WCU Accelerated BSN, any thoughts? - page 3
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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 tuition? Thanks... Read More
- 0Jan 12, '10 by Lefty LouThank 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.
- 0Jan 12, '10 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.
- 0Jan 12, '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
- 0Jan 12, '10 by Lefty LouI 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.
- 0Jan 12, '10 by ArieviloHuman 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!
- 0Jan 13, '10 by Lefty LouThank 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.
- 0Jan 13, '10 by loveshoesYes, 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.
Newbie gathering info. Do you know what the required HESI pass rate is? Drexel requires a very high rate and withholds your degree and charges another $3000 for remediation until you pass at the required score..a colleague's wife was in that program and almost had a nervous breakdown preparing for the HESI. It sounds like HESI is part of the program at WCU but your degree does not depend on that one test. Congrats on completing the program and good luck with NCLEX! I am in the process of applying to programs. Jeff and WCU are at the top of my list.
- 0Jan 21, '10 by Lefty LouI just had my interview at WCU on Jan 15th. She did say they want to only do one cohort per year from now on because its getting difficult for them to arrange clincals/sites for so many students at different times. She also expressed concern about reaching the goal of 40-45 students. Apparently a lot of people sending apps arent filling them out completely or sending the proper transcripts. They give first priority to students who sent the application correctly as a whole, and who have completed all the pre-reqs.