Marian University-Online Accelerated Program - page 2

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If you're interested in pursuing this program, beware that you are going into a program that will leave you scratching your heads as to how unorganized it is. Course content in pathophysiology and nursing care for the adult... Read More


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    CNNE certified.
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    I am enjoying reading these responses. I have been working on my prereqs for the Marian program this past semester and will finish them this summer. My plan is to start in the Fall. I am very excited and like the idea of being able to schedule my class time on my own. I am a mother and sometimes when having a child schedules need to be moved around to accommodate any needs or doctors appointments he will have. I will be fortunate to not have to work during the program and my son will continue to go to daycare. This will be a major help and I think will make nursing school a little more manageable as my husband travels a lot for work so during the week and some weekends its just me and my son.

    Thanks for all the great responses. It has been great to hear from students from the Marian program.
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    I'm in my 2nd semester. My complaint isn't about the difficulty as I expected nursing school to be difficult. My complaint is geared towards 2 instructors that have been retained from one cohort to the next who do nothing to provide value and are pretty much non-existent when you have questions.

    For pathophysiology, the instructor was far too busy to really even facilitate answering emails and often ignored many of them. All he did was use another instructor's lousy material and little more. We often had to tell him to provide a homework assignment that was due within a couple of days that was nowhere to be found. He also provides "study guides" that are really nothing of the sort because while they cover extensive amounts of material, he completely leaves of MAJOR portions of the exam. (For the cardiac chapter, he completely left off MI and HF from the study guide).

    For adult client 1, the exams were a complete joke. Some exams saw up to 8-9 questions (out of 50) credited if you missed them because they were legitimately bad questions. Another example was having an exam fall on a Monday morning of Easter weekend-as students, we don't get a break. However, on Thursday, I sent the instructor questions that I had pertaining to the exam that were never answered before the exam. It's one thing if the instructor sent out an email giving us plenty of notification that they'll be unavailable for a period of time and to get questions in by a certain day/time. However, she did nothing of the sort. It's easy to say "ask earlier", but in a program where you're taking 5 classes together, you don't necessarily come across questions until right before an exam. Study guides also didn't match up very well with exams.

    By the way, the new "coordinator" or whatever her title is will tell you that as a student in the OA program, you will not be permitted to print anything. You will be told to drive to the main campus, despite the fact that we pay the same price to attend the OA program as the traditional accelerated students on campus. Many people in our class live on the north side and chose the OA program because of the proximity to the lab/clinicals, so why should they have to go to main campus to print? Sorry, but for $795/credit hour, I should be able to print outlines in the lab. She really needs to go.
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    So overall are you happy with the program? Has the clinicals at St. Vincent been well organized? Are many students gaining employment through St. Vincent following graduation?
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    So overall are you happy with the program? Has the clinicals at St. Vincent been well organized? Are many students gaining employment through St. Vincent following graduation?
    The OA program just graduated its 2nd class earlier in the month and I can't even tell you how many students were in that group. They boasted about a 100% first pass on the NCLEX for the first exam, but it was 2 students. Haven't heard anything about the 2nd group thus far.

    St. Vincent has been pretty good thus far. I went from a more challenging unit to one that will have us start taking 2 patients next time around as we were all quite bored. Unless an online program is all you can do, I would strongly encourage you to do the accelerated program on campus. It's much more established and you'll get much more individual support because you'll have professors with actual office hours. For the online program, you'll end up with multiple instructors your first semester that will completely IGNORE your emails. Being in an online program takes a lot of discipline and I think a lot more time spent in an actual classroom where you can ask direct questions is a better learning environment than regurgitated low quality lectures/powerpoint and an off chance an instructor will help clarify anything you were confused about in the audio lecture/powerpoint presentations.
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    The on-campus Accelerated BSN through Marian University only begins in Spring, do you know if that is correct? Also, is the tuition higher for the campus based program?
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    Quote from kjj007
    The on-campus Accelerated BSN through Marian University only begins in Spring, do you know if that is correct? Also, is the tuition higher for the campus based program?
    I wasn't aware that they only started the accelerated program on campus in the spring. Online begins spring/summer/fall.

    You'll get charged the same price for online vs. on campus. That's why I feel like online is a disadvantage-the instructor prepares material just once and is literally off the hook the entire term. At least on campus, they provide lectures in class and you'll have office hours available.

    If you think you might have any difficulty with pathophysiology and care of the adult client, you're better off finding out the information on your own rather than relying on either instructor to get back with you.

    Plus, if you do the online program, you'll be told by the head lady at the lab you will NOT be able to print anything there. Somehow, you pay the same price as on campus students, but want to nickel and dime you about using their printer. If I'm at the lab for an exam or whatever, I shouldn't have to make a 20 minute drive to print something on the main campus. This nitwit seems to believe online students don't need to print anything.
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    Hmmm, maybe there is a way where I could do the fall semester online and then start in the spring in the campus based program. If it's the same price that is something definitely to look into.
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    Quote from kjj007
    Hmmm, maybe there is a way where I could do the fall semester online and then start in the spring in the campus based program. If it's the same price that is something definitely to look into.
    You should also consider the fact that these instructors pay so little attention to detail that we get a recycled syllabus due dates from previous terms. There's no excuse for that.
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    Hello! So I'm totally new to "blogging" but I've been reading the post about the accelerated nursing program through Marian University considering I was just accepted into the school. I will begin taking prereqs in October and actually I am kinda nervous since I haven't taken a college course since 2001. I have my BA in Chemistry and I did not take some of the prereqs that are required to be accepted into the nursing program, so I have to take them now. I was an average student and not really motivated back then. But now that I know I'm preparing myself for the career I really wanted to begin with, I know I'll do better this time around.

    I am also new to the online format. I understand it takes alot of discipline, but considering I have 2 small kids and I work full time, I think the online classes will work best for me.

    With all that said can someone provide me with some genuine feedback regarding the micro, anatomy, physio, stats, theo and chem100 prereq classes? I think the online prereq classes are $350/credit hr and $795/credit hr for the nursing classes. Is that correct? I will continue to work full time until I start the nursing program. Has anyone else attempted to take 2 classes with a passing grade of B or better and maintain their current job? Lastly, has anyone heard of CLEP and does Marian accept the score from that exam as a college credit?

    Any advice will help...


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