TRCC Nursing Program
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TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#1 Jun 2, 2008
I am applying to the evening nursing program in July. I would like to know if anyone here has applied before, what the test is like and what to use for a study guide. I have completed all my pre req's, I earned an A in chemistry, algebra and college writing and plan to take A&P in the fall. Any advice will be much appreciated.
TRCC-nursing student

Poplar Bluff, MO

#2 Jun 2, 2008
The test is not as hard as they make it seem. The hard part is scoring higher than everyone else since they take very few people into each program (day and evening). I used Kaplan's "Nursing school entrance exams and Cliff's test prep "Nursing school entrance exams. Both books I found at Hastings and they both focus on math, reading, and science. They also have two practice tests in both books to take. I think after reading both books and doing the practice tests you should do well. Good Luck! P.S. if you don't get in the first time apply again, retest and you could get in the 2nd time....this is the case with many current nursing students.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#3 Jun 2, 2008
Thanks! I went to the college bookstore and they said many people use the ARCO study guide so I bought it. It also has a bunch of practice tests. Seems like a lot of word problems, which I can do, I just don't like them too much :) I am not worried about the math or chemistry/science section since I earned A's in these subjects last semester, but I have not taken A&P yet and there is an A&P section in the study guide. I think I will score pretty high but I am out of district so I am not sure how that works. I think preference is considered for in district. I did well in college writing and scored high on my reading comprehension ( asset test) so I am not worried about it either, just the A&P. Hopefully this study guide will be enough. Thanks again.
ammo troop

Wappapello, MO

#4 Jun 2, 2008
i know a girl who is going to school there and she is dumb as a frigging stump.just let me die so she doen't have to work on me
nursing students

Poplar Bluff, MO

#5 Jun 2, 2008
trust me, nobody who is dumb will ever make it through the trcc nursing program. It is a tough program and requires you be good at math and verbal skills. you also have to be highly motivated.
ammo troop

Wappapello, MO

#6 Jun 2, 2008
trust me this girl can't walk and talk at the same time
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#7 Jun 2, 2008
I imagine the program will be tough but I think it is do-able for me because I am very self disciplined and motivated as well. I will be pissed if I score high and still don't get in just because I am out of district. I have a 4.0 GPA and worked very hard to earn that. It doesn't seem fair that someone in district who has a lower GPA and scores lower on the entrance exam be accepted over me just because they live in the district. I guess it is what it is.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#8 Jun 2, 2008
ammo troop I have a hard time believing this girl you refer to can be dumb as a stump. It is a requirement to pass Algebra and Chemistry with a C or better before one can even apply to the program. I assure you anyone that can even earn a C in those subjects is NOT dumb. Perhaps she is "dingy" but I seriously doubt they will let her go through the entire program if she does not make the grades.
ammo troop

Wappapello, MO

#9 Jun 3, 2008
dingy would be an understatement.as i said before let me die,bleed to death,what ever, but don't let her work on me. my mother was a RN for close to 45 years.she is a great nurse who has the respect of the doctors.the doctors ask her what she thinks needs to be done.this girl is nice but she is not going to make it.
LPP

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Jun 4, 2008
Hate for the name to leak out, but I'd love to know which student you were talking about. Nurse2be, sounds like you are an excellent candidate and will likely do well on the test so good luck. I took the test and passed my first time,(despite a not so great math score, I would definately study up on as much A&P as you can. I think I was in the middle of AP2 when I took the test and felt it helped me answer many questions. And I understand your concerns about maybe losing a spot to a lower scoring in-district student, however it works the other way also. Say for example that 30 in district pass test with 95% each, and they only take 25 of the 30, then the top 5 out of district scores are in the high 70's or 80%.......they will get in over the higher scoring indistrict that didn't get in. They are very strict and ridgid, there are probably 2/3 of our original class still in the program. The grading system is also tighter in the nursing program than it is in the rest of the school. The test are always tough, usually over no less than 4 chapters. Remembering all the steps to the hands on skills........then going in and performing the skill infront of the teacher one-on-one........nerves of steel would come in handy. I've had tough scary jobs before, but for some reason put us in front of the teachers one on one to be graded......and you almost want to throw up, cry, and run out of the lab. It is fun, but serious because you have to complete all the steps to pass each class and move on, not just pass the test, pass ALL skills. You pretty much can't miss a day either, if you miss one day of lab for example, you have to make up that day before you can progress with the rest of the class. Good luck and I hope this post gives you a teeny tiny glimpse into the nursing program. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll help you if I can. To me, and most in the class, it is a very tough program, but it will be worth it in the end for sure.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#12 Jun 4, 2008
LPP thanks! I have no doubt the program will be tough but I think it should be, I mean I want to be the best nurse I can be and I want to know for SURE what I am doing before I ever work with a patient. After all, it can take just a small mistake to harm or even kill someone so I want to make certain I have been properly trained. As I said I am motivated and self disciplined and give 110% effort in everything I attempt to accomplish. I understand why students are selected according to test scores, that really is the only fair way, not to mention people who score higher are ( I assume) more likely to stick with the program. All I can do is try my best and if I do get accepted I will try my hardest to become an excellent nurse. I will be 39 in September so I will be one of the "older" students but I have seen some folks over 50 get accepted into the nursing program. Like I said I am worried because I have not had any A&P yet, so I hope this study guide I have will be enough! As for the math section on the test can you give me idea of what is on there, what should I study? Is it a little bit of gen math, algebra etc? I am pretty good at math I ma just nervous that calculators are not permitted during the test. I was allowed to use a calculator in algebra and in chemistry too, so I am rusty calculating on paper!
what I did

Poplar Bluff, MO

#13 Jun 4, 2008
TRCC_nurse2be wrote:
I am applying to the evening nursing program in July. I would like to know if anyone here has applied before, what the test is like and what to use for a study guide. I have completed all my pre req's, I earned an A in chemistry, algebra and college writing and plan to take A&P in the fall. Any advice will be much appreciated.
I got a math review book and worked it through as far as I could for practice. Make sure you are strong in basic math and verbal skills. It seems like there may have been some basic science on it too. It has been quite a while. It sounds like you are a good student who will do just fine.
instructor

Poplar Bluff, MO

#14 Jun 4, 2008
who was your favorite nursing instructor?
FNP-BC

United States

#15 Jun 4, 2008
As a person who started her career as a nurse when the stone age was the rage, I would advise to skip th associates degree program and go straight for the bachelor of science degree. Opens more doors in the long run. Short term not much difference.
best of both worlds

Poplar Bluff, MO

#16 Jun 4, 2008
At TRCC you get a top notch nursing education and then can get your BSN without leaving Poplar Bluff. There are two universities that offer the BSN and SEMO makes it very doable for the working nurse. I dont know about Hannibl LaGrange.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#17 Jun 5, 2008
I think TRCC is working with another college (not SEMO) to offer the RN to BSN right on campus. I will probably try to get my associates degree first so I can work and get some experience and then continue going for the BSN. I think that would the best for me considering my age.
LPP

Saint Louis, MO

#18 Jun 5, 2008
I'm the same way, and would have problems being in school for a 4 yr. program. I plan on taking baby steps, get my Associates and get started working. If I find that I do want to continue with a BSN then I will do it on a part time or online basis.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#19 Jun 5, 2008
I have a friend who works at St. Francis in Cape, she has her BSN. She told me the pay is not that much more for BSN unless it is a management position, so I think for now I would be grateful just to get my associate degree.
TRCC_nurse2be

United States

#20 Jun 5, 2008
LPP, can you tell me about how long it takes to complete the entrance exam? About how many questions are there per section? I took the LPN entrance exam last year at Sikeston and got accepted to the program but my husband said I would be better off to go the RN route. We took a NET test over there. I can't seem to find out what type of test this RN entrance exam is. I wonder if it is similar to the NET test?
LPP

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Jun 5, 2008
Oh goodness...I'll try to remember. I haven't taken anything other than the RN entrance exam, so I can't compare it with anything else. I want to say there was at least 3 sections, Math, Science and some kind of comp. type where there was lots of reading per question. Each section was like 50/60 questions and you had like an hour or so to complete. Each section was given and timed seperately. I may be way off......it was such a blur. I just mostly remember that there were nearly 200 people that showed to take the test and just before they gave the test they told us how many people they were taking.......and it was like 30 for the day class and 24 or so were going to be in district and the rest out of district. The numbers were so discouraging to me I almost wanted to get up and leave before even taking the test. Those numbers should be given to the people taking the exam, however maybe with the application to take the test and not as a reminder just moments before taking the test. I just remembered, the test given is the NLN (National League of Nursing) RN Entrance Exam, so you may want to google that and I'm sure you can find official breakdown of what all it consist of, or at least find other students talking about it who remember more. Oh, and one study tip.... I remember during the test that there were several questions on like electric circuts, with ohms and all that....anyway, I was clueless and had to totally guess. You may run across practice questions on that, I must have skipped that part, but I think it would have helped if I had even a basic idea of that topic.

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