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  1. SoniaReb

    Working while in CRNA school...

    My sister went attended a CRNA program years ago and worked two 12-shifts per week (weekends) in an NICU. She completed the 2.5 year program and finished at the top of her class and pass her boards on her first attempt. It all depends on the individual and their time management skills, your academic abilities and support system in place. She completed her program with less than $10K in student loan. The program she enrolled in provided a generous stipend throughout the entire program. Look at programs with the least cost and if you can live at home with your parents, that will be a major cost savings. After graduating from your BSN program, try to keep your debt low (avoid buying a new car, etc.) and save as much as you can. I wouldn't recommend that anyone work while pursuing such a program, but it can be done!
  2. SoniaReb

    Did not pass my patho class and now idk what to do

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't understand this huge cost and time difference that you speak of. If your intention is to continue a Nursing Program elsewhere, why not retake the course(s) (Patho and Micro Lab) at your current school via their traditional track/ You are already accepted into that program and the existing program is willing to have you as part of the traditional track, so why go through the "hassle" of applying to other programs, including another accelerated programs and/or ADN programs? Could you explain home staying at your current school will be less expensive and time consuming than going to another program? Wouldn't it be more difficult to get into another program with a failure on your record? Is it possible to commute from parent's home to your EXISTING program, reducing your living expense considerably? I would say, don't give up and stay in your existing program. You now a certain amount of familiarity with this program, so why change to another program? I think your parents will understand this minor setback if you clearly identify the steps to circumvent the problems you have experienced to date. Good luck.
  3. SoniaReb

    2nd degree BSN worth it?

    A key point to consider is that having a bachelors degree and continuing your studies will severely impact access to financial aid. This should factor into your decision as to whether to continue your current degree or switch to a nursing program. What I would suggest is to start taking the basic prerequisite courses for your nursing program (varies by Universities/Community Colleges) while still pursuing your undergraduate degree. Below is a somewhat typical list of prerequisites to enter a BSN program: [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [/TR] [TR] [TD=width: 45%] Prerequisite General Education Requirements (Must be taken prior to admission to the Nursing Program) [/TD] [TD=width: 55%] Other Requirements For Graduation (can be taken prior to admission or while in the Nursing Program) [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs[/TD] [TD=align: left]Foundations of Global Citizenship (6)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Microbiology with lab[/TD] [TD=align: left]Foundations of Creative Expression (6)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]College Algebra or Math for Liberal Arts[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Statistics[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Chemistry with lab[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Nutrition[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]English Composition I & II[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]6 hours: General Education Humanities[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Introduction to Sociology[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Introduction to Psychology[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=align: left]Human Growth & Development through the Life Span[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Once you have completed a bachelors degree, you will be limited to the number and type of financial aid you can get as a second degree candidate. You should stop by your Financial Aid Office to get a better understanding of this issue as you move forward. Also, a large number of Universities are now penalizing students who take more credits than what is typically required to satisfy a normal BS degree (~120 credits) and students have to pay a cost penalty for credits above and beyond a certain number of credits. This is due to a Federal/State push to have students finish their degree as quickly as possible. At any rate, get a first degree and then doing an accelerated program might be your best bet, along with taking the prerequisites while still an undergraduate and eligible for financial aid. Speak to your Academic Advisor (and Financial Aid Advisor) at your current institution to map out your best course of action. You have to ask yourself if it is worth the cost and time to finish another year pursuing a degree that will have little or no value on your ultimate career goal.
  4. SoniaReb

    CNA first and then RN?

    IMHO, you should stay in school and finish your prerequisites as quickly as you can and move on to your end goal of getting your BSN (or ADN) and becoming an RN. Why delay the process? With the annual increases in Tuition at most Universities, the longer you delay your education the more it will cost you in the long run. The majority of RNs were never CNAs before becoming a nurse and personally, I do not see any correlation between becoming an effective (good) RN and having a background as a CNA/LPN. Also, leaving school has some attendant risk. Many leave and never return for various reasons. Not to mention the additional cost of getting your CNA credential. Your sole purpose right now is getting your pre-reqs done and moving on to the RN program.
  5. SoniaReb

    AP biology

    I have a general question: Is it better to do AP courses or Dual Enrollment Classes (if qualified and available in your State) at a nearby Community College (CC)? Doing a class at a CC pretty much guarantee that a passing grade (C or better) will be transferable to a 4-year college, while getting a grade of 2 (or even 3) or less makes that AP Course almost worthless. I also read that some/most Universities will not accept AP scores as a requirement for Graduate School (for example, taking AP Statistics) and students will have to take a College level Course to meet their requirements. Not to mention that a lot of Community College instructors at much better prepared than their High School counterparts and tend to do an excellent job at teaching a lot of these introductory College courses (IMHO). From experience, I notice that a lot of High School Guidance Counselors are "forcing" their High School Students in to AP Classes, as oppose to encouraging these students to Dual Enrollment Classes at a nearby Community College. In most States that offer Dual Enrollment, the cost of the CC Courses, Fees and books, are paid for by the State/local school board. Why are more students not taking advantage of Dual Enrollment instead of doing AP Courses....I don't get? You can take up to 60 credits while in High School, which is equivalent to two years of College education for free!
  6. SoniaReb

    Should I take my algebra classes over?

    I'm not sure which State you are located in, but in our State, the prerequisite for the Statistics Course, is College Algebra, not Intermediate Algebra! Curious, when you say 2.5, is that equivalent to a C+? BTW, are you attending a For-Profit Private School or a Public Community College / 4-Year University?
  7. SoniaReb

    ITT Tech RN program?

    It is interesting that you only sign up on July 14,2014 and has only made two posts related to ITT Tech RN Program. Are you really a graduate from the school or are you one of the paid Recruiter? I suspect the latter. Have you found a RN job to date? What others should know, a lot of these For-Profit Schools have their staff monitor these boards/forums and make fictitious post about their schools to boost enrollment and provide inaccurate information to entice new applicants to their school, knowing full well that most will drop out and very few that graduate will find a suitable position in Nursing. Why would anyone hire graduates from these programs, when there is an oversupply of BSN and ADN Nurses from fully accredited Nursing Programs who are unable to get jobs? Does that make sense? $54K for an ADN Degree? Without Federal Loans and Grants, these Schools would be out of business, since in reality, their education-related statistics show that they are a scam, ripping off the federal government. The sad part is the majority of students who do not finish these programs and end up being saddled with huge Student Loan Debt and no job prospect in sight.
  8. SoniaReb

    Quitting tomorrow, in panic

    What about taking a Month or a few weeks off? Is a leave of absence out of the question? Quitting is not necessarily the only option available or the most prudent thing to do. Are you very active outside of work?
  9. Can you expand on the reason why you were dismissed, with only 3-months to graduation? This seems like a nightmare and doesn't make sense. Do they have an appeal process and did you go that route? Have you exhausted all your options?
  10. SoniaReb

    Fortis College

    B-I-N-G-O!! I agree and if that is the case, here we have so many students who have spent over $30-$40K on an Associate Degree and cannot get a degree or sit the boards/get licensed/get a Nursing Job. This is so ridiculous and appears as a scam to me. Why is the Federal Government allowing these institutions to exist, since it appears the students applying/attending these institutions cannot or will not do some basic research. The access to Pell Grant and Federal Student Loans are what are fueling the growth of these schools. Cut off access to Federal funding and they die a natural death. The problem I see, speaking to students who attend these schools, is that they don't have any knowledge of the amount of student loan they apply for or accumulated, since these schools handle the entire process. Not to mention the fact that most of these schools do not have the proper Nursing School accreditation.
  11. SoniaReb

    itt tech scam?

    Many times the 75% pass rate is very misleading, since the number of people from the school that actual took the test is very small. What is doesn't reflect is the high number of their students that were not allowed to take the test in the first place. That is, a large percentage of their students failed their exit exam or not allowed to take the exam because they had outstanding debt to the school. As to the school giving $35K, the OP probably misunderstood what they were saying. That $35K might be actually Pell Grant and/or Student Loans that she is qualified for. There is so much bad press on this school that it amazes me that people are still signing up for various programs from this For-Profit School.
  12. SoniaReb

    IUPUI Traditional Spring 2015

    In most states (I could be wrong here), the traditional BSN program is two years or at most 4 semesters + a summer session. Why is it three years at IUPUI? Also, most accelerated programs at 1 year to 15-months. Is the two prerequisites you are missing for the accelerated covered as part of the traditiona; BSN track?
  13. SoniaReb

    I want to quit pre-nursing for social work!

    Really???? .... and what will happen when one follows their "bliss" and cannot find a job in the chosen field and end up returning to live with Mom and Dad for an extended period of time? One should not based their career choices on easy majors or as some would put it, on their passion. The real world dictates that one should focus not necessarily on what will make them happy, but the realities of life. How many thousands or hundred of thousands of individuals on this forum have completed their undergraduate degree in some arbitrary field and are now pursuing nursing because they are unable to find meaningful employment in their "blissful" career choice? They have also exhausted their financial aid/student loan allotment and are confronted with how they are going to pay for their second degree. Additionally, most colleges/universities are attaching severe cost penalties for students who amass course credits over a certain amount, essentially encouraging students to graduate as quickly as possible. I know many students who have completed undergraduate degrees in "soft" majors are are now working minimum wage jobs (and yes, back home with their parents) because they choose the easy way out. To the OP, is it that you are "bad" at the sciences or you just haven't given it your all? What resources have you taken advantage of at your College to improve your performance in your science courses? If you are definitely going to fail the course I would drop it, but wouldn't necessarily change major just yet or rush to major in Social Work. There might be much better options available. I would suggest you consult your parents and have a frank discussion with them about your career options. They have valuable life experiences that can help you craft a way forward. There is a reason why certain college majors attract low wages or students cannot find suitable employment after graduation. Trod carefully!
  14. SoniaReb

    Azure College

    Financial aid blunder puts Azure students in a lurch SEBRING — After losing its financial aid in its Sebring location, Azure College offered 45 LPN and RN nursing students some options, but some are upset with the situation. Woei-Long La, whose wife, Christina, was attending Azure, said now that the students are in the program, the costs have changed and they can’t afford it anymore. About 10 students gathered outside Azure around mid-day Thursday to discuss their options. Christina La said: “This was supposed to be covered by financial aid. Now they want $833 a month and I can’t afford that.” She can’t pay the lowest option of $500 a month. Azure College started with a Miami Gardens location in 2004. The Sebring location opened in May 2012. Azure also has a school in Boca Raton. Azure President/CEO Jhonson Napoleon drove from Miami to Sebring Friday morning to explain to Highlands Today what happened with the federal funding. Azure received financial aid approval in October 2013 and then started providing financial aid to the LPN and RN students in February and March of 2014, he said. But, he had received incorrect information from a financial advisor about the financial aid eligibility at the Sebring and Boca Raton locations, Napoleon said. “We received an initial visit from the Department of Education in the last week of July and on Aug. 14; they advised us those two campuses are not eligible,” for the financial aid, he said. The 45 students who were affected were given three options, Napoleon said. They can be provided a transcript of their studies at Azure and can continue their studies at another institution at their own cost, students can wait to continue their studies at Azure until financial aid is available or they can pay to continue their studies now at Azure. - See more at: Financial aid blunder puts Azure students in a lurch
  15. SoniaReb

    Am I screwed?

    I think this is the critical point here. Getting into a CRNA School is so competitive, with more qualified prospects than there are available spots. Although posters are reticent to provide negative feedback, your chances at this point in time is slim to none. Yes, it is possible, but the probability is extremely low due to the competition. I know many individuals who wanted to attend CRNA Schools and did not make it for various reasons. I also know friends who have started CRNA programs and had to drop out for academic reasons. Two of my sisters CRNA Classmates completed their CRNA program and could not pass the boards and have given up on being a CRNA. The fact that you have outright failed "several" (BTW, is that 2,3,4... Classes that you failed?) BSN classes do not look good. My recommendation would be to focus all your energy on completing your BSN with the best grades possible, instead of looking at options beyond your BSN. I know this might not what you want to hear, but that is the reality. Your academic credentials are rather poor. Are you doing your BSN Online or at a brick-and-mortar institution?
  16. SoniaReb

    Nursing school lawsuits

    @blackch3rry: Your post was very generic, so what specifically were you issues with the For-Profit School you attended? There are thousands of threads on this site alone, which warns potential students about the dangers of a lot of these For-Profit Nursing Programs, yet you chose to enroll in one of them. Why? There are daily post on here where a potential student will ask for advice on one or more of these For-Profit Schools, yet barked at the feedback given and enroll in one of them anyway. Good luck with that lawsuit of yours! Maybe one day you can come back and identify the school and highlight the problems you had with that particular school.