I'm new to posting here but have been lurking for almost 2 years. I have been working on my pre-reqs for the BSN program, and am now in my last semester before nursing school proper. I've recently been accepted to two BSN nursing programs. I live in Austin, TX and have been accepted to the new Texas State Nursing School in Round Rock (via TXST San Marcos), and I've also been accepted to ETSU (East Tennessee State University) Nursing School in Johnson City, TN (beautiful area). The deadline is upon me, and I have to make the decision as to which school to take a seat at by this Friday the 17th. TXST is brand new/state-of-the-art and just started in fall of 2010. ETSU nursing program is fairly new too (remodel 2-3 years?), but in a different state (a compact state though). I also just learned I've been awarded a 1/2 scholarship to ETSU, but with out-of-state tuition, this puts my just above the price of in-state for TX.
I'm hoping to find anyone that has attended or is attending either school. I have virtually no time left to make this decision, but thought I'd reach out to see if anyone had any feedback. I have family in both cities, but would have more support in TN. I do own a house in TX that I currently live in, so that is an issue too. I just don't know which direction to go here. ETSU in located in Johnson City, TN, which is a medical oasis for the region, yet in Round Rock the plan is underway to have a huge medical complex/network as well.
The curriculum for each program has noticeable differences, and I'm not sure which is better since I haven't reached that point in my education yet! I will leave out all of the other complicated details and just ask if anyone has ANY helpful feedback or advice!!
Thanks in advance!
I also have been accepted into ETSU's Nursing program. Like you, I'll be coming from another state. Living in Johnson City will be new for me. However, so far, I have to say that my experience with the staff/administration has not been positive. My calls and emails go mostly unanswered. I had to keep calling numerous times until I reached someone or someone decided to respond to me. When I finally spoke to someone, I was advised that I had attitude--not that the people I was contacting lacked professionalism or courtesy. This makes me feel very leery since I have no family or friends in the Johnson City area. It makes me wonder if that's how students can be expected to be treated. I am moving to JC solely to attend ETSU. I have another school I am working on and hopefully I'll get a favorable response and switch over.
If there's anyone else who has been accepted or is planning on attending ETSU, I definitely would like to hear from you.
Last edit by marg855 on Mar 24, '11