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 for the program? Do a lot of applicants get turned down? Any insight would be awesome. Thanks!
Jun 24, '12
I just graduated from Bellarmine. Bellarmine accepts everyone who applies as long as they meet the admission criteria. They then weed people out in the program. Our class started with a little over 100 and we ended up with about 60-ish graduating. Contact their nursing program recruiter, Julie Armstrong-Binnix. You can find her contact info on the website. She's awesome and can answer all your questions about the program. She's a great source of info. Good luck!
Jun 26, '12
Thanks so much for replying!! I am starting to take my pre-reqs in the fall and am quite excited. Any words of advice? Is it as hard as everyone says? I won't be working which I know is a good thing. Did anyone in your class work during the program and graduate?
Jun 26, '12
It's intense. The program is split into six 8-week sessions. The first four sessions run from the second week in May to the middle of December; in that 6-month span, the longest break you get is 4 days at Thanksgiving. It's absolutely grueling, especially towards the end of that stretch. If you can make it to Christmas break, though, you'll be fine - I don't think we lost anyone after that point, or if we did, it was only a couple.
The program is definitely hard - our 40% dropout/failure rate speaks to that. Many people failed out, but some chose to leave because the program was too intense. A couple dropped into the traditional 4-year program or the 2-year "slow" accelerated program.
I think not working is a good idea. There were definitely people who worked a few shifts a month as techs/CAs/etc., but not many. They had also already been in those jobs for awhile so they weren't taking on a new job in addition to school. If you've never worked as a tech or CA, I would recommend it. I did not and I wish I had. There are so many little things you pick up just working in the hospital environment that I had to learn in clinicals (and am still learning during my orientation now!).
I will say this - if you are planning to stay in the Louisville area, having a BSN from Bellarmine will make you very marketable. I had 3 interviews by early March of this year and a job offer by the end of March in the specialty that I wanted. Many people had jobs before graduation or within a month of graduating. Being an accel grad alone is enough to get you an interview at several of the hospitals here.
Good luck! Feel free to send me a PM if you want, too.
Jul 29, '12
I am applying for the 2013 class as well! nice to see a future classmate on here
Aug 26, '12
I wonder how many people apply. I am going to an info session on 9/27. I am so excited
Aug 26, '12
Also--I am seeing all of this negative feedback on this website about funding for tuition. Any feedback on how you did it?
Sep 26, '12
Has anyone herd anything back yet? I am getting anxious!
Sep 27, '12
i found out today i was accepted! Did anyone else hear back?
Oct 1, '12
Congratualations pdxjenn! I was also planning on applying to the Bellarime program. I didn't see application deadline dates on their page though. Do you know when the deadline is/was for the 2013 class.
Ashbaker - did you end up going to the information session? Any good info to share?
Oct 1, '12
I believe they have rolling admissions! So if you on NursingCAS and fill out the application online you can probably get yours in a about a week or so!
Oct 8, '12
Hi all! I've been accepted for the May 2013 cohort as well. I'm excited but VERY nervous, because I know it's going to be a challenge. I retire from the Army this year, and nursing is all I've ever wanted to do, just not in the Army. Bellarmine was the quickest way for me to get closer to my dream. If anyone has more survival tips to offer I'd be happy to take them!
Not that it matters, just curious. What's the age range of accelerated students? Am I going to be the oldest? (39)
Oct 13, '12
I'm 26 but I think the age range is variable due to it being a second bachelors degree program. I would email the head of admissions and ask her what the typical age range is.