A Blog for Pre-Nursing Students of Lehigh Carbon Community College

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Let's Talk About Options

Planning to apply for LCCC's RN or LPN program this December 1st?  If so, that probably means you have taken most of your General Education courses. If you have all or most of the following courses complete, your next step is to make a plan for Fall 2015.
ENG 105
ENG 106
PSY 140
PSY 145
SOC 150
BIO 163
BIO 164
BIO 220
CHE 106
MAT 121
MAT 150
Other Electives
 After all your hard work in these courses you don't want to be stuck with no plan B next fall 2015. So here are some options to consider.
1.) Apply to other nursing programs.  On the right sidebar, you will see links to some local nursing programs, many of whom require the very same courses you have already taken.
2.) Apply to other allied health programs.  LCCC and other colleges have allied health programs that require many of the courses listed above.
3.) Work toward a bachelor's degree.  With all the classes you have taken, you may be able to complete an associate degree at LCCC and then work toward a bachelor's degree in a related field.

These and many more opportunities are available to you.  So start making plans now.  Set up an appointment with your LCCC advisor and talk about all of your options.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Late Afternoon and Evening Classes Starting Fall 2014


We are happy to announce that LCCC is now offering afternoon and evening classes as part of the RN curriculum.  We have always offered the general education classes at night, but many students need to continue taking classes at night after they get accepted and begin the clinical portion of the nursing program.  With the addition of these evening courses and clinicals, we have also increased our class size.  Starting Fall 2014 we are admitting 85 students to our RN program.  A big hearty WELCOME to the RN class of Spring 2016!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Register for Summer Classes Now!


It's time to think about summer classes.  Sections are starting to fill and the sessions are as follows:

1st Five Weeks: 5/19/2014 - 6/25/2014
2nd Five Weeks:  7/7/2014 - 8/12/2014

10 Week Option: 5/19/2014 - 8/5/2014

Talk to your advisor about what summer classes might work for your schedule and satisfy the requirements of your educational goals.   We have many online and in class options to choose from.  Remember, the more classes you have completed when you apply for the nursing program, the greater your chances of getting in.  So make an appointment today to meet with your academic advisor at LCCC!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Do you Have a Plan B?

As a pre-nursing student, you may have applied for our RN or LPN programs this past fall of 2013. If so, you are waiting to hear if you got accepted for fall of 2014. The letters usually go out after March 31st.

As you may know, we only have space for 50-60 students in each nursing program. Since there is a chance you may not get in this year, now would be a good time to make plans for what you are going to do if you don't get accepted into either the LPN or RN program.

Click the links on the right to read more about LCCC and other local programs you may consider applying to. The institutions listed all accept LCCC courses. Once the spring semester is underway, make an appointment with your LCCC advisor to discuss your options.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Time Management and Study Tips


1. PLAN ENOUGH TIME FOR STUDY.
LCCC expects a student to average about two hours in studying (including library work, term papers, themes, etc.) for each hour spent in the classroom. This is an appropriate and realistic guideline. Some students may get by adequately with less. However, many students would do well to plan for somewhat more than the two-for-one ratio.
2. STUDY AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY.
Students should schedule certain hours which are used for studying almost every day in a habitual, systematic way. Having regular hours at least five days a week will make it easier to habitually follow the schedule and to maintain an active approach to study.
3. MAKE USE OF THE FREE HOURS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
The hours between classes are perhaps a student's most valuable study time yet, ironically, the most frequently misused. A student may effectively utilize these hours reviewing the material and editing the notes of the preceding class and/or studying the material to be discussed in the following class.
4. PLAN STUDY PERIODS TO FOLLOW CLASS PERIODS.
This should be done whenever possible. The next best procedure is to schedule the period for study immediately preceding the class. A student should specify the particular course he will study rather than just marking "study" on his schedule.
5. SPACE STUDY PERIODS.
Fifty to ninety minutes of study at a time for each course works best. Relaxation periods of ten or fifteen minutes should be scheduled between study periods. It is more efficient to study hard for a definite period of time, and then stop for a few minutes, than attempt to study on indefinitely.
6. LEAVE SOME UNSCHEDULED TIME FOR FLEXIBILITY.
This is important! Lack of flexibility is the major reason why schedules fail. Students tend to over-schedule themselves.
7. ALLOT TIME FOR PLANNED RECREATION, CAMPUS AND CHURCH ACTIVITIES, ETC.
When a student plans his schedule, he should begin by listing the activities that come at fixed hours and cannot be changed. Classes and laboratories, eating in the dorm dining hall, sleep, and work for money are examples of time uses which the student typically cannot alter. Next, he can schedule his flexible time commitments. these hours can be interchanged with other hours if he finds that his schedule must be changed during the week. Recreational activities are planned last.
When forced to deviate from his planned schedule (and that will invariably occur), the student should trade time rather than steal it from his schedule. Thus, if he has an unexpected visitor at a time he has reserved for study, he can substitute an equal amount of study time for the period he had set aside for recreation. 


 (Adapted From Virginia Tech Website)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Transfer Fair - October 1, 2013



Many students wonder why we encourage them to go to the transfer fair since they are planning to get accepted into LCCC's RN or LPN program and may not even go further to get a bachelor's degree.  That is where we begin a conversation about the realities of nursing.  Consider the following when planning your nursing career:

1.) Each year only 1 out of 5 students who apply to our RN program are accepted.  

2.) The statistics for LPN acceptance are about 2 out of 5.

3.) If you do not get accepted, you need a plan B.  The transfer fair is a great opportunity to talk to 4 year colleges about alternative plans.

4.) When researching 4 year colleges it's difficult to take time out of your busy schedule to go and visit.  The Transfer Fair is a great opportunity to chat with the 4 year colleges without having to go and visit.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE TRANSFER FAIR

1.) Meet with your academic advisor before the Transfer Fair to discuss plan B options in case you don't get into LCCC.

2.) Look at the list of colleges here that are coming to LCCC and do research on what majors they have and whether or not you are interested in applying.

3.) Print several copies of your LCCC transcript to show the 4 year colleges and to take notes.  Have a separate transcript for each 4 year college and write their name on the back of your transcript to refer to later.

4.) Greet every 4 year college rep. with a big enthusiastic smile and lots of questions to help you formulate your plan B.