Hi guys, just wanted to stop by and say hello! I was accepted for Spring 2013 and we just had orientation Monday and Tuesday! I'm so excited!
I have some advice:
1. Don't stress over the NAT. Sure, refresh yourself on everything, but don't stress when the time comes to take the test. Relax, and do the best you can. PRACTICE YOUR SPEED! The test goes by really fast. If you realize time is running out, go back to all the questions you did not answer for that section, pick a letter, and mark all the unanswered questions with that letter. You don't get penalized for wrong answers so what's the worst that could happen?
2. If you're transferring from another school, send your transcripts to FSCJ as soon as possible so that the classes you took at the other school will appear on your FSCJ transcript by the time you apply.
3. Get your CPR certification BEFORE you apply. They're requiring it now, but I know on some people's applications, it does not say that. Save yourself a world of trouble and get it done before submitting your application. They only accept American Heart Association.
4. If you think you may have a good chance of getting accepted, start saving money NOW. Once you get your acceptance packet, you will only have a few weeks to get everything done and it costs money (especially if you will not be using insurance to get your medical things done). You have to get a background check, fingerprints, drug test, lab work (titers for Hep B, Varicella & MMR), a physical, flu shot, TB screen and passport photo. Not to mention, you'll have to buy uniforms, shoes (if you already don't have them), a stethoscope, BP cuff, and other items.
5. Also, if you think you have a good chance of getting accepted, start thinking about Worksource--especially if you do not receive grants and scholarships. If you qualify, they'll pay for tuition, fees, and required books. Most people qualify. I believe you just have to make less than $25 or be unemployed. There are more rules than that, but you should check with them. Check the Learn, Return & Earn section. They'll require you to take a few assessments, then do an intake with them where they make you submit a lot of paperwork.
I also wanted to let you guys know that FSCJ (the entire college... not just the Nursing program) is moving to a 12-week summer session. The dean told us during orientation. So, where summers used to be 16 weeks, there will only be 12 weeks. Meaning you will have the same amount of work, but less time to do it all. Just wanted to make sure that you guys are aware, because it could mean that Term 1 will be tougher than it already is! I'm also not sure if they will be offering nights/weekends for the Summer term. You may want to call the nursing office and find out.