Bellarmine acceptance rate - page 2

Hi all! I am planning on attending Bellarmine's accelerated BSN program if I am accepted once I apply i apply for the spring 2013 cohort. I am already nervous. Does anyone know the acceptance rate... Read More

  1. by   alyss2212
    I think the deadline is November 1st for Nursingcas but bellarmine will take applications after that--at least thats how it was last year!
  2. by   froggirl76
    Hello future nursing students! I'm currently in the 1 year Accel BSN program and wanted to give you some encouragement and words of wisdom.

    First of all, it's tough, but doable. I'm 36 and have a 3 year old daughter. It's a lot to juggle, but as long as you have a strong support system, you can make it work. A lot of my weekends and down-time are spent studying, but I do manage to get in some quality time with my family and friends as well. You will work very hard, but you will be amazed at how quickly you advance in the program and just how much you learn in such a short period of time.

    I only know a couple of people who still work while doing the program. They are mostly techs or CNAs at local hospitals and just do one PRN shift a month so they can keep their positions.

    The comment about the deadline for registration is correct. NursingCAS has a November 1 "priority" deadline, but you can continue to apply after that. Get in touch with Julie Armstrong-Binnix if you haven't already. She's awesome, and will help you answer any questions about pre-reqs, expectations, and paying for your Bellarmine education. Julie's husband is a grad of the Accel program, so she knows first hand how demanding it is.

    Most of the instructors are fine with students recording the lectures, which helps tremendously when you are studying for exams. Just stay on top of your studies, and seek help if you need it. The Academic Resource Center on campus coordinates group study sessions with students who have already successfully completed the particular classes. Form a study group with your classmates. Remember that you are all in the same boat, and your fellow classmates will be a tremendous source of support.

    I am more than halfway through the program now. I am loving it, and am so happy that I made this decision. I come from a completely non-science background, and was a little scared at first. But with a lot of soul searching and the love and support of my family, I decided to take this step to improve my life. Bellarmine has a very well respected reputation, and as an Accel grad, you will have a huge leg up when it comes to finding a job, especially if you stay in the Louisville area.

    Good luck to all!
  3. by   Cmarlowe
    It is good to see other people provide feedback on the program. I have applied to the May 2013 program as well. I am glad to see others who are venturing into their second career. Armygirl good news for you I am also 39 so you aren’t alone. I would be nice to make friends prior to the beginning of class. Feel free to shoot me an email I'm curious are there others who are still taking their requisites? Has anyone had trouble getting the Professors to let you take the finals early?
  4. by   pdxjenn
    I am starting this May as well! I am super nervous about moving across country ( I grew up in California and I live in Portland, Oregon currently) Does anyone have any recommendations for apartments? I have a small dog, so it would need to be pet friendly =)

    Cmarlowe- I am currently taking pathophysiology, but it will be done before May classes start because I am on a quarter system. I will shoot you an email and we can chat! Also, have you joined the program's Facebook page? I think that will be a good way for us to make friends with others in the program!
  5. by   Annamaria_SF
    I'm currently applying to Bellarmine. My transcripts have been sent to Nursing CAS. Does anyone know how long Nursing CAS takes to evaluate the transcripts?

    Is pathophysiology a pre-req for Bellarmine?
  6. by   mtb987
    It took them about 3 weeks to evaluate my transcript. Just sent in my application last week and am waiting to hear back.

    Patho is not a pre-req for Bellarmine
    -A & P
    are the science related ones for the program.

    Hope to see you all in May!!
  7. by   ashbaker05
    Hi all-

    I was accepted to the program and have opted to do it over 2 years as opposed to 1. I just took a job as a Unit Secretary with Norton so I really want to keep it and have extra money. I don't have tons of bills, but I don't want to feel strapped. I wish i could do it in 1 year, but I don't think I will have enough money saved. Any ideas?

    Also-I need to take Micro still and am looking for a cheap 8 week course. Anybody have any insight?

    Thanks and I am excited to meet everyone!
  8. by   Annamaria_SF
    I just learned today that I got acccepted into Bellarmine's 2nd degree nursing program. I'm looking forward to meeting my classmates.

    Does anyone have an idea on where they plan to live? I''ll be moving from San Francisco.
  9. by   Annamaria_SF
    Hi froggirl76,

    Thanks for providing insight into your experience. I recently got accepted. I would like to know how far the clinical sites are from campus? Is it necessary to have a car? I'll be moving from San Francisco and hadve to find a place to live. Can you recommend any places? My email is


  10. by   pdxjenn
    I am moving from Portland, so I have no idea where to live! I grew up outside San Francisco and I am anxious about moving across the country!

    Are you attending the event in Feb? I decided to fly out there that week and look for an apartment. If you get any good tips let me know! I need a pet friendly apartment complex =)
  11. by   Annamaria_SF
    Hi pdxjenn,

    No, I don't plan on going to the event in Feb. Currently, I'm looking at places online. Living in a safe neighborhood is important to me. I found several complexes that look appealing and they're pet friendly. Are you on the Bellarmine FB page? I was recently added by Julie.

    Annamaria Vafiadis
    Last edit by Annamaria_SF on Dec 17, '12
  12. by   pdxjenn
    I will add you on facebook! It would be nice to live in the same complex as other people in the program for carpooling, study groups etc. I am planning on checking out places when I am there in Feb, and a safe neighborhood is a big one for me as well. I can do some research while I am there and let you know what places look good =)
  13. by   ashbaker05
    Hi everyone! For those who have questions about where to live, I would recommend living in the Highlands, where Bellarmine is actually located. That part of town is mainly neat old houses split up into apartments. A lot of the best apartments in this area are found on Craigslist. Landlords love to rent to Bellarmine students in this area so keep that in mind. Clinicals will mainly be held downtown so a car is somehwat necessary as it is a couple of miles away.

    I currently live in a house we own in Old Louisville. This area has a bad reputation, but we love it and have NEVER had any issues. We have lived here for over four years on and off and we love it. If I can provide any advice or answer any questions let me know! I don't get on this site very often, but feel free to email me at

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