I would appreciate any and all feedback regarding accepting offers of admission from two nursing schools
Option #1 Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing - I received offer of acceptance in January and immediately sent back my acceptance fee to hold my spot in the class for this September. Since I had applied to four schools, and received two rejections, I jumped at the chance to attend BHSN. I knew I would not hear from the remaining school until April.
Pros: Oldest, most established nursing program in CT; opportunity to sign contract and have the entire tuition paid by YNHH in return for 2 year commitment; acquaintance with future classmates there
Cons: Eventual necessity of changing job/reducing work hours and going into debt for living expenses; relocating to greater Bridgeport area (I currently live in Plantsville).
Option #2 Gateway Community College Nursing Program - I received offer of acceptance today and need to notify them by April 12 (along with $230 acceptance fee) to hold my spot in the class for this September.
Pros: Possibility of being able to work full time and keep my current job since the program is in the evening; campus and clinicals are within reasonable commuting distance, hence no pressure to relocate; familiarity with campus since I have taken prereqs there.
Cons: Gateway's program is relatively new (3-4 years old); no financial aid eligibility for program.
Any feedback or advice from people attending either of these programs? I would like more information before making a decision. Thanks in advance.
May 2, '07
Quote from trepinCT
I would go with whichever fits your schedule better..going to a school b/c they only require a 73 to pass????
aim HIGH, not low..will serve you better when you go to take the NCLEX ..good luck
Gateway has a great program and requires 73 to pass. It has nothing to do with aiming high. I see so many great students failing at schools that require almost 80 to pass, missing only tenth of points to pass. Norwalk requires 73 and have a high passing rate for the state board. It is less stress on students when you do not have to worry about getting an 80 on every exam............that is higher than Yale.
Getting an 80 does not mean you going to be a great nurse....Clinical skills are also important. You see students getting all As, and even do basic clinical skills.
I was also offering my opinion..................not trying to influence people's decision. It is up to the person as to what is more important (schedule, money and grades).
Last edit by Esther2007 on May 2, '07