Quote from PupuleMalika
Villanova's BSNExpress, Drexel's ACE, or Jefferson's FACT?
Does anyone have opinions as to which accelerated nursing program is best?
Personal experiences? Rumors? ANYTHING???
I did the Drexel Program and if I had it to do over I would definitely choose a longer program, 14 or 18 months maybe. It was extremely hard due to the 23 credits a quarter. You are doing 2 1/2 years
of college in 11 months. And you have no "fluff" courses. They are all substantive nursing courses that contain a lot of technical information that you must understand and memorize. Although the first quarter is easy and you do have some easier courses. The next 3 are the hard ones.
I am not focusing on the negative aspects of the program b/c I have an axe to grind. I don't, I did very well and graduated with a 3.5, passed the HESI with a 95 and passed the NCLEX first time.
But the 11 months were exhausting. In one quarter we had 8 finals/hesi exams in 4 days, back to back, with only 2 study days (the weekend). We had a hesi in the am and a final in the afternoon. In another quarter it was 7 exams back to back in 4 days. What I found hard was not having reading days in between exams. If you are good at memorizing and really disciplined, you'll make it. Also, the passing grade for exams in the Drexel program is now 77. It was 76 when I was there. And in every course you take you will have a Math exam in week 2 of every quarter and you must pass with a 90 or above. You get 2 chances in each course. If you decide on Drexel, make sure you get the book "Calculate with Confidence" and study it prior to first quarter. They tell you to do this b/c you have your first Math test in the 2nd week.
I did get a good education and I think our graduating class was 130 maybe. Another thing I didn't like about the program is that they take too many students. There was not enough room to work in the simulation lab to do procedures. We were packed in like sardines. And not enough medical models to practice on. This year they took 200 new students. My rear was 170 and it was overcrowded. For the price of tuition we pay I was shocked at the paucity of resources for the nursing students.
I hope this helps. I wish you the best of luck in your nursing school