Duke ABSN - Spring 2013! - page 7

Alright! Since there are threads for the other entry times and we're coming up on almost 1 month until the May 1st deadline for the Spring 2013 start, who else is applying? I have a BA Degree in... Read More

  1. by   mcmeem1
    I just saw the email...almost didn't look, but did and I got in. Congrats to everyone who has been accepted for the program! I'm literally shaking at work right now.
  2. by   piebird
    I want to join the Facebook group but I think the invite is for the wrong cohort ha!
  3. by   tscarlette
    I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats everyone!!
  4. by   futureNJrn
    I am in too !!!
  5. by   Dancingfree
    Ahhhhhhhh congrats guys!!!! I'm in too EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee literally dancing off the walls right now! Can't wait to see all the awesome July 13th attendees again and meet all you 16th and 20th Duke Day people!!! YAY YAY YAY
  6. by   tennis05
    I got in as well! I am SO excited!
  7. by   TeriN
    I received an offer too! Anyone know how I can start the process of looking for a good daycare close to the school?
  8. by   desertmax
    I got accepted, too!!!! JUMPING UP AND DOWN FROM EXCITEMENT!!!! Congrats to everyone!!!!
  9. by   piebird
    I just wanted to say congrats to everyone accepted! And if you were second-rounded - do not worry. I think everybody from the second round of the Fall 2012 cohort made it in in the end! Don't get discouraged!!
  10. by   Ryan4681

    I'm also invited to the club. However, is anyone else concerned about the cost? After receiving my financial aide offer, I'll be forced to take out about 40 grand in private un-subsidized loans. I realize that there are options like the NC Forgivable loans for service or the bonus you get if you work for Duke for up to 3 years, but I am still wondering if the price tag is worth it compared to an associates degree RN. I think Duke would be a better educational experience and would increase (almost guarantee) your chances for a new grad position but I've also heard good things about the RN's that Wake Tech produces.

    Also, if you do get hired at Duke, that bonus they give each year is also taxed so it is $16 grand a year but at what tax rate??

    Anyone else have these concerns? Let's talk about it!
  11. by   danceluver
    how are you all planning to pay for this program since we are considered 5th year undergrads? Most of you taking out private loans over federal loans (because what we qualify for is really little for a 2nd Bachelor's degree)? How many of you are planning on doing the tuition reimbursement option and or transitioning into the MSN program? Did you get an estimate on how much the program will cost? What was the figure? Thanks (future applicant to the program if you were wondering).
  12. by   jonron1216
    Hi Ryan,
    I am also concerned about the cost of the program at Duke. However, after much thought I've decided that it is worth it. With the tuition reimbursement program the cost is comparable to an a typical out-of-state public BSN program. However, I believe that the education and opportunities afforded to Duke students make it well worth the extra money. I am determined to do a BSN and continue on to Advance Practice nursing, so the BSN is my only option. I also know that many states are considering making it a requirement that all nurses obtain a BSN in the future. I think being the best nurse you can be should be a goal, and a great education is crucial in my opinion to achieving that goal. There are several reimbursement programs for nurses, if you don't want to stay at Duke, which are worth looking into. If you really want to go to Duke, I think it is doable.

    The way it works at Duke is every students fills out a FAFSA form (which gives and option for a 5th year undergrad), and award money is allocated by the School of Nursing. You will receive an aid package showing what you can borrow in subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, any scholarships given by the school (which there are Need Based ones), and what they suggest you take out in private loans. I am planning on doing the tuition reimbursement program with Duke Health Systems, and after getting some work experience under my belt I may want to go into Adult acute care with a specialty in orthopedics (at Duke of course! :-)). During Duke Days (an interview and informational day all ABSN potential students attend) they stated that ca. 60% of ABSN students took advantage of the reimbursement program. However, 95% of the students that WANTED a job at Duke received one. So, it seems that really it comes down to individual decision making and that Duke is willing to help you get a job if you really want one there. (Not that it is guaranteed, of course). If you have any other question PM me, and I can help with exact figures. I don't really want to put out for the public how much exactly I am taking out in loans and what-not but if you are curious I can help you with the process.
  13. by   ucsbajb
    Congratulations to everyone that was accepted!! Must be such a great feeling! I'm looking at applying to Duke next year, for spring 2014, and am wondering what all of your (lucky) admitees backgrounds are! If you don't mind sharing, I'm just trying to see how competitive these programs are. Undergrad GPA? Pre-req GPA? volunteer/work experience? Just wanna know if I have a shot!! Thanks and GOOD LUCK!!!