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    Ohlone College vs. Chabot College

    tmoney... thanks for your thoughts! I actually had a bad experience just applying to Chabot, as I found them disorganized and not enthusiastic about their own program. I was put off by them, but I knew I just needed to apply EVERYWHERE, including there, to increase the chances of getting into nursing school. In the end, I was super fortunate to get into Ohlone's program, and I absolutely cannot wait to start. It is great to know that Ohlone is a very reputable nursing school in the area, and I have no doubt that I will be given a great education there. I will say a little prayer for you to get in! If you do, maybe I'll see you there! Best of luck and don't give up. We need more good nurses in the world... :anpom:
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    Ohlone College Spring 2010 chosen ones?? Are you out there?

    Thanks. I'll keep you in mind when I need to start buying stuff.
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    Ohlone College Spring 2010 chosen ones?? Are you out there?

    Thank you, thank you! Keep trying (and everywhere else for that matter), be positive, and you WILL get in! Good luck to you.
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    I got in!

    Yeah, really! It IS great to not feel alone! Our two years will likely fly by, but for now, I can't help but feel excited, anxious, scared, and motivated all at the same time! Well, kudos to you again in Illinois! I'm in the SF bay area of California, and I'll be starting this coming Spring at a community college too. Gosh, only 20 of us got picked!! Anyway, take care till then, and I'll see you around on this forum!
  5. Hi all, I just received a congratulatory email yesterday from Ohlone College saying that I was between 1 and 20 on their lottery list!!! It is so exciting and nearly a miracle that this happened if you ask me. Any one else out there who got in? I'm dying to know who else is on the list (not yet published) and to connect with others who may have been jumping up and down upon reading their emails like I was!!! Goodness gracious, I have to pinch myself every few minutes to make sure this is real! Look ma! I'm on my way to becoming a nurse! YeeeaaaYYY!!
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    I got in!

    YEAY!!! Good for you! Congrats!! :bdyhdclp: It's really fun to have others on here that share the same excitement for entering a nursing program!!! Friends and family just don't know what it feels like first hand... haha! I just found out yesterday too that I got in to my local CC's program!!! Same here, I start Spring 2010. Sounds like we're on a similar path. Where is your program? Congrats again and best of luck!
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    Ohlone College vs. Chabot College

    Hey all! I was wanting to throw this out there to gather any sentiments on the nursing programs at Ohlone College and Chabot College in the Bay Area. Finally, I am at a point at which I can start applying to schools (yeay!), and I have both of these on my list among others. My hope right now is to get into Ohlone's program as I know they have an all new facility in Newark, and in general I hear it's a good program. It's also closest in location to me, so I hope to get in! If anyone has any information, opinions, things you've heard about either or both of these programs, please share! I realize both schools are community colleges and use lottery systems to accept students, so I really have no say in what happens after I submit my application. At the same time, I am also concerned about the quality of the program I eventually end up in. Fat chance, but if I get selected for both and had to pick, what would convince me to go to one school or the other? Thanks for your time!
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    Am I Nurse Material?

    You can do it! If this is something you've been thinking about for a while, then go for it! Don't let anyone's words discourage you from going back to school. But if you're even a bit doubtful about nursing, talk to some actual nurses if you can, get more exposure to them, hear all the good and bad, volunteer at a hospital (that's what I'm doing, and its keeping me excited about nursing). Be proactive about learning more about the many aspects of nursing. Then dig deep and ask yourself whether or not you can commit to making it happen. Take a realistic view on life and see if you can be supported properly financially and emotionally throughout this journey.:thnkg: I too have a business degree which got me nowhere (but keep it handy because you may use it later!), and now I'm pursuing what I've found I'm more passionate about: life, learning, taking care of people, and science. I'm now done with prereq's and am about to apply for some schools this coming fall (:yeah:one step closer!). If you're hesitant about whether or not you'll get through schooling, just remember why you're in this situation in the first place. Your drive to become a nurse will help you overcome those obstacles. Sure, all those biology courses may be challenging, but find study buddies, talk to your teachers, use all the resources out there to LEARN, find tutors to help if you're struggling. I was never into academics, always got poor grades in high school and college, and now that I'm studying to become a nurse, I'm suddenly getting straight A's! You may surprise yourself when you learn about things you actually want to know about! I may seem absolutely sure that nursing is where I want to go in the end, but in reality, I don't really know how I'll be as a nurse, or even if I'm going to love what I'm doing. I bet I won't know until I'm in nursing school, doing clinicals, or even working my first nursing job out of school. All I know is that I've got to keep trying to get there so I can figure out what works for me and what doesn't, and so that I can find my "specialty," my niche and be the best nurse I can be. Are you "nurse material"? I don't think you'll know that either unless you try! Again, if you're support system is strong (aside from your mom, I suppose), and you can realistically dedicate yourself to becoming a nurse despite whatever negative things you may encounter (blood, guts and gory included), then totally do it! Good luck with whatever you decide!
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    San Diego City College, anybody in?

    :tku: That's super helpful, and discouraging at the same time. = ( I have pretty much all my prereq's done after this semester, and I already have a BS degree under my belt. Sadly, a few State Universities won't take me back because they're impacted, but I'm going to keep my head up! I just want to become a nurse one way or another without paying a ton of money for it, which is why I'm shooting for community colleges first. Perhaps after getting an ADN, I'll then move onto a BSN someday. Good luck to you and congrats on getting in!!
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    San Diego City College, anybody in?

    Hi! I'm thinking about moving to SD and applying to that SDCC, but I just started doing some research and it seems that its pretty tough getting into a nursing school in SD just like it is up north in the Bay Area. I read on SDCC's website that their list is 2 years long. I just looked into Grossmont, and I get the feeling theirs is long too. May I ask how long you've been waiting? And, do you have any thoughts on Grossmont vs. SDCC? Thanks for your time!
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    TEAS test

    I've heard that calculators are not used for the TEAS, at least here in the Bay Area, northern CA. Does anyone who has taken the TEAS have any input on whether or not the ATI practice materials are worth their purchase price?? I am hoping to take my test in the next 6 months or so.
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    microbiology in summer school?

    I took Micro last summer at my CC, and it was honestly really intense squeezing all that material into 6 weeks. I wasn't working, nor was I taking other courses, so I was fortunate to have the time to study, eat, study, sleep, go to class, and do it all over again. Yet, others in my class who did work that summer survived also, but they were of course exhausted coming into class. People who forced themselves through the short class thinking it would be easier than taking it during the semester were proved wrong. But at the same time, I know a handful of students taking it this semester, and they're struggling big-time too! This might depend on the actual instructor, but I'd say take it in the summer if you know you can honestly dedicate yourself to studying each and every day. There's a lot to learn in Micro, and if you are passionate about biology in general you will absolutely find Micro fascinating! It relates sooo much to nursing and to why people get sick in the first place. I ended up with the 'A' I wanted to get in the course, but it didn't come without a lot of effort! You can do it too, but you must accept the fact that it is accelerated and it may be tough, and then commit yourself to doing well! :hngon: Hang in there!
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    Samuel Merritt ABSN - San Mateo June 09

    Thanks a bunch Mochi57! I feel encouraged! I pretty much have all the prereq's done except for those two classes. Good luck with everything at SMU!
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    Samuel Merritt ABSN - San Mateo June 09

    Hey all! I am looking to possibly apply to SM's ABSN whenever I get patho and pharm done (you really have to finish these prereqs before applying, right?). I'd like to get them done this coming summer, but is it a crazy expectation to do both at once? I live in Fremont, and from preliminary research that I've done, there doesn't seem to be any schools that offer these courses nearby, especially in the summer. I reeeaallly don't want to pay an arm and a leg for some online class (read somewhere about Univ. of Nebraska's $1K course), but would rather look at a community college. Has anyone who is going into the SM program taken these courses locally? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks everyone!
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    Samuel Merritt ABSN - San Mateo June 09

    Just peepin' in... StarBelly, again, I'm not sure where you're at, but to add to the bay area list, Ohlone College offers a Micro class during the summer. I took it last year and looooved it. It was pretty intense, but the teacher I took (Finney) was excellent!
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    just took teas....looking to get into lpn program

    I was totally in the same boat. Got my BS in some non-healthcare-related field (Business) and wanted to change my career. Worked in retail also (uuuuggh!) and needed more in life. So, I'm now pretty much done with most prerequisites and onto the stage where I start applying after this semester. I have yet to take the TEAS (btw, how was it for you?). Good job for taking the test-- helps in keeping the ball rolling! If you're looking into an LPN program, there's tons of bridge programs to help you get to your BSN down the road, at least here in CA. My opinion is that you'd have to weigh the costs of time and money of becoming an LPN vs a BSN (over here, its about 2yrs vs 3yrs--and the cost vary widely from school to school). But! You can potentially start working sooner to help offset the costs of your BSN. If you are obliged to work the whole time you're in school, I'd say take caution in choosing schools and check out the ones that offer night classes. I don't think you're crazy for thinking about becoming an LPN first. In a way, it may be kinda practical. If you get a job as an LPN, and then become an RN later, chances are you'll get employed super easily at the same place or elsewhere. For now, I'm shooting to become an RN in a straight shot by getting an ADN first if I can't get into a school offering a BSN, but I haven't ruled out the LVN (CA term) option either. The ABSN programs are out there for us too, but they're hugely expensive-- a factor that is holding me back from shooting for it. Last resort perhaps. Anyway, good luck to you! :wink2:
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