So I will be starting the Oklahoma City University accelerated program in Spring 2014. I was unable to get into any of the schools in my local area (Southern California) so I will be relocating out to Oklahoma City ! I'm curious to know if anyone will also be attending this school in Spring and if there are any current or previous students who could give some input on the school, activities, things to do, where to live etc. I would love any input that can be provided. Thank you! =)
Nov 14, '13
by outriton, BSN
Hi misnic. I relocated to OKC from San Diego about 3.5 years ago. We should definitely get together and reminisce. ;-)
The area where OCU is located is actually adjacent to the Asian District, i.e. the Vietnamese area of town. So it's not necessarily "sketch" in the "OMG gang bangers and drive by shootings" way so much as "kinda run down so people who have means choose not to live there and immigrants take advantage of the cheap housing" way.
Guess it depends on what you're comfortable with, but there are reasonably priced (especially compared to CA prices!) places to rent in the area near Big Truck Tacos/Mutt's Hot Dogs/Tucker's Onion Burgers. That part of the "sketch" area is more just general low income (versus new immigrant) but is quickly getting gentrified by trendy food hipsters.
Overall I'd say OKC is growing and becoming a lot more urban, but there's still a long way to go before becoming a major metropolitan city. The newest and most exciting things in town are the Thunder, the new Whole Foods and the blossoming food scene, e.g. better upscale dining and more innovative types of cuisine.
BTW, I'd suggest getting familiar with the highly restrictive alcohol purchasing laws if you drink. It was total culture shock for me.
Best of luck with the move and school!
Last edit by outriton on Nov 14, '13
Mar 6, '14
I don'tknow if any of you who are going to OCU still look at this post but I have somequestions about the program.
I'm interested in the accelerated BSN program but have read some bad reviewsfrom the past that the program is unorganized and lacking in some areas.Students have complained about professors not being very knowledgeable aboutthe material and students who are struggling are more likely to get pushed outof the program than get the help they need to get back on track.
I know the program is expensive and if I wasn't up against an age limit forgetting a position as a flight nurse in the Air National Guard without havingto do an age wavier I would probably keep trying to get into the state programwhere I live.
I want to learn a lot and feel like I'm getting the education I'm paying forwithout feeling like I missed something in my education. I felt like that aftermy first BS degree because most of my professors were more interested in theirresearch than teaching their classes and helping students who didn't understandthe material or what was expect from them.
I know I'ma better learner now and because of the school I've attend to get my pre-requestsfor the nursing program I've learn how to apply the material instead of onlybeing able to regurgitate it from memory. I'm even helping a few students this year who are taking the same coursehow to study the material so they can do well on the exams. Not all the subjects are this hard but theupper science classes have adapted this set up to help students be ready forthe nursing program. It has an ASNprogram attached to the college so many students who go there want to become anurse.
I guesswhat I'm asking is the program mostly organized and do most of the professorsteach the material well were you feel like you're learning something and can applythis in the real world? I understandevery program has its issues but if a program has too many issues it gets to thepoint of waisting my time. I knowstudents have different opinions and neither is right or wrong. I see that with the two professors who teachthe A&P courses at the CC I go to. I'veheard it all on those two professors from good to bad. However, I realized one thing with thoseprofessors and that is the course is not a cake walk and you have to spend alot of hours outside of class to understand the material well enough to do wellon their exams. Students think thatstudying the notes is enough and it's not. They need to read the book and sometimes use the internet to understandthe depth of the material and not the basics (like memorizing a list). Yeah, I could do that in the past and do wellon those exams but when I had to learn how to apply it I couldn't do it becauseI didn't understand the material and how it works I only knew what was in mynotes.
Sorry, Italk too much. Anything will be a helpthank you.
Last edit by snowleopard13 on Mar 6, '14
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