I just graduated from the NSC Accelerated BSN program in August 2011 and wanted to share some of my thoughts about the experience.
My classmates were awesome. I made some lifelong friendships. We bonded over the challenging course material and clinical experiences. We studied a lot but also had a lot of fun. I'll miss seeing them all on a regular basis.
The accelerated track was fast, doable, and challenging. I think it would be very hard if you had to work part-time or a single parent with little ones. The start of every semester brought some anxiety but after the first exam, test-off, or clinical day, you generally got into a rhythm. You just had to be flexible and adapt to each professor's teaching style and personality.
The faculty is highly knowledgeable and experienced. Quite a few PhDs and DNPs on staff. The small class sizes made for a great learning environment. I definitely had the opportunity to get to know the professors well.
The facilities were good. We utilized the Clinical Simulation Center on Shadow Lane a lot. On campus, all the classrooms were wired for internet and video. Webcampus was used effectively. The NSC libraries were accessible. Group study rooms at the big university library also came in handy for late night studying.
Clinical rotations were available all over the valley (which is good). I got to rotate through Summerlin, Sunrise, St. Rose Siena, UMC, Rawson-Neal, Salvation Army, and the ECDC African Refugee Center. Clinical instructors were great and knew the facilities and staff pretty well.
Now I hear it's even more competitive to get into a NSC BSN Nursing track. That's understandable considering it's probably the lowest cost fully accredited BSN program in Nevada. From my time speaking with a few RNs with AAS degrees, it sounds like some hospitals are pushing them to get BSNs.
Good luck to all of those who have started nursing school
Keep your head up!
Sep 6, '11
Thanks for sharing GetGoing. I would love to ask you some more questions about the absn. I'm currently in my 3rd semester at NSC on the part time track. I chose that track because I was employed. I no longer am. I was thinking about switching tracks from part time to the ABSN after this semester since our tracks will meet up. I have no children, it's just me and my husband. I wanted your thoughts on what your experience was with the intensity of Maternity and Peds etc. You mentioned the program was doable, I'm curious about how many hours per week are spent on class and study time. I estimated 85-90 hours, what was your experience? If you could PM you email address for me also, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for sharing.
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