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This is a discussion on Umass boston rn-bsn online program in Nursing Online Distance Learning, part of Online Nursing Schools, Traditional Schools, Colleges, Universities ... Could I get some advice/information from someone who has recently gone through this program? :) ...by maine_rn Apr 1, '12Could I get some advice/information from someone who has recently gone through this program?
I'm strongly considering applying for the fall. I'm nervous doing an all online program but I think it will be the most flexible/do-able.
How much work is there? What type of work? All papers? Any presentations? Any clinicals? Projects? Is all the work group-work?
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- Apr 1, '12 by allisa07Its a great program, I highly rec. it! I graduated from MCC for RN. I graduate from UMB next month!!! As long as you are committed online programs arent not bad. I actually really like them. I work full time and have a 13 month old! There were no tests. There were 1-2 papers per nursing class. I clept out of nutrition and pharmacology. There was a presentation in all nursing courses(which was group work) and the only clinical was in the community nursing course. I think it was 60 hours. I volunteered at the middle schools doing scoliosis screenings. I really enjoyed it and continue to volunteer even though I am finished the course.
- Apr 2, '12 by maine_rnSounds like something very do-able while working full time! I was looking through some of the class descriptions. Could you please tell me more about the presentations? How does that work since its an online class? Also what is the capstone paper and the service learning project? Could you tell me in your opinion what the hardest and best part of the program has been? Congrats on finishing soon!
- Apr 2, '12 by allisa07Sounds like something very do-able while working full time! I was looking through some of the class descriptions. Could you please tell me more about the presentations? How does that work since its an online class? Also what is the capstone paper and the service learning project? Could you tell me in your opinion what the hardest and best part of the program has been? Congrats on finishing soon!
Definitely doable working full time! Presentations are done in groups. You buy a headset with a microphone and thats how you participate in your weekly class. It usually a 2 hour class and not all are mandatory. The presentation days are usually the mandatory classes. You present the project using your microphone and there are separate 'classrooms' where you can log on and meet up with your group to discuss the project. Im doing the capstone paper this month. You chose the topic and write 10-12 pages. The service learning project was last semester in the community course. You find a clinical site to volunteer at(i think 60 hours) and you write a report on it. I volunteered with scoliosis screenings at middle schools. I really enjoyed it and still volunteer now. This capstone I guess would be the hardest thing since its such a long paper. I think the prof. are the best part of the program. They are very patient and great at explanations and teaching on their subject. I did not find the program to be very difficult. I did learn a lot and highly rec. the program!
- Apr 5, '12 by beekerHow long did it take you to complete the program? I think I saw that it would take 2 years, is that right?
- Apr 5, '12 by maine_rnAre the presentations presented online then? I'm just curious how many times I would need to commute to the campus..... Also, did they offer good financial aid?
- Apr 5, '12 by allisa07All the presentations are done online. I never had to commute to school for a class. I live in FL. The only time I went on campus was to clep the pharmacology course. (But that was 2 months before I moved to FL). My husbands military so I have the GIBill, dont know about their financial aid.
- May 4, '12 by geminiRNCNot sure where you're from...but...I applied to Umass Boston in Feb 2012....I've been patiently waiting for my response and finally called undergraduate admissions when my application changed from "complete" to "incomplete." When I spoke to someone they informed me that they are no longer accepting students from out of state for this program. I am from Virginia. No call, no application refund, no letter, no change to their requirements on their website--very unprofessional--and I told her so. Still, this was very discouraging. They seem to have a great program. Just wanted to let you know. I
- May 4, '12 by allisa07WOW I cant believe that. I graduate this June. Our Prof. in this last course told us that the program was so popular now that courses were filling up rapidly and there was a wait list. I didnt know they werent accepting students from out of state any more. Did she give you a reason why??
- May 11, '12 by moneytreeI just finished the UMass Boston BSN completion program. It seems that they
have had some changes to the program recently. I have heard that they
will no longer be taking out of state students. They have had at least two
professors resign. One of these professors was a lead professor in the online
BSN program. The online student advisor has also changed.
I'm not sure about the rationale to limit enrollment for an online program to in-state
students only. But I can say that the class sizes were always a little big for my
liking. There were usually between 30-40 students in a class. Sometimes more
than 40. I found that to be too much. The classes were synchronous meaning that
you would all meet via an electronic classroom at a predetermined date and time.
I found that helpful as far as being able to interact and ask questions.
Overall I'd say that the professors were high caliber and
knowledgeable about their subject area. For example my professor in legal was
a nurse-attorney. My health assessment professor was an NP.
The program does require quite a bit of reading, researching, paper writing, etc.
I definitely learned how to write an academic paper in APA style which while
it won't help me at work will definitely help in grad school.
Good luck in your education!