Accelerated BSN - UNC vs Duke - page 4

by irishrose26

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Hi all! I'm new here. :) I'm a Chapel Hill resident who has applied to both UNC-CH and Duke for their accelerated BSN programs. I have been accepted to Duke and am waiting to hear back from Carolina. My goal is to work in... Read More


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    @ SuperWufie, I just got accepted to both Duke and UNC for January 2012 ABSN program. I have a friend who graduated from UNC's BSN program in 2006 (I think). She said that she felt like her theoretical knowledge base was excellent, but that she was much less proficient in skills than many community college graduates. She also said her class did not have very much lab time. I want to eventually go on to an advanced degree, but definitely want to practice actual patient care when I first graduate. Duke touts the amount of clinical experience they provide students, as well as the quality and availability of their skills lab. What has your experience been at UNC, as far as skills? Do you think you will be adequately prepared for the actual hands-on portion of patient care when you graduate? This is my main concern about going to UNC. Financially, it's pretty much a no-brainer. I just want to be the best new nurse I can be when I graduate. Thanks!

    (If anyone else has any great advice, please share!)
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    I too was accepted to the UNC program for Jan 2012. I know some people who have graduated from UNC and I have not heard them mention anything about having problems with clinicals. I do believe (correct me if i am wrong), that BSN programs do focus a lot on theory, whereas ADN do it, but their focus is not 100% in theory. Even as a new grad student, everyone feels as if they did not learn enough during nursing school. Go look through the new grad forums and you'll see a lot of people feeling under prepared and such. A lot of hospitals have orientation for new grads to help them with the transition of student to professional nurse. I think at the end of the day, you should look at both programs and base your decision on what students say and most importantly on NCLEX pass rates. You are very blessed to have the choice to pick from 2 great institutions. As far as pass rates, Duke has a higher pass rate than UNC (99%vs 97%) Either way you'll attend a great program. Oh yeah, cost is important too I do can say, some of my future class mates seem very supportive and we are already supporting each other. I would guess Duke students may have something similar. Just browse around and even ask the admissions office to put you in contact with current students who can talk to you about their experience.

    I wish you the best of luck and if you choose Carolina, I hope to meet you soon. If you choose Duke, hopefully I'll get to work with you one day
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    I don't know where you got your statistics from for the latter two schools, NCCU and WSSU. Is it because they are HBCUs?? NCCU ASBN program is very competitive and the last group of students that got accepted had a range of GPAs from 3.5 - 4.0, with various backgrounds and careers. We are not "under prepared". The program requirements, has to say 2.5, but it is a point process that includes, overall GPA, Math and Science GPA, essay, recommendations from Pre-Nursing instructor and Teas test results. WSSU ASBN program has over an 95% passing rate on the NCLEX for the past 5 years.

    Lastly, NCCU instructors know how to communicate with their students and it is obvious that they really care about the students success. Contrary to popular insight, the program is very diverse and I am proud to graduate from NCCU Nursing May 2013. At the end of the day, we all have to pass the NCLEX and a majority of us will be working at DUKE or UNC together. Good Luck!!!
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    I was wondering if you could please tell me in detail how you paid for tuition. I really want to go but 100k is alot


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