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  1. by   KDrummond
    Thank you Jennifer0512!

    Your information is much appreciated. That is the information I needed to hear. I hope we can stay in contact and you can continue to give me insight into the program? Thanks again!!
  2. by   Jennifer0512
    Of course! Anytime you have a question feel free to post or PM me! Good luck with the application process!
  3. by   JLouise
    Hey there- I found this post interesting on a few different levels. Since you have quite a bit of firsthand experience with the school and its processes, I have a few tactical questions for you!

    I have a BS in Psych but have been out of school for a few years and need all of the prereqs with the exception of Development, which I took in UG- Is there any way I can complete these before the fall deadline next year? Also, would they even take someone like me, if I am able to speak to enough people one-on-one maybe? I have my heart set on completing this program and would give anything to be back in school- I would do very well if I got in, but it's the getting there I'm concerned about. I don't think I would have gone through enough of my prereqs to even give a positive progress support by the middle of next semester, and I don't want to wait that long. Any advice??
    I know that rambled quite a bit, but I'm grateful for any suggestions.
  4. by   Jennifer0512
    Quote from JLouise
    Hey there- I found this post interesting on a few different levels. Since you have quite a bit of firsthand experience with the school and its processes, I have a few tactical questions for you!

    I have a BS in Psych but have been out of school for a few years and need all of the prereqs with the exception of Development, which I took in UG- Is there any way I can complete these before the fall deadline next year? Also, would they even take someone like me, if I am able to speak to enough people one-on-one maybe? I have my heart set on completing this program and would give anything to be back in school- I would do very well if I got in, but it's the getting there I'm concerned about. I don't think I would have gone through enough of my prereqs to even give a positive progress support by the middle of next semester, and I don't want to wait that long. Any advice??
    I know that rambled quite a bit, but I'm grateful for any suggestions.

    In all honesty this probably would be hard to do. Just because of the number of pre-requisite courses you have to take before you can start the program. Two semesters of A&P, two semesters of chemistry, micro, stats, and ethics (plus the Human Growth and Development, which you did take so you're all set with that). This would be extremely hard to take all in Spring and Summer semesters (I think it technically could be do-able if you took A&P I, Chem I and stats during the spring, A&P II and micro during Summer Semester I, and Chem II and ethics during Summer Semester II, but I don't know how realistic it is to take some of these classes together and I don't know your time schedule), and unfortunately I don't know how good it will look on applications if you have barely completed any pre-reqs yet...because then it's hard to evaluate you.

    Please do not be discouraged though! I have two suggestions--1) If this is really want you want to do then take a year off and complete your pre-reqs! It will go by a lot faster than you think and you will have a much better chance at getting accepted. 2) If you really have your heart set on starting apply to the Regis College/Lawrence Memorial program, which is an ASN track, which includes the Direct Entry pre-reqs in their regular classes. I do not know a ton about this program, but I've heard EXCELLENT things. This way you will be completing the pre-reqs for the Direct Entry program and getting nursing/clinical experience at the same time, so you won't be waiting. And then once you've completed the pre-reqs you can decide if you want to transfer in to the direct entry program!

    Hope these tips helped and good luck with your decisions!!!
  5. by   lalle
    Hi JLouise,

    It is a tall order to finish all pre-req's b/w now and next fall. That said Regis does accept candidates who have not finished their pre-req's. And yes, if you did OK in UG Regis will accept you. Quite frankly even though the bulk of my classmates are amazingly smart, and amazing Regis accepts pretty much anyone. They are in a serious financial crisis.

    Several of my classmates (year one GM) did not even have their A&P finished completed by summer and were accepted in March, taking 2 semesters of A&P and Chem over this past summer. A&P tends to be the benchmark, for all other coursework, so I am not even sure how folks got in without it - ie you can't take Micro without A&P at most schools.

    Being a Pysch major, one would think that Ethics and Stats would have been in your curriculum?

    Here is my word of caution - this program is very expensive and you get very little actual teaching for your money. I got in to all of the area direct entry programs, and Yale. I chose Regis because it seemed that the schedule was more suitable for me. Many of the instructors are very nice, and those that are are also generally unavailable outside of classroom time. Which I fully understand, as the good ones are either working as nurses, or working insane hours for the program. If you are willing to pay the money to gain all of your knowledge from the book - then Regis is for you. I am not sure how it is with other programs first hand. But friends I have in MGH and BC, are not having quite the same experience. If you choose to go to Regis, you will not have any time to do anything els e (same as other programs) but also, you could have done just as well, and save money by doing an ASN program at a Community College and a bridge program ASN - BSN to MSN at another state school, while saving a lot of money and loans.

    I am wholeheartedly disappointed in Regis. Clinical is great! The friends I have met are great! But for all I am learning at the actual school - could have just bought the books, reviewed and taken the tests on my own. I feel that the hours I am in class, would be better spent studying than sitting there looking at Powerpoints, and watching videos (which are how we learn labs.) Which is all you do for 75% of you first semester. Regis has an attendance policy where you have to attend to get credit, more than two absences and you are out. It is such a waste of time. Once again, I have met amazing students, and wonderful teachers, but the teachers don't really teach. And if they do, it is not what they say, but what is in the book that matters. Makes sense right? But I mean the tests - ridiculous - all are taken out of the text books to the point that they make little sense. Some little known figure in the back of a chapter may be four questions on a 20 question exam. If you have not memorized that figure - you fail. That is how the NCLEX works, but I don't believe that is how good nurses will learn best.

    Each exam is between 10 and 15 chapters, and none of it is original. You really do not need to show up for class ever, if you read your book and watch the videos - except for the absence clause.

    I do not mean to disappoint you, but for an education that at the end of the day will cost you close to 100 grand just for tuition, think twice.

    I am in it now, and feel I have no choice but to stay in as I do not even have time to apply somewhere else. I also have to apply for more loans, as I had to cut my work back from one day, to one half day a week. That said I am doing OK academically - my average is quite good. But not because of anything the school has done for me. Sorry to be a downer, just wanted to be honest here.

    Good luck in your choice of school.
  6. by   JLouise
    Hey Lalle- I really appreciate your response. I guess I got my heart set on it because I spoke to the Grad Admissions director and she said I could take the prereqs there over the year and they would count toward my admission, and would also behoove me because I could get progress reports that would positively supplement my application over next semester. I just want to get in, and do well somewhere- I feel like I don't have time or the background to apply to the others (BC, MGH, Simmons)... I think I'd be pretty much ignored for not having done the prereqs and having been out of school for three years already, with a non-stellar GPA in undergrad. You're right, I did do ethics and stats, so I'm covered there- and also human development, which I don't remember if they require. I just want to get on the boat as soon as possible so that I can officially start in the fall. I figured this was the only place I could pull that off. I'm not afraid of the work, but I am afraid of twiddling my thumbs for another year after I do the prereqs this year...

    Thoughts???
  7. by   lalle
    Human Development is required, may be under a diff. name, I can't remember. Many of my classmates, and me were not science UG's, my UG is in english.

    It is not difficult because of hard work, it is difficult as the volume of material is truly ludicrous, and much of what you think you should study (ie what is on Powerpoints) is not even ON the exams/quizzes. The questions are all from the books' teacher editions. And very often the material has not been reviewed in class, ever.

    Your back ground is perfect for nursing! I would strongly advise that you look into your options, and at least start your pre-req's ASAP. The Regis direct entry NCLEX pass rates are better than they were previously. The UG rate is worst in the state. But the GM rates are quite good, but the GM program has a high rate of student loss year one and two. Also the UG teachers are the GM teachers in most instances. Remember you could do five semesters and get bounced out for have one bad grade. My UG avg was a 3.9 and prereq's were all A's. My avg now is about an 89, largely by luck. And this is much higher than average in my class. One 79 and for a course and you are out of the program. This does happen at other schools, but it seems to happen at Regis more often than at other schools. And my biggest beef with Regis is that there is little support in place to help you out of a bad spot if you get in one, if you fail with a 79 in one course, you can not take it again until the following year when the module comes up again, versus taking it again the following semester.

    If you have your heart set on it, go for it! My experience thus far has not been great, it doesn't mean that yours will not be better.
  8. by   JLouise
    BC is probably ridiculously difficult to be admitted to though, right? This seemed to be the best of all worlds, until I got to actual students' opinions. At the end of the day, though, we all pay tuition for a stamp on our life histories- I could go learn whatever I wanted at the library, short of lab experiences. I am definitely going to get started in my prereqs- registering for January classes. I'm a little disheartened by the reviews I've found of the actual program though- why did you choose Regis? Do you think it would be even more of a long shot to attempt this at BC?
  9. by   JLouise
    Actually, their deadline was yesterday, haha... I think my new plan is just to take the prereqs at Regis and see how it goes and how their "teaching" style is, and if it's bearable just enter the program in the fall there. If not, I can use those prereqs and my GRE score, and hopefully some good recs from there, to apply to BC for the following year- I'd be losing a year, but it might be the best option. Are a lot of the accelerated programs this professor-distant, I wonder?
  10. by   Jennifer0512
    I will say that also as a first year student in the GM program I disagree with what lalle is saying. That is just one person's opinion. I think he/she is talking about one class (Health Assessment), which yes has caused some frustrations for just about everyone and that Regis will address (probably after the semester is over and they evaluate the class). But as far as pharmacology and professional nursing goes they are fantastic teachers who do not just read off the power points. I have learned so much. I work 15 hours a week and have an A in all my classes (around a 94 in each of them--even in Health Assessment). Yes you have to give up a lot of your social life, but you will find that with any school. I think Regis has gotten a bad rap from some people who it didn't work for them, but if you think you might like the program go ahead and give it a shot for you! I definitely do NOT think it is a waste of money and I know more than 1 nurse practitioner that graduated from this same program who only have great things to say about it. It really does prepare you. So yes of course take in everyone's opinion, but don't believe that is the end all. I am so happy with this program right now and am just really excited to be here
  11. by   lblack126
    That is a smart idea. I actually really liked my pre-req teachers - one of the reasons I chose Regis. The teaching style for the hard sciences is a bit different than the nursing courses. That and the evening/Saturday full time option for classes were the two main reasons I selected the school. I do think that the day students are having a better experience. As mentioned before, this is my personal experience, yours may be vastly different. And the thing is most of the nursing profs are awesome people, a couple of them are not my cup of tea, but you'll find that anywhere. More than anything I find the quiz and exam style for the nursing courses very frustrating. And yes BC is hard to get into ... good luck in whatever you choose!
  12. by   JLouise
    Thank you guys so much, this board is salvation in wifi haha... I really really appreciate all of your responses. Speaking to someone today to register for the prereqs there, and getting excited again!
  13. by   StudentNurseElle
    I am a junior in undergrad BSN program. The BSN and MSN program take the same nursing classes....

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