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  1. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Hi everyone and good luck as you go through the interview process. I happened across this thread (even though I should be studying!) and saw some questions about the program addressed to current students, so I thought I would answer. I am in Cohort 5, so I am in my second semester of the program. I am really happy with the program overall and am happy that I decided on the MEPN program. It is not a perfect program and we, as students, definitely have a list of things we would change if we could. But overall I am so happy to finally be in nursing school, and I am really happy with the quality of my peers; the good definitely outweighs the bad. Here are some suggestions/comments that you may find helpful: Be patient with the process. Nothing in this program happens in a very timely manner, so the sooner you accept that fact, the better. It can be VERY frustrating, but that is just the way it is. Stressing over it or complaining about it doesn't change it, so you just have to try and accept it and move on. (We literally didn't find out about our classes and clinical sites until a week or so before we started last August.) However, I have heard similar complaints from students in other nursing programs, so I don't think CSUDH is too unusual in this regard. On working: There are people in the program who are working, though not necessarily full time. It is possible if you are someone with really good study habits and don't mind having very little personal time, but it will create a great deal of stress and you will probably feel like you are always playing catch-up. Also, if you are working, you will need to manage your work schedule around your school schedule and not the other way around. They will not accept "I have to work" as an excuse to change classes or rotations. So your work schedule would have to be VERY flexible. If you are trying to decide between a community college AA program and this program, know that you will probably receive better clinical training in the AA program. We do have a lot of classes that are required of master's level education (policy, ethics, research) and honestly, they detract from the clinical skills we are trying to master. You just have to decide what is more important to you, based on what you will likely want to do after you graduate. If you are accepted and find yourself sitting around bored in the summer, spend some time trying to memorize basic lab values (electrolytes, etc.) and understanding acid-base balance. Having these under your belt will help you down the road. Good luck!!
  2. kimandart

    CSUDH's MEPN Prereqs

    You should, of course, run all your important questions by the program admin. I can only tell you how it was for the current entering cohort. What I was told was that your pre-reqs could be in progress. However, if you have all of your important science pre-reqs in progress, without grades to submit, they may not be able to evaluate you properly. When I attended the info sessions, they told us that the grades you received in your science pre-reqs were a good indicator of how you would do in nursing school so I was led to believe that they would play an important role in admission decisions. I had my big science pre-reqs (chem, anatomy, physiology, micro...) completed before I applied and saved the non-science pre-reqs for the in-progress classes (like speech). Good luck!
  3. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Bummer about already taking the class -it will definitely help you with the CSUDH patho, though. I waited to register for it until I knew that I was accepted - so I didn't spend the money if I didn't have to. You may want to talk to JE about it, though. It couldn't hurt. I was only looking at local schools (South Bay area of L.A.) - I have three kids, so I am not in a position to move or go too far, but I felt confident with my grades and background and recommendations and CSUDH was my first choice bc it was a MEPN program, which trumped all AA programs. Nursing schools apps are stressful, though, so good luck!
  4. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    genzey, Here is the exact message I received from JE on patho: "The SBCC patho class is a lower division class. Our patho class is upper division. Also, the unit value needs to be equivalent to 3 units." Even though they may previously have accepted it, they definitely are not accepting it now. When I spoke with him about it, he said that they were finding that the people who took a lower division patho course weren't as prepared for the MEPN program as they needed them to be, which is why they are pointing everyone to their own program. I know it is expensive ($750 - yikes! and that may go up), but CSUDH is still a great bargain. Good luck and feel free to post more questions as you go through the process. I went to two orientations for the MEPN program and am starting in August. It is so exciting and the level of students who have been admitted is excellent, which makes it even more exciting (and scary!)
  5. kimandart

    CSUDH's MEPN Prereqs

    Here is the link for information on the program: School of Nursing. I believe that they don't usually start having info sessions until August, so you will probably need to check their website closer to August or email them for information. (I didn't see any dates on the site - they are usually at the bottom of the page linked above.) Also, as a heads up, I heard they will be requiring all incoming MEPN students to have completed a CNA course, so you may want to work it into your schedule now. Good luck!
  6. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Definitely hang in there! I have a friend who also received a letter last week. It definitely seems like the process is still under way... Good luck!
  7. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    For those of you waiting to hear back from JE - don't worry if it's after the time he told you he would respond. He did the same for those of us who heard earlier in the spring. I think he just has a lot of responsibilities, especially with the budget cut-backs and everything. I heard that CSUDH is having finals this week so maybe after his current class ends you will hear. Good luck and let us know what happens!
  8. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    NP. And seriously, good luck. I honestly don't mean you any harm and I hope you do well on your interview. As Mya said, it's very basic and you should do fine. If you do end up getting in, I will have 20 months to show you that I'm actually not too bad and I definitely won't be a "mean and rude" nurse. Are you planning on taking patho in the summer, or have you already taken it?
  9. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Wow, that is really a surprising response. You blatantly ask for questions to an interview and are upset when you are called out for the inappropriateness of it. It is a form of cheating, which I was pretty nice not to say in my initial post. I am definitely not mean and am going to make an excellent nurse. But I have carried students like you through many pre-req classes and to be honest, it is something I am hoping to avoid in this program. I am hoping that the application process is weeding out people who are not actually qualified or ready for the intensity of the program. And the problem of nurses who are unable to communicate with patients is a very large one and causes a lot more patient unhappiness than nurses who are straightforward and honest in their communication. Obviously this is a sensitive issue for you. I again apologize that you took for "mean" what was meant to be helpful conversation.
  10. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Teodora, I certainly do not mean to be rude, but throughout this thread we have given a lot of information that will help you through the interview process - certainly more than any of us had going into the interview and we did just fine. The writing sample is very basic. If you are unable to sit and complete a basic writing sample without preparing for it ahead of time, you may want to reconsider this particular program of study. All nursing programs are intense. This is a masters-level program, which will make it even more intense and fast paced. You will not be doing yourself, your future patients or the other students in the program any favors by entering the program if your English is not very solid. Again, I am not trying to be mean, but it is inappropriate for you to ask for specific questions to the interview so that you can prepare ahead of time.
  11. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Congratulations!!! It is kind of a bummer to not receive more information with the acceptance - I was expecting a whole packet of information like schools did for undergrad stuff, but it's exciting nonetheless. Welcome aboard!!! Kim
  12. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    For those of us who have already heard, we initially received only a single page letter (maybe two pages) from CSUDH Office of Admissions. However, we have since also received a small letter from SON as well, so I am not sure if you will receive them as we did. Good luck and let us know!!!
  13. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    I also interviewed with ----- and he was really easy to talk to. (He likes to talk so it will probably take you twice as long to interview as they tell you.) He will ask you questions from a script - pretty much the same things you address in the portfolio, as well as the always tough, "who are you?" lol. Then you will have a pretty straightforward writing sample. I believe you have two topics to choose from - I can't remember what I wrote about, but I think it was something like "why I want to be a nurse". Good luck and let us know what happens!
  14. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    I think I can speak for those of us who have already been accepted into MEPN- don't worry. We already received our acceptance letters and mycsudh is still not updated to reflect that we have been admitted. Also, nothing shows up under "to do" and nothing shows up for financial aid, except that it is being reviewed. It is a little frustrating, but they are pretty short-staffed now, especially with budget problems and furlough days. Good luck and don't worry if you get a skinny little envelope... the acceptance letters were only single-page letters. Let us know when you hear. PS How was patho? I am taking it in the summer.
  15. kimandart

    CSUDH Entry MEPN Program - Fall 2010 Applicants

    Hi Rachele, Good luck with your interview this week. Here is how my timeline went... I turned in my app in December and interviewed in January. I received my acceptance letter February 23. Let us know how it goes. Kim
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