuring you have the right edition if you order it online. Anyway, I was going to call and ask Monday, but if anyone already has that information, would you mind passing it on? From what I understand, all books on the list are "required" but two, "Fundamentals of Nursing, Standards & Practice + Student Handbook & Studyguide" and "Med-Surg Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care + Study Guide" are the must-haves.
  12. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2010

    I'm in too! Allegheny Evening/Weekend program. Yeah!
  13. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2010

    I'd be willing to bet that the letters are mailed on Friday, meaning most local people would get them on Saturday. That way, they get less calls to the office, (since they are received on a weekend). A lot of places seem to do this. Just an idea. Good luck!
  14. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2010

    I'm SO glad there has been traffic on this blog! No, CCAC doesn't give out a ton of information. As a matter of fact, the adviser I met with back in June actually gave me "bad" information, but that's neither here, nor there. For anyone looking at this blog that is attending CCAC's nursing program currently; How does scheduling work? Are the students able to chose their schedule, or is it assigned? Also, are you able to "switch" programs ever, (ex. switch from Eve/Weekend to Day program say like the second semester)? I'm just curious about the "feel" of the program since the information I've gotten has been so limited. Thanks again and best of luck to all!
  15. Bobsdaughter

    CCAC Spring 2010

    EXACTLY! It mentions in the admissions packet that you get a ".75" added to your "score" if you have an "A" in either A&P 1 or 2 or in Micro but doesn't mention what the "scoring" system is. Perhaps it simply means that if you have shown you can do good work in those classes, you are given more consideration? Or maybe it means that literally .75 is added on to your GPA, (assuming the NET is nothing more than a "weed out", that they don't actually consider the score but just make sure you achieved the minimum score). Just a thought. In any event, it sounds like it's a bit more competitive than I had originally thought. I can't help but think though, from the few that have responded on this post, that we have are all in good shape. Retention is key, it keeps money in their pockets, so I can't help but think that those with previous degrees are in better shape, (meaning we've proven that we can make it through a program).
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