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- @kswilliams1107, congrats! Seems like all I was reading was about the denials and waitlist. I was kinda "freakin out!" I applied for Fall 2012 and am starting to rethink my options.
- Congrats Katycath, are you partnered. I've been reading these posts for days now and I'm starting to wonder. I live in Cypress and have applied for the AP BSN program Fall 2012. I also reached out to Katybusymom, since we all live in the same general area. Sure would be nice to have some friends in my same struggle lol.
- Nov 21, '11 by BJBAILEY1972Sherri86 please do not let our posts worry you...my advice for the AP program would definitely be to be partnered. Your odds are better, but obviously not guranteed - several of us are partnered but on a wait list. Also, I think it would serve you well to interrogate (for lack of a better term) your advisor and it's probably best to do this via email, so you have their responses in writing. As you have probably read many of us have been told several different things and some of us told nothing at all. The AP program and UTA's traditional program are 2 of the best in the state. They are highly regarded by current nurses as being excellent programs. I think most of our frustrations are with admissions, obviously, but again, do not be discouraged.
- Thanks BJBAILEY1972, I'm not discouraged, but I will be more vigilant in getting things in writing, (emails etc.). Thanks for your advice.
- Nov 21, '11 by el JefeHi everybody. I found this program to be somewhat shady when I dealt with the advisers. So I did a little research and found that the program is marketed by a private company called Academic Partnerships
They receive from 50-80% of the money students spend on the online courses according to this article.
This is probably the reason why it is so hard to get straight answers from the advisers. I know many people were NEVER told about the importance of working at a partnered facility. The advisers made it seem that if you made the grades, you would be competitive. However, I believe only 10 un-partnered applicants were accepted last fall, and now it seems even many of the partnered applicants who were pretty much guaranteed by advisers that they would get in if they did well, are not getting in.
The lack of transparency and the conflict of interests seems to border on fraud. It is a shame because, from what I hear, the actual nursing program is great. I know this program is working out great for some people, but many were conned out of quite a bit of money.
- Nov 21, '11 by katycath@Sherri86, no I am not partnered. I start Jan 12, its been a long wait but am so thankful for finally getting accepted. I wish you luck. I am in Katy area if you ever want to get together by email or whatever. I have a friend in the program, she is a senior 2, graduates in May. The program is fantastic, a lot of work, and accelerated. So, be prepared. The worst part is waiting for your acceptance. There are so many applicants as you see here on the blog. I try to keep my negative thoughts to myself as I feel I would be jinxed otherwise, lol. I started taking classes in Jan 09.
- Nov 21, '11 by katycath@Katybusymom, I do not blame you for choosing UTHSC, they are a fantastic program, that was my next choice for fall application as I did not have nutrition or philosophy. Two more classes, ugh, plus I would need to retake my third HESI as they added Critical thinking component which I only had the UTA requirements and the A&P and Biology. So I am obviously starting UTA in Jan. Keep in touch, and best of luck in nursing school!
- Nov 21, '11 by BJBAILEY1972PHARM 3365 FOLKS: Has anyone in the online Pharm class been accepted to the AP program?
- @Katycath, I'm so glad for you. I didn't start taking classes at UTA until April 2011 and was so thrilled to find them. I know that these blogs can be pretty negative, but I also know people are just venting. I love that we have this outlet because nobody really understands the frustrations of getting into nursing school unless they have been down that path. I would love to keep in touch with you and hopefully be following in your footsteps of being accepted in Fall. What would you attribute your acceptance too. I mean, since you are not partnered. Would you point to grades? Do you know where you will be for clinicals yet? I'm sorry I have so many questions, I am just so glad to talk to someone from the Houston area that got accepted and is NOT partnered lol!
- Nov 21, '11 by katybusymomQuote from katycath@Katybusymom, I do not blame you for choosing UTHSC, they are a fantastic program, that was my next choice for fall application as I did not have nutrition or philosophy. Two more classes, ugh, plus I would need to retake my third HESI as they added Critical thinking component which I only had the UTA requirements and the A&P and Biology. So I am obviously starting UTA in Jan. Keep in touch, and best of luck in nursing school!
When I found out that it was unlikely that I would get in at UTA, I started making a back-up plan. I fell hook, line and sinker for everything UTA told me about the AP BSN program. It was only after I was deep into my prerequisites that I found out the lack of clinical sites in Houston. I took Nutrition in addition to everything else so that I could apply and be more competitive at UTHSC. I am SO glad that I did.
Keep your head up. I'm not partnered and I got accepted