WCU Accelerated BSN, any thoughts? - page 2

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

  1. by   ilovelearning
    I have not completed my pre-reqs but will be finished in May when the next cohort begins. Does anyone know how strict they are about applying before pre-reqs are completed?
  2. by   Lefty Lou
    On the website it states pretty clearly that they dont want anyone to apply until all of the pre-reqs are completed. Also I emailed the person in charge asking what their acceptance rate is, and how many people apply vs get accepted. She told me that around 60% get accepted and the reason most people get recjected is simply because they have not finished the pre-reqs. I would email someone there and get a final answer for yourself, but I think they require them to be completed ahead of time.
  3. by   Lefty Lou
    Howard, How was your interview? I applied on Sat Jan 2nd and received an email on Wed Jan 6th to schedule my interview. I chose next Friday the 15th at 11:30. Ill let you know how it goes.
  4. by   howard1913
    ok...i go tomorrow
  5. by   howard1913
    Interview was great. they looking for at least a 2.75 in the required sciences and about a 3.5 in GPA in your degree that u already recieved. They are looking for the best of the best. They are looking for 32-35 quailified people and their next cohort MAY NOT be until MAY. Usually they take 23-25 per cohort and have a new cohort every May/January but they are trying to do away with the january class, by making the May cohort bigger. She said they may not find 32-35 quailified students THAT ALREADY HAS THE PRE-REQ DONE
  6. by   Lefty Lou
    I definitely have way above the 2.75 in the sciences, but I only had a 3.19 in my previous undergrad degree. I hope they dont hold that against me in my interview, since I sent them my transcripts and they could see that for themselves that it wasnt a 3.5. How long did they say it will take to notify you if you've gotten accepted or not? Im assuming it shouldnt take too long. I was planning on going in May, not january so I wont mind if they do away with the january cohort. Let me know when you get the official word if youve been accepted or not, and ill let you know how my interview goes.
  7. by   Arievilo
    Hello WCU BSN 2 Advance hopefuls. I just wanted to see what you think about the program and am updating my post from about a year ago.

    I just graduated a little less than a month ago from the program. I found the program to be very unorganized. Very often we found out about important stuff at the last minute, like clinical times, clinical instructors, when stuff was due, etc. They tended to push more policies they made up as they went along on us. The communication was terrible.

    But, the instructors were decent. And its worth the money...since its so cheap for an acceleration program. Just be ready for a lot of headaches along the way. I can't believe they want to up the cohorts to go up to 35. That is way too high! They would have to hire many more clinical instructors to keep up with that many students. Or maybe they are planning to weed out 1/3 of them the first semester. A lot of schools tend to do that now.

    Good luck, and keep me posted how it goes! If you have any questions about the program, please post or message me!
  8. by   Lefty Lou
    Thank you so much for the heads up on the program. Hopefully with time they become more organized, I know the program is very new. Are the clinical sites far away from the univeristy? I plan on commuting there to begin with, which is about an hour and half from my home. So if the clinical sites are even farther than that, its going to be a really big hassle for me to commute, even without traffic. How much does the program actually cost? It doesnt say anything about tuition on their website or in the application packet they gave me. Thanks so much for any info.
  9. by   howard1913
    @Arievilo..how was the human diease course? I am soooo excited so i have alot of questions u can inbox me if u do not want to post all the answers..how comfortable were you when u took the NCLEX after the program? How was the course work given compared to what they tested u on? were the test like the NCLEX where all the answers are right u just have to pick the best fit answer? How did you do on the HESSE before u took the NCLEX? What teachers to watch out for and hoe did you manage to swing your life around from the summer day schedule to the fall/spring evening schedule? I know it is alot of questions, but if you are willing to be a reasoure can i ask you more question as they come to mind.
  10. by   howard1913
    @LEFTY..the good thing is that u pay per semester which is good for me because my credit is not the best and I would need a co-signer which i dont have. so the first semester is about 3,200 2nd 3,400, 3rd-5th is 4,500..so about 20,000 to 21,000..again that is just tuition..BOOKS, UNIFORMS, TRANSPORTATION, LIVING EXPENSE IS NOT ADDED. SO REALLY IF U ADD IT UP IT NOT MUCH CHEAPER THAN DREXEL..DREXEL ADDED EVERYING WHICH GAVE US AT GRAND TOTAL OF 37,000
  11. by   Lefty Lou
    I guess thats not too bad - under 5,000 a semester for tuition. My undergrad degree was relatively cheap in my opinion and it was around 6,000 a semester just for tuition. Im going to try to commute, even though its almost an hour and a half away from me, but I figured I would be saving a ton of money on living expenses. Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
  12. by   Arievilo
    Human disease course? Do you mean pathophysiology? If so...thats the toughest class you'll have and has the highest probability of flunking out of it. Its pretty much the weed-out course. Its rough, but study a lot and you'll be fine.

    Clinicals were mostly in the general West Chester area, with two being in delaware, and one being in Bryn Mar. This could be changed in the future becasue their clinical sites come and go.

    Im taking NCLEX soon, have not gotten my athorization to test yet. I feel pretty well prepared, but WCU will not hold your hand throughout the preparation, a lot is independent study. I know the first cohort had a 100% pass rate. But again, a lot of that is the personal motivation of second degree students. I think their traditional undergrauate pass rate is somewhere in the 70s. Yes, we had to take HESI in order for them to sign off on our paperwork. I passed...which was all I cared about. I think a few people didnt pass it, then they either had to take a Kaplan review course or retake in again this week.

    I swung myself around the summer/fall/spring scheduel because, well, I pretty much had to to pay bills. I had a flexible employer who was very good to me and my schedualing. A lot of people who worked 9-5 jobs tended to only work once a week in the summer, or got tech jobs. If you plan to work for more than 20 hours/week, expecto to have NO life. Your world will revolve around school, classwork, clinicals, and work. No room for play. It is in no way fun, but it is doable. I'm thrilled to have my weekends back now that I'm finished.

    I paid about $3600 a semester for tuition - thats in state tuition. about 2200 the first semester (fewer classes). It really is the cheapest second degree BSN program around. I was originally accepted into drexel's program, but couldnt pay the $36000 up front.

    I think I answered your questions. Let me know if you have more!
  13. by   Lefty Lou
    Thank you so much for the response it was very helpful. It seems like during the fall/spring would be the easiest times to work since class is only one night a week and clincals are on weekends. I know that it says during the summer classes/clincals are 4 days during the week, but is that usually evenings like the spring/fall, or during teh day? Im going to have a job 8-12 and i figured that would be perfect for the fall/spring, but wont be able to do that if the summer sessions are during the day. Thanks again.