Southeastern Louisiana University Accelerated Program

  1. Hi, I'm just curious if anyone has completed the accelerated nursing program at Southeastern Louisiana University. I will be applying for the January 2016 term and I'm worried I'm a little in over my head. Can anyone tell me what the course load is like? I have two children, 3.5 year old and a 9 month old. I don't have to work but I will be commuting from about an hour away. I do have relatives I plan to stay with a few nights a week in Hammond. I'm just starting be become really nervous now that it's becoming a reality soon. TIA
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  3. by   alteRNativeNurs
    Hey,
    I went through their accelerated program and don't worry you're most likely not in over your head. I had two jobs during some of the programs and there were 3-4 other ladies who had kids and families so it's doable. Hard, but doable. The coarse load is the same as the regular programs except for the summers which are pretty intense but just make sure you're good at time management and have a good support system. I commuted as well but was blessed to only have classes 3 days a week so I didn't drive much. The only real break you'll get is Christmas but it was worth it in the end to be able to finish a year earlier than the regular program. Just take everything one day at a time, don't stress, and you'll be fine. Let me know if you have any other questions I'd be happy to help if I can.
    Last edit by alteRNativeNurs on Aug 13, '15
  4. by   KristinSheree
    Thanks! Good luck to you Lunallena! I'm glad I'm not alone with kids! I'm afraid also because I've read other post about not ever seeing their kids. I hope to find a happy balance between them both. I plan on treating it like a full time job. alteRNativeNurs, you make me feel better! When did you attend? What was your prior degree in?
  5. by   alteRNativeNurs
    My prior degree was in psychology but majority of my classmates were a life science such as biology or chemistry. I recently finished and started working so my memories are still pretty fresh lol. The acceptance letters usually take less than 2 months after being submitted to come in. For the accelerated programm it's usually a 16 people group. As far as GPA cutoff is concerned, you can call the Hammond office and they can let you know. It's usually higher for the regular programs than it is for accelerated.
  6. by   KristinSheree
    I was finally accepted and I start in May! I'm feeling really nervous now! I'm not sure if you will see this alteRNativeNurs, but if you do, how do you like nursing as a 2nd degree? Are you happy with the choice to go back? I'm just on the fence because I was also offered a decent paying job in accounting (my prior degree). I know it would never be as rewarding as nursing but probably less stressful and close to my home. There are pros and cons to both but ultimately, I keep coming back the dream of becoming a NICU nurse. I know no one can tell me if I will like nursing...only time will tell that but I feel like I need to at least give it a try since I was accepted.
  7. by   alteRNativeNurs
    Hey KristinSheree. Sorry for seeing your post so late; you've probably already started your program. But I'm happy with the decision I made to go back to school and become a nurse. I absolutely love my patients, even the difficult ones. It's a career that definitely pays pretty decent as well depending on the facility you work for. Honestly by biggest stress is realizing how much I don't know. I'm always reading and looking through articles on how to better help my patients and what more I can do for them. If being a NICU nurse is truly your dream, with this opportunity to become I think you should go for it.
  8. by   KristinSheree
    Thank you so much for responding. Can you tell me which class you thought was the hardest? What was your favorite? I start soon and i'm so nervous!
  9. by   KristinSheree
    Thank you so much for responding. Can you tell me which class you thought was the hardest? What was your favorite? I start soon and i'm so nervous!
  10. by   alteRNativeNurs
    Honestly it would be the patho and physiology class that was the hardest for majority of people. It was definitely the main class that students had a study group for. I can't exagerrate enough on needing to read the book. I don't know if I had a favorite though. I've always been good at math so the calculation class was the easiest for me. It just depends on your background.
  11. by   hopefulkim99
    Hello! I just started looking into this program...I know this is pretty old, but if anyone is still out there...Can you share any gpa entry information? I did try and call to get answers and was unsuccessful.I guess I am just trying to figure out what a competitive GPA might look like....I too am seeking a second degree :-) thanks folks!
  12. by   alteRNativeNurs
    I would say the best time to call is during the week like business hours. And make sure its the Hammond Campus not the Baton Rouge one. The cutoff for my year was a 3.3 but as long as you're contacting the nursing office directly someone there should be able to tell you what the last group students' cutoff GPA was.
  13. by   hopefulkim99
    Thank you! !!! i was told i have to apply and be a student before they would tell me anything. .probably called the wrong place lol. ..
  14. by   Berlie10
    Hey Is anyone still around here? I got accepted into the program and I start in May. I am so nervous. Can someone please tell me how were the teachers and on scale of 1 to 10 how hard were clincals and the classess. Also can I have some study tips?

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