Drexel University ACE Spring 2010 - page 12

Hello all, I just received a letter from Drexel saying that my application for the ACE program is now complete and I'm waiting for a response. I was wondering if anyone else here is applying for the... Read More

  1. Visit  toya0419 profile page
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    Quote from AugustRain
    Clinical shifts are (more or less) 7 hours.

    As far as financial aid/program cost goes, I also had a decent income the year before, and still ended up with the max in federal loans (2 Stafford & 1 Perkins) and also a private loan (which I did have a co-signer for). The total damage is about $46, 500 for me. Some people may need more for living expenses...I didn't live in Philly.

    If you start in Sept, you only need to fill out the FAFSA once, March start will need to do it twice. The disbursements are made at the beginning of each quarter, so take that into account when planning your budget (you may be able to work it out with financial aid to get your refund earlier). Also, your health insurance is billed in full at the beginning of 1st quarter...I got a little surprise when I found out it took up my entire refund for 1st quarter.

    And on an unrelated note, I passed my NCLEX today with 75 questions.
    Hey August rain, We are eligible to get Perkins loans???? I don't know to much about them, but when I went to financial aid I was not given it as an option.
  2. Visit  CocoBelly profile page
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    Quote from CocoBelly
    Thanks for the info AugustRain, and Congrats Congrats CONGRATS!!!! You're officially an RN now!!

    Has anyone received some sort of package from the Drexel Bookstore? I got all these UPS notices on my door and when I finally called UPS they said they shipped it back to the sender at the Drexel University Bookstore. I called the bookstore and didn't reach anyone. Any clue what it could be??? I'm anxious to find out! (and kind of annoyed that stupid UPS couldn't ring someone else's bell in the building to get someone to sign for it! all 3 times!)
    ohhhh nevermind.. this is irrelevant now. a friend sent me a birthday gift from my "new school", ha!
  3. Visit  AugustRain profile page
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    Thanks CocoBelly! It still doesn't seem real yet I'm glad your bookstore mystery was solved!

    toya, unless something has changed, ACE students should be eligible for a Perkins loan, though I guess it depends on individual circumstances. I think mine was $2,400. Here's some info on the Perkins loan. http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebA.../campusaid.jsp
  4. Visit  MariaLubrano profile page
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    Does anyone know anything about drexel's ACE program vs villanova's BSN express? I've been accepted to drexel and have an interview at villanova so im trying to make a decision
  5. Visit  bscsandiego profile page
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    Drexel's is a quicker program at 11 months vs 14 and the cost is comparable at approx 33k (ish). As far as I know, and as a Philly suburb resident, both schools are at approximately the same level in terms of their academic respect (though I could wrong there). No testing and no essays were required for my Drexel acceptance! Here are links so you can take other factors into consideration.

    http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/pro...xpress/faq.htm
    http://www.drexel.edu/catalog/ug/cnh...-ace-index.htm
  6. Visit  MariaLubrano profile page
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    Thanks sandiego! I'm leaning toward Drexel so I don't know if I should bother with the interview at villanova. Anyway... If anyone is looking for a room mate, contact me! MLubrano25@gmail.com
  7. Visit  brooklynne profile page
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    I've also been accepted to Drexel's spring 2010 class. I wanted to know, are there any moms out there? I am having second thoughts about the program because I will be in the program with two young children. I am trying to figure out what will be the best arrangement for them. I've been at home with them during the day and my husband watches them at night. I am thinking maybe he should find an evening job and watch them during the day while I go to school or put them in day care (which I'm not a fan of). Should I go to LaSalle's part time program instead ( it's 2 1/2 years)
    I don't know..... any other moms out there thinking the same things? Would also love to hear from moms that are in or have completed the program. Thanks.
  8. Visit  toya0419 profile page
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    Quote from joujoubee
    I've also been accepted to Drexel's spring 2010 class. I wanted to know, are there any moms out there? I am having second thoughts about the program because I will be in the program with two young children. I am trying to figure out what will be the best arrangement for them. I've been at home with them during the day and my husband watches them at night. I am thinking maybe he should find an evening job and watch them during the day while I go to school or put them in day care (which I'm not a fan of). Should I go to LaSalle's part time program instead ( it's 2 1/2 years)
    I don't know..... any other moms out there thinking the same things? Would also love to hear from moms that are in or have completed the program. Thanks.
    Hi joujoubee, I'm to in a similar situation because I have a 4-year old and was also in an toss up between Drexel and Lasalle's achieve program. I finally decided on drexel mainly because of the short time frame and the high NCLEX pass rate. I am due to start March of 2010. I've heard stories of many parents of small children at home and made it through the ace program just fine. A good thing is that you have your husband that will be a great support system for you. I really think ace is the way to go! Good Luck!
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  9. Visit  curiosity123 profile page
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    Hi - I know I have to wait to hear back , but I am wondering what the experiences have been with how easily Drexel accepted courses you had taken for the prerequisities? I have been reading the boards and I had not read complaints that Drexel was overly picky. Did you find that Drexel generally accepted most of the courses you had already taken if they were similar to the description. For example, I have an English Course- Advanced Writing and assume it would count for English Composition or that a business and marketing communications course would count for the communication course?
  10. Visit  brooklynne profile page
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    Quote from toya0419
    Hi joujoubee, I'm to in a similar situation because I have a 4-year old and was also in an toss up between Drexel and Lasalle's achieve program. I finally decided on drexel mainly because of the short time frame and the high NCLEX pass rate. I am due to start March of 2010. I've heard stories of many parents of small children at home and made it through the ace program just fine. A good thing is that you have your husband that will be a great support system for you. I really think ace is the way to go! Good Luck!
    Thanks Toya. I am so happy that there are other moms in the spring 2010 class. I am leaning more towards Drexel because of the length of the program as well. The 2 1/2 years with LaSalle won't be much fun either, so we might as well get it over it. Hopefully, when March comes along, we'll meet other moms and that'll be extra support as well.
  11. Visit  curlyhair profile page
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    I am a Drexel graduate. Before you begin the program at Drexel, please get all information regarding the high pass score (87/950) on the required exit HESI exam.
    Although Drexel boasts 100% pass rates on their boards, they neglect to tell you that if you do not get the required exit
    score they can legally withhold your diploma and the right to sit for the state boards.
    If you fail two attempts (which is not unusual) you are required to take an additional
    course for $2,000. I know Villanova does not have that policy, but I do not know
    the policy at LaSalle. There are many threads about the HESI on the boards. Most
    schools require an 850, so Drexel's requirement is very high. It is very stressful to
    think that one test can hold you back from your dream of becoming a nurse.
  12. Visit  curiosity123 profile page
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    Wow - that is very interesting. Any idea how many people do not get the high pass on exit HESI exam after the 2,000 dollar course or how long it takes to complete the course?
  13. Visit  curlyhair profile page
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    That's a good question for you to ask administration. I have a friend who took the course and it is a semester.
    A nursing three credit course is $1700, so I don't know why this course is more. The problem is, she was
    offered a job at a prestigious Philadelphia hospital based on her graduation date and she had to notify them that she did not
    pass the exit test and did not graduate!! Talk about an embarrassing way to start your career. Well, anyway, the
    hospital did not hold her job and she now has no job and no benefits, and in today's economy that is significant!

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