GMU vs NOVA vs Marymount - page 2

Hello all! This is my first post....I have applied to 4 nursing programs-all accelerated-I just found out a couple days ago that I got accepted into NOVA and Shenandoah....still waiting on Marymount... Read More

  1. by   chicagrl72
    i used to live in no VA
    I know the high rate of competitiveness in that area ..even as a high school student ..must go to the right school get the right job , drive the right car ..i was nothing like that so i moved after college ...I took some courses at NOVA and i would totally go for that ! I used to live right across from GMU on commonwealth with a bunch of friend ..this post is making me a bit sad for some reason ..missing the old days ..ha ha ha
    anyway
    you will come out an RN anyway if you pass NCLEX so go for nova - i am just psyched for you that you got in

    in the city we had over 500 apps for 100 spots ..i heard upwards of 800 apps but that part is a rumor
    take care
    les
  2. by   poetryeclipse
    Okay so judging by what i've heard here when it comes to Nova and Gmu, Nova is definately a better place to get your degree? What exactly is the difference between an associates degree in nursing and a bacherlors degree? Since I'm going to Ecpi first to get my degree in medical assisting I have a lot of time to think about where I want to go next. Isnt the medical building in springfield for Nova as well?

    ~Amber~
  3. by   RN_Jen
    Quote from poetryeclipse
    Okay so judging by what i've heard here when it comes to Nova and Gmu, Nova is definately a better place to get your degree? What exactly is the difference between an associates degree in nursing and a bacherlors degree? Since I'm going to Ecpi first to get my degree in medical assisting I have a lot of time to think about where I want to go next. Isnt the medical building in springfield for Nova as well?

    ~Amber~
    I'm not sure I'd say NOVA is "better" (I took my pre-reqs there). It just depends on what you're looking for degree-wise. Both programs prepare you to take the NCLEX...the passing of which will get you the title of RN. Both programs have a great reputation; but if you think you want to go to NOVA, better get yourself on the waiting list now! Last time I heard there was at least a 1 year wait. That was one reason I decided to go to GMU....and I'm very glad I did!
  4. by   poetryeclipse
    I heard its hard to get into GMU? I know that a couple of girls that Im going to ecpi with in february couldnt get into GMU and one had a 3.7 GPA and the other had a 3.9 GPA...they to decided to get their associates in medical assisting and go up from there. I know that I want to be a RN eventually and work in the neonatal field but right now im trying to keep my options open. I know that GMU offers a program for health administration and I know that most medical assistance go on to get their degree in health administration. Either choice I make I'll be doing something that I love.

    ~amber~
  5. by   RN_Jen
    Quote from poetryeclipse
    I heard its hard to get into GMU? I know that a couple of girls that Im going to ecpi with in february couldnt get into GMU and one had a 3.7 GPA and the other had a 3.9 GPA...they to decided to get their associates in medical assisting and go up from there. I know that I want to be a RN eventually and work in the neonatal field but right now im trying to keep my options open. I know that GMU offers a program for health administration and I know that most medical assistance go on to get their degree in health administration. Either choice I make I'll be doing something that I love.

    ~amber~
    Yes, admission is competitive. They said this year they had more well qualified people than last year and they had to turn a lot away. There were close to 400 applications for 130 spots. I was a CMA in my last life....good luck to you!
  6. by   poetryeclipse
    Thanks for your response . I think I've actually decided to move to Delaware after I graduate from Ecpi. My boyfriend will be transferred there for work eventually and I read that they are in need of Nurse's very badly there and that it will only get worse, the number's will keep decreasing. Delaware State University offers a BSN and it's only about 45 minutes from where my family lives in Maryland. The rent for apartments are a little cheaper then where I live now in manassas virginia. Besides I just received an email from someone at GMU who said that they had to turn away a lot of students who's GPA's were 4.0's. A friend of mine who goes to Nova said the waiting list there is over a year long now and besides if I'm going to be working in the neonatal unit I will need to have my BSN not my ASN in nursing. So many confusing choices to make.

    ~amber~
  7. by   amya215
    Hey, just curious...I just applied to Marymount for transfer admission into nursing and I was wondering was bad things you heard about it...I don't really know too much about it and I don't want to get into a worse situation than I am now. Thanks!
  8. by   lexy3227
    Quote from amya215
    Hey, just curious...I just applied to Marymount for transfer admission into nursing and I was wondering was bad things you heard about it...I don't really know too much about it and I don't want to get into a worse situation than I am now. Thanks!

    Well Marymount is about $500/credit while NOVA is $72/credit...not saying that this is a bad thing b/c if you've got the money then great. But I've heard it's not necessarily worth the money and the school tries to keep you in for as long as they can to try and get some more $$ out of you. Again, this is just one opinion I've heard. I also heard that the clinical experience you gain at NOVA is better than Marymount...however, I am talking about the accelerated program which is only a year long. Obviously since I'm in a 2 year ADN program I am going to get more clinical experience vs. a 1 year BSN program. I think I've just heard that Marymount isn't necessarily worth the huge difference in tuition. I will say this, NOVA is great at preparing you for the NCLEX. I'm only in my second semester and we're already being prepped. Good Luck!
  9. by   sumihane
    I also have a Bachelor's degree from another field but want to go into nursing. I will be applying to NOVA because it is very flexible and affordable and I've heard it is an excellent program. I've living close to dulles airport so it will be a bit of a drive. I would try for an accelerated program but I think that it would be too fast paced and I want the material paced so I can learn it properly and also not be around lots of very stressed out students who might back stab each other. I have been working as a med tech in assisted living and recently got a new job in an allergy office. Even though it is an associate's degree, aren't there plenty of hospitals and clinics who hire new grads with Associates in Nursing?
  10. by   Flames9_RN
    Quote from sumihane
    I also have a Bachelor's degree from another field but want to go into nursing. I will be applying to NOVA because it is very flexible and affordable and I've heard it is an excellent program. I've living close to dulles airport so it will be a bit of a drive. I would try for an accelerated program but I think that it would be too fast paced and I want the material paced so I can learn it properly and also not be around lots of very stressed out students who might back stab each other. I have been working as a med tech in assisted living and recently got a new job in an allergy office. Even though it is an associate's degree, aren't there plenty of hospitals and clinics who hire new grads with Associates in Nursing?
    Im at NOVA now, and sometimes during each clinical rotation, get the opportunity to talk to the people do the hiring and they all say they love NOVA students! Talked to a girl that graduated last May, she applied for 4 positions one day, and by the time she got home, she had 4 messages on her answering machine. From my understanding it is a well respected college.
    I do believe starting this Fall semester, its competitive to get in and they have raised the GPA to 2.5. Not sure what they are using for marks; based solely on your GPA or the count the HESI entrance exam as well.
    I'm enjoying NOVA so far,lot od lab time if you want it, at the hospital once a week the first year, not sure if you go more than once the second year. My thoughts are pay for the Associates degree myself, and let the hospital pick up the BSN degree tab! Oh ya, NOVA does have a new online RN program!! Just for the lectures of course, I think it would be sort of neat to do it that way as the program that the use (centra) you see the powerpoint slides, can hear the prof speak, and ya stil have the capability of asking question, AND the whole thing is recorded, so one can log on at anytime and go over it again. I personally hate driving to school for lectures. One just has to be dedicated to pay attention online!! As well NOVA offers another program that takes place in Arlington. They attend classes Friday/Saturday;one day, consists of your major theory class (3 hrs) then ur CLS (sort of a review class, go over scenarios) (1 hr) and lab (2-3 hrs) and the other day is their hospital/clinical time!! They goto school all year round and finish one semester earlier than the rest of us.

    We started with 220 at the medical campus and now down to 170 students. if ya have any questions, feel free to PM me!
  11. by   FA to CRNA2b
    Quote from sumihane
    I also have a Bachelor's degree from another field but want to go into nursing. I will be applying to NOVA because it is very flexible and affordable and I've heard it is an excellent program. I've living close to dulles airport so it will be a bit of a drive. I would try for an accelerated program but I think that it would be too fast paced and I want the material paced so I can learn it properly and also not be around lots of very stressed out students who might back stab each other. I have been working as a med tech in assisted living and recently got a new job in an allergy office. Even though it is an associate's degree, aren't there plenty of hospitals and clinics who hire new grads with Associates in Nursing?
    Hi Sumi,

    I live in Ashburn and will be graduating from GMU this May. I started nursing at Marymount but found it to be totally overpriced. GMU's program is much better IMHO. If you have no intentions of going into advanced practice nursing, then I'd say just do NOVA's two-year program. NOVA's NCLEX passing rate is higher than GMU because they have mostly clinical time. GMU students have quite a few more classes designed for leadership, management, critical thinking and lots of research. Once you've passed clinical ladders for RN I and RN II at work, it may be a little more difficult to move on to RN III and IV without having taken those research classes. It can be done but I've been told that BSN students have an advantage there since they've taken three research classes already. In other words, advancement in pay as well as position may be limited to an ADN but that may not matter if those are not your goals. I need my BSN to go on to grad school. The ADN was never an option. BTW, it is true that the transfer GPAs are very high. In 2006, the transfer GPA was between 3.7-3.8. There are some in my class that had a lower GPA, but that was because they started their freshman year with a declared 'nursing major' which requires a 3.0.

    Good Luck and pm with any questions.
    Last edit by FA to CRNA2b on Mar 20, '08
  12. by   sumihane
    I live in Ashburn as well. We might be neighbors! So which program are you referring to in regards to the 3.8 GPA? Is that for NOVA Traditional program? Or the GMU program you are enrolled? I am only applying for the program at NOVA. I am just interested in getting my Associates to get into the field and plan on enrolling in a RN-BSN later in life but I am not worried about that right now. I am fully aware of the advantages of the BSN degree but I want to start out with the AD at NOVA. I certainly encourage you to work towards and finish your BSN in nursing, you will be better off in the end no question about it, the extra effort and work will give you more opportunities. I have a question for you though, do you have insider information as to whether or not there is a serious waiting list at NOVA nursing?
  13. by   Flames9_RN
    I have no clue on a waiting list for NOVA (NVCC) I nyrs past there has been, but for the Fall of 2007 I heard they took everyone. Starting this Fall of 2008, it is competitive, so your GPA is going to matter!! The minimum GPA is 2.5. Here is a few links for NOV'a program, 1 link is even a power point presentation:
    http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/health/nursing/nur_info.htm

    http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/health/n...fo/slide1.html

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