Anyone know anything about Abington School of Nursing

  1. I am currently in the military about to get out, and plan on pursuing a degree in Nursing. I have been to their website, know that they are a diploma program, and have heard they are a non-profit college. I am really just looking for some feedback about people who have been to this college or have applied.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated,

    Roderick

    God Bless our Troops
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  3. by   MsLady06
    Quote from BigL97
    I am currently in the military about to get out, and plan on pursuing a degree in Nursing. I have been to their website, know that they are a diploma program, and have heard they are a non-profit college. I am really just looking for some feedback about people who have been to this college or have applied.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated,

    Roderick

    God Bless our Troops
    Can you post a link to their website?
  4. by   Sarah LnDHopes
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing is a hospital based diploma program. Students take their required 31 credit college courses at the college of your choice for science, nutrition, psych etc first year, then 2nd and 3rd years spent emersed in Nursing courses directly at the school along with clinical sites. It is not a college.

    They have both a day and evening program. Tuition is about $6,000/year. It is one of the few programs in PA where full tuition packages available.
    NCLEX Pass rates high, usually 100%. Program produces excellent RN's and well thought of in area.
    http://www.amhdixonson.org/faq.html
  6. by   BigL97
    Thank You NRSKAREN,

    For all the information. Do you have any idea what the waiting list is at that school? If they have one? I went to the website, and they said that credits are usually transferable. In your experience, have you heard of any problems, transferring to another school to finish up a BSN.

    Any more info would be greatly appreciated and I plan on visiting there when i get out to that area in the next couple of weeks,
    Roderick
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Don't think there is much of wait list.... I can call their homecare staff that I speak with to ask. College credits will be transferable, given some credit for nursing courses but not many. School may have relationship with a college in area so ask as part of interview.

    School is not to far from my work. PM if interested in meeting when you are in town.


    Karen
  8. by   RN2B-09
    I will be starting the nursing program at Abington (Dixon School of Nursing) this August. They have a great reputation and an extremely high passing rate for the NCLEX exam. They do hold open houses throughout the year that would be helpful to you. Also, the staff there is great and will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Good Luck!
  9. by   ErinT
    I graduated from the program in May of 2007, and in my opinion, my education couldn't have been more enjoyable. The staff are great, and as far as the tuition goes, it's around 6-7,000/year, but if you choose to work at Abington Hospital for two years after graduation, your tuition is forgiven and your education is basically free. They also have Stafford loans for living expenses if you choose not to work during school, which I took advantage of in my last year.
    ~If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me!
  10. by   HappyMeNow
    Could someone tell me if their program is hard to get in? I scored 1100 on my SATs, I think my high school GPA is close to 3.0, but I did really really badly in some science courses. Also, high school and GPA were all 10 years ago for me.

    Their website mentioned pre-reqs, what type of courses are they talking about?
  11. by   ErinT
    They do have a long wait-list, but I'd recommend applying. I've heard horror stories about some other nursing schools in the area from people that went there, but myself and everyone I knew that went to Abington felt we had a great experience. You get a lot of clinical experience, and hospitals really like to see the school on resumes. And, if you choose to work at AMH after graduation, your tuition is paid off. As far as prerequisites go, they give you a year before you start to get them done at a community college or Manor College or wherever they have them. They're classes like Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, English Comp, Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Nutrition, and Life-Span Psych. Pretty much every nursing school requires those courses anyway so it's no big deal. So for example, you'd be accepted for the class of whatever is 3 years from then, then you'd have a year to do pre-reqs (some you can even leave to take DURING nursing school), and then two years of actual nursing school. And it's awesome.
    I graduated from high school in 2004, went to Bucks CCC for 2004-2005, and Abington from 2005-2007.
  12. by   HappyMeNow
    I guess my next question would be, so you don't need pre-reqs to be admitted? You can register for the school, then go ahead and take pre-reqs anywhere? I'm reading their admission requirements and I guess I just don't understand really well. Sorry, maybe it's due to lack of sleep over here.
  13. by   ErinT
    It's good to have a few of your prerequisites done when you apply, like I said, pretty much every nursing school requires the same ones, so you'd be on your way with all of the schools. Also, if you have a few classes under your belt, it kind of gives them the message that you're serious about it because you've already started your nursing education. Good ones to start out with are Chemistry and Nutrition or English Comp. At most schools, you need to take Chemistry before you move on to the other science courses.

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