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How do you like the program? Is it really tough? Are the teachers helpful? Do they give out many scholarships?
I feel very grateful for the quality education I have received thus far: the academic and clinical aspects of the program are top notch. Through the pre-licensure section of the program, I heard feedback from nearly every clinical site that our group was one of the best prepared student groups of have rotated through. That's a nice complement given the vast number of students these academic-area hospitals see. More importantly, I have always felt prepared and confident, and you can't really ask for more than that.
The academic aspect of this program is tough. It is an accelerated program and there is a lot of information to cover in three years. Unless you currently work in healthcare, you need to learn a whole new language as well as all the theory and practical aspects of nursing in a year-and-a-half. You will be in class one to three days a week (and clinic one to three days), but most of your learning takes place outside the classroom. You will be reading a lot. My one big piece of advice is: don't expect the professors to teach you everything. There isn't enough time and you will have to learn on your own as you go to pass the exams. The good side of that is that the professors are very helpful and Simmons DE program has a 100% NCLEX pass rate for the past 4 years or so.
Scholarships are available, and there is a big book of them in the financial aid office. You have to do the work form them on your own as far as I know. Most of the people I know pay the majority of the tuition and living expenses from the Stafford loans and GradPLUS loans from the government.
There are some downsides to the program too, but they are largely administrative: poor communication being the biggest culprit. The other interesting note is that for the 3-year DE program, most don't graduate in 3-years. This can be either a big plus or a minus.
Any other questions, feel free to ask.