Austin Community College Fall 2009 Entry - page 3

Just wondering who else is waiting on acceptance for Fall 2009 for ACC? I am about to go crazy waiting till May 1st! :uhoh3:... Read More

  1. by   editor2rn
    Thanks for the info. That's good to hear. I've been working from home full-time for ten years, so I think I have the discipline stuff down.

    Now I just can't wait to start!
  2. by   RADIATION_RN
    YAY!!! Congrats to you all!!!! So what exactly is the difference between taking the classes at the CEC or the Eastview campus??
  3. by   RADIATION_RN
    One more question.....how was the HESI test for you guys?? Did you do well? Is it something you can study for ahead of time? I have heard that none of the review books really helped on the actual test.
  4. by   GeekGirl
    Yay - Congrats!

    I, too, am curious about the Online option, HESI pointers, and the points you all were finding were required for admission. My goal is to apply for the Fall 2009 class so fingers crossed I'll be jumping up and down with some of the other allnurse readers *next* year!
  5. by   RADIATION_RN
    Yeah one thing I can never get a clear answer on is how the ranking system is based. I read the website. Is the ranking based just on your GPA in the 5 pre-req classes X the number of degree courses completed? Or is the ranking based on the GPA in ALL of the degree courses completed. This summer I will complete all my co-reqs with only my Physiology pre-req waiting for me this fall. So does that mean that by the time I apply, my GPA will be compiled using all 10 of the non-nursing degree plan courses or just the 5 pre-reqs?
  6. by   mhayley
    Your ranking calculates all classes you have taken, so the more you take the better your ranking can be...if you do well in the classes.
  7. by   little_bird
    Congrats to everyone who did make it!

    I'm super bummed. I thought I would make it in this round. My rank was 47.4. Anyone else not get in? I wonder what the cut off was this round? Last semester it was somewhere under 45. Ugh I am so tired of waiting.
  8. by   gibson0726
    Quote from little_bird
    Congrats to everyone who did make it!

    I'm super bummed. I thought I would make it in this round. My rank was 47.4. Anyone else not get in? I wonder what the cut off was this round? Last semester it was somewhere under 45. Ugh I am so tired of waiting.
    Don't give up hope just yet. Sometimes people defer..I deferred 4 times before I accepted my spot. One semester I didn't get in when the initial letters went out, I was 136/204, they accepted the top 94...They wound up calling me offering me a spot in the online program. I will keep my fingers crossed that lots of people defer so you can get in.
  9. by   little_bird
    Thank you for saying that! It would be awesome if it happens, but I guess I don't want to get my hopes up. (But my fingers are crossed too! haha)
  10. by   editor2rn
    I'm sorry little bird. Maybe some people will decline, so you can get in. How long have you been waiting? Have you thought about going to UT? I hear Texas State is also preparing to open their nursing school.

    Hang in there.
  11. by   editor2rn
    To determine ranking points, ACC looks at your prereqs and gives you so many points for an A, so many for a B, and so on. Then they give you a point for each coreq you've finished. You get so many points for the HESI test, depending on your score, with 10 being the maximum number of points you can earn. If you've applied previously, they give you a point for that. I think those are all the points you can get, but I may be missing something. Grades in coreqs do not count. As long as you have a C, ACC gives you one point for each.

    Hope that helps.
  12. by   editor2rn
    Hi, GeekGirl,

    The best advice I can give on the HESI is to study basic anatomy and review a study guide for some of the math questions. They're not hard, but some of the skills tested are so basic and were taught so long ago (e.g., multiplying/dividing fractions), that people seem to have forgotten them.

    I didn't think the test was difficult, but I did review the math and look at a study guide to get a feel for the testing format.

    Good luck! You'll do fine.
  13. by   GeekGirl
    Thanks for the insight on the HESI, editor2RN!

    From the ACC Nursing Department website, I understand that the ranking formula for selection is:
    Rank = (Nursing GPA) X (# of degree plan courses completed) + (HESI Points) + (Review points earned)

    With the HESI point range being either 4, 7, or 10 pts earned & 6 Review Points earned the first time and 5 additional for each subsequent application.

    However, I am still confused about the GPA portion of the formula. Do they count only the GPA of the five core pre-req classes or do they factor in both the GPA of the pre and co-req classes completed? What if the classes are completed at institutions other than ACC? Are the grades handled in the same manner? It does appear that whatever GPA they use, they multiply that GPA by the total number of completed classes.

    Thanks to everyone who's contributed to this thread - even if the news wasn't initially positive. It is incredibly helpful for those of us just getting our feet wet in the pre-req classes!

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