Boston College Master's Entry

  1. I was recently accepted to the BC Master's Entry program (family specialty) that starts in August. Are there any current BC students who would be willing to post about their experiences? How are the faculty? How are the clinical placements? Best/worst parts of the program?

    Thanks!
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  3. by   leslie :-D
    if you're a sox fan, can i assume you come from the boston area?
    bc is an all around excellent college with a reputation to match.
    i don't know the specifics of your program but do know that if you go to bc, you'll be in the right direction.
    great, great school.

    leslie
  4. by   Jess RN
    Quote from soxfan07
    I was recently accepted to the BC Master's Entry program (family specialty) that starts in August. Are there any current BC students who would be willing to post about their experiences? How are the faculty? How are the clinical placements? Best/worst parts of the program?

    Thanks!
    Congrats on your acceptance! I am at BC in the Master's Entry program and I love it. I had med-surg clincals at NEMC last semester, and they were good- but I didn't get to do/see as much as I would have liked. My clincal instructor was incredible though. This semester we have specialty clincals, I'm in pedi (at Mass Hospital School) and childbearing (at the Brigham) right now and both placements are incredible- they throw you right in, but the instuctors are so knowledgeable and supportive it is a great experience. The instructors are great- very smart, very available for extra help, etc. The schedule itself is gruelling, but that is the same at most all direct entry programs, I think. Feel free to post back or PM me for any specifics you are wondering about.

    Jess
  5. by   fibergirl
    Anyone apply to BC for Master's Entry 2008? I applied and haven't even heard a 'thank you, your application is complete' -- wondering if i should contact them... anyone?
  6. by   student1000
    Future Nurse Jess wrote "The schedule itself is gruelling, but that is the same at most all direct entry programs, I think. "

    Jess is most likely correct that most direct entry programs are gruelling. I attended a prestigious undergrad program that was known for being hard, but this beats all (or maybe I just forgot how hard school was). I just started in the Fall and life is bascially study, study, and more study. The best thing you can do is stay on top of the reading and learn how the professor asks test questions. Although I dislike the classes that use NCLEX type questions it is probably for the best since that is the test we all have to pass to become nurses.

    Some DE programs are a little longer than others which in the long run might be good especially if you have time between semesters to work. For my maternity rotation we only got to go 3 times and that is it, I won't have a rotation on maternity again unless I elect it as my speciality.

    Good luck with deciding where to go-I hope you get into several programs and have the option to choose.

    Student1000
  7. by   smit1989
    fibergirl,
    I am also in the application mix for ME 2008 at BC. I emailed Maureen Eldredge who is EXTREMELY nice and helpful. I also did not get any confirmation emails or anything like that, so I asked her about if all my materials were received, when we'd hear from them, how to report finished prereqs etc. First, we are supposed to hear of acceptance by the end of Jan. Second, she is, like i said, very nice and if you email her she promptly replies. Don't hesitate to contact admissions staff from any school you are applying to...I haven't and I've never gotten a "vibe" from them that I was annoying or anything. It is their job to help you out, and if anything it will show them that you care. Good luck!
  8. by   futurenurse1984
    Hi
    I am planning to apply to boston college master's entry program?
    Is it hard to get in?
    For those who got accepted to this nursing program, do you have any advice for me to help strengthen my application?
    Thanks
  9. by   katester5249
    Anyone have any info on BC's master's entry program? I applied there and its one of my top choices; I am interested in either the adult NP route or palliative care.

    Any thoughts? What is the debt like...ugh!
  10. by   katester5249
    So I contacted BC today and they are sending the letters out in the next week or so I believe. I told Maureen I needed to know bc of other schools and I found out I got in!

    I'm so excited!! I wrote that I wanted to do palliative care but now im thinking more FNP just bc its more flexible.

    I'm like 99% sure I want to go there...but then Im like what am I gonna do about the COST! ugh!

    Good luck! Love to hear from others!
  11. by   joey86
    oh wow katester! congratulations! i wonder if the letters have been mailed out yet, has anyone else heard anything?
  12. by   BCgradnurse
    Hi Kate,

    Congrats on your acceptance! I just started my second semester of the BC ME program. It's a very challenging program, to say the least! The volume of material you have to process is very large, and I do spend the vast majority of my time studying. Most of my professors have been outstanding, but you will get most of your support from your peers. I think I'm getting a great education, but I have to honestly say I'm not thrilled with the administration of the program. We don't always get info in a timely or accurate fashion, and that's been frustrating. The administration has not always been receptive to our concerns and I know several of my classmates are not happy about that. But all in all, I really like the program, and I'm glad I chose to go there. I am in total denial of the debt, lol!! A few of my classmates have looked into joining the Air Force after graduation, as they will repay your debt. Interestingly, they are the only military branch that will take direct entry NPs. Also, many hospitals/practices are so desperate for nurses that they will repay a certain amount of your loans (like up to $20,000!) if you give them a 2 year commitment. As I keep saying to myself...it's only money!!

    Best of luck to you!
  13. by   katester5249
    Hey BCGradNurse

    Thanks for the reply Everyone w.whom I have spoken have said that they love the program, with the exceptoin of someof the administrative stuff. I feel like as long as I have a good group of people to work w., ill be fine im from about 25 minutes away from there, so im thinking (unfortunately) that i may live at home just bc its gonna easily save me 12K/yr (and that would require living on an extremely tight budget!)

    Are you planning on going straight through? Or will you take time off to work as an RN and go part time? What specialty are you doing? Do you think it'll be problematic to be living at home? Do other students do this?? I feel absolutely lame for doing that but I just feel like it makes the most sense, at least for the fist year....

    Hope to hear from you!
  14. by   fibergirl
    Has anyone gotten their letter yet? I called yesterday and was told that Maureen's in Jamaica until next week, but the secretary said that the Master's Entry letters had been mailed on Tuesday. Considering I live in Boston, I really expected to get mine by today, but the mail just came, and, no dice. I won't worry so much if no one else has gotten theirs either! Hello out there?

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