Barnes Jewish Accelerated vs. UMSL Accelerated BSN Programs. Which to choose?
- 0Oct 2, '12 by pcal777Hey everyone,
I have been Accepted to Barnes Jewish Accelerated BSN Program starting in fall of 2013 and UMSLs Accelerated BSN Program starting in either Summer 2013 or fall2013. I am NOT on the wait lists which is great. I have heard great things about both schools so I really don't know which to go with. I was hoping I could get some input as far as which you think is the better program, better teachers and facilities, better passing rates, etc. I'm looking for a good amount of info to help me try and choose between the two programs. Your input is greatly appreciated!
- 0Oct 4, '12 by stealthkitHello! I was recently accepted into the Spring 2014 cohort for Goldfarb's ABSN. I looked into UMSL, SLU's, and Barnes' accelerated programs and wound up only applying to Barnes. I visited UMSL and Goldfarb and was way more impressed with Goldfarb. The Goldfarb admissions rep was really helpful in answering all my questions, gave me a tour of the facility, and I felt like I'd have a better shot of getting into their program. The facility is amazing -- the building is brand new, and the simulation labs were pretty impressive. When I visited UMSL the admissions rep was pretty much like: this is the mathematical procedure we use to decide who gets in, these are the courses you need, you get a degree at the end. I wasn't given the opportunity to tour the Nursing building, simulation labs, or classrooms (I asked). So I didn't get to see anything.
I wound up choosing Goldfarb because in the end the two programs cost pretty similar, the facilities are much nicer (that I could see), its much closer to where I live, they require a LOT less prerequisite courses, the program is shorter, and they actually seemed like they wanted me to attend. Of course, it's possible I just visited UMSL on an off day, or talked to the wrong person, and got a totally unrepresentative impression. I can't really say anything as to which program is better. I know people who graduated from both, and they are both great nurses who are doing well. I know I didn't provide any concrete info for you! I hope others will reply who have gone through these programs.
Also, check this page to compare pass rates: http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/passrates.pdf Looks like Goldfarb and UMSL are pretty close.
- 0Dec 16, '12 by CamiDeannI just received my acceptance letter from Barnes-Jewish College. I will most likely be starting in Fall 2013 since there is a waiting list for Summer 2013. I am looking forward to starting the program. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me since I have been accepted into a program.
- 0Jan 27, '13 by JennybirdI'm a current ABSN student at Goldfarb. I also chose it for the reasons that stealthkit listed above. I also was deciding between UMSL and Barnes. The programs are competitively priced, but Barnes is a bit more pricey, in addition UMSL factors books into the estimated tuition costs whereas Barnes doesn't. But I chose Barnes for it's higher NCLEX pass rates, newer state of the art simulation labs (which are now internationally accredited). Also, and this is a pretty big one, I have my master's degree from UMSL and I just could not imagine doing the drive every day back out to the UMSL campus. For me, Barnes is much closer and I like how we are truly in St. Louis city, located right on the CWE, and near several major highways. I also loved how Barnes required many less pre-reqs (so you would have to factor these extra costs into your total tuition--making the the UMSL price increase). Barnes also has a rotating schedule, w new classes starting each semester. When I looked into UMSL, they only had one start date in the summer, which would have pushed my start date back an entire year bc I would have had to RE-take Chemistry bc it has been over 10 years since I took it. Barnes doesn't require Chemistry! or Economics! Lastly, and very importantly, I chose Barnes bc of the association with Barnes Jewish Hospital--one of the best in the world!!