Jefferson 2013 APW program - page 3

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Has anyone been accepted to the 2013 APW program at Jefferson in Philadelphia?... Read More


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    in response to meeting other jefferson apw students- i know two students who did the tradition bsn, which is essentially the same as our program without the three graduate courses. they only had great things to say about it. one said they would do it again if they had the option. hope that helps!
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    *traditional bsn
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    Congratz to everyone thus far! I think I have somewhat of a similar background as you all -also a BS in Bio, originally thought of going pre-vet so I have a ton of experience with animals but not as much with humans. Finances seem to be a big concern for everyone including myself, did anyone hear how they are with financial aid?

    I was thinking of going to the new student event, but wasn't sure they'd have many people for our program yet. Guess it would be worth attending, definitely be nice to start meeting the people we'll be with the next couple years!
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    I met with Financial Aid early January and sadly it sounds like TJU doesn't have much to give it out. They really stress consulting outside scholarships/loans. The Johnson & Johnson website has a lot of different types of scholarships listed. However, one of the best places for scholarships I have found thus far is through HRSA, but I think they're very competitive (worth trying though right?). Also, depending on your state programs there may be the possibility of Senate/Delegate scholarships (which you can use for programs outside your state if they aren't offered at any institutions within your state). Lastly, there is the service method (Army, Navy, Air Force) which again is also competitive but has the potential for LOTS of experience. Best of luck to everyone!
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    I am graduating from the APW program in May. Just a word to the wise - there is very little aid given for second bachelor's degree programs universally. If you are a non-traditional student, you can usually find what you need, but most people my age (early-mid 20s) were stuck with a lot of outside loans. I got a lot of aid with my first degree so there was simply not much left to be given to me, which makes sense. I also have no idea how poor you have to be to get aid from Jeff, because I'm broke and I got nothing. That all being said, while there were a few close calls for some people, no one in my class had to drop out for financial reasons to my knowledge.
    Let me know if you have questions. I'd love to help out future Jeff students!
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    awesome I have so many questions for you lol. my first 1 is about the transition to clinicals. how do you get to clinicals? Do you drive a car or take public transportation since you're in Philly? also are there any clinicals that are very far away? I guess what I'm getting at is it completely necessary to have a car? I will have more questions but I don't want to completely bombard you. thank you so much for your time
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    Hi Swellz! Thanks so much for the info! And congratulations on your impending graduation from the APW program! I have a question about the iPad - I heard that it is required that we purchase one for the program, and I wonder how often you and your fellow students used it, and what everyone thought about it. Do you have to carry it around with you in clinicals? Was it helpful, or not? Thanks again for posting above, it is great to hear from a student currently in the program!
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    Thanks! I'm so relieved I am almost there!
    When I started, only FACT students were required to have iPads, and we could have any device that ran the software they required us to have. However, an iPad is very cumbersome in clinical. My first clinical instructor also did a FACT rotation and she told them to leave them at home. I know iPad minis are much smaller but unless you get pants with cargo pockets, they will still be a pain to carry around. You should definitely get pants with cargo pockets anyway though; they were only in the male pants, and I wish I had bought them instead of the female version.
    I have an iPod Touch which worked great for me. The software they make you get is crazy expensive but it is handy when you are giving out your meds and need to look them up in a hurry. Honestly, I think it is a ridiculous requirement that you go out and buy one, but as long as what you have runs Nursing Central from Unbound Medicine, you should be fine. Don't go buy one until you are sure it is required!
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    Hi Swellz, also congrats on finishing the APW program. I have some questions if it would be possible for you to answer them:

    1) Is it necessary to have a car for clinicals?
    2) Did you move directly from the BSN to MSN, or did you get some work experience as an RN then resume/or take the MSN courses part-time?
    3) How long did it take you to finish the MSN portion? (I am applying to a scholarship that requires start/end dates for each part of the program, and am trying to figure out an estimate).
    3) How did you prepare for the NCLEX?
    4) Where did you live? (I am planning on living in Orlowitz TJU Apartments at least for the first year).

    Again thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely,

    mkr989 (future Fall 2013 APW student)
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    Swellz: Thank you so much for the information regarding the iPad - I do have an iPod touch, so I will try first to get by with that. And thanks for the tip about the cargo pants! Again, congratulations on your upcoming graduation - you must be so happy!


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