Stony Brook Accelerated BSN Class of 2014 - page 17

I'm surprised a thread for the upcoming class of 2014 has not been created yet (or has it). Well here it is!!! good luck to all :p... Read More

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    Quote from lb88
    Does anyone know if we can maybe take a class or two during this coming spring semester to maybe lighten our load for the summer?
    Unfortunately, no. The courses and the schedule are set in stone, everyone takes the same classes and starts at the same time. You basically register for what they tell you to, there is no pick and choose. 19 credits during a 7-week semester does sound like insanity .. but I and people like Emer1234 are living proof that it can be done. It's a lot of work for sure but once you have done it, you will end up saying, "Oh OK that was not as bad as it looked." The fall is actually a LOT more intense than the summer.

    Quote from marmaduke
    Last quick question- how are the faculty there?
    Emer can chime in with a viewpoint here too. The faculty in general is very supportive and are dedicated to help you succeed. They are for the most part nurses that have years of experience under their belts and provide informative and oftentimes entertaining lectures. There are of course a few exceptions to this rule unfortunately, as there are in any school, but the good ones outweigh the bad. Thankfully, the good ones teach the more substantial courses you need to know for practice and NCLEX.

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    i was also accepted into stony brook's 1 year accelerated program, i'm so relieved, excited and nervous at the same time! like many has already said before me, thank you paco & emer for your helpful comments. i have a few questions as well, and hope you guys and others can help me out: 1. how hard is it to find off-campus housing (and what locations are most convenient/best for off-campus housing?) 2. how much is on-campus housing, and do we have the option of living in singles? are meal plans included in on-campus housing costs? 3. what are some differences between the clinical sites (in terms of friendliness of staff, support, convenience, etc...)?

    thank you so much!
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    Quote from Paco-RN
    Emer can chime in with a viewpoint here too. The faculty in general is very supportive and are dedicated to help you succeed. They are for the most part nurses that have years of experience under their belts and provide informative and oftentimes entertaining lectures. There are of course a few exceptions to this rule unfortunately, as there are in any school, but the good ones outweigh the bad. Thankfully, the good ones teach the more substantial courses you need to know for practice and NCLEX.
    Couldn't have said it any better Paco..

    As far as housing, I don't live on or near the campus, so I am not much help in that department.... sorry
    Last edit by Emer1234 on Jan 12, '13 : Reason: Added more information to the message
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    Wow thank you everyone for all the information that's displayed in this forum.
    It really helped me a lot. Does any happen to know (been trying to contact admin haven't gotten a clear answer as of yet):

    1. I see one of the requirements is STUDENT MALPRACTICE INSURANCE. I have nooo idea what is that all about. Should we start looking into providers prior to starting classes or will someone go over with us when we get to SBU? And is so approximately when will it take place? (P.S. I heard from some of my friends from other schools that the professors usually take care of all that. They told me that their coverage was under the educators...)


    2. I see that one of the required courses in the program is NUTRITION, I took nutrition as a prereq for another school.
    Is there I way I don't have to go through repeating an additional class.

    Thank you so much
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    Quote from eliz7854
    @ chele and all others not admitted...

    I was also rejected today, but I had already accepted another offer to a great program and been admitted to many others, including other SUNY schools and some great private schools. So don't beat yourself up over this! Stony Brook seems to be the most competitive. I would definitely suggest looking into some other options, and please feel free to send me a private message if you want to chat about those other options I stressed myself out for quite some time with regards to getting into a nursing program and can definitely relate to how you are feeling.
    Hey I am new to this forum but I wanted to know other schools you have applied to and gain admission. What was your GPA and prerequisites grades if you don't mind me asking?
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    Quote from lb88
    Hi everyone!

    New to the board. Found out the other day that I've been accepted to the 1 year program. Couldn't be more excited! Does anyone know what the tuition is for a NYS resident? I tried contacting SBU but no one can give me a straight answer! I look forward to meeting all those accepted in the summer... Get ready for the craziness!!!
    Hi if you dont mind be asking what was your GPA and prerequisites like? I know Stony Brook is so competitive and I was rejected this year...wanted to reapply next year with a better application?
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    Quote from owade
    Hi if you dont mind be asking what was your GPA and prerequisites like? I know Stony Brook is so competitive and I was rejected this year...wanted to reapply next year with a better application?
    I had a 3.6 undergrad gpa in marketing and business management. 4.0 gpa in prereqs however at the time of application submission i only had a&p1, a&p2, and chem completed. zero hospital experience at the time (currently a volunteer).I also had great recommendations from my professors. I feel like these letters are what really made my application stand out. I really got to know my professors well during the semester so they had more to write about rather than the generic letter im sure most professors write. I'm sorry to hear you didnt get in this year but BEST of luck in the future!
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    Quote from lb88
    I had a 3.6 undergrad gpa in marketing and business management. 4.0 gpa in prereqs however at the time of application submission i only had a&p1, a&p2, and chem completed. zero hospital experience at the time (currently a volunteer).I also had great recommendations from my professors. I feel like these letters are what really made my application stand out. I really got to know my professors well during the semester so they had more to write about rather than the generic letter im sure most professors write. I'm sorry to hear you didnt get in this year but BEST of luck in the future!
    Thanks actually I plan too but what advice can you to someone with a low GPA like 2.9. I really want to stand out next year and I know letters of recommendation and personal essays are huge factors. In that being said, every applicant is going to write the same thing in essay like "love to help people" or "find great pleasure in assisting people". Do you have some ideas on standing out in essay? Stony brook is my top choice, and I plan to volunteer at hospitals and finish up my prereqs.
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    Quote from greeneggs
    1. how hard is it to find off-campus housing (and what locations are most convenient/best for off-campus housing?) 2. how much is on-campus housing, and do we have the option of living in singles? are meal plans included in on-campus housing costs? 3. what are some differences between the clinical sites (in terms of friendliness of staff, support, convenience, etc..?
    Congrats on your acceptance, greeneggs! As for your questions:

    (1) I don't think off-campus housing is hard to find at all. There is plenty out there once the spring semester ends and graduation is over (occupancy for June 1) ... that was my experience when I went to look for housing. This is probably the best move-in date considering the ABSN orientation starts at the end of June. But if you're in a bind, a move date of July 1 will still get you a good selection of places (just be prepared to start classes a few days thereafter, which is why moving in June 1 gives you time to unpack and settle in before it all starts). Get a map and start looking around Stony Brook for the closest towns to see what you're willing to commute. I lived in South Setauket during the program, my commute was a nice 10 minutes door to door. Unfortunately, I had to move out from there a year later and had to take a place further away. Commuting to work at the hospital is now 30 minutes for me ... no traffic, but I can't get used to the distance. For starters, any of the Setauket towns, Port Jefferson, Centereach, Lake Grove, Smithtown and obviously the village of Stony Brook are probably your best commutes to campus.

    (2) I never lived on campus, but a few of my classmates did, and I can tell you it was VERY expensive from what I hear. Most of them lived on campus because they had no car, and when you live on campus your ONLY option is the West Apartments, which are clear across the campus from the Health Sciences Center and hospital (i.e, quite far), even with the campus bus. Rooms were singles from what I recall, in suite-style accommodations (4-5 singles share a suite with 2 bathrooms and living/kitchen). There is no guarantee you will live with other nursing students, so you take a chance in living with first-time undergrad teeny-boppers that care more about hanging out than studying (and I know ABSNs are been-there-done-that). Since these are apartments, I would assume meal plans are optional, though not sure. Whether or not you have a car, it would be like commuting from off-campus so you're better off opting for off-campus housing, in my opinion, guaranteed to be cheaper. Also, if you don't have car and opt to live on-campus, keep in mind that your clinicals start @ 7am, and campus bus does not run that early on weekends even. You will likely have to carpool with someone for your clinicals at Stony Brook and other hospitals in the area.

    (3) Clinical sites can vary widely. Stony Brook Univ Hospital is hit or miss depending on the unit you are assigned (and the instructor) but in general I had a great experience there (granted, I would not have chosen to stay and work there if not). Most other clinical sites used on Long Island are very good too ... the only exception being St. Catherine of Siena Med Ctr for OB clinical, which I hear has consistently bad reviews from students as a learning environment. All ABSN students do clinicals @ Stony Brook in the summer, and in the fall it can vary for Peds, OB, and psych. In the spring, it will also vary for Med-Surg, Capstone, and Community Health.

    Quote from cupandcake
    1. I see one of the requirements is STUDENT MALPRACTICE INSURANCE. I have nooo idea what is that all about. Should we start looking into providers prior to starting classes or will someone go over with us when we get to SBU? And is so approximately when will it take place? (P.S. I heard from some of my friends from other schools that the professors usually take care of all that. They told me that their coverage was under the educators...)


    2. I see that one of the required courses in the program is NUTRITION, I took nutrition as a prereq for another school.
    Is there I way I don't have to go through repeating an additional class.

    Thank you so much
    Congrats cupandcake as well! Here are your answers:

    (1) You are required to carry student liability insurance while you're in clinicals, and ideally this needs to be purchased before you begin your clinicals in July. You have to purchase it in the increments suggested by the school (I think it's 1MIL/3MIL, not sure). One year's coverage is not that expensive at all, it's about $35 or so. You can sign up online at most providers and get coverage documentation right away as a PDF. At least, that was my experience. I got mine through a company called Marsh, while others used NSO. You can't get the coverage until at most 30 days prior to the date that it should be effective, so don't worry about this until end of May.

    (2) I tried waiving nutrition as well being that I took it as a prereq for another school I applied to. Stony Brook's policy on waiving this course is only if the nutrition course was a 300-level or higher. Mine was the equivalent of a 100-level they determined, so I was stuck taking the course over. But if you do, no worries, it's not that hard a course and it's online.
    Last edit by PacoUSA on Jan 13, '13
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    Thank u Paco, for being so thorough. I read in the old thread someone said that during orientation they will bring up the subject of malpractice insurance and make their suggestions but do u think its better if I should just go ahead a look for a provider in late may?



    And you had mention the clinical to greeneggs that some of the clinicals might not be at the SBU hospital. I don't have a car, so I'm assuming I might have to cab it there on the days I have clinicals. And Yikes I know that will def. add up$$. How many times a week would you say we would have clinicals? So I approximate, how I'll be spending on cab fees.




    Lastly, I will be living on campus. I was hoping to live in Roth, it cheaper and I like the format. Is living in west a MUST for ABSN students? Thanks Paco your the best!
    Last edit by cupandcake on Jan 13, '13 : Reason: Spacing


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