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LVN - Lone Star Kingwood c/o 2012

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  1. Hey everyone. I am posting this to see if there is anybody out there familiar with the online RN-BSN program at UT Health in Houston? I am currently in my RN transition program and am eligible to start early applications for BSN programs in a couple of weeks. I have seen lots of info about the more popular programs like UTA, WGU, GCU and Texas Tech, but almost nothing on UT Health's program here in Houston. It seems relatively new, but they have a fantastic reputation with their Pacesetter BSN, FNP and CRNA programs. Am wondering how this one compares. Does anybody have any experience with this program? Level of difficulty, layout of classes and workload? I would love to give it a go, but have a hard time taking the plunge without having any input, and as such, am leaning towards UTA.
  2. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    I'm not sure where you're getting the "5 days a week" from. The only campus that does 5 days a week is Montgomery and it's only for 6 weeks during the Summer session. North Harris is 2x a week in class a 1x a week for clinical, and it's all done M-F. No weekends. Kingwood is 2x a week in class (in the evenings) and 1x a week in clinical, but offers weekday AND weekend clinicals. They also go up to 2x a week clinicals during their Summer semester.
  3. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    It's going to be ~3 weeks after the application deadline closes.
  4. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hey guys, just a quick follow up to my post earlier about item #13 on Castle Branch. Juanita sort of clarified it at orientation, so when we left I called CB. They put in a ticket to have that item reviewed. As of yesterday the status changed from rejected to accepted. If you encounter the same problem, just give them a call.
  5. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Damn right I am, y'all.
  6. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    This is a great question that I feel like does not get the attention it deserves. So I graduated LVN school in 2012. My first job was with a (bs) company that did CC for hospice companies. They paid 20$/hr. I left there because the (bs) company went out of business, I took a job at a nursing home/skilled rehab making 18.25/hr. I did that for a year and transitioned to an MDS position at the same place and got bumped to 22/hr. When I left, I went to a memory care assisted living making the same. When I got my annual review a year later, I got bumped up to 25/hr. I worked there for two years and left in 2017 and went back to skilled. Got hired there making the same thing, although when I got hired, my DON had to get corporate permission to pay me that much. There were nurses who had been there 2-5 years who weren't making as much as I was, and they made it known. I think part of the reason they continued to pay me 25/hr was because I had MDS and managerial experience and was able to fill in for those roles when I was needed, which I did. I worked there for a year and left to go work at Methodist in the ER. They had just established a role for the LVN in the ER, somewhere above paramedics but below RNs. I was very lucky to do so, and actually took a pay cut to go there. I make 22.50/hr now. But, I work for a magnet hospital, gaining emergency room experience, with EXCELLENT benefits and a workplace structure and community that is beyond anything I've ever experienced. So that cut in pay was well worth it. If you are looking for good pay as an LVN I would recommend getting in at a skilled nursing or a rehab like Kindred or Healthsouth first. Stick it out and transition to management. You are going to work your *** off as an LVN in management, as well as take on a lot of stress, but if you're after good pay, that's what it takes. Also, the work environment and atmosphere of skilled/nursing homes is not great. Very profit oriented, so turnover is high and support is often low. Avoid hospice, CC and home health. It's difficult to make big money there. Get you a full time gig with a PRN job on the side. Good money is doable as an LVN. I cleared 60k in 2015, 2016 and 2017 consecutively because I worked OT and was good at what I did. It's doable, but it will be stressful. It is very difficult, bordering on impossible to get in at a major hospital as an LVN. With the Magnet accreditation, hospitals want RN, BSNs working there. They must maintain a certain average of nursing staff with BSNs so LVNs are hard to work in. Only my location within the Methodist system hires LVNs. It's tough to get in there. I was very lucky. Also..it is worth mentioning. As much as I wish it weren't true, and politics aside, I am a guy and being male does affect my pay. I know that I have been offered more money, and have been viewed more positively in my role because I'm a guy. Not my opinion, it is fact. I have been told that by managers. Not saying I agree with it, but I am giving honest input. Do with it what you will. I hope all the best for you.
  7. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hello, and welcome! Congrats on moving to the absolute best city and state ever! So yes, to enter the transition program, you have to have your pre-requisites complete. They vary slightly between school systems but are generally going to be very similar. I know that San Jac requires Algebra 1314 where as Lone Star does not. Both require college English, as well as AP1 -or- AP2 and Pharmacology prior to get accepted. You also will need the 2nd AP class (whichever you did not take as a pre-req) plus Microbiology to graduate. I would recommend having them ALL complete prior to entering the program so that you do not have to take them while in the program, or have to take a semester off from the program halfway through to complete them. AP1, AP2, Micro, Pharm and English 1 have to be complete for the Lone Star College LVN to RN program. For San Jac, add Algebra 1 to that list. You will also need to have competitive HESI scores within the last 2 years. Your sciences will also expire after 5 years. Hope this helps and good luck! If you are considering Lone Star, I would HIGHLY recommend meeting with a healthcare advisor to answer any questions. Avoid the general college advisors regarding nursing program questions. They have a well established reputation of being highly misinformed and giving out poor quality information. Dr. Hereford is the healthcare advisor at Lone Star Kingwood and is AMAZING.
  8. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    This is correct. And make sure you do it. There are plenty of instances where alternates have gotten in. Likely more than you'd think.
  9. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Yeah, we did those kinds of skills check offs in LVN school and I absolutely DREADED it. Although I'm a bit of an extrovert, I got really bad stage fright and a lot of anxiety over it. I can remember when we did the manual BP check off and my nerves were so racked, my pressure was like 140+ and my pulse was over 100. Not a fun experience. It sucks that they require the transition students to do all of that when that's sort of the reason we are there. We (ideally) already have those skills.
  10. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Oh ok, I got you. IVs and foleys and stuff. We didn't really do check offs or testing on that at KW for the transition students. It was more of just hands on reviewing in the lab with the teacher walking around and supervising.
  11. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hey Jesikah, welcome and congratulations! 7.14 is a pretty good score from what I can tell. Is NH your first choice?
  12. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star 2018 LVN Transition

    Go check out the other thread I started for 2019 Lone Star LVN to RN students. We just talked about this. Basically, Montgomery's Summer is condensed down to 6 weeks, but it's 5 days a week, 8a-4p. Then you get the rest of the Summer off before resuming in the fall. As far as I know, fall and spring are 2 days of class and 1 day of clinical per week like the rest. That may have changed, although I doubt it. Their Summer session is no joke. It's fast and furious.
  13. HowdyHowdy

    Fall 2019 Lonestar Hopefuls

    That's funny that this came up in this thread, as I literally just got done emailing J------ G---- at NH to verify everything was received. I really hope I don't get a run-around response from her. It's that kind of ambiguous lack of help that I kept getting from KW that kept me from wanting to go back there. So nice to see this is back up and running, btw! Hey urrrbody!
  14. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    Hello, Janie! And welcome! Don't feel bad about getting nervous. Everyone gets some nerves around application season. Your score is still competitive so don't get yourself discouraged. I'm not very familiar with Tomball as it is still relatively new, but I have heard some positive things, especially about their simulation labs being top notch. Is there any particular reason you are only applying to Tomball? I applied to Tomball as well, but as my 2nd choice to North Harris. Even though that campus is over an hour away from me. Also don't forget, there is the Kingwood campus whose application opens up in March!
  15. HowdyHowdy

    Lone Star College 2019 LVN to RN transition

    My cousin is currently in the basic track ADN at North Harris and she got info from one of the transition students in her cohort. I don't have the exact details in front of me right now, but if I remember correctly it's 2 days of class and 1 day of clinical per week for the entire program, including the Summer. And yes it does vary by campus. North Harris has their schedule that runs the entire Summer session. Montgomery on the other hand does 5 days a week during the Summer, but its only 6 weeks long and then you get a break before starting the Fall. Then Kingwood, who starts in the Fall, has their Summer semester at the end of the program that is 2 days a week class, and 2 days a week clinical. The rest of the year at Kingwood is 2 days of class and 1 day a week of clinical. They also go to class in the evening. I was there from around 5:30-7:30 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays, and your clinical day was either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. At the beginning of the semester you give them a ranking of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for clinical days and they try to give you the day you want. For instance, some LVNs work M-F at clinics or family practices and could only have clinicals on Saturdays. Your clinical day will then be the same for the entire semester, it does not change week to week. As far as difficulty getting in, it varies. From my experience, Montgomery has typically had the higher cutoff for acceptance in recent years. I'm not too familiar with the Cy-Fair and Tomball campuses. I recall a couple years ago, the lowest score for their transition cohort was around a 7.5, which is very high. Our cutoff at Kingwood in 2016 was around 6.9 or 7 I think. I got in with a 7.74 and only talked to 2 or 3 other students with a higher application score.
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