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Hi everyone!I am applying to the fall 2012 nursing program at Dorothea Hopfer and have been searching for reviews,I haven't found much, so if any one has graduated from or is currently attending Dorothea Hopfer I'd love to hear... Read More


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    I applied 3 weeks ago and submitted everything required. I just received the letter inviting me to take the TEAS. The next test being offered is the end of September and there are several dates in October.
    Last edit by Mcflea on Sep 2, '12 : Reason: typo
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    Quote from Mcflea
    I applied 3 weeks ago and submitted everything required. I just received the letter inviting me to take the TEAS. The next test being offered is the end of September and there are several dates in October.
    I submitted everything as well (on my part)...just waiting for my H.S to send Hopfer my transcript. It's taking forever because the staff mostly been on summer vaycay. No wonder I haven't received the invitation to take the TEAS as yet! :0/
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    I also had to get my hs transcript. I went to my school and watched them officially seal it and they gave it to me to mail. I don't understand why a HS transcript is required when I already have a B.S., but it is what it is. It took about 7-8 days between the mailing of the transcript and receiving the TEAS letter.
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    I went to the open house on 9/6 and wanted to share some information. 9/6 was the deadline for Spring applications.

    I was impressed by three things:

    1) They want you to complete your prereqs elsewhere so that your focus is entirely on nursing. They believe this would produce the best outcome and allow you to keep some sanity. Another program I am considering preferred that you complete the prereqs at their school (probably to collect more money).

    2) They really focus on the small school size, open door policy, and personal attention you will receive.

    3) As of March 2012, they are NLN accredited. Most recent NCLEX pass rate is 94.4%. They expect this number to rise with the next test results.

    Some other information:

    Parking is located around the corner in a garage in front of Mount Vernon Hospital. You have to buy a token for $5 if you arrive before 5pm. After 5pm, the parking is free (unheard of). I purchased the token not knowing this and when I left at 8pm, the exit arm was up allowing for exit without the token. There is also parking on the residential streets if you have time to drive around.

    The evening program is 2-3 days per week (this is just for the Nursing 1 course, which is 10 credits) plus Saturday clinical. The hours are 4-8pm or 6-10pm for weekday classes. You are able to request the time frame that is best for you. The day program has a weekday clinical. Clinical is located at different locations. They include:

    Mt. Vernon Hospital
    Sound Shore Med. Center
    Lawrence Hospital (usually labor and delivery)
    Westchester Hospital (Psych/Mental Health)
    Schaeffer Extended Care Facility
    and 1 or 2 more

    Books are estimated at $1100, but this covers you for the first 2 years. You have to purchase 1 additional book for 3rd year and 1 for 4th year.


    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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    Quote from Mcflea
    I went to the open house on 9/6 and wanted to share some information. 9/6 was the deadline for Spring applications.

    I was impressed by three things:

    1) They want you to complete your prereqs elsewhere so that your focus is entirely on nursing. They believe this would produce the best outcome and allow you to keep some sanity. Another program I am considering preferred that you complete the prereqs at their school (probably to collect more money).

    2) They really focus on the small school size, open door policy, and personal attention you will receive.

    3) As of March 2012, they are NLN accredited. Most recent NCLEX pass rate is 94.4%. They expect this number to rise with the next test results.

    Some other information:

    Parking is located around the corner in a garage in front of Mount Vernon Hospital. You have to buy a token for $5 if you arrive before 5pm. After 5pm, the parking is free (unheard of). I purchased the token not knowing this and when I left at 8pm, the exit arm was up allowing for exit without the token. There is also parking on the residential streets if you have time to drive around.

    The evening program is 2-3 days per week (this is just for the Nursing 1 course, which is 10 credits) plus Saturday clinical. The hours are 4-8pm or 6-10pm for weekday classes. You are able to request the time frame that is best for you. The day program has a weekday clinical. Clinical is located at different locations. They include:

    Mt. Vernon Hospital
    Sound Shore Med. Center
    Lawrence Hospital (usually labor and delivery)
    Westchester Hospital (Psych/Mental Health)
    Schaeffer Extended Care Facility
    and 1 or 2 more

    Books are estimated at $1100, but this covers you for the first 2 years. You have to purchase 1 additional book for 3rd year and 1 for 4th year.


    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    Yes I remember hearing that the evening program classes are on Tues and Wed nights...Lecture on Tues from 6-10pm, Wed Lecture from 6-8pm and Lab, you had a choice of staying and taking it on Wed AFTER Lecture from 8-10pm OR...come back Thurs and take it from 8-10pm! Clinicals are on Saturdays (full day) 7am-4pm...I think you meant to say the books costs is for the first initial 2 semesters, then.... you'd have to buy an extra book for the 3rd and 4th semester (not years) unless your speaking of High School students coming in for the bridge BSN w/ Mercy College...correct me if i'm wrong.

    So overall how did you like it, my open house was very informative and inviting. I pray to get in...
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    Yes, you are right regarding the books; my mistake. I am comparing this program to another programs in Queens that just moved to a new location so everything is brand new. With that said, Hopfer definitely seems more appealing overall. I was informed by Sandra that nobody else wants to take the TEAS on the first day it's being offered, 9/29, and they like to have at least 6 people to make it worthwhile. I may have to wait until Oct. 5th.
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    Quote from Mcflea
    Yes, you are right regarding the books; my mistake. I am comparing this program to another programs in Queens that just moved to a new location so everything is brand new. With that said, Hopfer definitely seems more appealing overall. I was informed by Sandra that nobody else wants to take the TEAS on the first day it's being offered, 9/29, and they like to have at least 6 people to make it worthwhile. I may have to wait until Oct. 5th.
    I believe your speaking of St. Paul's. I went to one of their open house in June , before their move to the new location. I opted out of applying , just was too uneasy on their NON ACCREDITATION issue! Playing it safe...Hopfer excited me, didn't feel that with St. Paul's . Funny, my HS called me back to inform me of sending out my transcript to Hopfer. That was the last piece of info needed to complete my application. So gotta wait till they receive it now to get the invitation for the TEAS testing info. No surprise, she did say no one wants to take the first date...
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    Yes, I also have issue with St. Paul's not having NLN accreditation, but a friend just graduated from there and he has not had a problem finding a job; although, he hasn't tried transferring to a BSN program yet. I checked the NLN web site and they aren't even listed for candidacy, which after 3+ years since buying out St. Vincent's, you would think this would be a priority. Maybe it just takes a long time to become eligible?
    I took their HESI exam yesterday (trying to keep my options open) and did well, but there were no science questions. Some people were retaking parts they had failed previously. The new school is a huge improvement. It is also only a 10 minute drive from my home, which is more convenient, but as you said, the overall feel was less personable.
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    I went to the open house also and loved the schedule for Hopfer it was very welcoming...waiting on my HS transcript thats all im missing. But Im super nervous about the TEAS exam I think I need more time to prep. But would really like to start in Jan 2013.
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    Quote from KayMar
    I went to the open house also and loved the schedule for Hopfer it was very welcoming...waiting on my HS transcript thats all im missing. But Im super nervous about the TEAS exam I think I need more time to prep. But would really like to start in Jan 2013.
    Oh yes, the schedule for Hopfer is the best for me compared to any other school. Totally understand (re: the TEAS)...all the best to you!


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