San Francisco Nursing Program or Cal State East Bay Program??!?!!?

  1. hey fellow students
    I got into both san francisco states BSN program and also Cal State East Bay Program. I was wondering if anyone knew the positives and negatives of either or both of the programs. I dont know one person from either..Any help would be much appreciated!!!!!

    megan
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I moved your post to the California Forum for the most responses. The Pre-Nursing Student Forum is good for general questions about completing prerequisite classes and the like, but this forum should work better for information specific to California schools.
  4. by   TazziRN
    I've spent time at UCSF with various family members and many of the nurses there went to SF State. If Cal State East Bay is also Cal State Hayward, they have a good program but I think SF's is better.
  5. by   BonnieSc
    Check the NCLEX pass rates... they don't mean EVERYTHING, but they can be a good hint.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Check also the retention rate. If there is a high pass rate but low retention rate, it's not good.
  7. by   Testa Rosa, RN
    Congratulations!

    I have friends in both programs, and they both sound very stong/very similar. Both complain about the lack of info until the last minute (not much hand holding in the CSU system); both have co-students that they wonder, "how the heck did that looney get in the program." (the drawback to using a points only based evaluating system).

    Both have made great life-long friends. Both are blossoming into excellent health care providers and serve as my mentors even though they are much younger.

    Both colleges will give you a BSN from a well respected program. However, if I didn't already have a degree from a college with good name recognition, I would lean towards SF just cuz I just like the city/name better. But really, that's not important. Most important would be commute time. I think commute would factor into my decision more than anything.

    I passed up on UCSF and Samuel Merritt because of CSU East Bay (Concord Campus) is right in my back yard. I'm looking forward to starting end of September.

    Good Luck!
  8. by   CMCRN
    WOW Congratulations! I went to SFSU, albeit 100 years ago. The program is smaller and even more selective now than when I went. But it is a long established program. I think East Bay is relatively new. I of course am prejudiced but would vote for SFSU. Where I work we get students from SFSU and they always seem well prepared and many of the nurses I work with went there also. A nice dilemma to be in!
  9. by   happy student
    Waiting in line for a college RN program at #401 to apply.
    I'm not sure which career college to go for to avoid the 2 year waiting lists at the community/university programs. Are the career college students as well trained as the university/community students in programs for LVN/RN training? Is there a better career college, NCP versus Unitek?
  10. by   engima2174
    meg2e,
    i realize you posted this (below) response last year. what school did you end up going to? share your experiences?

    thanks!


    Quote from meg2e
    hey fellow students
    i got into both san francisco states bsn program and also cal state east bay program. i was wondering if anyone knew the positives and negatives of either or both of the programs. i dont know one person from either..any help would be much appreciated!!!!!

    megan
  11. by   suzanne4
    This was her only post and have not seen her around for sometime. Not sure if you will get a response from her in a timely fashion.

    Just wanted you to be aware of this.
  12. by   engima2174
    i am curious, how did things work out for you at csu-eb? i got accepted to sfsu trying to get myself ready for my fall start date. any suggestions, comments? thanks!

    Quote from bertolozzi
    congratulations!

    i have friends in both programs, and they both sound very stong/very similar. both complain about the lack of info until the last minute (not much hand holding in the csu system); both have co-students that they wonder, "how the heck did that looney get in the program." (the drawback to using a points only based evaluating system).

    both have made great life-long friends. both are blossoming into excellent health care providers and serve as my mentors even though they are much younger.

    both colleges will give you a bsn from a well respected program. however, if i didn't already have a degree from a college with good name recognition, i would lean towards sf just cuz i just like the city/name better. but really, that's not important. most important would be commute time. i think commute would factor into my decision more than anything.

    i passed up on ucsf and samuel merritt because of csu east bay (concord campus) is right in my back yard. i'm looking forward to starting end of september.

    good luck!
  13. by   chctwqueen
    Quote from Bertolozzi
    Congratulations!

    I have friends in both programs, and they both sound very stong/very similar. Both complain about the lack of info until the last minute (not much hand holding in the CSU system); both have co-students that they wonder, "how the heck did that looney get in the program." (the drawback to using a points only based evaluating system).

    Both have made great life-long friends. Both are blossoming into excellent health care providers and serve as my mentors even though they are much younger.

    Both colleges will give you a BSN from a well respected program. However, if I didn't already have a degree from a college with good name recognition, I would lean towards SF just cuz I just like the city/name better. But really, that's not important. Most important would be commute time. I think commute would factor into my decision more than anything.

    I passed up on UCSF and Samuel Merritt because of CSU East Bay (Concord Campus) is right in my back yard. I'm looking forward to starting end of September.

    Good Luck!
    Samuel Merritt seems like a total rip-off to me. The cost of tuition is outrageoues. It amazes me how many people clamor to get in anyway. I don't blame you for going to CSU East Bay.
  14. by   chctwqueen
    SO TRUE!

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