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By Estefanie Bockeler
CCC Journalism Program

CAMDEN – Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing will host a nursing program open house on Nov 9. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Lourdes in Camden, 1600 Haddon Ave., Pavilion 5, Camden.

The open house will give visitors interested in the nursing program the opportunity to “meet the students, faculty and administrators who will tell you how to walk the walk into the nursing profession,” according to the Our Lady of Lourdes Facebook page. No registration is needed and the event is free. Camden County College has a partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing.

“This is a great way to get a feel for the program itself,” said event coordinator Mary Beth Sauter. “First, we have guest speakers, like the dean. She will speak and give an overview of the day. Then we cover the application process and the most exciting part of the day is the round panel discussion, where we have the nursing program students, faculty and administration sit down and we open up the floor for questions. Students can ask questions and get answers from the students’ perspective as well as the instructors.”

The day will end with a tour of the school that takes about an hour and a half.

CCC students Kasey Applegate and James McVeigh are interested in attending the open house.

“Most importantly, I just want to ask about the transition of credits,” said Applegate. “I want to know what classes I should and should not be taking in order to have the easiest transition into the nursing career.”

She continued, “It is hard as a nursing student because every nursing program and major is different and I want to make sure I’m on the right path to the career with the courses I’m in. I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing to be able to get into the field in the most successful way possible.”

McVeigh said he wanted to know, “Is there a specific path? Do I have to take one line of classes and then switch to another once in the program? I am majoring in pediatrics nursing and I don’t want to be taking classes that I don’t need to be taking, for example classes in the general nursing degree.”

He continued, “In Gloucester you need to take Chemistry 2 and Statistics and here at Camden County that is not a requirement. I just want to know what to take so I’m not wasting time.”

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