- 0Jan 6 by joejacktor<font size="3">Hi. I will be graduating this May with a BS in Allied Health from UCONN. I would like to pursue a nursing degree. I have looked into the ACL program at SCSU, GWCC and St. Vincent's. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with any of these programs? Does anyone have any advice they can offer? I appreciate any feedback you can give me.<br><br>Thank you!!</font>
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- 0Jan 6 by INN_777Oh, OK. Well, I really don't know much about GWCC or St Vincents, but I did start the application process to SCSU - did not finish as I got accepted into CEIN. SCSU ACE seemed like a strong program, it is very inexpensive (comparing to private schools) and they seem to be very "plugged in" with Yale New Haven. I got the feeling that graduates had a good shot at getting jobs. The only downside to this program is that they have so many prerequisites and many of them are different from what's required for other programs. But with your degree this should probably not be much of an issue. They also have a weird multistep application process: you have to apply to school first and there is only ONE day in April you can do that for ACE. Then apply to the ACE program specifically in Nov. If you get accepted you start in the Summer. So lo-o-ong lead time.
Good luck with the decision.
- 0Jan 7 by rinskinsI know you said, for cost reasons, you weren't considering UConn but I would reconsider if I were you - this sounds shallow but reputation is important, and UConn has a great reputation as a nursing school. And yes, sadly, this matters - I went to a great school out of state and I've had multiple recruiters ask why I didn't go to UConn and chose some "random" school - it's one of the top nursing schools in NY but they didn't seem to care. If it's not a possibility I would say St. Vincent's because they are associated with a teaching hospital, and that's where the majority of new grads get hired. No matter what you choose, good luck and do a bunch of volunteer work!
- 0Jan 28 by KariZayBSNSt. Vincents is an associate degree program. I took my prereqs there but got into Capital. It seems like a great program.
I was in a similar situation as you, having graduated from UCONN with a degree in Family Studies then going back to get my RN. The direct entry programs were just starting up then.
You should def look into an entry to practice degree and get the RN certificate and then the MSN. Yale is probably the best in that area . Since it has such a great endowment, perhaps you could get grants/scholarship as you are male (I'm assuming by your screen name).