Aiken Technical College Students are You there?

  1. I am looking for any helpful hints or information about Aiken Technical College's RN program. I see lots of info for Columbia and the coastal areas but only two threads for the whole SC thread. Any tips for admissions or info about how the program is and progression. I am here there is a big drop out rate...yet a very high (like 98%) NCLEX pass rate. Is this true?
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  3. by   ShortStackRN
    There is one here!!! I've been looking for ATC students myself!! Yes it IS true that there is a 98% NCLEX pass rate at our school. And it's also true that almost 100% of our graduates are employed before graduation!! I'm about to enter 3rd semester...graduating May 2010...let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I would love to be of help.
  4. by   lasd
    I have decided to finally apply/go to Aiken Tech for my RN after fifteen years since my LPN, starting next summer. Speaking with the dean was very helpful. I will also be attending their free nursing information session on June 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm in the amphitheater (Room 701). It will last approximately one hour and should answer all your questions.

    If you have questions or want additional information call the Health Science Advisement Office [PM for #]
    Last edit by SteveNNP on Jun 10, '09 : Reason: please do not post phone #s on AN - Thanks!
  5. by   P_RN
    It's located on US 1 between Augusta Ga and Aiken SC. It's the 2 year program from USA Aiken basically.
    and usca has always had great nurses come from there.
  6. by   lasd
    I thought we were talking about Aiken Technical College - not USC Aiken, which is a satellite facility for the University of South Carolina, two completely different colleges. If you want the numbers above, they are on the home page under "Free Nursing Information Session"
  7. by   sjenn511
    I am also looking for Aiken Tech students. I would like to know how do you enjoy the RN program? Is there anyone on here that is doing LPN? Should I take CNA? I am starting my pre-req's in august. Just wanted some of your advise and input. I'm so excited and also very scared. So any information would be greatly appreciated.
  8. by   ShortStackRN
    I am currently in the RN program and if you're at all interested I would go for the RN. LPN, RN, and CNA are all completely different so I can't really tell ya which is better for you. All I know is if you are taking pre-reqs then you should choose RN or LPN because you don't even have to go to school to be a CNA. Plus, you're looking at WAAAAY more money with an LPN or RN. Which are you most interested in?
  9. by   sjenn511
    I am most interested in RN, but LPN is not bad. I was actually trying to ask if I would benefit by taking the CNA course. I am taking my pre-req's for RN. How long have you been in the program? Was it difficult to get into the program. Any pointers? I think for right now my worse night-mare will be A&P. But I will keep my head up.
  10. by   ShortStackRN
    I'm not sure that CNA would really "help" that much. I can tell you for sure that you don't get any recognition for that on the application for the program. I am about to start my 3rd semester in August...I've been in since Fall of last year (2008) and I will graduate in May 2010. My best advice for getting in the program is to make REALLY good grades in your pre-reqs. You are required to have I THINK a 2.8 OVERALL GPA and a 3.0 between A&P 1, College Algebra, Eng 101 (I'm pretty sure those were the was either english of psych). You will also have to take the TEAS test before you suggestion is to get a really good study guide for this test because the higher you score the better. There is a points scale that they abide by when looking at applicants...the higher your grades the more points you get (3pts for an A, 2 for a B, 0 for a C and so on)....the more points you have the better also. If you take A&P at ATC try and get Mr. Cubbage...he is AWESOME!!!! I made A's in both sections of A&P with him. As far as difficutly getting in, it IS competitive, but I got in on the first try with good grades and good entrance test scores. Now that I'm's difficult to STAY in...haha. It's's a lot of work...and you have to be VERY devoted to school. Prepare yourself to eat, sleep, and breathe nursing school because that's all you will know after you start for 2 years! Let me know if you have any other questions!! I'm always willing to give advice to future students!! GOOD LUCK with everything!!!
  11. by   stopthepenguins6
    I'm in the CNA course right now, and what they actually told us is that within the next year they're actually going to start requiring the CNA class before you can into the RN program. That's what the prof. teaching the class said and that's also what a couple of the nursing program advisors have said. Now whether or not that will be within the next year or if it's just something that's on the table, I'm not sure. We were also advised that it Does give you a point on your application for the RN program. I was told the same thing. So not sure if you're right or I'm right...but it's worth checking into...and since it's based on a point system every little bit helps .
  12. by   ShortStackRN
    Interesting...I haven't heard any of that yet but who knows with our nursing program. Things are always changing. Doesn't really make much sense seeing as how the first semester of the RN program (Fundamentals) is basically the same as the CNA program. I don't see how they could ever REQUIRE that you be a CNA to become a nurse.
  13. by   Nurse Mami
    I'm also a 3rd semester student at ATC. Stopthepenguins6, would you mind telling us which nursing advisor told you about that? Or was it an allied health advisor? I ask because the allied health advisors don't seem to have any clue about what's going on most of the time. My class learned that the hard way. I guess I just don't understand how going for your CNA would help you at all for the RN program. They are completely different. It would be like saying that you need to be a medical assistant before becoming a doctor.
  14. by   stopthepenguins6
    I don't know which advisors said it; I had never heard it prior to the course, and it's not the reason I'm taking it, but another of the students in the class said she was told that by her nursing advisor. I have no idea who her advisor is, and mine (which is also a nursing advisor, not an allied health one) had never mentioned anything about it when I talked to her about registering for the CNA class. The other girl who mentioned it was talking about her allied health advisor, I believe. The instructor (Hightower) also said the same thing, but again, no idea if it's something being thrown around, if it's something they're implementing, or what. Just what we were told. The instructor had also mentioned that some colleges were going to that system. Once again, don't know if that's true or not, and I don't know why they would do it since you have to take fund. of nursing anyway, just repeating what we were told. As for the point for taking the class, we were also told that by the instructor. Like I said, I don't know what's true or not, just what we were told by our instructor, so it may be worth looking into. It doesn't really affect me one way or the other since I'm in the class just for the experience while I work on getting the rest of my courses out of the way. If it gets me a point, yay for me, if not, oh well lol, no tears shed on my part