Drexel ACE STUDENTS or GRADUATES - page 2

This post is intended for Drexel ACE students or graduates. I've been searching the ACE threads for several hours now and I noticed the accepted students tend to take over the threads therefore... Read More

  1. by   circanw
    I think everyone's responses have been on the money, and I fully agree that the basic science isn't as important as having a good foundation in A&P. Having that knowledge base will be tremendous benefit to you. You really don't want to be relearning A&P while you're trying to learn pathophys, assessment and a hundred other things, trust me, I know from personal experience. The good news is that even with a weak A&P foundation weighing me down, I'm still hanging in there, so being weak in that area does not have to preclude you from succeeding. I've certainly had to bear down and put in the time, but I'm making it and I fully expect to graduate in September!

    As the others have already said, time management is a huge factor, and in my opinion it plays just as much of a role as the academics. I'm not a fast learner (my ability for wrote memory is horrible!) and I feel like I'm behind my peers most the time, that being said I honestly haven't found any of the material to be over my head or too complex in any way. If you've gotten into the program you don't have to be a wiz kid, you CAN learn the material so don't worry about that, the problem is there's just so darn much of it squeezed into such a short amount of time! So figuring out how to tackle the work early on and study efficiently, as well as possessing tenacity and endurance, will serve you well.

    Definitely there are downers about the program, but there are many great things too, and if I were in the same circumstances I'd probably do it again. Just know you're in for a challenge, but it's a challenge that can be overcome. Nobody can really prepare you for the experience no matter how much you hear about it in advance, it's just something you have to walk through and experience for yourself, because it's going to be what you make of it.

    Good luck and fear not, just "keep your eye on the prize" as they say!
    Last edit by circanw on Jun 8, '07
  2. by   badgerstudent
    Hey Drexel ACE participants--is it possible to get A's in this program? Or is it so fast paced that everyone is just trying to pass? I am waiting for admission into this program, but I don't want to do it if it will hurt my opportunities for going to grad school in nursing.
  3. by   piper_for_hire
    I got more A's than B's and didn't spend every second studying. I graduated two years ago and start my MSN in August. Had no problem getting into grad school and all of the schools were impressed that I had a good GPA from an ABSN.

    However, there were only about 15-20% that had good GPAs - meaning 3.5 and above - but I don't know if that's any different from any other nursing program.

    -S
  4. by   Drexelgrad07
    Hey. I'll be graduating from the ACE program in Sept. From my standpoint, you need to be better at math than science. The only science that seems to be beneficial is anatomy and a little bit of microbio. I don't think you want my opinion on the program in general though
  5. by   Ling07
    Why do you say that? Your opinion is greatly appreciated.

    Quote from Drexelgrad07
    I don't think you want my opinion on the program in general though
  6. by   Drexelgrad07
    Quote from Ling07
    Why do you say that? Your opinion is greatly appreciated.
    Because I'm burned out from the program. People just seem to be depressed. You hear about people crying all of the time. Plus the added stress of not working for a year doesn't help either. The program just seems to be slightly disorganized. And some of the requirements during the year are a little ridiculous. But I'm sure the other accelerated programs are the same as well.
  7. by   piper_for_hire
    Yep - agree with all that - although the must be improving dramatically if they are only "slightly" disorganized!

    -S
  8. by   Ling07
    I'm bumping this thread because I want all of the Drexel Ace students to post in this thread. Post only if you're a student or graduate! This really helps out us prospects.
  9. by   piper_for_hire
    Graduated from the ACE. PM if you have questions.
  10. by   Drexelgrad07
    I will be graduating from the ACE program in about three weeks. This program was a huge pain in my ass, and i hate it. it should not be 11 months b/c the students definitely need more clinical time. Drexel is obviously not too concerned about their student's health. God, I hate this program.
  11. by   Ling07
    Wow. Is it "do-able" though?

    Quote from Drexelgrad07
    I will be graduating from the ACE program in about three weeks. This program was a huge pain in my ass, and i hate it. it should not be 11 months b/c the students definitely need more clinical time. Drexel is obviously not too concerned about their student's health. God, I hate this program.
  12. by   piper_for_hire
    It's totally doable. I started in the beginning of March and graduated at the end if the following March so that's nearly 13 months by my count. I studied every day but I also watched TV, hung out with my kids every day, went to the movies, played in a band, etc. etc. and finished with a pretty high GPA and a decent education. It's all about organizing your time and not going insane. I went right into a busy inner city hard-core ICU with no problems so I disagree about needing more clinical time. Frankly, you don't get to do much real nursing in nursing school anyway so the clinical time is overrated. If you're willing to take a beating with a smile the ACE program is for you.

    -S
  13. by   Lawrence34
    Hey - Thanks for the positive thread. I am starting in September and I am beginning to think I should have never started reading these posts!

    Thanks again.

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