Quote from af205
I know this reply is no help for the previous persons question, but for anyone who is currently looking into Bellarmines 2nd degree program: don't waste your time or money. They raised tution from 33,000 (2007) to almost 40,000 for the 2008 cohort. They require a 77% to pass each course. If you don't pass a course, obviously, you cannot continue in the program.
They say the program is aimed at non-nursing majors, but they pretty much think your previous degree or job gave you relative experience.
First day of clinicals they really didn't "teach us" they threw us into it after 2 weeks of (non helpful lectures and limited labs) so we spend our 40,000 teaching ourselves.
If you don't have an extreme desire to go to Bellarmine, don't do it, unless you have LOTS of prior knowledge in the medical field. In that case you may be ok.
Don't get discouraged- you are in one of the best nursing programs in the state. It is admittedly an extremely competitive program, though. If it helps any, I've worked with tons of Bellarmine nursing students (accelerated BSN included) in area hospitals during their clinicals, and have never had issues with them being unprepared, etc.
Have you considered working as a CNA while in the program? It will help you a lot. The fact that you're a Bellarmine nursing student will get you a job in any hospital in the area, but if you work for Norton, you can do the Norton Scholar program, and get tuition assistance. Here is some info: http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/care..._scholars.aspx
you do have to sign an agreement to work for them after you become a nurse, but I've worked at the downtown facility, and they have great ratios there.
If you need a local nurse mentor, I'd be glad to help in any way I can. Feel free to PM me, and good luck in your program. Don't give up just yet- you can do this!