University of Oklahoma-Accelerated BSN Program - page 42

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   LnMaR
    Hi all!

    Is this thread dead already?

    All this information was very informative, but I wanted to ask a personal question.

    I currently work M-Th 7a-530p and I was wondering if it would be possible to retain my full time job, while doing this program? I will have Fri - Sun available. Will I be able to choose the weekend for my clinical days and could I choose the days I want to come in to complete labs and tests? Or are these times set by the professor?

    I can't afford to quit my job, especially during these times, but I'm so anxious to start this program!
  2. by   wannabe07
    Quote from LnMaR
    Hi all!

    Is this thread dead already?

    All this information was very informative, but I wanted to ask a personal question.

    I currently work M-Th 7a-530p and I was wondering if it would be possible to retain my full time job, while doing this program? I will have Fri - Sun available. Will I be able to choose the weekend for my clinical days and could I choose the days I want to come in to complete labs and tests? Or are these times set by the professor?

    I can't afford to quit my job, especially during these times, but I'm so anxious to start this program!
    Lab times and exam times are set by professors and you can't change them. I don't know of anyone who is still working full time, most people who have to work have dropped down to half time or only 10 hours a week. My suggestion to you is if you can, quit and just live off loans. I know it sounds horrible but I think working full time and doing this program would be close to impossible, especially once you get further along in the program and have two clinical rotations per week.
    Good luck and I hope you make the decision that best fits your life.
  3. by   Amanda_SD
    Hi LnMaR,

    I'm still watching this thread, but right now I have already applied and am waiting to hear from the school, so I don't have much to say right now.

    Originally I was hoping to keep my full time job, like you, I need the money. However, after reading all of the posts in this thread, I have decided (if I get in) that I will just have to suck it up and live off of loans. I will still try to work at least 10 hours a week, since I have a very flexible job, but the loans will be the majority of my income during school.

    Remember too, I think most loans give you a 6 month grace period after you graduate before you have to start paying them back.

    Good Luck!
  4. by   deevee12
    I'm still watching this thread. I'm waiting to hear of the admission decisions.. Crossing my fingers!!
  5. by   LnMaR
    Thank you very much for your input. I might have to consider reducing my hours or even quitting. But, then I have to think about my Health benefits. COBRA is sooo expensive! Wow! I'm stuck in the middle. I guess if I won't have money for 14 mons vs more money and stability for the rest of my life....Well, it may be worth it.

    What programs are you applying to? I was thinking of applying for the Aug start date, but I may have to hold off until January so I can save more money. I will be applying for Glendale, but it seems most of the ppl on this thread are applying to the SD location.
  6. by   wannabe07
    Quote from LnMaR
    Thank you very much for your input. I might have to consider reducing my hours or even quitting. But, then I have to think about my Health benefits. COBRA is sooo expensive! Wow! I'm stuck in the middle. I guess if I won't have money for 14 mons vs more money and stability for the rest of my life....Well, it may be worth it.

    What programs are you applying to? I was thinking of applying for the Aug start date, but I may have to hold off until January so I can save more money. I will be applying for Glendale, but it seems most of the ppl on this thread are applying to the SD location.
    You might want to look into student insurance, my classmate has this and its cheap and good enough for 14 months. You are required to have insurance while in school so the admin gave us websites of where we can find cheap insurance while in school.
  7. by   sdOU2009
    Hello!
    I am just finishing up my second semester. There is no way that anyone could keep a full time job during normal business hours M-F. First semester I had skills lab on Mondays, Community on Tuesdays (only a few days though), Health Assessment on Wednesdays, Pre-clinical on Thursdays, and Clinical on Fridays. The schedule is so random and there is no way to pick and chose. They also don't give you your schedule in advance, for example we got our 2nd semester schedule the day before school started. You pretty much just have to have your slate clear, and be available because there really is no other option.

    Most of us are living off of loans, a girl in my group was working full time (nights) as a paramedic during first semester but had to take a leave of absence form her job this semester. She hopes to go back to work 3rd semester but it really all depends on the clinical schedule.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

    Best of luck.
  8. by   Geraldo
    I hope you don't mind me asking , but what type of loans did you get? I applied for summer 09 Glendale and they have been very tight mouthed about financial aid. I had to rush my application through to make the March 1st deadline and I don't even know if I will have enough financial aid to cover tuition. By the way , men are also applying to the program.

    Geraldo
  9. by   wannabe07
    Quote from Geraldo
    I hope you don't mind me asking , but what type of loans did you get? I applied for summer 09 Glendale and they have been very tight mouthed about financial aid. I had to rush my application through to make the March 1st deadline and I don't even know if I will have enough financial aid to cover tuition. By the way , men are also applying to the program.

    Geraldo
    All financial aid goes through Oklahoma. Have you found out if you are accepted yet? They give acceptance first and then do financial aid. Did you apply for FAFSA? All I had to do last summer was put in that and then they sent an award letter. They also sent instructions of how to apply for private loans. Most of my classmates and I got MedCap loans from Wells Fargo.

    Its great to see men getting into nursing. One of my closest friends in the program is a guy.
  10. by   LaLaws
    Have any of the Summer 2009 applicants for the Glendale branch received an acceptance/rejection letter yet? Or a mysterious email about attending open house? I am chomping at the bit!!! I'm finishing up my BS from Texas A&M University and would love to know which state I'll be living in when I graduate in a month! Does anyone know how many people applied for Sum '09 in Glendale and how many spots are available? I heard that completed applicants are looked at first, but I don't know if that includes me (I've finished all of my prereqs but still need to graduate).

    I was thinking about trying to go through some of the new student procedures (i.e. obtaining whatever type of username or student ID# OU uses, setting up an OU email account, logging into the OU class and grade management site, etc) to see if it would let me in. Perhaps if the system let me in, I've been accepted... I would appreciate any info previous or current students can give me about the aforementioned websites, determining student ID#s, generic/start up password for a new student's ID (ex. birthdate, first 2 letters of name + last 4 digits of SSN, etc). At Texas A&M, we have a UIN (universal identification number) and a NetID; once you have one or both of these, you have access to the Texas A&M systems. This whole theory is based on the idea that OU has something similar, but if that's not the case, please disregard this paragraph. I just want to know what the OU's decision about me is!!!
  11. by   sdOU2009
    Geraldo ~ I took the federal stafford loans and then a private loan through Wells Fargo MedCap.

    LaLaws ~ sorry but my username/password were totally random and there is not a way to determine what yours would be. Good luck and have patience waiting!
  12. by   Geraldo
    Thanks , I thought there were also scholarships and nursing loans available. They made it seem like it would be no problem, I do not have much left for stafford loans and I will not quallify for the Medcap. I have a bachelors and a masters and used up most of my undergraduate eligibility for stafford (only have $16,000 left. I also think you can only get about 10,500 per year as an undergraduate.is that right? I have not been accepted yet, but I think I have a good chance. There were only 3 people at the oreientation and I was the only one applying for summer 2009.
  13. by   LaLaws
    jenn13755, thank you for the insight! You just saved me a lot of time and the frustration of trying to determine what my student ID and password would be if I were accepted.

    If anyone knows anything about being accepted or rejected to Glendale for the Summer semester, I would love to hear about it! The last I heard was that they were sending letters out at the end of this week...

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