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Hey @midwifetobe85 !
Congratulations on graduating and becoming a RN!! I have a bunch of questions so I hope you dont mind:
1. When did you receive news that you were accepted into BAT?
2. Did you live off-campus and how important is having a car for transportation to/from clinicals?
3. Did your breaks correspond to the regular undergrad ones? (ex: was ur winter break shorter than the month-long one regular undergrads get b/t semesters)
4. What was your pre-req and overall GPA when you applied?
5. What was your GPA when you graduated from the BAT program?
The other questions can wait. I'm sure some of my questions are ones the other applicants would also like to know. Thanks!!
Thanks! It was a long haul, but I'm proud to have made it. I'll do my best to answer your questions.
1.) I got my acceptance letter Feb. 7th. There were students accepted as early as the second week in Jan. but I also saw acceptances up until the beginning of April (possibly after some students had turned down their offer.)
2.) I lived WAY off campus. I actually lived in Ithaca, which is about an hour away. I had friends there and it's super beautiful (much nicer than Bing) and I decided it was worth the drive. There were days that it was really rough because we often had to be at clinical at 5:30am, which meant leaving around 4:20am (earlier if the weather was bad)..so on those mornings I was cursing my commute. But it was such a nice place to come home to, I was happy with my decision. Nearly all of my classmates lived off campus in the Binghamton/Vestal area. I would say having a car is important but not absolutely crucial. I had several clinicals that were pretty far off any bus route - especially the geri/nursing home rotations. I had a friend who did not have a car and she lived on a bus route which she took to school and arranged to get rides with classmates from her clinicals. A couple of times she had a little trouble depending on classmate's schedules and their availability, but it was never a big problem. Just a hassle. I would say if you have access to a car it will make your life much easier, but if you don't it's not the end of the world. Just network with your classmates, maybe get some BAT roommates. They start a facebook page when you're accepted so you'll get to talk with others about apartments, etc.
3.) Yes, breaks were just like regular undergrad. There's a week break in between summer sessions, about two weeks between summer and fall, a short 4 day break around Thanksgiving, and a month-long break during Jan. (You really need that one). Then, I believe there were two breaks in the spring - a week each, about a month apart. They let you know pretty well in advance too what the dates are.
4.) My first degree was in French and I had a 3.55 (including a few Cs and a D). My pre-req GPA was a 4.0. They were from different schools so I never figured how the two would have averaged out.
5.) My BAT GPA was 3.84..I worked REALLY hard. I felt the toughest class by far was pathophysiology. If you get in, definitely spend a little time reviewing physiology before the program - it will pay off. I took A&P online - and did not really learn the material well - big mistake! It was the most important content to know for nursing school. It was a steep learning curve for me. You never touch micro again and barely see any chem even in pharm. Besides patho, I would say the most challenging part was not the material, but the breakneck pace. You barely have time to integrate the information. Also, I did feel that there were a couple of teachers who did not write fair tests. Either the questions were worded so strangely that they were difficult to follow/answer or the material did not really reflect what was covered. It was too often an exercise in frustration. This was not always true, of course, but when you're sleep deprived and busting your butt, it's tough to swallow less than stellar teaching.
I'm happy to answer anything else!