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    HRSA/ Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    In case anybody else searches and finds this thread: 1. For new grads, you have to have begun the job by the end of the application date. A start date after the application period (even the next day) disqualifies you until the next year. 2. If you have a spouse, their income is included in your debt-to-income ratio if you reported it on FAFSA. 3. If your loan has a co-signer, it is ineligible, period. So if you had to have a co-signer for your loans because you didn't have an income because you were a student, your loans are ineligible for Nurse Corps Loan Repayment. Fun times.
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    HRSA/ Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    This is really old but I figured I'd revive it since I have a question and didn't see a more recent version for the loan repayment program... I will call them on Tuesday but I have an interview tomorrow so if anybody knows, I'd love to know going into the interview. 1. For new grads, if we may not have started working by the application deadline but will definitely have started before repayment starts (as in, very end of February or beginning of March start date), are we eligible or do we have to wait for the next year's cycle? 2. For the debt-to-income ratio, is it our personal income or our household/family income? I'm assuming my spouse's income will be factored in but wanted to be sure. If anybody knows, I'd appreciate it! If not, I'll call them Tuesday and try to post the answers so other applicants will know.
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    CPM to CNM

    No need to feel guilty. You are NOT the only one. I never wanted to be a nurse, but here I am, halfway through an accelerated BSN. All the other students are saying "we're halfway nurses!" I think of it as, I'm a quarter way a midwife. I happen to be enjoying my nursing experiences in school, but I still don't consider myself a future nurse. I'm a future midwife who is using nursing as a stepping stone to get where I'm going. You're not stealing a spot from someone - you need the nursing program to become a CNM, so you're no more or less deserving of that spot than someone else, career-wise. You're there because it will help you reach your goals, same as the other students (just slightly different end-goals!).
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    CNEP FNU Class 139

    Yeah, I saw that in the FAQs but had also seen a note somewhere about Maryland - since I can't find it anymore, maybe it's been removed. It had to do with out-of-state schools having clinicals in Maryland. Glad you'll be good-to-go with your license regardless, though!
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    CNEP FNU Class 139

    Fitzfam2009 - I'm a BSN student and hopefully future Frontier student, but I'm in Maryland right now. I can't find where I saw it, but somewhere on the FNU page I saw that they don't accept RN licenses from Maryland right now (something about distance programs and clinicals). Just putting that out there since it sounds like you might move before you get your license. If I can find where I saw it, I will let you know. I'm guessing I'll have to apply for a DC license.
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    Frontier University

    I can't tell you first-hand, but a student told me that working part-time and school full-time, or vice versa, is doable.
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    Frontier University

    Thank you so much, queenanneslace! I look forward to hearing from you guys how the program goes!
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    Frontier University

    Thanks for all the info, everyone! Just so I can clarify, does the didactic portion of Frontier take a year? I see that it's 2-3 semesters for the clinical portion, but I'm wondering if the didactic part is just that first year or stretches a semester (or two) into the second year. One more question - has anyone gotten in with less than a year of experience? The website says it's required but also says "other significant experience" will be considered. I'm a BSN student at the moment, and when I graduate in December I'll have 9 months' experience as a doula, plus I'm going to try to do my practicum on an L&D floor. But I know L&D jobs can be hard to get as a new grad, so I'm concerned about having to wait forever, while working elsewhere, until I can get one to get that year's experience and apply. I do plan to work at least part time while studying (I recognize the importance of nursing experience when going into a MSN program!), but I'm just hoping to start as soon as I can. Looking at the options. Thanks!
  9. Once you've made sure the program accepts online, you can look into Rio Salado, like the previous poster said - I took a couple classes from there (Microbiology and Statistics); another option is West Hills Community College. You'll get in-state tuition that way. They're based in Coalinga. I don't know that their science classes are available fully online, but I did take nutrition and philosophy through them.
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    Has anyone done their pre reqs while out of the US?

    I did all my prereqs online, minus Anatomy and Physiology. I started in Spring of 2013, and am finishing up this summer (though I took a few classes I didn't need after all for the schools I chose to apply for, so if you can narrow it down you can definitely cut that time down). During all of last year, I was working a little less than full time (Peace Corps); this spring and summer, I wasn't working. So, it's doable. Actually, I think my school would've accepted online A&P, but I chose to do it in-person to get back into the swing of things. And a lot of schools DO require in-person labs, so that could be a factor in which schools you apply for. It's definitely doable if you're dedicated and can force yourself to study for a class you never physically attend. Of course, you'll also have to have reasonably functional internet, so if you can't get online pretty regularly you could have a problem. But if you are prepared and do your online stuff as early as possible, you'll have time to figure out options when the internet goes down. Also, this was already said, but your background will absolutely be a plus.
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    Need help abt Felician C.

    Probably, but ask the school to be sure: Nursing | Felician College The website says "Students needing prerequisite courses must satisfy those requirements prior to enrolling in the nursing sequence." I take that to mean you have to have finished the prereqs by the time you start, not necessarily before you apply. Just like in high school, you can get accepted for college even though you haven't graduated yet. Most, though not all, schools seem to operate this way. There's little info on the school website, so I would suggest going to the link I posted, reading it, and clicking the request info link at the bottom to ask.
  12. I'm sure there are plenty of schools without a wait list. I would start by searching the area that you're interested in; find schools that might work for you, and then go from there. The US being so big, it's kind of hard to give you suggestions; maybe if you give us a particular region you're thinking of? California schools, for example, are pretty impacted, so it might be harder there. As for housing for married couples, you're specifically looking for on-campus or campus-affiliated housing? I think you're just going to have to look on a case-by-case basis for that by looking at the housing websites for the schools you consider.
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    can i do a&p now or wait??

    ^^ Seconded. It sounds like A&P probably requires a higher math level than you've completed so far, in which case they would probably only let you register for it if you passed a placement test for college level math.
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    Shattered hopes.

    Your counselor is right that many schools in California are severely impacted. That's why I didn't bother - I only applied to schools in other states. However, 4.0 GPA is pretty darn good. If this is really what you want to do, it doesn't seem worth giving up. If you've got a strong application, you've got an edge up on getting accepted. Plus, you could look at programs in other schools. Yes, it can be more expensive because you'll either go to a private school or pay out-of-state tuition, but the option still exists. "The schools are impacted" just doesn't seem like a good reason to give up.
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    Would an online A&P course affect admission?

    I'd check with each school you're considering. Of the two I applied to, one said I must have in-person lab, and the other said online lab was fine.
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    Fresh bachelors, but need to start over?

    ^Seconded. The CC might not require your transcripts, but if you apply to a BSN program later they will - and you could get in big trouble if caught lying about that. I'm guessing some schools might revoke acceptance on the grounds of omission, and others might revoke it on the grounds that with the new info your GPA doesn't meet their standards. Some schools might not do anything, but I wouldn't bank on that. If you retake your prereqs and do better, that will improve your GPA, of course - but it will not get rid of the one you have right now. I believe some schools will calculate GPA based on the highest grades in courses, and some will calculate your new grade as well as your old. If you want to get your GPA up, your best bet is to retake any classes you could do better in (keeping in mind some schools require Bs for prereq classes, others Cs), and maybe even take a few other classes that you know you can do well in. Having other classes will help improve your overall GPA, though of course not your prereq GPA.