Columbia University ETP 2008 - page 20

So where are the potential 2008 Columbia ETPers at? I think a handful of regulars around here have Columbia on their list of apps, so heres a thread to get us through until notifications in Spring... Read More

  1. by   LovetoTravel2001
    Just another thing to think about as far as the financial side of things go: Columbia is one of the shortest programs out there for what we'll be getting (about 2.5 years for BS, MS, RN, NP/CNS) so if you compare their 2.5 year program with a similar program that is 4 years, you have to remember that you have an extra 1.5 years to work and make money that someone going to that 'cheaper' 4 year program doesn't - which at nurses wages is pretty significant! Plus, if you are a student now or a professional not making as much as you will be as a nurse, if you keep living at the current financial level you are at, you can use all the increased income to pay off your student loans pronto! I'm a spreadsheet kind of person and I've compared Columbia to UCSF (which as a public school is much cheaper than Columbia but a longer program, esp if you do ACNP due to the step out year) and Columbia is - believe it or not - actually cheaper in the long run.
  2. by   PurpleBee
    The $500 deposit (which eventually will go towards the tuition in full) has to be made payable to: Columbia University School of Nursing.
  3. by   joey86
    i got my housing/uniform/supply application package today! this is so overwhelming, anyone have any thoughts about which package you're planning to get? or on the uniforms for that matter?
  4. by   micheleh
    Hopefully we can find out something definitive on Visiting day regarding the whole WHNP thing - I'm sure they wouldn't have it if it was pointless, but I guess there are just those details we still need to find out. Any Midwifery ETPers a little nervous about entering the field due to the politics surrounding it? I am, but really am so drawn to it that I can't see myself doing anything else...maybe it will take a little more work to get a decent position but surely it will be worth it.

    BTW- Everyone at my college with whom I have spoken to about this program has done nothing but encourage me to go here (people who have been in academia for some time now and advise students on health care careers). They think I'm crazy when I tell them I have had reservations because of the price - "With the money you'll make when you get out? PLEASE!" And you are right about the length of the program.....since we will be APN that much sooner, we will be able to start paying off the loans right away. Plus, student loans are not the worst thing in the world to have - tax deductable , right? Way better than credit card debt! lol
  5. by   micheleh
    Quote from joey86
    i got my housing/uniform/supply application package today! this is so overwhelming, anyone have any thoughts about which package you're planning to get? or on the uniforms for that matter?

    O boy, so did I....I am overwhelmed too, believe me...just last week I didn't think I would get into anything and here we are picking out uniforms!

    Who knows about the supply package, but maybe it would be worth it to get the best one - what's $100 at this point, really? Or maybe we are being suckered in to buy the expensive one.....it seems like the only difference is the stethoscope? Maybe a good stethoscope would be a wise investment?
  6. by   jbazoola
    Hey guys,

    Sorry i've been out of the loop. Actually been on vacation in san fran and utah. likely to be my last vacation now that school is so close to starting. I haven't gotten my package yet since i'm out of town but i do remember reading on 2 of the old threads related to ETP about the stethoscopes. The advise there was basically to go for the cheaper route since a super pricey stethoscope is likely to get lost at this point and also doesn't make that much of a difference for what we are doing right now. Also regarding the uniforms EVERYONE made clear that you DO NOT want to go with the skirts (unless you have to for religious or other reasons) because they are absolutely hideous.

    those old threads are definitely worth looking through. I think one is called meet and greet. another poster listed the names for them or you could just search for columbia ETP. In fact some of those soon to be etp'ers from those old threads have been kind enough to drop in on our conversation and add advice.

    SO! excited. although I still don't know how I'll be paying for this. But still, can't wait!!
  7. by   PsychMaven
    I'm so excited...I got my paperwork today too, but too late to get the housing off tonight! Does anyone know if we should be using May 2009 as our date of graduation since the etp portion is relatively separate or...? Also, we are applying for academic year 2008-2009 rather than spring semester 2008-2009 right? I mean, June definitely is not spring semester. Any idea what the fastest acceptable method of getting it there out of certified mail, Federal Express, DHL, or UPS ? I suppose once the office is closed for the day tomorrow they wont be getting any more paperwork until Monday morning regardless of if they get there between those times. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for all of us.

    As for the uniforms, I'm thinking that its probably best to stay away from white pants...especially since I remember someone saying they were polyester on an old thread. Did everyone RSVP for Visiting Day, hope to see you all there.
  8. by   l-styx
    I spoke to Oscar today about the graduation date, he said to use June 01, 2009 for the loan applications, not sure if it's calculated differently for housing. He's been helpful and very prompt in returning my phone calls; maybe he's gotten some constructive criticism.

    It seems like I'm the oldest of the bunch here at the ripe ol' age of 28! It's nice to see people right out of undergrad so enthusiactic about this field. You guys and girls have a lot of momentum behind you, I think with this infusion of new, young energy we can do great thing to shape the future of our profession. Ok, enough sappy-ness, must sleep.

    Can't wait to meet you next month- sign me up for the get-together!
  9. by   jbazoola
    Quote from l_elisha
    I spoke to Oscar today about the graduation date, he said to use June 01, 2009 for the loan applications, not sure if it's calculated differently for housing. He's been helpful and very prompt in returning my phone calls; maybe he's gotten some constructive criticism.

    It seems like I'm the oldest of the bunch here at the ripe ol' age of 28! It's nice to see people right out of undergrad so enthusiactic about this field. You guys and girls have a lot of momentum behind you, I think with this infusion of new, young energy we can do great thing to shape the future of our profession. Ok, enough sappy-ness, must sleep.

    Can't wait to meet you next month- sign me up for the get-together!
    Suddenly I feel very very old. I think it is awesome how many people we have in our class coming right out of undergrad. It's been so long since I've been in school I feel like it's going to take me awhile just to get into the swing of things again. I'm turning 35 this April. It's funny because many people had said to me that I would probably have slimmer chances at columbia due to my age but at the open house I remember them saying that their class from the previous year ran from 22 to 60! I really am looking forward to working with a diverse group from all kinds of ages, backgrounds, professions and genders (yay! 10% male population). I think it can only help our growth as nurse leaders and add to our understanding of the populations that we will serve.

    woohoo!! can't wait to meet you guys on the 7th.
  10. by   PsychMaven
    28 and 35, definitely not old! I'm really excited to work with such a diverse group age and otherwise also, but I do understand where you guys are coming from...not trying to be invalidating here. Anyway, I think all of our motivation towards the same goal has already done a great job of bringing us together from across the country, I can't wait until we are actually all in NY!

  11. by   Kevn2bNP
    Here's my advice on some issues on this thread:

    Stethoscope: I got one of the 'expensive' ones and haven't regretted it. I've had no issues with people trying to steal it because it's usually (a) at home on non-clinical days or (b) around my neck or in my pocket of the lovely uniform I get to wear, which brings me to....

    Uniforms: Order at least 2 sets, preferably 3. You'll need that many by fall semester when you are in clinical two days a week. I wish I had ordered a white top when I made the order. They look sharp, make you look live you've slept when you haven't, and add a nice variety to the navy blue. I also say that being a male, because I was hesitant to go out on a limb, so all you guys, consider a white top too!

    One important thing to consider about Columbia that you won't get at other non-New York or California programs: both CA and NY have the highest requirements for becoming an RN, so when you get to that point, you'll have no problems applying for reciprocity in another state (that is if you take the NCLEX either in CA or NY). Also, you'll see patients on your rotations that you wouldn't necessarily see in less-populated places. Just some points to consider.

    Wish you all the best!
  12. by   PsychMaven
    Kevn2bNP,
    I was wondering if you could give me some idea of what these uniforms actually look like or are similar to. Ever since I saw tunic on the order form I've had quite a strange picture in my head. Are the white pants as terribly tacky as the vision of them in my head? Thanks for all of your input, its definitely eased my fears a lot to hear from people in the program who really understand where we are at.
  13. by   fnp4me
    the word tunic has me thinking about medieval clothing



    can you tell me where the pain is localized, malady?

    :uhoh21:
    Last edit by fnp4me on Feb 23, '08

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