Baylor vs TWU

  1. I am applying to nursing school in 2009. Background info: I'm 36 in a career change mode, work full time, 1 year old, husband and dog. I take my pre-reqs at night and on line.

    I have been focused on applying to TWU's fast track 2009 and Fall 2009 at the same time. My GPA should be a 3.92. IF I get As in the rest of my classes.

    I really, really think I would like to work at Baylor hospital. Seems like a great company.

    Someone told me to apply to Baylor Nursing School in Dallas. I didn't see anything about a fast track program on their site. Do they have one?

    Also, tuition is 3xs as much at Baylor. I'm Thinking I could get help with that, but is it worth going into more debt just to attend Baylor?

    Any input from someone who has applied to Baylor and/or TWU?

    Would I even have a chance at getting a job at Baylor if I went to TWU?

    What other hospitals in Dallas are good to work for?

    What is your opinion of the two schools?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    I advise you to attend the school with the cheapest tuition. Nursing educations from TWU and Baylor will lead to the exact same RN licensure, so you might as well take the least expensive road to get there.

    I live and work near Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. The vast majority of the nurses who work there never attended Baylor University. In other words, you can land a job at a Baylor hospital without having a Baylor education.

    Most hospitals do not care where you attended school. To them, you are simply a warm body with a nursing license, and they'll hire you as long as you have the willingness to fill their staffing needs.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    you are talking about the accelerated program . you know you need to already have a bachelors in something in order to apply to the program. the commuter is right nobody cares where you went just as long as you have a license and will work. i recommend you apply everywhere associate programs as well. the competition is very stiff in this area and even the most promising candidates gets left out.

    Quote from alliestar
    i am applying to nursing school in 2009. background info: i'm 36 in a career change mode, work full time, 1 year old, husband and dog. i take my pre-reqs at night and on line.

    i have been focused on applying to twu's fast track 2009 and fall 2009 at the same time. my gpa should be a 3.92. if i get as in the rest of my classes.

    i really, really think i would like to work at baylor hospital. seems like a great company.

    someone told me to apply to baylor nursing school in dallas. i didn't see anything about a fast track program on their site. do they have one?

    also, tuition is 3xs as much at baylor. i'm thinking i could get help with that, but is it worth going into more debt just to attend baylor?

    any input from someone who has applied to baylor and/or twu?

    would i even have a chance at getting a job at baylor if i went to twu?

    what other hospitals in dallas are good to work for?

    what is your opinion of the two schools?
  5. by   carachel2
    If you have RN beside your name and the license to prove it, ANY Baylor hospital will let you work there. I would never in a million years pay the $$$$$$$$$$$$ to get my nursing degree from a private institution. It isn't worth it and the privte schools do NOTHING different than the public schools. UTA also has a great program and they let people attend part-time as well.
  6. by   bubbly
    Like the other posts have mentioned, Baylor hospital doesn't care where their new grads come from as long as they will be an RN. LOL if they only hired Baylor grads, they would definitely face a nursing shortage since their hospital system is so large! I actually did my nursing clinicals at Baylor during school. I saw a lot of students from different nursing schools around the metroplex at the Baylor Dallas hospital. I would advise going to the nursing school that best meets your needs. It looks like you already have a lot on your plate. I know a few people who went through the fast track program. You will not be able to work at your current job full time, and hopefully your husband will be supportive and be able to watch your child and pick up more of the household chores and know he won't be able to spend as much time with you during school. Good luck with your career change and just be aware that it will be a lot of work, but hopefully worth it all in the end if nursing is truly your passion!
  7. by   foxyhill21
    AMEN to that


    Quote from TheCommuter
    Most hospitals do not care where you attended school. To them, you are simply a warm body with a nursing license, and they'll hire you as long as you have the willingness to fill their staffing needs.
  8. by   NeoNurseTX
    I graduated from TWU May 2007...and it was a great program. Working in most of the Med Center hospitals was amazing as well..and they're all so close to campus ..and then there's the MetroRail that runs by all of them. TWU is affordable and it's a great education. Fast track... wow, those people are busy nonstop.
  9. by   orange23
    I am a student at Baylor, and let me tell you, first off, Baylor does not have a fast track program and even if they did I would still recommend TWU. I chose Baylor when I got in over TWU b/c I believed the extra tuition would be worthwhile as far as education quality went. Baylor is a much prettier school with newer equipment etc... However, the school is a bunch of badly organized BS with a pretty exterior. I am not saying it is absolutely horrible, but I am saying that if you are going to have to put up with a bunch of b.s. regardless, make sure you are paying less for it at least.

    I feel at this juncture as though I have been ripped off, I pay about $12 grand a semester for my education, and what I am getting is nowhere near comparable to that price tag. I could go into more detail for you if you wish, but right now I actually need to get back to studying for my finals. Seriously, I'm not promising TWU is all roses, but again, neither is Baylor, so at least pay less. I'd switch programs, but when a few classmates and I checked into it we found that it would significantly delay our graduation since a lot of our classes don't transfer between programs. Good luck!
  10. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from orange23
    I am a student at Baylor, and let me tell you, first off, Baylor does not have a fast track program and even if they did I would still recommend TWU. I chose Baylor when I got in over TWU b/c I believed the extra tuition would be worthwhile as far as education quality went. Baylor is a much prettier school with newer equipment etc... However, the school is a bunch of badly organized BS with a pretty exterior. I am not saying it is absolutely horrible, but I am saying that if you are going to have to put up with a bunch of b.s. regardless, make sure you are paying less for it at least.

    I feel at this juncture as though I have been ripped off, I pay about $12 grand a semester for my education, and what I am getting is nowhere near comparable to that price tag. I could go into more detail for you if you wish, but right now I actually need to get back to studying for my finals. Seriously, I'm not promising TWU is all roses, but again, neither is Baylor, so at least pay less. I'd switch programs, but when a few classmates and I checked into it we found that it would significantly delay our graduation since a lot of our classes don't transfer between programs. Good luck!

    TWU has a nice pretty BRAND NEW campus in Houston. Plus you can't beat med center clinicals and about 2-3K per semester. TWU is a disorganized mess, too, but I've never heard of a smooth nursing program.
  11. by   alliestar
    Thank you for your input. It really helps. Something in my gut was telling me TWU, but everyone was like oh, Baylor, you should go there. However, they don't have to pay for the tuition. Thanks so much and good luck to you.
    AllieStar
    Quote from orange23
    I am a student at Baylor, and let me tell you, first off, Baylor does not have a fast track program and even if they did I would still recommend TWU. I chose Baylor when I got in over TWU b/c I believed the extra tuition would be worthwhile as far as education quality went. Baylor is a much prettier school with newer equipment etc... However, the school is a bunch of badly organized BS with a pretty exterior. I am not saying it is absolutely horrible, but I am saying that if you are going to have to put up with a bunch of b.s. regardless, make sure you are paying less for it at least.

    I feel at this juncture as though I have been ripped off, I pay about $12 grand a semester for my education, and what I am getting is nowhere near comparable to that price tag. I could go into more detail for you if you wish, but right now I actually need to get back to studying for my finals. Seriously, I'm not promising TWU is all roses, but again, neither is Baylor, so at least pay less. I'd switch programs, but when a few classmates and I checked into it we found that it would significantly delay our graduation since a lot of our classes don't transfer between programs. Good luck!
  12. by   jspacegirl
    I would choose TWU. Of course, I am biased because I go there. I'm in the fast-track program in Dallas. From everything that I have heard (even before I started there), TWU has a stellar reputation. The Parkland "campus" is a joke, but they're getting ready to tear that down and build a new building in a few years. Besides, it's all about the education, right? I've had some wonderful instructors so far and I feel that I have had a good and challenging education. Yes, it can be disorganized at times, but that's what happens when you have a cramped campus with too many students.
    I was torn between TWU's fast track program and TCU's accelerated program, and ultimately went with TWU since it was closer, cheaper, and had a great reputation. I haven't regretted my decision.
    And a word about the fast track program: the summer semesters will be incredibly intense and will make you wonder why you ever decided to go that route, but in the end it will be worth it to be done so soon. The fall and spring semesters are at the normal pace (you are actually lumped in with all of the "traditional track" students), so it won't always feel overwhelming.
  13. by   Prettyladie
    can you tell me your gpa you had when you applied to baylor and if you were a transfer or a student from big baylor.
  14. by   debarina7979
    can anybody tell me what the total cost of the TWU accelerated BSN program is? I have called and emailed them and have had no luck getting an answer. any guidance on the overall cost of the program would be appreciated.

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