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I was wondering if anyone has heard about Denver school of nursing BSN program. I start in July and I am soooo excited, just wondering if anyone else is planning on going to school there or anyone... Read More

  1. by   aprila1
    Penny,

    This is aprila1, I started the original post. I am just about finished with my first quarter at DSON and you know, so far so good. Our first quarter has been demanding so it's defin. not a cake walk.
    I got accepted into DSON, back in Dec of 2006 and I had 3 pre-reqs that I had to finish. So I was accepted under the condition that I passed all of my Pre-reqs which I did. So If you only have 2 or 3 left I would get in contact with rep for DSON.
    Just to let you know. For DSON there is no financial aid avail. so you would have to take a loan out or borrow money from family or if your lucky enough to be able to afford it on your own well thats the best way to go.
    I do have a word of advice for you. Get in contact with a rep. and if you are able to take Pathophysiology before coming in. It will enable to you to take one less class and study more for your other subject.
    If you have any other questions write away. I dont get on much but I will start looking.

    Hope this helped.

    Aprila1:spin:
  2. by   aprila1
    Penny,

    By the way I forgot to mention. I have not heard of anyone having any trouble getting a job after going to DSON. Also, DSON is accredited in the state of Colorado, it just does not have National accredidation yet. I know of quite a few hospitals around here that hire DSON student after graduation. Also, the last Nclex pass rate was an 88% first time test takers, which is pretty darn good if you ask me.

    Don't wait like I did I could have been a nurse by now going on 2 years if I would have just done it. Dont wait get in contact with someone at the school.
  3. by   Penny8611
    This is awesome information, and I really appreciate your taking the time to write it out! I'll get in touch with them in the next few days. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks again! I really appreciate it!

    Penny
  4. by   aprila1
    penny,

    i'm glad i was able to help. hope i didn't scare you off.
    i figure even if you have to apply for a loan which is the sally mae loan which is the only loan program they offer, it's better then having to wait 3 to 4 years on a wait list.

    let everyone know what your thinking about doing. i spoke with kelley she is in the admin department for enrolling students. she was extremely helpful and patient with alllllll of my questions before making my final decision to go with dson.

    anyway good luck.

    april :spin:
  5. by   salsaking
    Quote from aprila1
    penny,

    i'm glad i was able to help. hope i didn't scare you off.
    i figure even if you have to apply for a loan which is the sally mae loan which is the only loan program they offer, it's better then having to wait 3 to 4 years on a wait list.

    let everyone know what your thinking about doing. i spoke with kelley she is in the admin department for enrolling students. she was extremely helpful and patient with alllllll of my questions before making my final decision to go with dson.

    anyway good luck.

    april :spin:
    i'm seriously looking into relocating from los angeles and applying to the dson. i'm a bit worried about the whole accredating issue though since i would like to eventually pursue a masters in nursing.... does anyone have more info on this? people out here are telling me not to do it because it may be a waste and whatnot.
  6. by   aprila1
    I can tell you that there are 48 people in my class.
    there are about 25 of us who want to continue our education. The decision is completely up to you. I would get on a wait list RIGHT NOW if the accredi. thing is bugging you.

    Good luck. I just cant waste anymore of my time waiting and as long as I get to sit for my boards I can wait to furthur my education at a later time.

    I have a kid and a husband and a mortgage and car payment and bills and everything else you could possible think of. I cant afford to waste time.

    again Good Luck.
  7. by   salsaking
    Quote from aprila1
    I can tell you that there are 48 people in my class.
    there are about 25 of us who want to continue our education. The decision is completely up to you. I would get on a wait list RIGHT NOW if the accredi. thing is bugging you.

    Good luck. I just cant waste anymore of my time waiting and as long as I get to sit for my boards I can wait to furthur my education at a later time.

    I have a kid and a husband and a mortgage and car payment and bills and everything else you could possible think of. I cant afford to waste time.

    again Good Luck.
    Thanks for the info, I have another question. Do they require you to pay your tuition fees via the sally mae loans? How bad are these loans? Do they require you to pay your tuition as soon as you're accepted into the program? Thanks once again.
  8. by   aprila1
    Actually once you apply for Sally Mae they suggest you apply each year because you can get up to $6000.00 extra for whatever i.e. books living expenses etc. per year. And no you dont have to use ALL the loan money they send you to pay for your whole time there. Actually DSON encourages that you only pay on a monthly bases.
    The sally mae loan I feel is not the best but with a co-signer i got approved with in 24 hours and the payment for the duration of school is only $10 a month. Now after school is out depending on your percentage rate and payback period determines how much a month you have to pay. Like any other loan you should always pay as much toward the loan before you go out and buy all new stuff just because your making a bigger paycheck. This not only helps cut back on the duration of the loan but also significantly reduces the interest you will have to pay over time (like with any other loan it's ALOT).

    So no you dont have to pay as soon as your accepted
    You pay monthly
    Sally Mae is a good loan as long as you know how to manage your money and know how to pay off a BIG loan fast.

    Alright, there you go. I hope this clarifies a little more.

    April
  9. by   salsaking
    is the Sally Mae loan subsidized? Does it accrue interest while you are in school?? Does the school require you to use the sally mae loan for financing your schooling?
  10. by   cyn2224
    April,

    Thank you taking time out of your busy schedule to post replies. I start the program in October and just received the schedule.

    You mentioned you have a family, as do I, and I wondered how you were coping with the schedule. Do you have any regrets being in the program and the time it takes away from your family?

    On two days there is "open lab" until 6PM. How long were you there on those days and is attendance voluntary for these labs?

    I have been waiting to enter a BSN program for some time, and I am so glad to be finally fulfilling a dream. I would love to hear any comments you have, since I am nervous about doing well in the program. Thank you so much for your help.


    Cynthia
  11. by   Lizzy99
    Could you please tell me where I should take the pathophysiology class, for the DSoN ADN program? Iam enrolled for April 2009. Which other classes would I be able to take online, to make the course load lighter?
    Thanks
    Lizzy99
  12. by   Penny8611
    Quote from Lizzy99
    Could you please tell me where I should take the pathophysiology class, for the DSoN ADN program? Iam enrolled for April 2009. Which other classes would I be able to take online, to make the course load lighter?
    Thanks
    Lizzy99
    I was registered for patho through Arapahoe Community College this semester. I was taking it online. I know we're not supposed to post names here, but I hope initials are okay...ANY class in the ACC biology department that has T.H. connected with it needs to be avoided, IMO. I took my first semester of A & P under him, and am still amazed I managed to pull a B. I took my second semester of A & P under another instructor and while I didn't breeze through it, it was infinitely easier and I got an A. The patho class I was registered for has T.H. listed as the "instructor" but had another person basically faciliating the class. NIGHTMARE. Seriously. Trust me. If it's through ACC and it has T.H. attached to it in anyway, run like the wind.

    I was not going to get out of the class with anything better than a B, and it was looking like I wasn't even going to be able to do that well, so I withdrew. I lost my tuition money and a semester's worth of time, but at least salvaged my GPA.

    A good friend took patho through www.ccconline.org and did very well with it. Again, not easy, but doable.

    Good luck!
  13. by   Lizzy99
    Thanks so much for the reply!! I really appreciate it! I was also wondering.....has anyone heard of Canyon College in California? It is an online school, with open enrollment. They have a Certificate in Correctional Nursing program, which seems very interesting and also affordable AND you don't have to be nurse or in nursing program to take it. It just seems like it would be a good class to take if you are interested in a nursing career. They also offer a 4 credit Pathophysiology course,and i am wondering if those credits would transfer to DSoN.
    Thanks!!
    Last edit by Lizzy99 on Oct 10, '08 : Reason: Left some info out

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