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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Thanks mrsgood. I hope you get the campus you requested (Plant City, right?) I hoped it was DM days for me, but the letter didn't say "days". It's sure nice of them to let us figure it out on our own like this!
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Shamanai, I'm assigned to Dale Mabry (days). So far, it looks like you, me (psstoops) stephanie262, and Kardelen. Anyone else going to DM? Days or nights?
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    No. My letter assigns me to the Dale Mabry campus, but it doesn't specify days or nights. I sure hope it's for days, since nights would probably be impossible for me! For those of you who received something that specified days/nights, was it on the letter or the confirmation form? Because my acceptance form had the wrong campus (Southshore instead of DM), I'm wondering if I had received the correct confirmation form if it would have specified days...(???)
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Kardelen I just received an email response from HCC Health Sciences Dept. They said that the letter, which has my name printed on it and the new orientation dates, etc., has the correct campus assignment. So I'm in Dale Mabry! :) The confirmation form that I'm supposed to sign and return has an error on it (Southshore instead of Dale Mabry). So they told me to send in the confirmation form accepting my seat, but I can scratch out "Southshore" and write in "Dale Mabry," which is the correct campus assignment as stated on my letter. They also said that I do not need to send an additional $35, since I already sent my payment in March.
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    eyoung1975, Do you remember if you got an error message popup when submitting your payment for your background check? After I filled out the background check information and submitted my credit card number, the screen froze. So I called them and they looked it up and confirmed that they never received my payment. They walked me through trying to pay online a second time, but I still got an error code screen. They ended up taking my payment information over the phone and it went through with no problems. I received my background check report via email two days later. If it's been more than a couple of days since you sent in your background check request, I would call Edge Information (321) 722-3343. Karla in customer service was very helpful.
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    A friend of mine, who was an alternate, received her acceptance letter today. Congratulations to all! I'm a little confused because my letter says that I've been assigned to the Dale Mabry campus (which is what I wanted), but the Confirmation Form is for the South Shore Campus! (?) Hopefully this was a mistake. I'm also confused about the $35. I already sent a check with the last Confirmation Form back in March. I guess I'm going to have to send another email...
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Hi snowmyst. Sorry to hear about your mother passing away. Similar to your experience, after being a caregiver for my dad and grandmother, who both passed away during the past few years, I decided I wanted to become a nurse. I’m 37 years old and just got accepted into the HCC nursing program starting this fall. Personally, I will be treating nursing school as a full-time commitment, and will probably only work one day a week while in school (and hopefully more during the summer). Many people work more because they don’t really have a choice, and I know it can be done. But if you can rearrange your budget so that you can get by with less income for a few years, it will probably help you get better grades so that you can get into the nursing program you choose. Since I knew that getting into the nursing program at HCC was so competitive, I talked it over with my husband and we decided that I should cut back on the number of hours I worked so that I could actually read through the textbooks and study (not just cramming before tests). I managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA, but I know a lot of other smart and dedicated students who had to work full-time, care for young children, etc., and couldn’t study as much as I did (and that’s probably why they had slightly lower GPA’s). I told my husband that if I didn’t get all A’s on the prerequisites, I might not get into the nursing program. He reluctantly accepted it when, instead of spending time with him in the evenings, I shut myself up in my room memorizing anatomy and microbiology terms, etc., so that I could get those A’s. After seeing so many people on this board who are really good students and people who deserve a chance to go to nursing school getting rejected because of the limited number of seats, I would highly recommend that you take your time with the prerequisite classes. Allow yourself enough time to study and digest everything so that your GPA is high enough to get into the nursing program of your choice. I don’t know anything about SPC, but HCC offers a nights/weekends nursing program. At HCC there were usually a few people in their 30’s and 40’s in my classes, however the majority of students seemed to be straight out of high school or in their mid-twenties. But don’t let your age hold you back. Maturity is a plus in the nursing field, and you should follow your dreams. I wish you the best with your goal to become a nurse.
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    HCC Continuing Ed offers day or night 4-hour CPR classes that are AHA certified: http://hcccontinuinged.com/training-courses/course-details.cfm?ID=751 I'm sure there are plenty of other options, but I took this class earlier this year, and I'm hoping it meets the nursing program requirements. They gave me an AHA Healthcare Provider card certifying me for 2 years (BLS: CPR & AED).
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    I just received the same system generated email from MG in the Health Sciences Department. I hope this means that the letters are going to be sent out soon!
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    I put my application in the DM drop box last Friday & received my self-addressed postcard the following Wednesday. They've cashed my check, too. So hopefully no news is good news at this point. I noticed that Web Advisor now shows a list of docs *needed asap." The "Adm, Reg, Rec" Department is requesting the following documents: Consent Form HCC Application Health Sciences Proc. Fee $53 High School Transcript Out of State H.S. Nursing Application Form Nursing Prerequisites This list wasn't on Web Advisor before, and the documents requested are the ones that I submitted last Friday. So I think that the Health Science Department entered me in the system, but they haven't transferred the docs to the Admissions Department yet. Does this sound right? Are there other nursing applicants out there with a similar list in their Web Advisor My Documents folders?
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Oh, and sorry but I have no idea about any easier higher math classes. I would suggest talking with an adviser, but you still might not get the insight you want. Maybe you could talk to someone in the Learning commons tutoring center? I don't have any personal experience to know if they are truly helpful, but if they're really helping students get through math courses, they may know which ones are easier to handle.
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    Hillsborough Community College Fall 2011

    Hi everyone! I just dropped off my application at the DM camps drop box yesterday. I must have stood there going over it several times to make sure I didn't forget anything, but I didn't include a copy of my photo ID. Yikes! Sandm55, are you sure a photo ID was required with the app, because I can't find it listed on the checklist & I'm wondering if I'm missing something that's right in front of me? (It won't be the 1st time... ) I'm a little spooked since I've read all the warnings about how incomplete apps will not be considered. Did anyone else submit a copy of their photo ID with the nursing application?
  13. It's a shame no one has responded. I'm seriously considering taking the CNA accelerated course at HCC Continuing Education Center in January 2011 and would love to hear from someone who has taken their course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Tampa Bay CNA Courses - Evening and/or Weekend?

    Hi Robinann. I know your post was from a while ago, but hopefully you'll see this message and respond. I'm seriously considering taking the CNA accelerated course at HCC Continuing Ed in January 2011. Can I ask you a few questions about your experience? Would you recommend the HCC CNA course? Where did you do your clinicals? Did you pass the exam and get a job as a CNA--or in other words, was it worth it? I think it's going to cost around $750 but I'll be waiting 8 months before nursing school begins. I really want to get a job as a CNA to get my feet wet since all my past work experience was in an office (not medical). Although it's a little expensive, I thought the 2 weeks experience in a hospital as part of the training would be very helpful. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Anyone start their career late in Life?

    I'm 36 years old, and will be starting an RN program next fall. If all goes well, I'll begin my new career as an RN when I'm 39. When I was younger, I never felt strongly about any particular career. I was mostly concerned with making money and I was perfectly happy working in an office--first as a legal assistant, and later as a programmer/analyst. Even though I was relatively mature after graduating from high school at age 17, I never even considered nursing because I didn't want to deal with anything "gross" (blood, feces, urine, etc.). But then my dad got stomach cancer and my very energetic grandmother started to wind down in her nineties. My experiences with the Hospice nurses who helped them during their final days were wonderful and very inspirational. At some point I realized that I didn't want to spend the next 30 or more years working in a cubicle. I decided that I needed a career where I could help people, rather than just helping corporations make a great deal of money. Now, after years of helping care for family members who needed all kinds of assistance, and just growing up and learning about who I am and what makes me tick, I finally feel that I have a calling. I want to be a nurse! So I've finished the prerequisite courses and I'm gearing up for nursing school. I can't wait to start this next chapter of my life!
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