I am a current ACE student that will be graduating in September!! I thought I could lend a hand in answering a few questions for you! Drexel will contact you closer to when you will start classes (although you should have a helpful orientation before that day). The program is intense, but if you can stay focused and work hard, then you can make it through. It is expensive, I took out a loan to pay for the program. One way to look at this is, that as a nurse you will be able to possibly pick up extra shifts once you get your job so that you can pay back the money more easily. I know some of my friends did not take out loans for the program though. They don't really recommend that people work while they are in the program, although I know a few people who worked about 10 hours a week and managed just fine.
Once you get going with classes, you my feel overwhelmed, but stay calm and try to build a good network/support system with your classmates, I think this is one of the most beneficial and helpful things I did while I was here. It is good for studying, stress relieving, and general guidance.
Lastly, since I will be finishing up in 2 weeks, I am willing to sell my scrubs (women's) from the program. Buying the scrubs new is another cost that can add up, and I know a lot of people in the program that are willing to sell theirs when they are done with them. I have:
-a size medium lab coat (which you are supposed to buy- some clinical instructors require it, however none of mine did so mine is still brand new and I have never worn it- it does not have my name embroidered)- $20.00
-4 yellow scrub tops with the embroidery (all with the pockets at the bottom of them) sizes extra small (2), small, and medium.
-two pairs of navy pants both size medium- one pair is the grey's anatomy style, the other has a leg pocket.
If you are interested in any of these items, please contact me at email@example.com
. I will sell any top or bottom for $10.00 or if you want more than one item, then it is 2 for $15.00 total. Just to give you a heads up, it seems that the scrubs run a little big compared to other clothes you may have bought.
Lastly, good luck to everyone!