University of Oklahoma-Accelerated BSN Program - page 41

Hi All, I'm new to this site and to the field of nursing. Has anyone gone to this school and if so, what did you think? I live in San Diego, CA, and there is an online program that this... Read More

  1. by   deevee12
    I hope you are accepted too!!! Did you call to find out how many applicants there are for Summer?
  2. by   deevee12
    For those currently in the program, would you mind telling us applicants statistics about your classmates? Are there younger students in the program or a mix? Is everyone moving on to a new semester or are some having trouble with the work? Is everyone enjoying the program? Were any of the students working in the medical field prior to this program? I'm just curious.. thanks!!!
  3. by   bonnieblu02
    Quote from Amanda_SD
    Hi all, I'm also applying for Summer 09. I just finished my application a few days ago, and am now anxiously crossing my fingers and hoping that I get in. I am really hoping that I have better chances due to the summer start date! Does anyone know when we will be notified of acceptance or denial?

    Thanks!
    I asked how long decisions take and they said it is up to the admissions people. she told me that since i have some courses in progress they will either make my admission decision pending what i have left or they will wait until all my final grades are in, which will definitely be 8 weeks! I am a nervous wreck, but i figure it will all be worth it if/when i get in! good luck everyone!
  4. by   Merced0301
    I totally missed the summer deadline, I dont think Fall will be too bad considering I'll have time to actually study for my finals and it turns out I would of had jury duty on my first week if I started during this summer. I hope it's not too impacted, I'm just really excited to start now, anyone looking for another OU-SD roomie, let me know and we'll study together. Good luck everyone!
  5. by   Amanda_SD
    Deevee,
    I called the office, and they said they received 116 applications (for the San Diego site) and will accept anywhere between 75-80 depending on how many applicants qualified. It almost sounded like many of the student that won't be accepted are because they are not qualified (i.e., finished all pre-reqs, met min. gpa, etc). Which, I hope that's true, for my case at least. However, I know they also encouraged students to apply even though they did not have pre-req's finished yet, and I know they'll accept students who are just now finishing pre-reqs.

    I'm hoping they'll accept most people who met the min gpa requirement. I finished all of my pre-reqs already, but my gpa is low. I estimated it at 3.3 for both sciences and last 60 units. My nursing pre-req gpa (including the sciences) was very close to 4.0, but I failed chemistry when I first took it during my first degree, and that killed my science gpa (really annoying that they average all grades for a single class, haha, oh well).

    Merced
    I'm sorry that you missed the Summer deadline, but I wish you good luck for the Fall! This just gives you more time to save for school, and find a roomie.
  6. by   deevee12
    Hi Amanda,

    I wonder how many people will actually apply if they did not meet the GPA requirements or pre-req requirements. I actually have pre-reqs in progress also but will finish before the program starts. I hope that doesn't hurt my application! Their GPA requirement is only 2.5, so as long as you have a GPA over that, you're qualified. I hope we hear of the acceptances soon! There weren't that many applicants for Summer.. there are usually hundreds of applicants for fall!!! Good luck!
  7. by   Amanda_SD
    Deevee,

    I would love to know how many, if any, people applied that did not meet the requirements. I don't think having your pre-reqs in progress will hurt your chances of getting in, since they did keep sending out e-mails asking people to apply even if they still had pre-reqs in progress. Thanks and good luck!
  8. by   marimoe
    Quote from deevee12
    For those currently in the program, would you mind telling us applicants statistics about your classmates? Are there younger students in the program or a mix? Is everyone moving on to a new semester or are some having trouble with the work? Is everyone enjoying the program? Were any of the students working in the medical field prior to this program? I'm just curious.. thanks!!!
    Hi Deevee,
    I am in first semester right now and there is quite a mix of people. From just graduated college to people have worked in a completely different fields and are now looking for a career change. Some of us do have medical backgrounds, I was a medical assistant so I feel that helps with terminology and equipment but I wouldn't worry about if you have a different background. We have Moms and Dads in our cohort. It is definitely a mix of people from all different backgrounds.

    I do want to give you new applicants some more insight to this program that I didn't have so hopefully this will help in your decision in this program. I know I am not the only one in my cohort who feels this way...

    In order for you to really learn in this program, you need to seek out your opportunities to learn wherever you can. What I mean is that I feel that I teach myself nursing most of the time. We get assigned readings on all these nursing skills but don't practice them in lab the next day. We may do them or few weeks later or just talk about it. So what happens is you learn/practice on any willing subject you can before you go to your hospital clinicals. I just feel frustrated that there isn't enough time for an instructor to really give you feedback. I would have liked to have spent more time practicing vitals in lab. I do have a great clinical instructor at the hospital who has shown us things on the floor as the situation arises so I am thankful for that. Other students are not as lucky. Most of my learning has come from the floor. There are some nurses that are really receptive to students and take us under our wings and I really appreciate that.

    If you like the lecture setting with lots of discussions about the topics you read, this is not the right program for you. After the first couple weeks, you are on your own and will come to campus for just the labs, then you do your clinicals at the hospital. Please don't misinterpret this in me saying that the instructors cannot be contacted because there are discussion boards, office hours and email. It's just different from the classroom setting, afterall this is online.

    I hope this helps...these were just things I had to vent about. I will still continue the program because this is what I want to do and I don't want to go back to being an M.A. I have accepted the fact that I am on my own somewhat and that I am paying a lot of money for it.
  9. by   wannabe07
    Quote from deevee12
    For those currently in the program, would you mind telling us applicants statistics about your classmates? Are there younger students in the program or a mix? Is everyone moving on to a new semester or are some having trouble with the work? Is everyone enjoying the program? Were any of the students working in the medical field prior to this program? I'm just curious.. thanks!!!

    I am a 3rd semester student (graduate in 4.5 months!). I don't know about the statistics that were in my cohort but a lot of us had really good pre-req grades. The majority of my classmates are in mid 20s-30s, some are over 35 +. Second and third semester are the hardest...some did not pass second semester (pharmacology) so they are taking it over.

    In response to the above post about the self-learning, this program is definitely designed for adult-learners. It requires self-discipline and a lot of hard work but it can be done! Many graduates from the first cohort are working on ICU floors etc so the skills required to be a nurse are definitely taught. I heard too that all but one have passed the NCLEX (that one has yet to take it) so that should say something as well.

    In regards to lab, first semester skills are run through quickly because they are skills you will do every single day as a nursing student, such as vitals, etc. The really tricky skills such as IV starts will have two days of lab time devoted and there are plenty of open lab hours where you can go in and practice. But I wouldn't worry about the skills as much because as my instructor said last night, any one can do skills, its the critical thinking that is so vital to be a safe and good nurse. Critical thinking will come from actually clinicals and just being involved in patient care.

    Many people like the program and some dislike it. I personally love that I can learn on my own time, I don't have to go to lecture and sit and listen to people ask stupid questions, but that is just my opinion. Believe me, third semester there are a lot of workshops so we were required to go to class and hear presentations all day and after that I remembered why I really like this program so much because I don't have to do that every day. I can sit on my comfy couch in my PJs and learn. Its great. And the instructors are very accessible, in OK and here too and some instructors record lectures or podcasts. The clinical instructors are great too. They don't sit and "hold your hand" because we are all adults. I am one year younger than my instructor, LOL. Some nurses on the floor are awesome some are horrible, it just depends what unit you are on and what hospital for that matter.

    Hope this helps and good luck! Start in summer...its the best, I think, anyway. 2nd and 3rd are in the longest semesters and 4th won't matter when because its 10 weeks long for all cohorts. Good luck getting accepted!
  10. by   deevee12
    Thanks marimoe and wannabe07 for your repsonses and all the wonderful information. It's great to know ahead of time what the program is like.. and I do feel confident that this program will be a great fit for me. I enjoy online classes as I have taken many and do feel disciplined enough to do great in this program. I hope my medical experiences will help me to become a great nurse also. Hopefully the time will pass by quickly so I can see if I'm accepted!
  11. by   Amanda_SD
    Thank you both for your responses. I loved seeing the two different view points. Like deevee said, I still think this program will be a great fit for me. The big draw was the online classes, and of course being affiliated with Sharp.

    It is also great to hear that everyone who took the NCLEX, passed! Wannabee, do you know if all of the graduates were able to get jobs, and if the jobs were with Sharp or other facilities? This was mentioned earlier in the thread, but do you know if Sharp is indeed offering loan repayment to Oklahoma graduates?

    Thank you all again very much for your help!
  12. by   wannabe07
    Quote from Amanda_SD
    Thank you both for your responses. I loved seeing the two different view points. Like deevee said, I still think this program will be a great fit for me. The big draw was the online classes, and of course being affiliated with Sharp.

    It is also great to hear that everyone who took the NCLEX, passed! Wannabee, do you know if all of the graduates were able to get jobs, and if the jobs were with Sharp or other facilities? This was mentioned earlier in the thread, but do you know if Sharp is indeed offering loan repayment to Oklahoma graduates?

    Thank you all again very much for your help!

    I haven't heard the statistics about who got jobs and where but one instructor told us that five were just hired at Memorial (the new hospital) in critical care. Sharp does offer some loan repayment, I don't know much of the details but I have heard it needs to be in an area that is in need. I believe I won't be eligible for it since I want to do NICU and that is a competitive area to get into. But I will find out more as I get closer to graduation.
  13. by   Amanda_SD
    Oh, that is cool that some were hired into the new hospital. Thank you very much for checking in on this thread and answering our questions. Good luck and I hope you get to work in the NICU!

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