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  1. Hi Everyone, I wanted to post and see if anyone out there was planning to apply to Sam Houston's BSN program this Fall? Or if any of you are already students there. It's a very new program, so I'm just curious about the quality of the program. Unfortunately it's the closest program to where we live by a long shot. So rather than having to drive 2+ hours each way to the medical center I've decided it's probably the best shot. I would prefer to apply to UT or TWU, but I may not have the choice. I've debated seriously over the last year about whether nursing is the best career choice with the economy being in a stand still and so many new nurses out there not being able to find work. What I really want to do is to go on to a Pediatric Nurse practitioner program. I had seriously put some thought into going to medical school, but I just don't know if I can bring myself to pay well over $200,000 for the education and spend the next 10 years in school. Do any of you regret your decision to go to nursing school? Do you feel that there are better career paths out there right now? Or do you think the economy will eventually right itself and the job situation will get better? I would appreciate your input! Take Care, Sonseria
  2. OpheliasWings

    Chemistry Advice

    Thanks so much for the post. This semester has been really difficult. I've been taking 14 hours with two science classes, on top of college algebra, and retaking an ethics course. So that's on top of being home full time with a 3 year old and just trying to juggle life. I was really not expecting the chem to be as difficult as it has. I think it's really the math that's gotten me stuck. I've spent tons of time studying and do great on the labs and class work, but I guess I'm just clamming up on the tests and just haven't done well on the exam scores. I've got finals next week so I'm hoping that I can manage to still pull a B. But if not I think I may have to retake it even though I really don't want to. I appreciate the input! Take Care, Sonseria
  3. OpheliasWings

    Chemistry Advice

    Hi Everyone, I just wanted to post here to see if anyone has any advice on the chemistry requirement for the bachelors programs. I am finishing out A&P II (honors) and Intro to Chem this semester and plan to take Micro and Statistics in the Spring, so my ultimate plan is to start applying next year. However, I've hit a bit of a bump in the road. It looks like I'll most likely be getting an A in the A&P II, however the Chem has kicked my tail this semester and I thought I was going to pull a B, but I messed up on my last chapter exam and I don't think I'll be able to pull it out for a B. So I wanted to find out if I should even consider applying in the Spring with a C in the chem course or if in your experience I should just go ahead and retake it. I'm just worried that even if I make an A in the Micro in the Spring, which would give me 3 A's and 1 C for the science portion of the GPA, but I just don't know if that is competative enough. Have any of you gotten into any of the programs here in Houston with a C in any of your science pre reqs? So far I have all A's and 1 B for the pre reqs, other than the Chem of course. I plan to retake my History 2 to bring it up to an A from the B, so if I buckle down and get the A in micro and the A in stats, that will just leave the C in Chem. I just want to make sure that my GPA is as high as I can get it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much! Sonseria
  4. OpheliasWings

    Texas A&M Spring 2012

    Hi Erin, Thanks so much for the great reply. It's nice to hear of someone thats in Sam Houston's program. I had gone in before they started the program and spoken with them about the pre reqs because they're so much closer to where we live. It's just hard to know if a program will be worth your time when they're so new. I had just spoken with a girl that is in my A&P II corse that said she's been accepted in to their program twice, but due to a failure on her part to pass her Anatomy course with a C or better she couldn't start the program. So that gives me some hope with my high grades that I won't have trouble getting in. We only live about 30-45 mins away from Sam Houston so it's actually a little closer than my drive into Kingwood to go to Lonestar. So the drive would be much better than trying to go to the medical center. My only erk is having to retake the developmental psych at Sam even though I've already taken it at Lone Star and passed it with an A. So I'll have to take it at Sam next summer after I finish my last two pre reqs in the Spring. In regards to the associates program that was my initial plan when I started, but I decided I wanted to get a masters degree so it would be easier to go straight to the bachelors degree. But I have looked at UT Arlingtons bridge program in the case that I may have to apply to the associates program as well. But you are right that an rn is an rn just depends on if you want to move u the ladder later on. But I think most people will go wherever they can get in.
  5. OpheliasWings

    Texas A&M Spring 2012

    Hi Erin, Thanks so much for your reply back about the program. I can understand about the Chemistry. I am currently taking Intro to Chem this semester on top of college algebra, honors A&P II, and an ethics course. It consumes all of my study time. I find it very hard to find any time to study for anything but Chemistry and even then I've currently only got a C average so it's very frustrating. I'm hoping to bring it up to a B by the end of the semester. I have been putting a lot of thought into where to apply now that I am only a semester away from finishing my pre reqs. I really wanted to be able to apply to UT Houston and TWU and Texas A & M, but the more I do the calculations it just seems ridiculous to pay soo much and have to travel that far to get to a school. And I agree that 4 hours a day of just driving does take away from your study time as well as from your family. At this rate the only options I have are Sam Houston State University, which is about 30-45 mins away, or the associates program at Lone Star where I am currently attending. I really don't want to have to take the associates option since I've spent so much time working towards the bachelors pre reqs, but I feel like I'm sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place. After calculating that it would cost several thousands of dollars just to park in the medical center for the length of the program I pretty much gave up on the idea of going to school downtown. But I figure if I can get through the bachelors program and get on somewhere I can go to one of the bigger universities for my masters degree once we have the ability to move closer to one of the other schools. Best of luck with your program! Take Care, Sonseria
  6. OpheliasWings

    Texas A&M Spring 2012

    If you don't mind me asking a few questions for those of you that applied to A&M, are you all accelerated students? Also did you have volunteer experience or prior healthcare experience? I have been very interested in applying to A&M. I am currently finishing out my A&P II (Honors) this semester, and I'm also taking Intro to Chem. So that would leave me needing to take Micro, Stats and Chem 1 in the Spring in order to apply. I'm just curious to find out what they are looking for in applicants. I live about 2 hours away from College Station, but it's been one of my top choices. I would really like to apply to either UT or TWU but I don't want to battle the drive and outrageous cost to park down in the medical center. I currently have a 3.7+ overall GPA, but that doesn't include the courses that I am taking this semester or in the Spring. How did you do in your chem courses? My intro to chem course this semester is eating me alive! All I do is study for Chem. Thanks in advance! Take Care, Sonseria
  7. OpheliasWings

    Advice for going into Pediatrics

    Hi Penny, thanks so much for your reply back in July. So sorry for the long delay, I've been incredibly busy with school this semester. I'm taking 14 hours this semester trying to finish out some of my pre reqs to start applying next year. If I can manage to get through my Chemistry course I'm just going to have to apply everywhere I can to try to get in. I'm interested in applying to A & M, UT Houston, and TWU. Sam Houston also has a bachelors program which is the closest but they won't be fully accredited till next year. I would prefer the much shorter drive, I'm just concerned with the current limited accreditation. I'm really preferring to get into the bachelors program that way I have a better shot at getting into an internship program. I'm praying I'll be able to get directly into pediatrics from the get go. So my Plan is to start voluteering at the children's hospital then take your advice and try to get a pediatric externship while I am in nursing school. That's great to hear that some of you have been able to transition into pediatrics. i It's my dream job so I hope I'm as lucky as some of you. Best of luck with the interview! Take care, Sonseria
  8. OpheliasWings

    Advice for going into Pediatrics

    Hi Penny, Thank you very much for your reply. I got an auto response today saying you had replied to this post. Actually I never recieved much information from anyone other than doing research on my own. Over 2 years later I'm still trudging away, though I'm almost done with my pre reqs. Since then my family and I have moved towards the Lake Livingston area north of Houston, so it's really put a damper on trying to choose a university to attend. I currently have an hour drive each way just to get to Lone Star, so I've been a bit turned off about trying to apply to the schools downtown. I have looked into several of the nursing internships offered at the pediatric hospitals here in Texas and I've also seen that MD Anderson offers a nursing summer externship program for students nurses which would be really nice especially since I'm interested in pediatrics. What area of nursing do you work in? Thanks again for your post! Take Care, Sonseria
  9. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi there, Thanks for sharing the extra information. I'm retaking a couple courses this summer myself trying to boost my GPA a little. I had a couple classes that didn't go so well when I first started taking online courses. We had internet issues and the whole nine yards so that semester was a bust. I was hoping to apply early next year, but I'm down to 3 more science classes, college algebra, and my stats after what I finish out this summer. I'm just debating on whether I should double up two science courses together or spread them out one per semester in order to get better grades. Only downfall to that is that it will push me back another year with the way the application dates are balanced. So it's a little up in the air right now. Best of luck with your classes! Hopefully they'll help your GPA. Take Care, Sonseria
  10. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Well that's a bummer. She had made it out like they go over everything in huge detail, the pre reqs, requirements, etc. Good for you! When do you plan on applying? Take Care, Sonseria
  11. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi Mochachild, Thanks so much for the great information. I'm surprised that they didn't have more of a turnout, but I'm wondering if either people don't know about the program or if the high cost and and requirements steer people away. It sounds as though they have pretty high standards for their applicants. I know when I had spoken to the dean's assistant she said that your application is only based upon your GPA and HESI scores. I wonder why their program is so much longer? I know with UT theirs is around 18 months I believe because they attend during the summer as well. I'm not sure why this program would be longer if they include the summers. As far as the financial aid I was able to find on their website that if you transfer in with a high GPA they have a $10,000 scholarship and if you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa I think it's like a $3,500 or $5,000 scholarship, can't remember right off hand. But even with that assistance it is very expensive. Even though they take less applicants it also looks as though they have less people applying, so I think that would actually work in your favor. As with UT Houston they have 1000+ applicants every application period, so even though they can afford to take more students, you also have way more competition. Well that's encouraging information. I was going to try to take Micro this summer, but I got in the class on the first night and realized that with the other courses that I'm taking this semester that there wouldn't be any way I could keep up with everything and come out with an awesome grade. So I'm having to push it back to the fall possibly. I'm trying to weigh out my science courses over the next few semesters, which I know is going to take me longer, but I'm down to so few courses I really want to make sure that my science GPA is pretty high. Did they say much about the pre requisites? I know she had said that they go over all of that at the information session. Thanks again for the information! Take Care, Sonseria
  12. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi Mochachild, No I wasn't able to attend. I've started my summer classes and our schedule is a little hectic right now. Were you able to go? If so did you get any valuable information? Take Care, Sonseria
  13. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi Mocha, Wow, yes you definitely seem to have a bit of a longer list than I do! I am a bit limited on where I can apply due a lot to distance. We live in the Lake Livingston area about an hour and a half north of Houston. So if I do get accepted to one of the programs downtown it will easily be a 2 hour trip each way. But, the way I look at it the short term sacrafice is going to be worth the long term gain. I had considered UT Arlington, but since moving really isn't an option for us right now I'm having to resort to the universities here in the area. Good for you! I know it must be a difficult choice, but if it truly is your calling then God will make it happen. Faith the size of mustard seed is enough to move mountains. You just have to believe. Amen to that! My hope and prayers are with you. Just keep the faith and I know you'll be successful. Thanks for the supportive post! Take Care, Sonseria
  14. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi Mocha, Thanks for the upbeat post! Yes, I have definitely put way too much time into researching and emailing schools trying to make the best choice possible. I've just about driven my poor husband crazy talking about class schedules and where I should apply. I know he'll be happy when I finally get in! lol I'm really hoping to get in to my top choice schools, but I know that it is very competative so I'm doing my best to keep my grades up and I'm putting the rest of it in God's hands. I know that if this is what I'm meant to do then I'll get in with a lot of hard work and determination. Absolutely! Where do you plan to apply to or have you already been accepted into a program? God bless you as well. Take Care! Sonseria
  15. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi MochaChild, Thanks so much for the post. I totally agree. I've been trying to cover all of my bases with the courses that I am taking that way I know that I'll be able to apply to more than one program. I plan to apply to UT-Houston, TWU, HBU, and Texas A&M if I can manage to squeeze in the extra stats and chem course. I had planned to apply to Sam Houston as well, but they require that your Psych-growth and development course is taken at their college, they won't accept the community college level course. And I just don't know if I want to have to go to the extra trouble when I already have enough on my plate finishing out what I have to finish. That's what I've been trying to tell my husband is that there are thousands upon thousands of applicants and only a few hundred spots available. I had originally planned to apply to the associates programs, however I really want to get my bachelors out of the way and I only have about another 2 semesters to go before I'm finished with all of my pre reqs to apply starting next fall most likely. I'd like to take a little time off and maybe get in some volunteer time next summer. Thanks again for your post!
  16. OpheliasWings

    Houston Baptist University information

    Hi there, thanks so much for sharing. I'm currently trying to finish everything out over the next couple semesters. I'm taking a full load this summer then part time in the fall in spring to give myself more time to ace my remaining science courses. So I plan to probably start applying next fall so I can take a little time off. That definitly sounds like a very expensive ADN! When I originally thought about going into nursing I was planning to do the associates program at LoneStar, but I figured in the long run it would be better for me to go ahead and do the bachelors program. That way I can get into a masters program without having to go back and do a RN to BSN program. I'm just praying I'll be able to get into some sort of internship or land a job after school. I want to work in pediatrics, so that's why I've tried really hard to keep my grades up. Hoping it will help out in the end. Thanks again for the great information! Take Care, Sonseria
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