USM Accelerated BSN???

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    Has anyone applied for the accelerated BSN program at USM and/or currently attending? If so, is there a waiting list to get in?

    I am currently applying to the acc. BSN programs at USM and UM Ft Kent. I am really not too familiar with the UMFK program either so info there would be helpful as well.

    Thanks everyone.
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    There's no waiting list, but they only accept about 25 students a year out of 280 or so that apply. You need a bachelors degree before applying as well as stats and A&P I and II. I am currently in the program.
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    Jbeau, Did you take the A+P and Statistics classes before applying? I spoke to the academic advisor at USM and she said you could apply by the 10/1 deadline as long as you had completed those classes prior to the May start date...then she told me of the 300 applicants to 20 accepted ratio. I'm guessing that to be accepted into the program, you also took the other "suggested" courses? (microbiology, growth+development, chemistry)? My dilemma right now is to spend the better part of the next year taking all of these courses in order to apply for 10/1/09 and be accepted first time....anythoughts how to be one of the chosen? also any chance that being male will help (everything else being equal) Thanks
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    I had stats done when I applied and was in the process of doing A&P I and II. I didn't have any of the additional classes to "improve" my application.

    I was accepted on my first application. I think being a male helped me get accepted, but ya never know. I don't think they can officially say that one way or another.
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    Would you mind providing me with a general overview of your experiences in the program? ie how intensive the coursework, clinicals, did it prepare you sufficiently for the NCLEX, etc? Thanks again
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    Well, I just started in May. I won't take the NCLEX until next August.

    I like the program in general so far. I like many of my professors and the first summer's coursework was far less rigorous than it was initially made out to be. I feel like some of the tests for my nursing classes could have been constructed much better than they were and there are 2 professors that I hope I never, EVER have again.

    However, the pros outweigh any cons I have seen. I get to go to the Dominican Republic in December. there is one who is basically the nicest, best professor ever. I think the "academic advisor" you spoke to, who quite frankly, is AMAZING. She is so organized and her door is always open to listen to students and even if she has never met you, she will know everything about you. That is how good she is at her job.

    I feel like I have learned a wealth of knowledge in just 4 months. I start clinicals next week and I feel prepared for them, even if I am a little nervous. We take ATI exams which gauge our knowledge and are supposed to predict how well we will do on the NCLEX and a large majority of my classmates did well on it.

    The people in the accelerated program are incredibly smart. I feel smart when I am out in the general population, but these people make me feel stupid (in a good way). Cliques have formed, but on the whole, people are very nice to each other and bond over classes and such. I am glad I got accepted and chose to go there, even if I can't wait to get out of this state next year.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 27, '08 : Reason: PM to member TOS
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    I've had a very different experience at USM. If I had it all to do again, I'd go elsewhere. But there is no other affordable alternative in southern Maine.

    First, I question the admission figures you've been given. I've also been told by faculty on the admissions committee that there are about 300 applicants, but for all undergraduate programs each year. That's both accelerated and traditional BSNs, not just accelerated. There are two tracks offered each year, one in Portland that starts in May, and one in Lewiston that starts in September. To the best of my knowledge, each cohort has 30 to 35 students enrolled in it. In fact, I do know of people who've been enrolled at the last minute after people declined earlier offers of admission. I don't know what percentage of people offered admission actually enroll; schools don't like to talk about that. (BTW, accels are not required to take micro; though it's recommended, I think you can get by without it. Ditto chemistry. Is it better if you take both courses? Sure.)

    Second, I have not enjoyed the same experience as the above poster. I don't know of any student who hasn't complained about poor communication on the part of administration. It's not unusual to find out at the very last minute about where your clinical will take place. (Last winter, one of my classmates was called at 8:30 p.m. by a faculty member who wanted her to know that they'd been unable to find a clinical placement for her; the clinical was supposed to start at 7 o'clock the next morning.) Disorganization seems chronic. I say "seems" because I know that finding clinical placements is tough. But faculty and staff do little to keep students up to date, and students who contact staff managers with questions often complain about being treated rudely (a problem noted by other posters on this board in the past). I will say that this situation seems to have improved over the last six months. They're trying.

    Third, the quality of instruction is erratic at best; it ranges from absolutely terrible to excellent. USM is clearly plagued by the same instructor shortage as other schools; you never know whether you'll be taught by a seasoned professional or a newbie. One of my classes this summer was taught by a grad student who'd only been an RN since September. Clinicals have been especially frustrating. There are no clearcut standards for passing, such as the checkoff lists seen at other schools.

    Am I well-prepared for NCLEX? Yes, I think I am -- but largely due to a lot of self-study on my part. USM's high first-time NCLEX pass rate does speak well of the overall quality of classroom instruction; unlike other nearby schools, it does not refuse to graduate students who are unlikely to pass the NCLEX, even if they've passed their courses.
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    Quote from jbeau
    There's no waiting list, but they only accept about 25 students a year out of 280 or so that apply. You need a bachelors degree before applying as well as stats and A&P I and II. I am currently in the program.
    Thanks for the information. I recently applied and I really hope I get in, but of course, that 25 students out of 280 makes me a bit nervous. I took A&P 1 and 2 as well as Micro, Chem, Nutrition, Stats, and so on, and I completed it all with a 4.0 GPA, but my undergraduate was only a 3.0 GPA and the university said that that was the number they look at. That did seem strange that I would get all "A" in my maths and sciences and have the university tell me it didn't matter! USM and UMFK both said it.
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    I'd agree that GPA would be something for the school to consider, but I can't believe it's the ONLY thing they would look at. Jbeau you wouldn't care to share your pointofview on this would you?
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    They look at your total GPA, not just that from your first degree. Ergo, if you took your prereqs post-BA and sent them the transcripts from that, they would add those to your GPA. They do look for an overall good GPA though in addition to your statement. But a GPA from a previous degree is usually a good indicator of how you'll do in school...so I don't see that as a bad thing.


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