MUSC ABSN Fall 2013 - page 11

I recently applied for priority admission to the Fall 2013 Accelerated Nursing Program at MUSC. I started this thread to makej contact with anyone else that may have applied priority or is planning... Read More

  1. by   goldilockz
    babygyrl9706 - It is 5 semesters. MUSC (5k/sem.), Charleston Southern (11k/sem), and Trident (1.5K/sem.) all turn out great nurses, but I went with Trident because they had the rep. of the best clinically prepared RNs when they graduate. I do know for a fact that Trident students complete more clinical hours than required by the state board.
    The debt thing was also a reason why I chose Trident. I put up the amount of what I think it cost a semester, just double check. The best advice I can give you is to find out what other classes you are going to need for your BSN, and if you are waiting, get them out of the way, and jump straight into a BSN program do not wait. I am current tryng to finish up several classes so I can apply for a RN to BSN online program. Another thing it may not seem like a big deal now, but once you get done with nursing school you do not really want to have to relive the nightmare over again, but I know I have to and I'm dreading it, because I'm already a RN.
    Here was an answer I gave one time about Trident's Program "Congrats and good luck to you I'm currently in my last semester, so here are somethings I did/have done to survive. BE PREPARED to have your clinical day/site changed within 72 hours of clinical day, do weekday, night (Yes 2-11 pm), weekend (Sat/Sun) clinicals twice a week, and class/test the next day at 8 AM. Preplanning the clinical day before & completing a clinical worksheet (before the clinical day begins) usually take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. NO you don't get to pick your clinical site or day, you have to go where assigned, no you can't switch with someone else, they do not care you are a single mom, work, dying, spouse deployed, pregnant, do not have sitter/daycare ect. for clinical (I'm not kidding). Best plan of attack for 158 and beyond go to class/seminar, GET A REVIEW & RATIONAL book, study your powerpoints, BUY several NCLEX review books and study the rationals to the questions so you understand what they are asking. There is always 2 right answers, but one is more correct and so is the answer no matter what you say! When a question says "so and so needs further education when..." THEY WANT THE WRONG ANSWER. Pass a Test...Study your Interventions! Know Safety and what will Kill the patient! Get plenty of sleep, you can't think clearly if you are tired. DO NOT put your self down for making in the low 70's on a test/class, you passed (AND everyone who has gone through this program is laughing, nodding, ect knows what I'm talking about. FYI, until Nursing school at TTC I had honors/4.0 and so did everyone else!). Each nursing class is crammed into 7 weeks, and some have papers/projects/ATI exams. Pick and choose your battles. This is the best plan of attack I can give you. I added the extra info. not to scare, but to prepare you and all others who are considering this program who read this."
  2. by   goldilockz
    Belle83 - You are very welcome If i could do it all over again I would have gone to MUSC, only because from someone I know MUSC uses the ATI program, and if you are struggling they work with you to get you where you need to be, Trident does NOT do this. It's funny because Trident uses the ATI RN NCLEX exam (you have to pass to graduate), but they do not use the rest of the program (refer to post above about Tridents program). There is no nightmare like nursing school, and I would just rather get it over with than to drag it out. I think MUSC is 5 semesters also. You know I would look into getting a part time/ PRN CNA job in the area/hospital you are wanting to work in. This will not only help you build connections, but land a good job to pay back those student loans. Remember the license means nothing if there is no job to go along with it.
  3. by   babygyrl9706
    @goldilockz Thanks for the info, I have heard several people complain about the difficulty of Trident's program. I've already completed all courses for my rn-bsn, except chemistry, which I'm taking summer. I agree, the only reason why I applied to MUSC was because I heard they are very involved with their students, and you're right, Trident doesn't care if you pass, or fail, your're pretty much on your're own. Guess I'm going to have to sacrifice not expecting a job in the hospital after graduation and continue another year for my rn-bsn.
  4. by   babygyrl9706
    @godilockz Do you know if Trident's program offer health insurance for their program.
  5. by   goldilockz
    I'm not sure, but I know they require you to have health insurance.
  6. by   babygyrl9706
    @ Thanks!
  7. by   Belle83
    @ babygyrl9706..... I actually researched into this. I am going to need insurance once I resign from my job to start school. @ Trident you would have to join the Student Nursing Association, membership is $15.00 and you can get health insurance through them.
  8. by   babygyrl9706
    @Belle83 Thanks! I've looked into it yesterday, and will be turning in an application.
  9. by   kseay811

    It looks like a lot of you have some good experience and information about applying to MUSC. I have a 3.4 overall GPA and about a 3.0 science GPA. I will be applying with a BS in Community Health from the University of Maryland. I'll also have about 150 volunteer hours by the end of the summer. However, I have heard that being out of state can be a problem when trying to get accepted into MUSC. My GPA definitely isn't the best, but do you think that they take into account where I went to school?

    Lastly, how did you approach the essay that is only 100 words? I have a lot of life experience that prepares me to be a nurse, but how do you talk about all of that in 100 words?

    Any advice from people who have recently applied or have been accepted would be amazingly helpful. MUSC is my dream school, and I want to do all that I can to get in there! Thank you all so much; I hope things are going well for you!
  10. by   kce32305
    This is a pretty active thread...glad to see that! I am actually a current student and will be graduating from MUSC with my BSN December 7. please let me know of any help or to tips I can provide! Congrats to all those beginning the program soon..hope to see you next month!
  11. by   randib07
    Hello all! I see there is a lot of conversation on this thread so I have a few questions! I have not applied for nursing school yet and I do not plan on applying until this December with a start time of Fall 2014! When I apply I will have over 60 hours of volunteer hours at Trident Medical Center, and a lot of other volunteering from my past while in high school. I will have a 3.58 overall gpa, a 3.5 science gpa, and a 3.78 pre req gpa. I will still have a semester of classes left though including Anatomy & Physiology 2, Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab and two electives. My reference forms will be coming from my general manager at the hotel that I work for, my high school volleyball coach as well as teacher, and most likely the 3rd will be from my volunteer supervisor. For the people who have gotten you know what my odds would be? I fear rejected and I just really want to get in! My husband is in the military so I will be considered "in-state" if that matters at all either!
  12. by   ml52789
    @randi: keep volunteering! I too am a military spouse but got rejected the first time I applied because I had no volunteer hours and/or medical experience. I have my BS in biology, cum 3.8 with 4.0 pre req, scored full points on my essay and had great recs. I have been volunteering around my job at a hospital and hospice in hopes that this time, I will be accepted in to the program!
    They definitely look at applicants as a whole- they want you to be well rounded. GPA plays a role but is not the deciding factor.. People with 3.2s have been accepted over 4.0 students because of other things that have made them stand out.
    Good luck!
  13. by   browndog311
    I just applied for ACC BSN @ MUSC spring 2014. I was wondering if anyone knows when I should expect to hear back from them. I do not qualify for priority admission. I just want to know if I should keep taking classes while I wait (fall 2013) or if I should just work and save money ... Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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