Concordia College - NY -2013 - page 2

Hi All, I just sent off my application for Accelerated Nursing program at Concordia College for the fall of 2013. I'm really excited and nervous. I saw the thread for the fall 2012 was quite... Read More

  1. by   seong69
    rachwabb: I applied to Concordia at the end of last month and asked to admission dept by e-mail when is the expected interview and writing sample. They said they would wait until the end of January to collect applications and my interview date would be informed by phone or by e-mail maybe in the beginning of Feb. So far, I got the confirmation letter from Concordia that they received my application and all the docs.
  2. by   RachPapp
    Hi all

    Hope everyone's pre-reqs are going well! I'm currently in my second semester of concordia's accelerated program. If I can help you guys with any questions/concerns feel free to ask. This website was a godsend to me last year and the Concordia students (at the time) were very helpful so I want to pass on the help. Ill try to check back once a week or so to see if I can help. Until then good luck with the process!!
  3. by   rachwabb
    Hi RachPapp,

    Thanks so much. I'm sure many of us are kinda freaking out right now as we wait to hear back about interviews and send out applications. How is Concordia going for you? Do you feel you are getting a quality nursing education and what will your clinical training be like? When do you do the clinical training? I'm sure I have more questions, but just basic info on how you feel the quality of the program is and how it's preparing you for your future nursing career would be appreciated.
  4. by   RachPapp
    Concordia is going pretty well. I'm not going to lie and say it's easy but it's definitely manageable. You realize pretty quickly that the most important factor is putting the time in. You don't have to sign your life away as they would have you believe but you should expect that about every other weekend or so you'll be attached to your books.

    As for the teaching itself I definitely think the teachers are well qualified. As with any education you will find teachers who teach just the way you like and teachers who can drive you a little crazy. My best advice is to roll with the punches and trust the process. Several teachers can teach one class (not true of all classes) and this can be challenging learning each one's teaching style and test questions; but it will start to come to you. They have been reporting to us about the class that graduated in December and so far 7 have taken the NCLEX and 7 have passed so they are doing something right.

    Clinical starts pretty quickly, within the first couple of weeks (5 maybe?) but they start you off at a Nursing home so it is a nice way to ease into it. Clinical can kind of be what you make of it. So far I have had good instructors that have let us be pretty hands on. Not every day is going to be what you want or expect but it's a process. The thing about an accelerated program is you do feel like your time in clinical is limited because we do everything in 6 weeks time so try hard to see and do what you can why on the clinical floor. We use Montefiore, Westchester, WP, Lawrence so there is a decent variety.

    Overall I think Concordia's program is pretty good. I've heard some nightmare stories from other schools and I would say nothing is that bad at Concordia. I feel that the teachers genuinely care and want you to succeed and they will take time after or outside of class to explain a topic. I applied around and I have to say that I am happy and pleased with Concordia. I would definitely pick them again knowing what I know now.

    Hope this helps if you guys think of anymore questions about school or the application process or anything let me know and I will check back and answer.
  5. by   Ginamarie119
    Thanks so much for sharing your comments RachPapp. It's so great to hear from someone who is already invested in the program. I just applied today. Like a few others, I was accepted to NYU, but I just can't swallow the price tag. I am really looking forward to starting. Hopefully I will be joining some of you next Fall.
  6. by   RachPapp
    If it helps you guys should know our pass rate is better than NYU and Columbia. We're actually currently second highest in NY state second only to Downstate.
  7. by   rachwabb
    Hi All,

    Anyone heard back yet regarding an interview and writing sample? I'm starting to get nervous that I haven't heard back yet. If you have heard back let me know and congrats!
  8. by   seong69
    I am going to Concordia today for writing sample and interview. I got an e-mail last week and confirmed date and time by phone. I am a little nervous now... Wish me luck.
    Last edit by seong69 on Feb 12, '13 : Reason: typo
  9. by   TK2U
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to this site. I got an email for my interview today. I'm going next week. Has anyone gotten an email about an interview. I'm kinda nervous cause I'm from the south and im moving to NYC in the Spring. Any advise or insight would be great.

  10. by   lahhere
    Hi All- I received an email from today (02-13) that they are setting up appts for the week of the 25th, so I will go in sometime that week. I wonder how competitive the program is...from what I remember its a smaller school so I dont think they accept many. Can anyone who has had an interview tell us how it was? I have a 3.0 undergrad but 30 grad credits at a 3.9 and my pre-req's at a 3.8. Hopefully they don't crucify me for my 3.0 undergrad! Fingers crossed!
  11. by   seong69
    Hi, lahhere, I had interview and writing sample yesterdday. I did interview with one of professors and she asked me general questions-why you choose to be a nurse/ why you want to be in this accelerated program. And she explained kindly to my questions. She made me feel not nervous..really nice. Writing sample is an essay with an article from nursing journal. She said that I would get the letter within a month.. Waiting is the last thing I want to do. Now, I keep praying.
  12. by   lahhere
    @ seong69- well thank u for that information...that puts my mind at ease a bit...I'm not seeing them to the 27th...i hope theyre not leaving the worst for last...LOL
    That's great youll be finding out soon. Just so you know, getting an interview may be half the battle. I saw a nursing counselor in person who says they eliminate people that don't meet their requirements and not everyone gets an interview.
    The end of the month doesn't sound too bad! Just keep your time occupied and if you believe it, remember that everything that happens is meant to be! good luck. ill let you guys know how my interview goes.
  13. by   hopefulapplicant
    I have an interview in a couple of weeks. Where did everyone else apply?