I am also looking to get into Drexel 2014 fall program. I know it's early, but it's always good to be prepared! For the classes that you're taking through DSST/DANTES, do they give you grades or just credits? I think you're supposed to have graded courses with a "C" or higher. I asked Evan, one of the nursing application advisors and he told me all the courses had to be graded courses. If those classes are graded, then I'm definitely going to take those instead of taking the ones I'm taking right now. It would save so much time!
I'm also looking ahead as well because I am much like you. I went to UCLA for my undergrad and got a bachelor's degree in communications. Then I started working at a healthplan for 2 years and then I moved to Philadelphia to be with my husband, who is at Drexel med. Ever since I got out of college, I was thinking about doing nursing, but with a full time job, I could never take classes. It was so hard to apply for classes at community colleges because I would always get the last registration times. So I kept putting it off since I couldn't take classes. Then when I moved here, I started working as a medical technician and then I told myself it's time to really start taking those prerequisites and get it over with so I could actually apply to schools
. So I'm taking them at community colleges online for now until I get to the science courses. I think they start reviewing applications around mid April, but I could be wrong. You could probably check out previous ACE program discussions on allnurses.com to see what other people say. If I find out anything, I'll let you know!
Current profession? Full Time Medical Technician
Why Drexel? The program is an 11-month program, it works out well for my schedule and gets me that much closer to being a nurse without having to go to school for longer. The school is nearby and my husband goes there. It'd be nice to both be alumni.
Educational goals? I might want to pursue nurse practitioner, but honestly I think I'd be satisfied being a nurse. I don't need to be in a leadership position and I don't need to be making a lot of money. I also think I want to work for at least 3-4 years before pursuing anything higher.
Located in Philly area? Yup!
How will I finance? I saved up some money while working that could hopefully finance half of the tuition. I'd have to get loans for the other half and for living expenses.
What about you?