TX State RR Nursing or ETSU Nursing

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    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!
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    moved to the TX Nursing Programs Discussion forum
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    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
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    I found out I was accepted at the TX state School of nursing. I am also waiting to hear back from UTHSCSA. I will more than likely be attending TX State. It is the rising star of Texas. haha. Really though, it is a wonderful facility and the staff is great. I think they are working to make it as selective and competetive as possible. I heard that over 300 people applied and they did not have enough actually qualifying. So they have the rolling admissions right now. I would say TX state to keep your costs down, and search this website to see if you can find any scholarships.
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    Quote from marg855
    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.
    I have had the same experience!! I can't tell you how much trouble I've had with getting in touch with people, or just figuring out who the right people to be in touch with are. It started when they lost one of my transcripts, then went downhill from there. I met with the nursing advisor in person in December (I was visiting family for xmas) and she gave me all of the info to apply. I began emailing with her numerous times regarding my transfer classes and several other things. Then a couple of months later I sent her a quick email for a question, and she asked, "Will you be applying to the nursing program"? I couldn't believe she asked me that, after all of the questions I had asked (in writing) about the program and the application process, and the transferability of my classes (I had emailed syllabi and everything). Then I recently find out she's no longer an advisor by a short email, but then she called me saying she hopes to hear from me soon. THEN when I call her back says, "I told you, I am NOT an advisor there any longer". I have not enjoyed the experience with the personnel thus far, to say the least.

    I have re-evaluated TX State because I see that the ETSU program is 5 long semesters, and with TX State I would have 4 longs and one summer. I am at a crossroads here. East TN is beautiful, but so far I don't like how my situation has been handled, and it seems a little disorganized. Let me know what you decided to do! I'm leaning towards staying in TX now...
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    Quote from bananamtz
    I found out I was accepted at the TX state School of nursing. I am also waiting to hear back from UTHSCSA. I will more than likely be attending TX State. It is the rising star of Texas. haha. Really though, it is a wonderful facility and the staff is great. I think they are working to make it as selective and competetive as possible. I heard that over 300 people applied and they did not have enough actually qualifying. So they have the rolling admissions right now. I would say TX state to keep your costs down, and search this website to see if you can find any scholarships.
    Yes, they extended the deadline until June, so now my roommate is able to apply. I think it's a nice school with a beautiful new building, I just don't know if it will run smoothly since it's so new. I also don't like that they require you to purchase a PC (laptop), because I have a Mac laptop...they say it is unacceptable. They also want you to have a smart phone (iphone preferred) and of course I have an android. And I hear they also require business attire for all classes except clinical (more $$$). Anyway, I am leaning towards staying here now, but it's been a tough decision. I love Texas and would love to have that Rising Star on my degree!!!
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    Hi I was thinking about applying to Texas State as well now that they extended the deadline, can you tell me what your stats were when you applied and what is considered competitive?
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    Hi I was thinking about applying to Texas State as well now that they extended the deadline, can you tell me what your stats were when you applied and what is considered competitive?
    I had an overall GPA of 3.89, with a science GPA about 3.6 I think. I scored in the 96th percentile nation-wide on the TEAS-V. I didn't have any volunteer or curricular activities or experience. I guess it was solely based on my stats. And since they extended the deadline, I'm not sure what they are looking for. I just read that last year the mean GPA was 3.3. I think it's a good program, I'm literally looking over all of the details in the handbook now.
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    My overall was a 3.68 and the science was a 3.75. My TEAS score was an 88.7 and since they do points, I think I got like 36 out of 40 points because I scored so well on English and Math, my score was low because I scored like 83% in science-hahaha. I think my essay was decent.
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    Did any of you have to wait to get in or did you get in right away?


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