Drexel ACE - page 4

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  1. by   Mandi5707
    Word of advice: ACE is what you make of it. Find your friends, stick by their side, cry to them, study with them, laugh with them...I had a group of 10 & every single one of us made it through the program. It's tough, but everyone in that program is there because they want to devote their time and effort to making a difference in their lives. Let your motivation get you through. Think about the sacrifice you made & where you'll be in a few short months. Yes, ACE is hard, but don't listen to what people say about this amount of people failing last year. I promise you, it'll just make it worse to worry about "statistics." It is stressful, but I know that everyone in your class has the potential & ability to make it through. "Smarts" do NOT matter in this program, only how you can apply yourself. I am certainly not one of the graduates that passed with a 4.0. I'm not a member of Sigma Theta Tau. I didn't spend every waking moment with a book in my hand. I worked as a waitress on the weekends, and I made it through in 11 months & am now an RN. Good Luck!
  2. by   ldmerkel
    EXCELLENT tips and VERY wise advice.. thank you both. I greatly appreciate the feedback!!

    ....2nd week of 4th quarter, huh? verrry interesting.....

    Happy holidays guys!!!
  3. by   jls485
    Quote from nikegoddess
    Hi PlanetCaroline!

    I'm on the 2nd quarter of the ACE program at Drexel. It is not easy but it's doable. The first quarter was okay. A handful of people disappeared (dropped out by the 2nd week and then some had to wait for 6 months to repeat the course that they failed). I get frustrated oftentimes, but it seems to me that we are being prepared for the NCLEX. Drexel bought Hahnemann and they have a 100% NCLEX passing (better than Jefferson & UPenn). It's tough but it's only 11 months. If you're used to getting As & Bs, it is not impossible to get occasional Cs. So be prepared.

    We only had to wear uniform during clinical. It's the typical white pants, plain white shoes (you can buy Nursing shoes but plain white sneakers are allowed), and yellow polo shirt with the blue dragon (and "Drexel ACE") embroidered on the right of the chest, plus a white coat (don't buy the long coat, you only need one coat!). Your stethoscope, sphygmo, & PDA are to be given to you on your orientation day. Save money! Don't expect your reimbursement check to arrive on time. They're almost always late.

    I guess that's it for now. Good luck!
    I have a question if you don't mind answer or if anyone know the answer. If you get a F or a grade you're not satisfy from Drexel, ACE program. If you retake the class, what would happen to the old grade?
  4. by   piper_for_hire
    This happened to some of my friends in the program so I know the details well.

    Here's the deal. If you get a D or an F, you can repeat the class. You'll probably have to wait until the class comes around with the next ACE group - the one that started six months after you did. If it's your 4th quarter, they'll let you take the class with the co-ops. Your D or F will stay in your GPA and not be replaced by the new grade. If you fail any one class three times, you're out of the program.

    -S

    Quote from jls485
    I have a question if you don't mind answer or if anyone know the answer. If you get a F or a grade you're not satisfy from Drexel, ACE program. If you retake the class, what would happen to the old grade?
  5. by   jls485
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    This happened to some of my friends in the program so I know the details well.

    Here's the deal. If you get a D or an F, you can repeat the class. You'll probably have to wait until the class comes around with the next ACE group - the one that started six months after you did. If it's your 4th quarter, they'll let you take the class with the co-ops. Your D or F will stay in your GPA and not be replaced by the new grade. If you fail any one class three times, you're out of the program.

    -S
    Thanks piper. What if...
    you get a D, w/ gpa of 2.0. Now if you retake it and got an A, 4.0. So your final gpa would still be 2.0? or 3.0?
  6. by   piper_for_hire
    Sadly, it doesn't work that way. Both the D and the A would show up on your transcripts.

    -S

    Quote from jls485
    Thanks piper. What if...
    you get a D, w/ gpa of 2.0. Now if you retake it and got an A, 4.0. So your final gpa would still be 2.0? or 3.0?
  7. by   ldmerkel
    Piper-
    I have pestered you for info this past winter and now i'm back feeling like..


    I am in my 2nd quarter just finished midterms.. its been pure screaming torturous hell. Our pharm professor, nice professional lady that she is, told us in not so many words we are the dumbest ACE class she has seen so far ..her exact words were "this is the biggest curve ever given, and I know I'm the constant." so that is always a joyous thing to hear. But having said that, I'm still doing ok, miraculously.. so my mind is starting to wonder how well one would need to do to get into this honor society thingie-ma-bob. I dont really know anything about it, but I'm curious if they figure that crap out now or after our finals grades are in.. i am just a few tenths from A's in two classes and I'm thinking they wont round up.. so perhaps if they waited, i'd have a chance? I dont know... I think the whole program has me so stressed that I will have to commit myself to my mental hospital by the end of the term. And I dont know if its worth working towards being in, even..Oh well, just a thought..if you happen to know anything about it, or have any opinions..I'd love to hear it.. if not, that's fine! i appreciate you listenin to me!

    thanks!
    LM
  8. by   piper_for_hire
    They do round up - so a 76.45 and up is a C and so on.

    I'm not sure which of the pharm profs you are talking about. If it's the one that insists on calling on people randomly and never really talks about pharm - just ignore her. If it's the other one, well, maybe you guys are just having a hard time 'cause she's really good. DON'T read the book and memorize everything she says in lecture. She doesn't test from the book at all. Feel free to PM me.

    The honor society takes the top 1/3 (or maybe 1/4 - I forget) of the class. Not sure if there's a minimum GPA requirement - probably 3.0. They do it at a certain time of the year so they go with your current GPA at that time. Luck of the draw. I'm in the honor society and I don't think it helped me get a job or will help me get into grad school. Just another thing to stress about endlessly.

    Feeling totally stressed out? Like you're going crazy? That sounds about right. I graduated a year ago and I still cringe when I think about the ACE program. It sucks, but you're half way through. By the 4th quarter you'll be pretty used to it and thrilled that you're only 11 weeks away from freedom.

    -S

    Quote from ldmerkel
    Piper-
    I have pestered you for info this past winter and now i'm back feeling like..


    I am in my 2nd quarter just finished midterms.. its been pure screaming torturous hell. Our pharm professor, nice professional lady that she is, told us in not so many words we are the dumbest ACE class she has seen so far ..her exact words were "this is the biggest curve ever given, and I know I'm the constant." so that is always a joyous thing to hear. But having said that, I'm still doing ok, miraculously.. so my mind is starting to wonder how well one would need to do to get into this honor society thingie-ma-bob. I dont really know anything about it, but I'm curious if they figure that crap out now or after our finals grades are in.. i am just a few tenths from A's in two classes and I'm thinking they wont round up.. so perhaps if they waited, i'd have a chance? I dont know... I think the whole program has me so stressed that I will have to commit myself to my mental hospital by the end of the term. And I dont know if its worth working towards being in, even..Oh well, just a thought..if you happen to know anything about it, or have any opinions..I'd love to hear it.. if not, that's fine! i appreciate you listenin to me!

    thanks!
    LM
  9. by   karebear26
    Hi there,
    I'd love any info you have about Drexel's ACE program. I'll be entering in the Fall 2006. Did you graduate from there? What are the classes/clinicals like? Could you tell me what hospitals clinicals are held at? I'm trying to figure out if I'll be needing a car for the year. I hear that the program is difficult to get through because it's so fast paced...any input??
    Thanks for your help!
  10. by   RowerPSU13
    Quick Question: Does ANYONE know approximately when the orientation dats are for the Fall 2006 ACE Class? or when approximately they were in the following years? I need to know so i can schedule a flight ASAP and no one at Drexel can give me answers!

    Thanks!

    Kathleen
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    mom's gotta know these things...son just started soph 4th quarter monday.

    drexel's main campus calender: 2005-2006 2006-2007

    college of nursing: 2005-2006
    orientation usually last two weekdays in august.

    office of student life , center city location can help you
    http://www.drexel.edu/cchc/studentlife/
    their calender has general orientation as aug 28th.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 29, '06
  12. by   piper_for_hire
    heh - get used to now knowing what is going on at Drexel.

    -S
  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    Pretty bad when Mom has to remind them to register for class... but they sure don't forget day of LAN computer party....along with begging for a ride

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