MCPHS Worcester Accelerated BSN Fall 2012 Start

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    hi all,

    i recently found out that i've been accepted to the mcphs worcester accelerated bsn program starting this fall! just wanted to see if anyone out there is also considering mcphs or if there are any other students who are in mcphs now or have graduated.

    hearing back about the program and any tips about moving, where to live (on campus housing vs. apartments), anything in general, would be fantastic! i'm still waiting to hear back from a few schools but am excited for this program! this is a huge move for me since i'm from the midwest!

    take care,
    applyingbsn
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    I know this isn't the info you're looking for, but I'm considering the MCPHS program once I finish my bachelor's! I'm at school in Ohio, but from Massachusetts, and I do have to say the people here in MA aren't as openly friendly as they are out there. However, I LOVE it in MA, and as a patient in Boston hospitals (part of the reason I've decided to pursue nursing instead of physics), and talking to experienced nurses there, I've heard nothing but good things about the caliber of the MCPHS nursing program! Best of luck!
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    I am on my last semester... feel free to ask me questions.
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    [color=#500050]thank you to both of you for replying. i really appreciate it!

    amanda_joan91, i've heard the same from my friends in ma, so it's no surprise to me , and thank you for your input. best of luck to you when applying to the program!


    also, bluesunrise, i have a slew of questions i was hoping you could answer. i know you're probably extremely busy, but if you could respond to any of the following i would really appreciate it. [color=#500050]
    1. i've chosen to live in the borysek 6 person suites, any experience or insight on the living situations within the borysek living and learning center?


    [color=#500050]2. how is the whole clinical experience, when do they start, how is the process of being placed?
    3. would it be difficult getting to clinicals and doing routine things such as grocery shopping without a car? i don't plan on bringing a vehicle and was hoping that the public transportation would be dependable (coming from chicago, i've always used public trans).
    4. how is the program in terms of difficulty/workload, teaching quality, advising, career development, etc? my background is in biochemistry and biology so i'm hoping my strong science background will help me through the program.
    5. what is your educational/career background, and why did you choose mcphs?
    [color=#500050]6. pros and cons to the program?

    7. do you know the first time pass rate on the nclex? as a "senior" in the program, do you feel prepared to enter the profession and take the nclex?

    8. since the class size of the accelerated bsn program is small, how is the interaction between faculty and staff? are they approachable and available for help when needed? how are classes and the learning environment?

    [color=#500050]9. what is your typical week like?

    lastly, i have some questions about finances, but since they may be too personal, i understand if you won't want to answer them:
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    1. how did you fund your education? i'm trying to apply for scholarships now to help ease the financial load.
    2. have you heard anything about the nsp or federal loan forgiveness program?
    3. do you have any tips on how to fund one's education in the program?

    thank you so much!
    applyingbsn

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    Hi Applying!

    Did you decide to make the move? I am attending the Worcester campus in the fall for the Accelerated program as well.
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    @ applyingbsn: i just got an alert now regarding your post. i noticed the date is april!!! so, i am not sure if any of what i am about to say will help. it's probably too late. i have graduated and i am currently studying for my board exam. my general idea of mcphs, worcester is: i hated every single second of it! the people, the school, and the location. if you plan to go here, expect it to be 16 months of hell. i will answer your questions below:

    1. i've chosen to live in the borysek 6 person suites, any experience or insight on the living situations within the borysek living and learning center?
    i lived in both dorms... there are only 2! the location you mentioned is at 25 foster street. it comes in different suite sizes: the 6 person suite was big and had a nice view of the area (would suggest 8th or 9th floor). but, i was placed with random students and there was a lot of drama. i wanted to study hard, and the rest of the students wanted to be loud. since the school library is tiny and loud, being in this suite was not ideal. i ended up using the umass med library instead. what sucks about driving to the medical library is that you have to pay for parking (you used to be able to sneak your car in and pay nothing, but now they are stringent about ticketing cars that do not have a permit). if you want a quiet place to study and don't have a car, take the city bus. umass med library is up the street. not far at all! the perk about living at 25 foster, is that you can take the elevator down to class and back up... you can take the elevator and never leave the building (ideal during snow season). there is also a store next door, so you can just take the elevator down, step outside, take 4 steps get into the store, shop for food and go back in. i didn't see or deal with snow the 1st semester in ma.
    i moved to 10 lincoln square, where i had my own private room (your key is legit: a hotel room key, swipe your card and you're in, kind of funny). it is quiet there!!! and you have your own bathroom, fridge, microwave, desk, access to the cafeteria and large hotel ball rooms where you can study. you also have access to washer and drier down in the basement where all the mailboxes are. you also have access to computers, printers (just like the 25 foster dorms). it’s ideal! but, you have to walk to class (only about 3 blocks away, not bad at all). this is a great place to live during clinical rotations if you have a car. because the back of the hotel is your parking lot, so you are close to your car. people living at 25 foster have to walk to 10 lincoln to have access to their cars.

    2. how is the whole clinical experience, when do they start, how is the process of being placed?
    clinicals are chosen for you. doreen luciani is the one in charge of emailing all the students with their schedule. at the start of school they will provide you with a form that asks if you have a car and where you are currently living. they will take the information you provide, into consideration, in order to place you appropriately. clinicals are as good as the instructor is... if you have an instructor that likes to teach and is patient: great! if you get an instructor who is always stressed out and worried about you making mistakes, you will suffer! they may give you clinical warnings... the last semester = your preceptor (if you have a high gpa and are in good standing aka have no clinical warnings)... not everyone gets a preceptor which is definitely something that would have kept me from coming to mcp if i knew this in advance!!!! preceptors helped some students line up jobs and really get to be a nurse. not having a precept really sucks!

    3. would it be difficult getting to clinicals and doing routine things such as grocery shopping without a car? i don't plan on bringing a vehicle and was hoping that the public transportation would be dependable (coming from chicago, i've always used public transportation).
    grocery shopping is not a problem. you have a cvs within walking distance and the next door store: honey farms. if you want serious grocery shopping you can go to the super walmart or blackstone mall (you will need to car pool or take the bus). if you can bring a car... do it. you will want to escape this school every chance you get. blackstone mall off the highway is stress relief (2,3,4th semester when you have a bit more time to get away)... and driving to and from your clinical is that extra free time to listen to music and clear your mind... trust me on this!

    4. how is the program in terms of difficulty/workload, teaching quality, advising, career development, etc? my background is in biochemistry and biology so i'm hoping my strong science background will help me through the program.
    the program is extremely challenging! mainly because you have no time! your first semester is the worst since you have 5 classes scheduled. this translates to having 2-3 tests per week (if not more) on top of assignments... the remaining three semesters are usually 3 classes each, only. so, your time does become more manageable if you can make it past the 1st semester.
    semesters 2, 3, & 4 = you start provider classes (i through v) those are the hardest classes in my opinion. they start with 2 weeks of "front-loading" and then you are in clinical rotations all week every week with classes scheduled only 1 or 2 times per week. the front-loading period is nonstop lecture and exams. keep in mind you are still testing when you have clinicals. just b/c you made it past "front-loading" doesn't mean the hell stops! i was a biochempremed major... and it didn't make a difference. i also worked in biotech and that made no difference. i think your past experience really doesn't make or break you... it’s how you test and how you manage time that will predict your success in surviving the program.

    5. what is your educational/career background, and why did you choose mcphs?
    bio, chem, premed... i chose mcphs because i was looking into accelerated programs since 2005... and this happened to be the first one that popped up on google... it was accredited (important!!! don't even consider a school that is not accredited!) and was the first school that accepted me... i didn't want to wait for other schools to get back to me (some were not starting until 4-6 months later)... since i was accepted and they had classes starting in the winter... i thought why wait months when i can begin immediately. the goal was to change careers with an accredited school.

    6. pros and cons to the program?
    pros = you get done in 16 months.
    cons = everyone is stressed out, including the professors, nobody wants to help you even though they say they do and try to make all these tools available to you (i say this because if you fight a question with a teacher, they will always be right, even if you find outside sources or more info), << i also say this because every time the entire class has a concern, the professors say "well, this is an accelerated program and you knew this coming in!"
    you have to fight for every point on every grade, they test you on information you learned the night before, or two nights before... its hard to cram all the time, you feel like you know nothing because you are cramming constantly, gpa requirement = 2.7 (sounds low, but its a hard program, you will see...), you must have a 2.7 to graduate... if you have a 2.69 you will not graduate! you must have a 73% or higher in every class to pass and move on with the next semester... this is a hesi testing school which means that every final exam is in fact a hesi exam! it counts as 25% of your grade for each class... if you are not getting your 73% or higher average in class (prior to final exam day) you are screwed... because the hesi exam is hard and usually brings your grade down (this is not the case for everyone). but, most people experience a poor grade on the hesi... the hesi being 25% of your final grade in every class can really hurt your average.

    7. do you know the first time pass rate on the nclex? as a "senior" in the program, do you feel prepared to enter the profession and take the nclex?
    passing rate used to be 100% up to last year... last year the seniors passed 88% the first try... our class is still in the process of taking it so i don’t know yet... i did not pass the board my first attempt... i do not feel prepared for the board. i feel that a hesi testing school does not predict your success on the board.

    8. since the class size of the accelerated bsn program is small, how is the interaction between faculty and staff? are they approachable and available for help when needed? how are classes and the learning environment?

    our class was the first largest class they had in years! we were ~80 and trickled down to ~60 on commencement day. you will notice on orientation day: the school tries to paint the picture that they are there to "help" you and be most involved in your success. they do provide you tools: like tutoring, and the 3rd floor counselors etc. you do have the opportunity to sign up for office hours with professors. but, in general when i look back... i had to fight for my grades, i had to fight to find a quiet area, and i had to fight to stay in this program. there are more and more students being admitted, and less faculty. most classes are no longer your typical face to face with a professor. you will be staring at screens and getting your lecture from boston or manchester, streaming in live. i have not experienced this because we were the last class to have had a teacher present with us, prior to the web cam evolution.

    9. what is your typical week like?
    1st semester: wake up, take the elevator down to class or if you live at lincoln, walk to class. sit in lecture for 3-4 hours. break for lunch. 1-4 is more class followed by maybe lab simulation hours. then you take the elevator back up to your dorm, or walk to lincoln... make something to eat, and then study. repeat!
    2, 3, & 4th semesters: your provider i - provider v classes kick in. meaning you only have 3 classes per semester. first 2 weeks of each class involves non-stop lectures and exams (called front loading)... then you step into clinical rotation mode (class only 1 or 2 per week and then clinical 3-4 times per week). you are still testing during clinicals. just because you have clinicals doesn't mean you don't have tests on days that you have class.
    lastly, i have some questions about finances, but since they may be too personal, i understand if you won't want to answer them:
    talk to: lynn berry, he was a great help for any questions you have regarding loans! i took out both federal and private loans.. fed doesn't cover much so then you are stuck going to a bank for extra help. wells fargo has the best deal.. interest wise. i would get a fixed interest. also, if your credit is bad, co-sign with a reliable source. the school receives their cut from your federal source and from your private source... then they hand you a check with whatever is left of what they took. this is what you live on for the semester. be wise with your money. you should probably abstain from working while you are in this program. if you have poor credit, it can really be stressful trying to get a loan. that is why i suggested having someone co-sign if at all possible. again, talk to wells fargo for the best deal (my opinion).
    thank you so much!
    no prob! hope you received this feedback prior to attending. if i had someone break it down in detail i would have listened and not gone to mcp. understand, again that this is just my opinion... and it could have been different for other students. i do have to note that reviews i had seen on line reflect what i wrote here... i chose not to listen to the reviews because i felt they were too biased and opinionated... but at the end of the day, they were all right.

    ( last note: you will be wearing a white coat the entire time you attend this school. they emphasize professionalism and dressing the part. you will also have scrubs for clinical. you cannot wear jewelry, or heavy makeup, or nail polish, etc. they are very stringent about looking the part. )
    Last edit by BlueSunRise on Jul 13, '12
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    Moved to Massachusetts State Nursing Programs forum.
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    any updates on this? ive been working towards this program for the past year...and am now scared i might be making the wrong decision...but im not really sure what my other options are. stressing out and would appreciate any and all feedback!
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    Ok... let me help. When you say you are not sure what your options are... first question that pops in my head is... how long have you been looking into accelerated BSN or MSN programs? Most people who choose to head this direction have done ample research (not saying you haven't) and have a list of options (aka programs that they have applied to). MCPHS happens to be one of the most advertized on google... or easy to find... when you ask most people how they found out about the school they just googled accelerated BSN in MA... and MCP popped up. In my opinion, there are MANY great programs... you are better off looking at a list... some require much less requisits others much more... some are 11 months long like NYU others are 14-16 monhs. One thing that I would suggest is to ask yourself how long you wanna last through hell (not being smart with you, it really is hell) and what pre-requisits you already have... if you don't need to do more pre-requs and you can apply to a program immediately go for it.. if you need to do more pre-requs but you feel its worth it... do that. What I mean is, I wish I had taken pharmacology as a pre-requ instead of being prematuraly excited that it wasn't a pre-requ for MCP. Because I am positive it would have been easier had I taken it at a community college and less pressure then having to sit through 3 months of it at MCP. That is one of the toughest classes and its required the 1st semester. The other thing to look at besides, length of program and requisits... is the HESI exam... at MCP it counts as 25% of your total grade for every single class you take... if you don't do well it can bring down your B or your A as much as 5-10 points.. and remember passing is 73% which is a C. Look at programs that may not be HESI testing. HESI doesn't even match what you will be seeing on the NCLEX... I know, I took it! Again, all this is personal opinion.. take it with a grain of salt.


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