San Diego State University Nursing Program

  1. I was wondering if there were any SDSU Nursing school graduates out there and if there is what they think of SDSU's Nursing Program?
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  3. by   brighella
    I am in 2nd semester at SDSU and both my experiences within the program as well as what I have been told by others that the program is excellent. Its the biggest one in the state (accepts 90 students for each Fall and Spring), it also has the best scores on the CA NCLEX. There is a brand new president, Dr Catherine Todero (a PhD in Nursing, very cool!) who is bringing in some new ideas, getting the program into even better shape, and critically looking at the program to see where it could be improved. (i.e. in the administrative office. They run a tight ship there...so tight i think its causing anoxia...i would advise that anything you submit, you have copies and you have the receptionist sign off on the copy that it was submitted.) Also the SON does not communicate whatsoever with SDSU in general, you are the one responsible for that should you apply.

    The clinical instructors that I have worked with have all been excellent. They encourage questions, are patient, and know that they are there to facillitate learning to make us incredible nurses. My 1st semester Clinical instructor is completely my hero, when I grow up I want to be just like her! From what I am hearing from other students further up the line that this isnt always the case, but so far I have been lucky.

    One thing i REALLY like about the program is that theyre definitely evidence based, and they monitor the curriculum very closely for what works best. For instance, in 1st semester, in Assessment, what they used to do is teach you how to do assessments, but there would be no assessment examination until the end, where students had to perform a head to toe assessment that would usually take about an hour...Everything. However when I got to my assessment class they changed it and so half way through the semester we performed assessments on the critical things we needed to know, heart/lungs/abd/skin etc, and then at the end of the semester we were examined on the less urgent systems - eyes/ears/muscluloskeletal etc. This did 2 things...made the end of the semester incredibly less stressfull, as well as making sure we knew how to listen for lung sounds before we went into the hospital. We were doing patient care within 2 months of starting, and knowing I had that knowlege reduced the anxiety. I have a buddy who is one semester ahead of me, and she said that she would much rather have had it the way it was for my group.

    One thing is that the student body is incredibly young, the mean age for my class starting out was 21. This is a second career for me, and im older so I have the benefit of that life experience under my belt that a lot of these kids dont. Its not a problem per se, but it can be a challenge sometimes, especially with group projects. Theyre not so far out of highschool where if you show up you get a C. Not so much the case for Nursing school. Its a competitive program, so I know that if they got in, they arent slackers...its just a different culture than lower division courses.

    Wordy I know! Hopefully it helps!
  4. by   chudder
    Hahahh... anoxic office, indeed. They have offered a receipt for any paperwork I've turned in! I'm in my first semester and about to go to the hospital... Sharp Memorial.
  5. by   Love Coronado
    Brighella
    What was your education path? Where did you do your pre rec's? I have been flip flopping on whether I want to get my ADN or my BSN. I am currently at Grossmont, but State's admission criteria is crazy. Just wondering.
    Thanks
  6. by   brighella
    Got my pre-reqs done at Grossmont, and can honeslty say it was an outstanding education...the teachers there teach because its what theyre into, which makes all the difference in the world. And hey, ive never been anywhere else where the Lab Tech WROTE the lab book (micro).

    I thought about getting on the Grossmont list but a few things encouraged me to move over to State
    1. No wait list (points) at SDSU...if I was going to do Grossmont, I'd maybe be getting in the fall 09...im graduating from state in May 09
    2. I already have an associates degree and that means no financial aid, I had to be going for my BSN if i wanted help
    3. Since I already had the CC degree, I was ready for "big girl" school at a University
    4. Its reputation as I discussed before
    5. I'm seriously considering an advanced nursing degree, and would need the BSn before a masters anyway.
    6. I can take the trolley to State - no traffic, no parking hassles

    Ultimately I think it was just the direction I needed to go to get to where I want to be

    Additionally, is Grossmont still having its accreditation problems? That kinda says no bueno to me I havent heard anything lately about it.

    Im an enthusiastic ambassador for good ole sdsu!
    Sarah
  7. by   Love Coronado
    I do believe they are still having problems with their accreditation. Last I heard they were telling students not to worry about it. I am in A&P 1 right now so I still have to finish A&P 2 plus micro before I can even get on their waiting list.
    My original plan was to go to state, but their points system freaked me out. I didn't think I could get in all of the volunteer points, and the thought of not getting points for a "C" worried me. I think A&P is hard, so I will be happy with a C. But that would totally throw state out of the window for me. Their system just seemed too difficult to do everything on their list.

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