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- Aug 7, '12 by stefaniemary4I am actually one of the 13 students that is a part of this programs first cohort. So basically, I got a call in April from NEU and they said all though I was not accepted to the traditional onsite program I was accepted to the hybrid version. I began class on May 7th, 2012 and am going into our last two weeks of finals right now. We are expected to graduate in Aug 2013. This semester 3 students failed one of the courses therefore they are going to graduate a semester behind us and take the course again with the second cohort. The other 10 of us, pending passing these finals, will move on to our second semester Sept 5th.
It is pretty intense but I love it. The classes are the same as the onsite program with many of the professors the same as well. It is set up so all of the learning and communication is done on "Angel" which is like blackboard. You get weekly discussions, papers, readings and lectures for each class. The quizzes for some classes that you take online at an assigned time and exams for us has been every Friday morning. We have one day of clinicals (Im at winchester hospital) and one day on campus at the nursing skills lab. These rest of the work you have to do on your own time and submit all of the work by certain preset due dates. Since this is a second bachelor for most people, student loans are tough to get and there is not much financial aid. From what I recall I believe each semester is about $15,000+.
There at TWO tracks to take at this moment but they are in the works of adding on more. I am doing the NICU track which means when I graduate the BSN portion in August 13, I will have to work TWO years in a level 3 NICU THEN i can start the MSN portion. There is also the Admin route which you are required to only do 6mo before starting the MSN. The more experience you have with direct patient contact the easier this program will be for you. I would definitely recommend it to anyone hands down! Good luck everyone!
- Aug 7, '12 by stefaniemary4I am currently in the first cohort.
Costs that I can think of:
Uniform- navy blue scrub pants $15-25 If you buy them on your own at Walmart its cheaper
custom white scrub top they will fit you for at orientation- has NEU logo on it $15 (i think)
Name pin $5 or $6
Stethoscope I'd recommend the Littman classic II you can buy used or new $90-130
Pen light, bandage scissors buy online at amazon $5 each I think
Nursing shoes- ie any ALL white shoes I got mine at Payless for $25 just make sure they are comfy cuz our clinicals were 8hr shifts on our feet all day
Books- I bought all mine before classes start and regretted it. We didn't use half of the "required books" and I spent $700. I just started selling them back- try to get in contact with current students to borrow or buy their books Try chegg.com to rent, or half.com for used books or renting bookds
Lab kit - $30 for the 1st semester bag and $80 for second semester and you can pay all at once
Gas to and from Boston from Wilmington, or commuter rail or T adds up quick. Parking on campus you can get discounted passes 10 for $80 at the financial aid office. Its for garage on gainsbourough or ruggles. You can also get a discounted charlie card.
There are a bunch of random costs here and there that add up
Thats all i can think of at the moment- if you ask specific things I could answer that
- Aug 7, '12 by ltcwallHi stefanirmary, I'm starting in the 2nd cohort . How are the professors are they helpful ?. You said there are 3 students that failed is it bc it's really hard or they just didn't study? are the exams really intense ? What books do you not recommend we get ?
- Aug 7, '12 by ltcwallAnother question do you like the online format do you feel like you are learning? Do you have any free time?
- Aug 8, '12 by stefaniemary4Hi itcwall.
Congrats on starting this fall! Some of the professors are great, other not so much. You may have completely different professors but our pathophysiology professor was amazing. He explains stuff well, is easy to talk to and is very understanding of how intense the course load is. Our maternal nursing professor was not good at all. BUt I don't think she is returning. The health and wellness professor is great and because of our classes feedback is editing the course a lot. The interventions/skills lab is a lot of material but the interesting stuff. The lecture professor is great, the lab instructors are ok- some us felt their expectations were unfair for 1st semester students but ce la vie!There were 2ppl that failed interventions which means they must repeat the lecture and lab part PLUS maternal lecture and clinical even though they were passing that class. I think one of them didn't study in the beginning and fell behind, the other just struggled with the NCLEX style exams. The other student fell behind because of family stuff and opted out of a few classes to balance it better. Some exams are definitely harder than others. It all depends how well you take "standardized style" exams. Some professors give reviews and others don't. Its a lot of material so make sure to NEVER fall behind even 1 chapter.I can't really recommend books because it will all depend on your professors. However, You will need a book with NANDA diagnoses, they constantly referenced and had assignments that required one yet never told us to get one!I think my opinion on this program will vary greatly from the other students. I actually already had 1.5yrs of PA school under my belt before starting this program. So I have not learned much new info as of yet and have not struggled at all as some of my classmates have. I do have a life. I work 25hrs/wk, I go out on the weekends and really enjoy the program. It all depends how organized you are and how well you manage your time and how familiar you are with the material. I prefer this format because I hate sitting in classrooms listening to lectures and I get to make my own schedule. You do have set days to be on site but otherwise you are in control of your schedule. I find that much easier than traditional programs. I think that anyone with the drive to do this program can and will complete it.Last edit by stefaniemary4 on Aug 8, '12
- Aug 8, '12 by stefaniemary4Also keep in mind, our class was the guinea pigs.... What we experience may be totally different than your experience. we made a lot of recommendations for future changes and already had a few implemented. We have been very vocal about what works, what doesn't and how to fix it so the next cohort will have it a little bit easier and so on.
- Aug 8, '12 by ltcwallOh wow thanks for all the great info. It is so great to hear from someone who has experienced the program first hand. Our labs will be on saturdays with testing days on Wednesays at the Burlington site. They do not have the clincil schedule ready yet.. I'm very excited to get started. How was your experience with Clinical ? How long was it before you actually got to go to the hospital site?
- Aug 8, '12 by bigeyes4I was initially rejected by NEU for the online MSN direct entry program. About three months later, I got an email to call the admissions representative. I called and they told me that the Dean has overturned my application decision. I am now accepted. I live in Rhode Island and can begin at Community College of RI. I'm sensing from your posts that the NEU program is a better one. I know that the lab has to be better. Ours is quite make-shift. I'm tempted to take the leap, but like many of you, I am having trouble getting the financing in place. I am accepted for Spring 2013 and have to take four more prereqs. But I don't mind that. They are nutrition, Chemistry, Developmental Psych and statistics. I would take those in RI and then dive in in January 2013. It really is exciting! Any comments are welcome!
- Aug 9, '12 by ltcwallOMG are you kidding Bigeyes4 that is great congrats. It is hard finding financing I had to apply to 5 different loans.
- Aug 9, '12 by adamamber1I did it, I sent in my acceptance!!! I have never been more excited and terrified at the same time. Itcwall or CM401, where did you find the list of books we need to buy? Is there someone in particular from staff that you speak to in regards to registration for classes or any questions you have? I haven't received a ton of info yet so I am trying to piece things together quickly. When you were sized for uniforms at orientation, did you think the size recommended for purchase was comprable to what you would purchase normally (do they run big or small)? I have to purchase without being sized so I am not sure what to expect.