Southwest Tn Community College

  1. I just found out yesterday that I was accepted to the nursing program at SWTCC!!! I'm very excited yet scared to death at the same time. I'm looking for advice and what to expect from former students. Where did you buy your scrubs, stethoscope, and shoes??? How are the classes?:wink2:

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  3. by   Shandra2008
    Hey Malin823! I am really interested in attending southwest! I was wondering could you give me some tips on the entry part. Like, what was your GPA? What do they look for? What was your NLN test score? How long did it take for you to get in? Just things of that sort! Tahnks I reallly would appreciate that! Oh yea! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!:wink2:
  4. by   khakiman
    Hey Shandra2008,

    I really don't have any tips other than to do your best on your pre-reqs and make sure you get ALL of your application stuff in on time. If you have to mail something call before the due date to make sure they got it. Luckily I called the day before the due date and there was one form or something they didn't receive and I was able to fax it over. I made a 125 on the NLN (I'm terrible in math). Had A's in A&P I & II and a B in Microbiology, don't really think that they look at your GPA. I was accepted the first time that I applied to Southwest but was denied twice at Northwest MSCC. Good Luck!!!
  5. by   Shandra2008
    Thanks so much for that! I am at Northwest right now finishing my prereq's! I am applying to Baptist, and Phillips community college in arkansas! Im applying to these 2 schools for the fall! Im going to apply for Southwest and Northwest for the spring! I appreciate your info! GOODLUCK with everything!
  6. by   TN Nursestudent21
    I got accepted to Southwest for Fall 2009 TOO!! I am so excited!!!! Which teachers should we take and what teachers should we avoid!!!??
  7. by   khakiman
    Hey TN NurseStudent21,
    I have no earthly idea which teachers are good or not!!! I know nothing about Southwest. I took all of my pre-reqs at Northwest. Do you know anything about Southwest? Where did you take your pre-reqs? I'm just too excited!! Do you know what supplies we need? What color are the scrubs and where do we get them?
  8. by   khakiman
    Shandra2008, I actually looked at Phillips in Arkansas and decided it was just too far for me to drive. It looked like a good school though...good luck, hope everything works out for you!!!
  9. by   Shandra2008
    LOL! Thanks Khakiman! It's is like a hour away but I think I can do it! Good luck to everyone on their journeys! I hope to be on my way soon!:wink2:
  10. by   TN Nursestudent21
    I took my pre-reqs at at Southwest. I know there are some teachers I have heard about to avoid. But we can check them out at But all my classes were at macon so I didnt see any of the current Nursing students cause all their classes are downtown at the Union campus!! I am so so so exicted! I have no Idea what color the scrubs are but I someone at Southwest told me orientation is May 11 so we should find out then!! YAY! Congrats to you!
  11. by   khakiman
    Well, you know...I'm sure we'll find out mostly everything when we pick up our packets next Friday. Yay!! I'm too excited too!!! Can't stop thinking about it!! LOL Let me know if you find out anything else and I'll do the same....Yay Us!!!
  12. by   lsprrnbr
    Congrats on being accepted. I am a 3rd semester student at STCC. Do not worry about your scrubs or stethoscope. You will be have to buy your uniform through a company that the school uses. They will fit you for everything and help you get it ordered. I think that this happens on your first clinical day. You will have to buy a nursing "kit" that will include your stethoscope, pen light, and supplies that you will use during skills lab. This is also done through the school. They prob told you to bring a money order for this kit. As for teachers, you will not really have an option other than clinical instructors. PM me if you need more info on anyone. I am in the evenings/weekends programs, so some of the clinical instructors will prob be different, but I will help in any way that I can. Be prepared. Nsg school is HARD. I started with about 60 people in my class, and I would guess that there are only 15-20 of us left that have not failed/dropped out. Be prepared to study like you never have before. I wish you luck.
  13. by   khakiman
    Thank you sooo much for all of your info!!! I'm not sure that I can PM yet. I haven't posted enough. I've mostly been a lurker for the last 3 years!! LOL Do you have any suggestions for me to get a head start this summer studying, learning terms or something like that? Do you study all of the time? I started taking my pre-reqs 4 years ago and have worked really I'm prepared to do whatever it takes. I'm very nervous though. Do you have any study tips? How do you stay organized? Sorry for so many questions...Wow, you started out with 60 students and you're down to 15 or 20 now...that's scary. One more question...Which hospital do you have clinicals? Thanks again!!! Yay you, you only have one more semester after this one. I know you're glad!!!
  14. by   lsprrnbr
    Let's see...the fluids/electrolytes test will be the most difficult. I believe that this is the second test. There is a fluids book that you will have to buy. Go ahead and start reading it. You will be tired and completely overwhelmed if you wait until you cover it in class. It is also one of those things that you will see over and over again. You need to know the material.
    The instructors will give you objectives that you need to know each semester. These will help you guide your studying. Use them. I still have access to my foundations syllabus if you want me to send it to you. They have everything broken down by topic/pages to cover/what to know. It is possible that some things have changed since I was in foundations, but it shouldnt be too much.
    Most instructors will give you handouts or powerpoints. You should read the material in the book to get a general idea of everything and pick up a few morsels of info that they dont mention in lecture. It will also help you gain an overall better understanding. When it comes to studying for the tests ALWAYS use the notes. The instructors pull most test info directly from notes and lectures. (Some people find recorders helpful. I don't use one b/c I dont have time to re-listen to lecture) I have seen students use nclex review books, websites, etc that they are studying RIGHT before the test. Not effective for testing, but great for overall comprehension.
    Buy a nursing care plan book AFTER you have the clinical day where they teach you how to do care plans. That way you will know what info/format you need and can look at books that will be easy to use.
    Some students swear by the Straight As in Nursing series. I have one and find it helpful, but it doesnt have any info that your text doesnt have-just an easier format. You will prob find it more helpful once you get into adult health.
    Not sure what they told you about vaccinations, etc. You will need a TB test, Hep B vaccination series (at least started), MMR, and a varicella titer. No one bothered to tell us about the varicella titers until the last minute. I was not happy
    That's all I have for now. I will let you know if I think of anything else. I hope that I am just slightly helpful. I feel sorry for EVERYONE in foundations. It sucks! Let me know if you have any questions!