CSU - Pueblo information

  1. 0 I was browsing the topics here and didn't find much information or discussion about the BSN program at CSU-Pueblo. I'm thinking of applying there but saw that the NCLEX scores are very inconsistent, so just writing to ask if anyone has information on whether or not it's a good program or if anyone here attends or has attended that program?
    Any information is appreciated.
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  3. Visit  aissamojave profile page

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    Joined Jun '10; Posts: 5.

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  4. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    I attend the CSU-Pueblo accelerated BSN program. There used to be a thread on it, but it somehow got deleted. Please PM me if you have specific questions. Thanks.
  5. Visit  jjohncar profile page
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    Hi Pitaya,

    I can't send private messages yet. I will be applying this coming October for CSU Pueblo's Degree Plus program and wanted to know how competitive the admissions process is- what was your pre-req gpa? My pre-req GPA should be a 3.6 when I apply (A in micro,a&p I and II, but a C in statistics) and I will still be working on the other pre-reqs. Also, do they admit students with outstanding coursework around at application time- I won't be done with my pre-req's until December? I apologize for bombarding you with questions. I just haven't been able to find much information about the program online.Thanks!

    Jenny
  6. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    I had a 3.3 pre-req GPA and I still got in. However, I was waitlisted first. I was not about to retake any pre-req courses, though. Funny, statistics was my easiest A by far. I got C's in the classes everyone else seems to have aced, like A&P and chemistry, but statistics was a breeze for me. LOL Pre-req grades aren't necessarily an indicator of how well you'll do in the program; so far I have straight A's, even though I was on the bottom of the admit list. Shouldn't be a problem that your pre-reqs aren't done until December. Some students were still finishing the pathophysiology pre-req course during the first month of school. Good luck! I wouldn't worry if I were you. You should have no problem getting in.
  7. Visit  aissamojave profile page
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    I posted the original comment, I guess what I want to know is what do you think of the program? Is it really rushed or do you think you are getting a quality education there? Are all of the clinical rotations done in hospitals and do you get a lot of one on one teaching? Also for the application did you have a CNA completed or any other kind of certification or just a bachelor's degree?
    Thank you for any information.
  8. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    "Rushed" is a relative term. It is really busy, but I don't think it's any busier or any more rushed than other nursing programs, except that we also go to school for 2 summer semesters instead of just in the winter and the fall. Personally, I love summer semesters because the classes go by faster.

    Not all of the clinical rotations are done in hospitals. You start out in the nursing home and toward the end of the program get to do a public health rotation.

    As far as one on one teaching goes, well, I'm not really sure what you mean by that, but the class size is typically around 30 for lectures and for labs/clinicals it's about half that. But there are opportunities to speak with the teachers one-on-one and ask questions.

    I did not have my CNA going into the program, just a BS! Hope this helps.
  9. Visit  jjohncar profile page
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    Sorry, for hijacking the thread.

    Pitaya,

    What was your schedule like during the Summer? When did your clinical labs start/finish and how many days a week did you do them?

    Thanks!
  10. Visit  cojamie profile page
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    What are the pre-requisites for CSU-Pueblo. Is a semester of chemistry fine, or do you need a whole year? Also do they require a foreign language...if so how many credits?

    I find their website hard to understand as a possible transfer student. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
  11. Visit  Tward85 profile page
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    Hi,

    I have several questions, and would love for some assistance in answering them.

    Can you tell me what your typical weekly schedules are while in the program?
    I currently live in the Denver area, so I will need to either drive or stay at extended stay motels during the days I need to be in Pueblo.

    Is it possible to work during the program and if not how do you afford the program? From my understanding we can get $12,500 in stafford loans and $5500 in perkins loans, but is that all you can get as far as federal aid and I assume that is not enough to live on?

    Thanks in advance.
  12. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    Quote from jjohncar
    Sorry, for hijacking the thread.

    Pitaya,

    What was your schedule like during the Summer? When did your clinical labs start/finish and how many days a week did you do them?

    Thanks!
    Summer was the first semester we had as accelerated students. We had clinicals and/or labs every week for 10 hours, typically from 7 am to 5 pm. We had one day/week off, and classes the other 3 days.
  13. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    Quote from cojamie
    What are the pre-requisites for CSU-Pueblo. Is a semester of chemistry fine, or do you need a whole year? Also do they require a foreign language...if so how many credits?

    I find their website hard to understand as a possible transfer student. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
    Prerequisite courses (directly from the website):

    BIOL 223

    Anatomy & Physiology I

    3 credits

    BIOL 223L

    Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

    1 credits

    BIOL 206

    Microbiology

    3 credits

    BIOL 206L

    Microbiology Lab

    1 credits

    BIOL 224

    Anatomy & Physiology II

    3 credits

    BIOL 224L

    Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

    1 credits

    PSYCH 151

    Human Development

    3 credits

    CHEM 111

    Principles of Chemistry

    3 credits

    CHEM 111L

    Principles of Chemistry Lab

    1 credits

    MATH 156

    Introduction to Statistics

    3 credits

    Humanities

    Foreign Language

    3 credits

    NSG 207

    Nursing Pathophysiology

    3 credits
  14. Visit  pitaya profile page
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    Quote from Tward85
    Hi,

    I have several questions, and would love for some assistance in answering them.

    Can you tell me what your typical weekly schedules are while in the program?
    I currently live in the Denver area, so I will need to either drive or stay at extended stay motels during the days I need to be in Pueblo.

    Is it possible to work during the program and if not how do you afford the program? From my understanding we can get $12,500 in stafford loans and $5500 in perkins loans, but is that all you can get as far as federal aid and I assume that is not enough to live on?

    Thanks in advance.
    See the reply I posted a couple of replies ago for summer schedule.

    For fall semester, we have clinicals 3 days/week and classes the other 2 days. Clinicals may even be on some Saturdays. Keep in mind that this is the accelerated program I am talking about. I do not know much about the traditional program, if that is what you are asking about.

    Personally, I think that living in Denver would be much too difficult and I would advise against it. You're talking about a 4-hour commute every day which would be exhausting (not to mention dangerous and maybe even impossible to traverse if it is snowy, bad weather - what if you have to get to clinicals in Pueblo on a day when roads are bad?) and even extended stay motels are expensive. I don't even know if those exist in Pueblo. I would highly recommend moving to Pueblo, especially if you'll be doing the accelerated program. You can find places where rent is not too expensive. I share an apartment and pay $250/mo.

    I don't work. I'm thinking about working, but I'd rather not risk my grades, because the accelerated program is so time consuming and I'd rather spend my free time studying. I'm not a very good person to talk about financial aid with, because I'm blessed to have the full financial support of my family and therefore, don't have to work, although the extra money would be helpful. However, it seems to me that there is always financial aid available for those who really need it and I know that Rocky Mountain SER has money allotted for nursing students who choose nursing as "career redirection" as well.
  15. Visit  cmbrown07 profile page
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    I just got accepted to the CSU Pueblo program, today actually.

    I live in Denver and I was wondering what you've heard about new grads getting jobs in Colorado. With CU and Regis in Denver its pretty competitive in Denver.

    I have had a hard time getting the admission office to give me resources to talk with current students and grads, so any info you could send my way would be super helpful.

    Thanks!


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