Accepted Binghamton BAT Program Students

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    For those who are currently acclerated nursing students in Binghamton University (BAT program), did you guys have the option of living on campus? Or did you need to move into an apartment? Any suggestions on good apartments close to campus??
    Thanks
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    Hope I can help! I'm a current BAT. There is an on-campus option. I didn't look at it closely since I'm married and am from the area. There's a nice apartment complex nearby on the same main drag (the "Parkway") but I've heard it's expensive. There are lots of apartments fairly close to campus. I suppose it depends whether or not you have a car, will be willing to travel a little bit, etc. Are you interested in a complex or a room in a private home? Let me know what you are looking for and perhaps I can do some detective work. My best friend just got an apt in Glendale, which is not terribly far- maybe 15 minutes away- and it's pretty nice. Let me know, and best of luck in your studies at BU.
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    I prefer on-campus because I don't have a car But on-campus housing seems to be very expensive! I prefer complex housing, something hopefully only a few min away from campus and along a bus route. I heard that having a car is necessary since there are clinicals as far as syracuse! Is this true according to your experiences?? What are your experiences like in the BAT program in terms of curriculum difficulty, work load, helpfulness of faculty/instructors??
    I appreciate all your help!!! Thank you Thank you!
    I'm still waiting to hear a decision! I hope i get into the bat program!
    Thanks again!
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    Quote from islandbreeze
    I prefer on-campus because I don't have a car But on-campus housing seems to be very expensive! I prefer complex housing, something hopefully only a few min away from campus and along a bus route. I heard that having a car is necessary since there are clinicals as far as syracuse! Is this true according to your experiences?? What are your experiences like in the BAT program in terms of curriculum difficulty, work load, helpfulness of faculty/instructors??
    I appreciate all your help!!! Thank you Thank you!
    I'm still waiting to hear a decision! I hope i get into the bat program!
    Thanks again!

    I'll look into some apartments for you. Let me address your other concerns, and I'll get back to you on housing.

    Having a car will be very valuable for clinical. I know many of my classmates do carpool to clinicals, but it's definitely more convenient to have access to your own vehicle. My community health rotation is in Tioga County (which is only about 25 minutes away, but still). There are rotations in Syracuse, Pennsylvania (northern, not too far away!), and Delaware County (Delhi, etc.), as well as local rotations. I'd say the majority of sites are in town. The faculty do try to only place people in one of these farther-away destinations for one rotation.

    Curriculum/workload: Overall- I'd say the program is more busy than difficult. Keep yourself organized and keep copies of syllabi. On papers, follow the rubrics to the letter! Some classes are more challenging than others- like any program. However, there's diversity. Some BATs with a stronger science background (the bio majors, etc) have less difficulty with patho, but they might have difficulty in other areas. I'm not sure what your background is- mine was psych and I've worked in human services. The most challenging aspect of the program for me was pathophysiology, but I actually find I understand it better now having gone through several clinical rotations. They like to test on application, not memorization, though there are some things you'll have to commit to memory.

    Professors: Overall, mine have been great and very approachable. I have had excellent clinical instructors. Many profs will give out their home and cell numbers so that if you have a concern, you can reach them quickly.

    Probably the best advice I can give you is to stay focused, stay organized, and be mindful of how what you are learning in class will present in a clinical setting. There will be times you will get little sleep but these will be balanced with times you can rest. Take a day, or a couple half-days, to rest and see your family/friends/whatever you like to do. There isn't a lot of time to play in this program but you will need to rest and care for yourself. I'm making As and Bs and not killing myself doing so. This is a competitive program with lots of highly achieving people. Some people get really wrapped up in grades, but if you focus on learning, the grades will come and your patients will thank you.

    Sorry if I rambled! You can private message me if you would like more detailed information. I tried to keep it a little more general here. Hope to hear from you soon.
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    Thank you sooooo much for your response!! It was very helpful and encouraging!! I cant wait to start the program! But first, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed hoping i get into the program! And for now I'm going to keep working hard on my last two pre-req courses!
    Thanks again for all your help!!! Hope you have a good semester!!
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    Has ANYONE received a letter from Binghamton? I am starting to get anxious! I was told that they're still admitting and we should hear from them real soon. It seems like no one has heard yet! Good luck to all BAT program applicants.
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    I'm still waiting to hear from them...I was told by my friend who is already attending Binghamton that Decker school of nursing just laid off 15 professors due to budget cuts...and with less faculty means less students being accepted and a more careful reviewing/selection process ahh!
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    FIFTEEN!!! That's crazy! Hopefully being a male applicant will up my chances of getting in! Promise to let me know when you hear from Decker and I'll do the same!
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    I spoke with an admissions counselor from Binghamton that said the amount of BAT students should stay relatively the same. There are NO professors being layed off - BUT, they have limited the amount of students that are entering the program as Juniors for the traditional program down to approx 5-7 admissions...in its entirety, the Junior class will be down to 55-60 students.
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    @cyoucapri & islandbreeze: did you get into the program? im an applicant for the 2013 program and i know this thread is 2-3 yrs old, but im looking for some feedback from anyone who completed the BAT program. the only other school i applied to was stony brook, but if i get into both, i may be leaning toward Bing since i did my undergrad there. but im just playing the waiting game and of course, i'd be happy with either, especially since i applied to only 2 thanks!


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