U of D Mercy Accelerated Second Degree - page 3

I am in the process of applying to UDM's second degree program and I was wondering what the GPA of those accepted is usually around. -Magen... Read More

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    sophia and jkb,
    I will also be joining you two in the may 2010 cohort! I'm glad this is letting us get in touch with people that will be in the same class. I've heard some great things about this program from a girl I randomly ran into. Were you able to find out anymore from the two people you met? Can't wait to get started and to meet everyone!

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    Kim and Sophia,
    Here are a few things I have gathered from the 2 gals. First they both warn me how hard it is--which I had already gathered and maybe because it was so fresh in their minds as they just graduated or are graduating in May. I just know it will be a roller coaster year. Here is what the one gal shared:

    As far as schedule goes from what I can remember- the first 2 weeks are health assessment. This is an all day type thing maybe 8-4 ish. There are quizzes and check offs everyday for that 2 weeks then at the end a formal check off with you and your lab partner doing the assessment in front of the professor.

    Once the 2 weeks are over, you will have fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, then an 'history of nursing' (I can't remember the exact name of the class). The way the schedule worked out for me was class 3 days a week and clinical 2. Clinicals can be on any day and any time. They don't care about where you live or your time schedule. Some people had Saturday and Sunday afternoon clinicals. You can plan on all 5 days a week being spent in either class or clinical. On top of that you get to go home and spend for me at minimum 3 to 4 hours a night just to keep up.

    Tips that may help you are to be organized and plan out your study time. If that means going to starbucks or the library- then do it. You have to make the time in order to be successful. There were about 10 out of my class of 40 that did not make it through. I found it helpful to have a study group. You will want to get a group pretty quickly of a few people who are reliable that you can work with.

    Clinical all 3 semesters!
    1- fundamentals/psych
    2- OB/ peds/med surg
    3- Advanced med surg/ community/preceptorship

    ***Look forward to meeting you both!! Janene
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    Hi! I graduated from the UDM accelerated BSN program in May 2008. I applied in December 2006, was accepted, and still had 4 prereqs to finish before the program started in May 2007. During the first and second trimester, classes were held three days a week and clinicals were two days a week. During the last trimester, classese are two days a week and clinicals are three days a week. My clinicals were at Henry Ford (Med Surg), Providence (Med Surg), St John Macomb (OB), Childrens Hospital (Peds), and the John Dingell VA Medical Center (Psych). Clinicals can be on weekends, times are 7a - 3p or 3p - 11p. You have to submit clinical reports to your instructor on patients that you cared for. These reports can be 10 - 12 pages long and you have one report to do each week. Clinical instructors vary - some are more helpful than others...

    You'll have tons of reading and studying (try to form a study group - it helps!), UDM has a skills lab at the start of each trimester, and you have to pass a couple of Med Math tests. For each class, you can have 3 to 5 chapters to read each week. DO NOT FALL BEHIND!! DO NOT MISS CLASSES!!

    Most of the professors are good, they are available outside of class, and you'll have the reading assignments at the start of each trimester. To save some money, you can buy used textbooks. You'll have to print out the lecture notes - bring them to class so that you can highlight important info. Tests were multiple choice, but there were always two answers that seemed "correct".

    Tuition is high. I received $4000 per trimester from UDM for my GPA, a nursing loan, a private loan, and some Federal loans. The hospital where I am employed gives graduate nurses an extra $5000 per year for 3 years to pay towards student loans, provided that you stay there for three years. Given the current economic situation, I do not believe that they are still offering that for new grads.

    You will get through this program, but you must be committed and use your time wisely!
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    NY1963, thanks so much for taking the time to write this! Its great to hear from someone who's completed the program.

    jkb, thank you also for telling us your friend's story!
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    How much is UofD's program?
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    I graduated from the program in May of 2009, and wanted to add that it really prepares you for your board exams. Our passing rate was very high (over 90%) and still feel very happy with my choice in schooling. It was very expensive to attend, and I had to take out additional loans to live off while attending, because it is very hard to work during the program. I was able to pay off my loans in about 20 months with working some overtime, and sticking with a budget.

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