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how hard is it to get into the traditional BSN program at ASU? does anyone know the average gpa (both prerequisite and overall) that classes tend to need? also, how hard is it compared to univ.... Read More

  1. by   Marnaby
    I graduated from ASU's College of Nursing back in December. The first semester is very difficult. I remember wanting to quit every week. It's all about organization! They throw a ton of notes at you within the first week (this includes stuff for clinicals). You are going to be overwhelmed, but stuff starts to make sense once you actually get in and start doing the work. The professors are great about saying, "We are here to see that you do succeed, not if you are going to succeed." They really care about all of their students.

    I do not recommend working during the program. The professors made that very clear from the get go. Some girls had to do it because they had bills and rent. They made it through, but I'm sure they lost plenty of sleep because they were up late doing homework.

    If you make it through the first semester then you will have no problem completing the program. It's a cake-walk after those first three months. They have done a really good job at reorganizing the assignments and throwing the bad ones out. Give them lots of feedback and always ask for help.

    I definitely recommend bonding with your learning community. I could not have done it without the girls in my group. They were my saviors.

    Good luck to all and I know that you will all make it!
  2. by   phxgoddess
    Quote from mendocino
    Phxgoddess -- thank you for poignant and sincere comments. Excellent perspective on what awaits those of us who are right behind you ... obviously, this isn't a cake walk, and the load only increases as you get deeper into the program. A few questions ...

    1 - you mention the need for time flexibility ... does that mean you'd suggest looking into minimal working hours to concentrate on studies and clinic requirements or keeping a job that allows for odd scheduling? In other words, speaking for myself only, having PT work is strictly optional and I'm wondering if it would be better for me to devote FT for nursing education or find PT work in a hospital while in the program ... thoughts?

    2 - which NET book would you recommend?

    Thanks!
    It appears all your questions have been answered by others on the board. I am in the midst of the organization nightmare that is the first semester.

    First thing you should do is get some BIG Notebooks and lots of dividers.
    Also - you will need to compile all the stuff thrown at you into one good, complete calendar or you will get lost.
    Oh - and you will need a massive book bag.

    and yes, make sure you get a study buddy in your learning community.
    I would be dead without mine.

    I really recommend saving up and looking into loans. Try not to work during the first semester. Your schedule changes on a weekly basis depending on which clinicals you are doing at the time and the exams and assignments - take up a lot of your time as well.

    Get the study guide for the net exam. here's a link:
    http://www.asu.edu/uts/e_net.htm

    ASU is increasing the number of seats in the program - that should help as well.

    Best of luck to you - I'm sitting in the library at ASU West now and have homework to finish.
  3. by   IWannaBaBabyNurse
    Quote from phxgoddess
    It appears all your questions have been answered by others on the board. I am in the midst of the organization nightmare that is the first semester.

    First thing you should do is get some BIG Notebooks and lots of dividers.
    Also - you will need to compile all the stuff thrown at you into one good, complete calendar or you will get lost.
    Oh - and you will need a massive book bag.

    and yes, make sure you get a study buddy in your learning community.
    I would be dead without mine.

    I really recommend saving up and looking into loans. Try not to work during the first semester. Your schedule changes on a weekly basis depending on which clinicals you are doing at the time and the exams and assignments - take up a lot of your time as well.

    Get the study guide for the net exam. here's a link:
    http://www.asu.edu/uts/e_net.htm

    ASU is increasing the number of seats in the program - that should help as well.

    Best of luck to you - I'm sitting in the library at ASU West now and have homework to finish.
    Sorry to keep bugging you. I know you are terribly busy but......do you know how many seats they are adding and by when. I've heard double the amount they have now by 2006....but that's a long time away!

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