In for January 2005!

  1. Got my acceptance letter to the Accel BSN program at Curry College in MA today! Was worried at first because it was a thin envelope, but turns out to be a Welcome Letter!!!! Woo Hoo! Any other Curry-ers for Jan 2005 out there?
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  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    how exciting! congratulations and all the best to you.
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    Quote from fotografe
    got my acceptance letter to the accel bsn program at curry college in ma today! was worried at first because it was a thin envelope, but turns out to be a welcome letter!!!! woo hoo! any other curry-ers for jan 2005 out there?
    congratulations! you can relax because your officially in! since your in an accelerated program, what year will you finish?
    :hatparty:
  5. by   fotografe
    I will start January 2005 and finish May 2006. Buckling up my seat bealt for a wild ride!
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    Congratulations to you!!! Awesome job!
  7. by   newnurse2005
    Quote from fotografe
    Got my acceptance letter to the Accel BSN program at Curry College in MA today! Was worried at first because it was a thin envelope, but turns out to be a Welcome Letter!!!! Woo Hoo! Any other Curry-ers for Jan 2005 out there?
    Fotografe: how is it going with the accel program. I'm in the first cohort at Curry and we're all wondering how all of you are doing!
  8. by   fotografe
    Well, I had to defer a year due to some extenuating circumstances. Congratulations on almost being done! Hopefully I will be in the Jan 2006 class, but my application had to be reconsidered. I guess it is very competitive -- even more so this year, so I hope I am still a good candidate. At least I have all the pre-reqs done this time.
    Quote from newnurse2005
    Fotografe: how is it going with the accel program. I'm in the first cohort at Curry and we're all wondering how all of you are doing!
  9. by   Beach23
    Quote from fotografe
    Got my acceptance letter to the Accel BSN program at Curry College in MA today! Was worried at first because it was a thin envelope, but turns out to be a Welcome Letter!!!! Woo Hoo! Any other Curry-ers for Jan 2005 out there?
    I am currently waiting for my acceptance letter for the 2nd cohort. Just curious as to what your GPA was in undergrad and for your science pre-req's where??? and how u handled the program.. Thanks
  10. by   fotografe
    I am not in the program for Jan 2005 as I had to defer. I have reapplied to the program for 2006. I have a couple previous degrees, so I am not exactly sure of my GPA, but if they took the last 60 hours I did it would have been around 3.9. I had not done any of the science classes before applying the first time so I took the GRE and got 670 verbal 730 math and 4.5 analytical. This time my science classes are done and I have a 4.0 average for those. I spoke to someone in the first cohort and he said that it is very reading intense. The material is not difficult but the volume is overwhelming. That is all I know at this point. I do not know if they will take me this time around since I had to defer the last time. I have applied to a few other schools just in case. Good luck!

    Quote from Beach23
    I am currently waiting for my acceptance letter for the 2nd cohort. Just curious as to what your GPA was in undergrad and for your science pre-req's where??? and how u handled the program.. Thanks
  11. by   Tweety
    Sorry to hear about the delay. Good luck to you!
  12. by   newnurse2005
    Quote from Beach23
    I am currently waiting for my acceptance letter for the 2nd cohort. Just curious as to what your GPA was in undergrad and for your science pre-req's where??? and how u handled the program.. Thanks
    Sorry to hear about the delay. With your GPA and performance on the prereqs, I'm sure you'll be admitted. The program has become extremely competitive since the first cohort (word of mouth, I guess). Are you male? I know that one of Curry's professors did her dissertation on the retention of males in nursing and this subject is very dear to her. I heard that the second cohort has about 10 males out of about 30 students, which refects a higher percentage of male students to the percentage of males in nursing. Curry is very friendly to males in nursing. The first cohort had five, but is down to four males now (out of 27). A total of four students left the program, but they all left during the first semester: which leads me to the program's intensity.

    The first semester is absolutely BRUTAL. You cannot fall behind on the readings. It's easy to do, not because of "slacking," but because there is just so much reading (along with papers) to do with the four classes. This is definitely more than a full-time job. However, some students who are doing well are holding close to full-time positions. One woman has three kids all under three years old, even giving birth while in the program! Although I would certainly not advise it for anyone else to do. I would say that in general, the first semester is the weed-out period. Not to say that the remainder of the program is "easy," but it is definitely much more tolerable (or, we have just become accustomed to the intensity of it).

    Like I stated before, I'm in the first cohort. You're facing more competition than I did when I applied. Although I only got a 3.2 in my prior undergrad, I think it helped that I received a 3.98 on my prereqs. I took all of my prereqs at Curry, which will (I think) allow me to be the only student in this program to graduate with honors. This is because Curry looks at only those course taken THERE to figure out GPAs (which includes prereqs). Plus, to graduate with honors, you need to have a certain amount of credits -- which you wouldn't get enough through the accel program alone. I'm getting mostly A-s and B+s now in the program (and found that I REALLY need to work for these grades). I think that if I were studying any other major, I would have an easy 4.0. I've never worked so hard at school in my life.

    Just watch out for the tests. I've never experienced these types of NCLEX-style questions before. Even though you may know the content of the subject matter, you may still perform poorly on the exams because there are mostly always two "correct" answers out of the four multiple choice answers. You really need to think about the question and prioritize the answers. Better start practicing. I still become frustrated over these exams.

    On a personal note, I am a mother of two who doesn't have an outside job. I feel like I'm ignoring my children and hardly know my husband anymore. You have to be totally commited to this thing. It basically becomes your life for sixteen months. You do get a break in May, August, and winter break. You really earn those breaks though! Just make sure that this is indeed what you want. Many times, I feel like I should have just gone the traditional route of 3 years. But since I'll be out in May, I'm feeling better that I was able to do it this way.

    Good luck to everyone deciding on this program. Keep me informed and let me know if you have any questions about it! Remember, if I'm able to do it, you will too!! It's just a whole lot of work!!!!
  13. by   Beach23
    Newnurse2005!!! Thanks so much for the reply. It sounds like you worked hard to get where you are!! I am sorry to hear that the Accel Program has taken up so much time that its affecting you and your family. But you are almost done, and it will all be worth it. For me, I am not a male, which is probably better in my acceptance if I was right now!! Kidding.. But I really think that I am too mediocre for the Curry's Program, but this is something that I want to do more than anything. I am young and have no kids and am going to give it all if I was to get it. I Bet it is even more competitive now and they are probably going to so my bland old 3.0 and toss my application in the "decline" pile. DO you know of the other student's GPA's in your 1sr cohort that got accepted (pre-reqs). Its funny I went to an info in February and they told that story of the women who had 3 kids under 3 and gave birth. Amazing lady. Well, say a prayer for me and I wish you luck in the next few monthes before you graduate. Congrats, you did it!!!

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