University of South Alabama - page 2

by markuskristian | 19,853 Views | 21 Comments

Does anyone know if U. of South Alabama looks at the full package when deciding on entrance into their nursing program or is it simply gpa? At the end of summer when I apply, I will only have a 3.2 overall gpa. However, at the... Read More


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    What nursing school would you all recommend in the Mobile, AL area?? I have heard the same things about USA.
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    I am a 2005 USA grad and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I have a good friend who actually went to Faulker State in its infancy for an ADN and she seemed so much more prepared and confident as a new nurse. Of course on a resume' BSN wins every time. Im just saying.....

    My main complaint was that they seemed to focus much more on students passing boards than on students learning any real nursing skills. I dont know how that stacks up to other nursing programs but I do know every single person I kept up with in my class passed boards the first time.

    Nonetheless, Good luck to you!
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    I am a 2005 USA grad and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I have a good friend who actually went to Faulker State in its infancy for an ADN and she seemed so much more prepared and confident as a new nurse. Of course on a resume' BSN wins every time. Im just saying.....

    My main complaint was that they seemed to focus much more on students passing boards than on students learning any real nursing skills. I dont know how that stacks up to other nursing programs but I do know every single person I kept up with in my class passed boards the first time.

    Nonetheless, Good luck to you!

    @Grow_a_Soul-----------Thanks!! Do you by chance know of any programs in Mobile that accept students who have been dismissed from nursing schools do to receiving below C's in nursing courses? I want to obtain a BSN; that's what is drawing me to USA; but just not sure if I would get accepted b/c of my prior nursing school issue.
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    I dont know the policies of the schools on that. I know there were students in my class who didnt pass certain classes and went on to graduate by retaking those courses. I am just not sure about the transferability of coursework.
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    I graduated from USA with my BSN in the regular track in 07. I tell you this was the WORST experience in my life!!!!!!!!!! The teachers read directly off the power points as mentioned before and you were left to teach yourself at home with your book! Clinicals were not a desirable learning atmosphere. You were so scared of your teacher that it impaired you from learning. I started the online FNP program since I figured it would work with my schedule. Please, the MSN program is a joke there. Even worse than the BSN program. Needless to say I am quitting the program and finding a college that actually wants to teach their students. The MSN program is cheap for a reason, you get what you pay for!!!! Take my advice and stay away from USA!!! Trust me, they respond to you when you are applying, but once you get in the program you are shut off from communication. They just don't care about their students!!!
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    Moved to AL Nursing Programs forum.
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    Everyone reading these posts remember to take negative comments with a grain of salt. Disgruntled people will always find a forum to complain. USA, and all schools, are what you make out of it. When I went there I heard some complainers and thought if they just would use their energy positively they would of been fine. Faculty worked with me after the storm, and I found most instructors to be helpful and concerned with issues. As far as getting all C's in clinicals. I got all A's, but excelled due to experience. Dont expect an A for showing up, and doing "ok". I will be continuing my NP at USA, and would recomend this instiution to anybody!
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    Hello Mrmike! I believe we have met, lol! I worked with you at STICU. Congrats on school and good luck!
    Last edit by flgirl57 on Jun 2, '11
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    Hi everyone I am currently a FL resident but live in the Pensacola area and heard that USA gives in state tuition to surrounding FL area residents. I was wondering if I could get some info about the school like how you're experiences have been. I noticed alot of negative responses at the beginning of this thread.. *yikes*, but the dates on them are from a few years back so I was wondering if things might have changed a little. I also was wondering about the admissions process. I saw something on their site about an interview could be part of it. Just curious on what it was like when you guys were trying to get in.
    thanks,
    _lex
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    Hey Lex,
    I am currently in the nursing program at USA. I'm not going to lie... its VERY challenging. Our class started with around 100 and I think we have about half of that left midway through. However, I have learned so much that I really don't regret my decision to go there. You just have to start out preparing for the worst and never let your guard down. The first semester was exhausting but after that it begins to loosen up a little bit. Just go for it if its what you really want to do : ) When you get in, get organized! That's the best advice anybody ever gave me. You won't have time to after the first few days of class so do it as soon as you have what you need! Also, get involved! There's nothing better than knowing people ahead of you and getting hand-me-down's and most importantly good advice. As far as the admissions process goes, I never went for an interview and I don't know anybody that did. The application says 2.5GPA requirements but I don't think that anything less than a 3.1 is really considered. I wish the best of luck to you and please let me know if I can be of any more assistance!
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