Jefferson's BSN or APW Students or Grads?

  1. Anyone out there a student or recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson's BSN or Accelerated Pathway BSN/MSN program? Do you like the program? Do you feel it's worth the tuition? (One of my other choices for a school is my much cheaper community college, but then I'd have an RN and not my BSN when done.) Do you have a spare moment of time for yourself?

    I'm mainly interested in the 2-year program and not FACT. I already have a bachelor's degree, but like the option of taking 2 years to do the BSN, instead of the hyperspeed FACT.

    Any and all experiences, positive and negative, would be of interest.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   Dreamer-RN
    I am in the APW - BSN/MSN program (first semester) and am very please with attending this university. I find the work challenging and the faculty members supportive. It was my first choice school among the schools I was interested in applying.

    Ah, the tuition is private school tuition, but I am not complaining too much. I feel I am getting my money's worth for the most part.
  4. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from tbd75
    I am in the APW - BSN/MSN program (first semester) and am very please with attending this university. I find the work challenging and the faculty members supportive. It was my first choice school among the schools I was interested in applying.

    Ah, the tuition is private school tuition, but I am not complaining too much. I feel I am getting my money's worth for the most part.
    Thanks so much -- that makes me feel better. Supportive, yeah, that's the ticket... TJU is my first choice too, but I don't know how I would swing that tuition. Assuming I get in, that is!

    Thanks again!
  5. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from tbd75
    I am in the APW - BSN/MSN program (first semester) and am very please with attending this university.
    How many days a week do you have classes, and how many days a week do you have clinical? Do you do Clinical Practicum II and III at the same time in the same (Spring) semester, the way it looks on the website, or is Practicum II half the semester and Practicum III the other half? Thanks!!
  6. by   Dreamer-RN
    I have classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Clinical days are two days out of the week and can fall on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (total of 16 hours per week). For example, last semester, I had clinicals on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2p.m. until 10p.m. (Med-Surg I). Other clinical combination days can be Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat, or Sat/Sun. Times typically are 7:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. or 2p.m. - 10p.m. (for weekday clinicals).

    Second semester, we have two clinicals Med-Surg II (Cardiac rotation) and Maternity. They are half-semester long (after we return from Spring break, we will do the second clinical rotation for the remainder of the semester).
  7. by   AtomicWoman
    Thank you so much for that info! Now I have a better understanding of how the program works. Yikes! Sat & Sun clinicals, followed by Mon. & Tues. classes! That would be a tough schedule, especially when you have an exam Monday morning! (I just liked that sofahider smilie LOL).

    Are there a lot of people in each class you take, or do they break the classes down into smaller units?

    Sorry for all the questions! I am really hoping I get in. I just sent them my final Fall grades, so that was the last piece of info they needed to make their decision. Or so they said.
  8. by   Dreamer-RN
    You're welcome!

    My undergraduate class is the largest class, thus far. We had 121 students and we all had our lecture classes together. For the spring semester, they are splitting the class. So, this time around, I will have about 55 students in my lecture classes.

    The one graduate level course I took this past Fall had about 40 students in the classroom.

    For clinicals, there were eight students assigned to each clinical rotation.

    Best wishes with your application!
    Last edit by Dreamer-RN on Jan 13, '08 : Reason: added more info
  9. by   AtomicWoman
    Thanks again for all the info! That really helps! :kiss
  10. by   hiddencatRN
    I'm a little confused about their accelerated program. I have a BA and am working on prerequisite courses. Their website suggests that their accelerated program is both a BSN and MSN program. Is it possible to go and just get the BSN? I eventually plan to get an advanced practice degree, but want some time working before I decide on my focus.
  11. by   hiddencatRN
    oops- double post!
    Last edit by hiddencatRN on Jan 21, '08
  12. by   Dreamer-RN
    hiddencat,

    If you are looking to only complete the BSN at this time, you may want to try applying for their Traditional BSN program (for Prelicensure Students). For the FACT and APW programs, you are attempting to complete two degrees, BSN and MSN. The first year (FACT) or the first two years (APW) will be spent working on the BSN. Once you pass the NCLEX, you can move forward with the MSN, if desired at that time. The advantages are you will be accepted into the MSN program (no need to apply after you complete your BSN) and you will take three Master's level courses while pursuing the BSN portion (shortens the amount of time it will take to complete the Master's degree).

    If you want to take a break and work for year or so as a RN, the programs will allow you to do so. I intend to work while pursuing my MSN and heard this is feasible.
  13. by   hiddencatRN
    Yeah, I noticed though that they have more prerequisites for their traditional BSN program than the other two. Might be worth taking the GREs to shave 3 courses, huh?
  14. by   AtomicWoman
    Well, I did get in to Jefferson's APW program.

    I was wondering how you make yourself "stand out" when your classes have 120+ students in them? I am spoiled -- my current pre-req classes have 25 students max. All my profs know me. I know clinicals at Jeff only have a small number of students assigned to each professor, which is nice, but clinicals (according to a current student I spoke with) are only pass/fail. I'm not looking to be the teacher's pet, but I don't want to be totally anonymous, either!

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