Drexel ACE - page 2

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  1. by   TLC RN
    Yep, you need to have them all done in order to start the program. But you can apply before you finishing them...

    I did not read your post right before My bad.
    Last edit by TLC RN on Jan 17, '05
  2. by   piper_for_hire
    NO! You can apply to the program and be accepted "provisionally". This means that you have to have all of your pre-reqs done before you start, but you certainly do not have to complete them before you start.

    -S
  3. by   charleybarley
    ahhh- thank you both! Well I have been reading tons of posts and it looks like these programs are filling up fast, waiting lists for years, and super high GPAs. It's all scaring me. 3 days ago I was happy because I narrowed my list down to 4 schools (and thought I had a decent chance of getting into at least 2).. but now, my list has gone up to 8!

    What do you guys think: (all accelerated programs) Drexel, Pitt, Villanova, Jefferson, Johns Hopkins, UMaryland, Duquesne & DeSales
  4. by   TLC RN
    Quote from charleybarley
    ahhh- thank you both! Well I have been reading tons of posts and it looks like these programs are filling up fast, waiting lists for years, and super high GPAs. It's all scaring me. 3 days ago I was happy because I narrowed my list down to 4 schools (and thought I had a decent chance of getting into at least 2).. but now, my list has gone up to 8!

    What do you guys think: (all accelerated programs) Drexel, Pitt, Villanova, Jefferson, Johns Hopkins, UMaryland, Duquesne & DeSales
    Good luck, I started out applying to 1 school and by the end, I applied to 6. I got into 3.

    Is Drexel changing its acceptance criteria? When I applied last year, they said I needed to just meet the 3.0 in my last 60 credits because my overall GPA was below a 3.0. I think they take you as long as you meet the criteria. The problem becomes the wait list. I had applied for fall 04 but got into the class starting March 05.
  5. by   piper_for_hire
    Drexel will accept on a first come first serve basis. So with a 3.0 you'll get in, but you may have to wait a year or longer to start. I ended up waiting 1.5 years to start.

    -S
  6. by   GPatty
    I just wanted to welcome you and say "good luck"!!!
  7. by   charleybarley
    Thanks for the welcome!

    and of course I have yet another question about Drexel...

    Under pre-reqs to enter the program I states that you need 3 credits of Computer Science. Now I remember when I was first looking at the ACE website maybe 6-8 months ago.. somewhere on the site ( no idea where it is now) it said that you could substitute 3 cr of Speech instead of taking comp-sci.... anyone know about this? I'm positive that I saw this on Drexel's website.. but like I said I can't find it now... Do any of you know of anyone that got in the program with speech rather than comp sci??

    Thanks!
  8. by   piper_for_hire
    Best thing to do is send the program coordinator an email and ask. I'm sure there are all kinds of substitutions they can make. When I was applying I had really good response from them via email.

    -S
  9. by   charleybarley
    ok thanks! i will try that!
  10. by   ER1010
    I was at an info session, and the director of the program confirmed that for me.
  11. by   charleybarley
    Quote from ER1010
    I was at an info session, and the director of the program confirmed that for me.
    Thanks for the reply, but could you clarify what the director confirmed? That you CAN replace speech for computer science???

    Also, did you hear any more info on the program? Anything at all would be so helpful.
    Did they say anything about taking online courses for the pre-reqs?
    Anything about admissions (Gpa...) and waiting lists, amounts of people they are expecting to apply?
    Costs of the program? Financial Aid/ Work Scholarships?


    Also, when are you applying?

    Thanks!!
  12. by   ER1010
    Quote from charleybarley
    Thanks for the reply, but could you clarify what the director confirmed? That you CAN replace speech for computer science???

    Also, did you hear any more info on the program? Anything at all would be so helpful.
    Did they say anything about taking online courses for the pre-reqs?
    Anything about admissions (Gpa...) and waiting lists, amounts of people they are expecting to apply?
    Costs of the program? Financial Aid/ Work Scholarships?


    Also, when are you applying?

    Thanks!!

    Sure, The director said you can use speech instead of comp sci. I had only taken speech, so I was concerned, and luckily, it was good.

    I applied in september, and wanted to get in for march. It was full so, they accepted me for September.

    They didn't say anyhting about online classes, but I would think they would be fine if from a normal college or university.

    They get a ton of applications, but it didn't strike me as competitive if you have good grades (prob at least a 3.3, i had a 3.6). They switched their process in september to be a bit more competitive...they used to take anyone who met their minimum requirements.

    The program costs 25,000 for the one yeaR.

    As far as the program goes, they seem to be pretty organized, and I liked everyone I met at the info session, including the director. However, I heard that the drexel hospital, hanneman is so-so, and i don't like the fact that they didn't used to have higher standards, because the reputation may have suffered (i don't know). Also, they do a weird thing with clinicals where you don't stay with one specialty for a few weeks. You might have peds one day, the next day geriatrics, and another day the same week have med-surg.

    I did my homework, so let me know if you have more questions. Did you look into Jefferson or villanova?

    Liz
  13. by   charleybarley
    wow, thanks for all of that! I will definitely have more questions for you! :wink2: I am looking at Jefferson and Drexel as my top choices since they are in Philly.. which is close to home.. and I figure since I won't be able to work, it would be cheapest to live at home (that is, if my parents still want me there..lol)

    I'm also looking at Maryland( which right now I feel is the only school I have a chance of getting into) and JHU (hah! even though they have minimum pre-reqs... I think they would laugh at my application).

    Also, Duquesne and Pitt.. but ugh.. I do not want to live in Pittsburgh. No offense to the city.. but I really would hate being that far away.

    Villanova is also an option.. but I applied there for undergrad and had a TERRIBLE interview (I wasn't prepared, didn't really want to go there, I am horrible at expressing myself and the religious vibe was freaking me out), so I don't know if they will remember that.

    I'm leaning toward Jeff since they have that work-scholarship deal.. which would be nice... but they require the 2 Chem classes.. I'm taking Chem 1 now and it is just impossible.. I focus all my time on chem, ignoring my other 4 classes, and still get crappy grades in chem. arrghh! So just taking an ethics class sounds much better than another darn chem class/lab... but then theres the whole deal with the waiting lists??

    Sorry I'm rambling so much- I've just been stressing about nursing school soooo much- its driving me insane! Well over spring break I'll start visiting schools and see how it goes. :stone

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