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    Trident Technical College and MAGNET

    Thank you Surg-Onc RN for letting new graduates know this information.
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    Trident Technical College and MAGNET

    Thank you Surg-Onc RN for letting new graduates know this information.
  3. goldilockz

    Trident Technical College and MAGNET

    This post was not to scared people, but to warn people so they can make an informed decision. Since this post was posted I have been employed at a hospital for well over a year, but I have always been employed as a RN about six months after I graduated. I Hope TTC has/will change for their students. I'm glad that you are having such wonderful success in school, I hope thing go as planned for you. As far as an ADN to BSN, in the end with my student loans from TTC plus going back to get my BSN it will cost just as much as if I had gone to a four year program.
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    Trident Technical College and MAGNET

    Yes, I have heard through the grapevine that many of the hospitals were putting the BSN requirement in the contracts.
  5. goldilockz

    Trident Technical College and MAGNET

    MUSC does not count volunteer time unless it's paid experience. Your plan is good, just have a back up plan. Jumping into the RN-BSN program is very wise. While you are in the program, you can sit for the LPN license after NUR209. The biggest deal will be to get paid work experience as a licensed nurse.
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    I'm not sure, but I know they require you to have health insurance.
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    Belle83 - You are very welcome :) If i could do it all over again I would have gone to MUSC, only because from someone I know MUSC uses the ATI program, and if you are struggling they work with you to get you where you need to be, Trident does NOT do this. It's funny because Trident uses the ATI RN NCLEX exam (you have to pass to graduate), but they do not use the rest of the program (refer to post above about Tridents program). There is no nightmare like nursing school, and I would just rather get it over with than to drag it out. I think MUSC is 5 semesters also. You know I would look into getting a part time/ PRN CNA job in the area/hospital you are wanting to work in. This will not only help you build connections, but land a good job to pay back those student loans. Remember the license means nothing if there is no job to go along with it.
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    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    babygyrl9706 - It is 5 semesters. MUSC (5k/sem.), Charleston Southern (11k/sem), and Trident (1.5K/sem.) all turn out great nurses, but I went with Trident because they had the rep. of the best clinically prepared RNs when they graduate. I do know for a fact that Trident students complete more clinical hours than required by the state board. The debt thing was also a reason why I chose Trident. I put up the amount of what I think it cost a semester, just double check. The best advice I can give you is to find out what other classes you are going to need for your BSN, and if you are waiting, get them out of the way, and jump straight into a BSN program do not wait. I am current tryng to finish up several classes so I can apply for a RN to BSN online program. Another thing it may not seem like a big deal now, but once you get done with nursing school you do not really want to have to relive the nightmare over again, but I know I have to and I'm dreading it, because I'm already a RN. Here was an answer I gave one time about Trident's Program "Congrats and good luck to you :) I'm currently in my last semester, so here are somethings I did/have done to survive. BE PREPARED to have your clinical day/site changed within 72 hours of clinical day, do weekday, night (Yes 2-11 pm), weekend (Sat/Sun) clinicals twice a week, and class/test the next day at 8 AM. Preplanning the clinical day before & completing a clinical worksheet (before the clinical day begins) usually take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. NO you don't get to pick your clinical site or day, you have to go where assigned, no you can't switch with someone else, they do not care you are a single mom, work, dying, spouse deployed, pregnant, do not have sitter/daycare ect. for clinical (I'm not kidding). Best plan of attack for 158 and beyond go to class/seminar, GET A REVIEW & RATIONAL book, study your powerpoints, BUY several NCLEX review books and study the rationals to the questions so you understand what they are asking. There is always 2 right answers, but one is more correct and so is the answer no matter what you say! When a question says "so and so needs further education when..." THEY WANT THE WRONG ANSWER. Pass a Test...Study your Interventions! Know Safety and what will Kill the patient! Get plenty of sleep, you can't think clearly if you are tired. DO NOT put your self down for making in the low 70's on a test/class, you passed (AND everyone who has gone through this program is laughing, nodding, ect knows what I'm talking about. FYI, until Nursing school at TTC I had honors/4.0 and so did everyone else!). Each nursing class is crammed into 7 weeks, and some have papers/projects/ATI exams. Pick and choose your battles. This is the best plan of attack I can give you. I added the extra info. not to scare, but to prepare you and all others who are considering this program who read this."
  9. Okay, for all of those future/current RN students that are going to Trident Technical College. I will let you in on a little secret that Trident Tech is not telling you about... I graduated in December 2011. This program is very hard, and about 25% of the original class will graduate on time. The secret is called MAGNET! Currently MUSC, Roper Hospital, St. Francis (currently holds Magnet status), VA hospital are all currently preparing for this. The problem for an ADN is in order for these hospitals to get this status 80% of your nurses have to be a BSN. It took me 6 months to find a job, I have years of hospital experience, and it is not at a hospital. Yes, there are some (very few) ADN new grads that got a job in some of these facilities, but it was because they worked there as a CNA or knew someone. There are MANY cases of ADN grads working as a CNAs in these facilities when they are an RN, waiting on a job to open up (6 months - 1 year), got passed over, and they never got hired! Please be advised go BSN if you live in the Charleston area and are planning to stay, do not waste your time. Too many ADN nurses are not getting jobs and are being passed over for BSN.
  10. goldilockz

    Any TTC nursing students or pre-nursing students here?

    Okay, for all of those future/current RN students that are going to Trident Technical College. I will let you in on a little secret that Trident Tech is not telling you about... I graduated in December 2011. This program is very hard, and about 25% of the original class will graduate on time. The secret is called MAGNET! Currently MUSC, Roper Hospital, St. Francis (currently holds Magnet status), VA hospital are all currently preparing for this. The problem for an ADN is in order for these hospitals to get this status 80% of your nurses have to be a BSN. It took me 6 months to find a job, I have years of hospital experience, and it is not at a hospital. Yes, there are some (very few) ADN new grads that got a job in some of these facilities, but it was because they worked there as a CNA or knew someone. There are MANY cases of ADN grads working as a CNAs in these facilities when they are an RN, waiting on a job to open up (6 months - 1 year), got passed over, and they never got hired! Please be advised go BSN if you live in the Charleston area and are planning to stay, do not waste your time. Too many ADN nurses are not getting jobs and are being passed over for BSN. Trident Tech knows all of this and they are not telling you!
  11. goldilockz

    MUSC ABSN Fall 2013

    Okay, for all of those future/current RN students that are going to Trident Technical College. I will let you in on a little secret that Trident Tech is not telling you about... I graduated in December 2011. This program is very hard, and about 25% of the original class will graduate on time. The secret is called MAGNET! Currently MUSC, Roper Hospital, St. Francis (currently holds Magnet status), VA hospital are all currently preparing for this. The problem for an ADN is in order for these hospitals to get this status 80% of your nurses have to be a BSN. It took me 6 months to find a job, I have years of hospital experience, and it is not at a hospital. Yes, there are some (very few) ADN new grads that got a job in some of these facilities, but it was because they worked there as a CNA or knew someone. There are MANY cases of ADN grads working as a CNAs in these facilities when they are an RN, waiting on a job to open up (6 months - 1 year), got passed over, and they never got hired! Please be advised go BSN if you live in the Charleston area and are planning to stay, do not waste your time. Too many ADN nurses are not getting jobs and are being passed over for BSN. Trident Tech knows all of this and they are not telling you!
  12. Congrats and good luck to you :) I'm currently in my last semester, so here are somethings I did/have done to survive. BE PREPARED to have your clinical day/site changed within 72 hours of clinical day, do weekday, night (Yes 2-11 pm), weekend (Sat/Sun) clinicals twice a week, and class/test the next day at 8 AM. Preplanning the clinical day before & completing a clinical worksheet (before the clinical day begins) usually take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. NO you don't get to pick your clinical site or day, you have to go where assigned, no you can't switch with someone else, they do not care you are a single mom, work, dying, spouse deployed, pregnant, do not have sitter/daycare ect. for clinical (I'm not kidding). Best plan of attack for 158 and beyond go to class/seminar, GET A REVIEW & RATIONAL book, study your powerpoints, BUY several NCLEX review books and study the rationals to the questions so you understand what they are asking. There is always 2 right answers, but one is more correct and so is the answer no matter what you say! When a question says "so and so needs further education when..." THEY WANT THE WRONG ANSWER. Pass a Test...Study your Interventions! Know Safety and what will Kill the patient! Get plenty of sleep, you can't think clearly if you are tired. DO NOT put your self down for making in the low 70's on a test/class, you passed (AND everyone who has gone through this program is laughing, nodding, ect knows what I'm talking about. FYI, until Nursing school at TTC I had honors/4.0 and so did everyone else!). Each nursing class is crammed into 7 weeks, and some have papers/projects/ATI exams. Pick and choose your battles. This is the best plan of attack I can give you. I added the extra info. not to scare, but to prepare you and all others who are considering this program who read this.
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