WCU Accelerated BSN, any thoughts? - page 13
I'd like to know if anyone has attended, or is attending, West Chester Universities accelerated BSN program? do you like the program, did it prepare you for the real world of nursing, how much is the... Read More
Aug 19, '11I think it is good overall. A little disorganized at times but it is a really great bang for the buck if you compared it to others programs in the area. My only advise it to take pathophysiology AKA (human response to disease) early before the summer you start the program. wish you the best!
Aug 21, '11@djames or anyone who has been in program...I am interested in comparing this program to Villanova. How much does this cost when you add up tuition and all the other fees? Is there any flexibility in choosing clinicals, and how much of the weekend do they take? How much time is spent on the program besides the Thurs evening 6 hours course and the 2 weekend clinicals? What is the schedule in the summer? Thanks!!
Aug 21, '11Quote from jbbolendz@djames or anyone who has been in program...I am interested in comparing this program to Villanova. How much does this cost when you add up tuition and all the other fees? Is there any flexibility in choosing clinicals, and how much of the weekend do they take? How much time is spent on the program besides the Thurs evening 6 hours course and the 2 weekend clinicals? What is the schedule in the summer? Thanks!!
I am also in the progam now, it is probably a lot cheaper than Villanova I would think....the tutition with everything included is about $4000 a semester (the summer session costs a little less). Keep in mind that there are also expenses related to uniforms, required NCLEX prep tests and test books (@$500 total), background checks and books of course There is no flexibility in choosing your schedule, the program coordinators simple sign you up and it is what it is. The clinical is either two weekend days or one long weekend day depending on the preference of the clinical professor (techniquely, it's SUPPOSED to be 2 weekend days, Sat and Sun, but sometimes if the class prefers it the clinical instructor will make it one long day instead but this something you must talk over with your individual clincal instructor only since the program coordinators generally plan/want to have you clinical 2 days per weekend). The general classes are just one night a week (may not be Thursday) and the weekends are for clincial but you are required to take two electives so figure in another night a week for each elective you choose to take. It takes a great deal of time to learn and study all the concepts so figure in studying time which obviously may vary. The first summer, you are in school 4 days per week if you have not taken Pathophsiology...oh BTW if you are considering West Chester do yourself a REALLY BIG FAVOR and TAKE PATHOPHSIOLOGY BEFORE YOU START THE PROGRAM! I REPEAT, TAKE IT, TAKE IT, TAKE IT!. I think you have to take it at WCU but I'm not sure...but if you take during the first summer session of the program along with the first nursing class you are going to have a hard time. The class is very difficult and everyone complains about the teacher. If it's possible at all, try to take it the fall before you are accepted. If you do this, you can take with a different professor in the BIO department and the class is a lot better (I did this and am so thankful that I did). The only thing is, if you don't get into the program and you don't need patho for any other program, you've basically wasted your time and your money, which sux You can also take after you learn you accepted in the spring before the start of the program with the same bad professor that everyone ususally takes it with, but at least you won't have to worry about taking any other classes with it. Also, if you take it in the spring before, you only have to be in class two days per week in the summer, which is a much better summer schedule. The summer of your second year you must be in class 4 days per week during the summer, there no way around it because it is a clinical. The summer sessions last from about the middle of May through 8/1. I hope this helps! I just finsihed my first semester so I'm far from a veteran lol but let me know if you have any questions. Good luck with your nursing journey!
Apr 21, '12i'm considering wcu's absn as well. this thread has been extremely helpful. i'd be finishing a year and a half later than i would if i went with other absn choices i'm looking at, but wcu looks like it is less than half the price and you can work part time/less intense. i'd need to more to pennsylvania and establish residency first, which would be most of that time, but that might be good. the transition wouldn't be so jarring, and really, what is a year and a half at 24? it does sound a little disorganized from this post, but i'm really good with bureaucracy, hehe.
i wonder if you have to takepathophysiology (human response to disease) at wcu. does anyone know? my cc offers it and i could take it while i'm still doing my rerequirements in ohio. hm. doesn't sound like i could get my questions answered, though. the website isn't exactly inviting. but at those, prices, i guess they can present however they please!