Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 39

Thanks for all of your responses to all of my previous posts. As you probably assume, I'm evaluating all of my options including ADN, BSN, and Direct-Entry MSN. The direct entry programs look... Read More

  1. by   CAG12345
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    It's hard to wait here in Portland from MGH! I checked the mail today.. nothing! I'm hoping it will be sooner than later!!
    I am so right there with you, PdxDreamer. I jumped on this website when I got home this evening after encountering my empty mailbox to check whether my fellow westcoaster had heard from MGH.

    I got an e-mail from them today (which I guess everyone got) stating that the letters have all gone out and we should contact them if we haven't gotten them by 3/18/05.

    Tomorrow or Saturday, I'm figuring. Jess said hers was postmarked Tuesday, if I remember correctly. You live in Portland, so that's a real city, if you're central and not just referring to yourself as in the Portland metro area and in the boonies.

    I actually AM in the boonies, about 1 hr from the central post office for my county, and my mail often is a bit delayed (I'm about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco in Sonoma County).

    Work is insane right now, for administrative reasons, and all I can think of right now is can I get through another day of it before I get to see whether that MGH letter is in the mail tomorrow?! :uhoh21:
  2. by   Jess RN
    not waiting for the mail like a lunatic!

    My hubby and I did a detailed pro/con and cost speradsheet last night to compare the three programs. If you factor in the cost of childcare, BC is by far the bargain of the three. Weird, because the cost per credit is the highest. But, the compressed schedule saves 30K over the total cost of MGH and about 11k over Regis.

    So, that may pretty much makes my decision for me. I'm still going to think it over for a while- but it's already sooo much money- that I think since the cheapest school for me is also a pretty darn good one- that may be the way to go.

    -Jess
  3. by   smile123
    Quote from future nurse jess
    not waiting for the mail like a lunatic!

    My hubby and I did a detailed pro/con and cost speradsheet last night to compare the three programs. If you factor in the cost of childcare, BC is by far the bargain of the three. Weird, because the cost per credit is the highest. But, the compressed schedule saves 30K over the total cost of MGH and about 11k over Regis.

    So, that may pretty much makes my decision for me. I'm still going to think it over for a while- but it's already sooo much money- that I think since the cheapest school for me is also a pretty darn good one- that may be the way to go.

    -Jess
    I'm glad you and your husband did a pro/con list. If I understand you correctly:
    cheapest overall: BC
    next: Regis ($11K more)
    next: MGH ($30K more)

    Reputationwise, which is the better quality school? Is it BC? or MGH?

    Smile123
  4. by   Jess RN
    Quote from smile123
    I'm glad you and your husband did a pro/con list. If I understand you correctly:
    cheapest overall: BC
    next: Regis ($11K more)
    next: MGH ($30K more)

    Reputationwise, which is the better quality school? Is it BC? or MGH?

    Smile123

    Yup- those are the numbers. BC is ranked higher, I think it is in the top 25 on the US News listing, but really I think BC and MGH are comparable. Anyone else have opinions on thier relative reputations?

    -Jess
  5. by   PdxDreamer
    Hi guys, I'll check the mail on my lunch hour and see if MGH came today!! And yes, I live right in Portland so it shouldn't take forever.

    And with the childcare, don't feel bad! Not only was I a "daycare kid" from 0-12 yrs, but I work at KinderCare Corporate office also! We have parents who don't even work bring their kids in because they want to go to the gym, get their nails done or have lunch with their friends. If they're allowed to do it guilt-free, you definitely are!!
  6. by   Jess RN
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    Hi guys, I'll check the mail on my lunch hour and see if MGH came today!! And yes, I live right in Portland so it shouldn't take forever.

    And with the childcare, don't feel bad! Not only was I a "daycare kid" from 0-12 yrs, but I work at KinderCare Corporate office also! We have parents who don't even work bring their kids in because they want to go to the gym, get their nails done or have lunch with their friends. If they're allowed to do it guilt-free, you definitely are!!
    Good luck Diana! I'll have my fingers crossed for you!

    -Jess
  7. by   Jess RN
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Yup- those are the numbers. BC is ranked higher, I think it is in the top 25 on the US News listing, but really I think BC and MGH are comparable. Anyone else have opinions on thier relative reputations?

    -Jess
    Just checked US News- BC is ranked 19th and MGH is ranked 99th. Regis actually made it onto the national rankings- coming in at 251.

    I basically think that these rankings are a popularity contest- but there you have it. It probably does indicate how well known the programs are.

    -Jess
  8. by   smile123
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Just checked US News- BC is ranked 19th and MGH is ranked 99th. Regis actually made it onto the national rankings- coming in at 251.

    I basically think that these rankings are a popularity contest- but there you have it. It probably does indicate how well known the programs are.

    -Jess
    When I went to an interview/orientation meeting at U. of San Diego (last November), several of the MEPN applicants said they were applying to UCSF, U. of San Diego, U of Washington, Columbia, Hopkins, U. Penn and BC. (They also were looking at Western University (Pomona) and Azusa (S. California).

    BC was appealing because it had a shorter time to get the RN and NP degrees (it was only 2 years vs. 3 years) so in the long run it was the most cost efficient! It also had a national reputation (as you pointed out it was 19th in the US News rankings). This is a biased sample since I was only talking to people who had applied to U. of San Diego, but gives you another data point.

    Jeanne
  9. by   PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:
  10. by   Jess RN
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:

    :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Yay Diana!!! I told you so!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    -Jess
  11. by   smile123
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:
    Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you! :hatparty: :hatparty: This is a good week for celebrating for the 4 of you guys!

    Smile123
  12. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from PdxDreamer
    I got in to MGH today for gerontology!!!!!!
    :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:

    Relief, sweet relief!! I am totally excited!!!! Thanks for keeping me from getting down after being rejected at Simmons. :hatparty: :hatparty:
    Congrats Diana !!!!!!! Wow, that makes four of us that could possibly be classmates in the fall :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:
  13. by   futurenp
    Jess:
    Not to be the devil's advocate, but I have 4 kids and it seems that they're growing up at lightning speed. You will never get the preschool years back. Once they get into school, you will blink and they will be graduating. If it were me, I would go to the evening program and spend more time with my kids. If I've read the posts correctly, you will end up with the same degree, but with less childcare for your kids. If I remember right, your mom was also willing to help watch them. You only get one chance to raise them. Enjoy it!
    Laura

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