Hi, I am starting EMUs 2nd bachelor accelerated program this fall, 2010. I just wanted to say that I started the process a year ago because I needed to take all of the prereqs first. I've met with two different advisors in the nursing office (in addition to a counselor in the second bachelor's admissions department) and I found everyone to be helpful and pleasant while at the same time they were upfront and told me what I was up against: you need a high gpa to get in to EMU's programs and, yes, they do give preference to people who took the three science class prereqs (two A&P classes and Chem 120). Because it is a decently-priced program in comparison to UM, MSU and others, there are many applicants. They take working experience in a health setting into consideration and everything is on a points basis. I have heard that others got in that did not take all of their prereqs at EMU. I have not heard anything negative about the process... it is what it is. If you don't get in, try again next year.
At one time EMUs accelerated program was 16 months. It is now 20 months, year around. So, really, it is almost like a traditional program but accelerated by only a semester, really. I liked that idea. I, too, wasn't sure I was going to feel prepared for the profession if I took a 12-month program. I also like the fact that in the last cohort or two of EMUs program everyone passed the NCLEX on the first try.
I feel fortunate to have been accepted, but if I had not, I would have applied to other programs. I am glad my experience with staff at EMU was good, but please don't let an unpleasant person or two deter you from going for the program you think is best from you. The entrance people and counselors are not the ones who will be teaching you and I've heard a lot of praise and not much negativity on the part of current nursing students at EMU about teaching staff. The key is to examine each school on objective measure and not on an unpleasant personal experience with one of two people. After all, I think we're going to run into some pretty unpleasant sick people along the way and you just have to deal with people as they come to you! ; )