Marymount Accelerated Fall 2011 - page 8
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Apr 14, '12Hey guys!! I am having a lot of trouble deciding whether or not to attend MU ABSN. I got in last year but deferred to this January. I am so worried about how expensive the program is! I already have $17000 in undergrad loans. Because my parents can't cosign I was only approved for a Wells Fargo Medcap loan that has a variable interest rate...scary! Is anyone else in my situation? Or did anyone attend the program who can tell me if this debt is worth it? I don't have the greatest gpa and so I'm afraid to pass Marymount up and risk spending forever trying to get into another program. I am also tied to living in NYC after the program because of my husband's job and I have heard new grads have found it almost impossible to find work here. Also, does anyone know if you can get around buying a car for the program( katlee08 )?
Thanks so much fellow nurses and nursing enthusiasts!
Apr 17, '12I know a couple of people who did the MU program who did not have cars. MU will assume that you have transportation to and from any site or activity and they make it pretty clear that they have no obligation to make any special arrangements for those who do not have a vehicle so if you don't have a car, don't expect any sympathy from administration. I would not recommend it, especially since not all the clinical sites are metro-accessible, but it has been done before.
If you are committed to becoming a nurse, I would suggest you take MU up on the acceptance. First of all, I have heard (and personally know) of too many people who are on waiting lists, can't get into school, etc. I say go for it and hope that your job after graduation offers loan forgiveness. Although sign-on bonuses for jobs are a thing of the past (in most places), many hospitals still offer loan fogiveness and there are also federal and state programs that offer it as well. You'll be committed to working for the hospital or in a given area/state, etc. for "x" amount of years but your loans will get paid.
In terms of living in NYC and finding work there, it may be hard, but getting a job can be hard anywhere and in any field. Commit yourself to doing really well in nursing school. Get good recommendations from your professors after each semester. Start networking in NYC and putting out feelers early on. Put in the effort and you'll likely get out of it what you put into it. Sure, not every new grad who applies for a job in NYC is going to get it, but someone is...and that could be you, right?
Apr 17, '12I graduated from MU accelerated in '08 and I will tell you it is expensive. However I loved my time there and I learned so much. Also my class was 100% NCLEX pass. As far as car I had mine and I needed it to get to clinicals. You may be able to get rides from people, but don't expect it. No one is going to drive and hour out of their way in DC traffic to pick you up at 5 am.
Have you considered getting an ADN? Personally...I would be a little freaked about going 80K in debt. Then again..if you want it then hit it.
ADN would be cheaper and then you could get your BSN while working. I don't know..it is all up to you. I have worked since 5 days after passing the NCLEX so I would say it was a good investment for me.
Apr 17, '1280K? Good point, windsurfer 8! Although the OP mentioned 17K in undergraduate loans, I didn't really do the math. That is a significant amount of debt and an ADN would be much less expensive, at least in the short run. In many cases, getting an ADN would take you longer than the 16 months to get the BSN at MU. Also, I can tell you that in the current market with many hospitals seeking Magnet status, ADN new grads are having a tougher time getting hired than BSN new grads. It's definitely a big decision but hopefully all the information is shedding some light for you. Good luck, whatever path you choose!
Apr 17, '12I am saying by the time it is all done with adding in the 20K already owed.
Yes with the ADNs...however...I work with a lot of ADNs who were hired. The bottom line while there may not be as many positions as in '08...there is still a shortage of nurses. As it was explained to me...yes..there are a LOT more people applying to nursing schools..however..nursing schools can still only graduate X amount of nurses. Whether MU gets 10,000 apps or 1,000..they can only graduate a certain amount. I do not know any ADN nurse who want to work who are not working. I am not advocating ADN..I am pro BSN 100%. I am very happy to have my BSN. I am just saying the rumors of no jobs and all that...don't believe anything unless you see it in person.
Once again...good luck and I am a total Marymount guy who is totally supportive of going there!
Apr 22, '12A quick question for those who did or are currently attending MU: What is your weekly (and semester) class schedule like? Do they hold clinicals on the same days as classes, or are they separated? Do they have summer classes for ABSN students (my projected graduation date is May 2014)?
I was accepted into the Fall 2012 cohort & although I won't have my specific schedule for a while, I'm trying to get a general feel for the program, especially so I can begin locking down flexible, reliable childcare.
I looked on the school website & while it lists all the required courses, it doesn't delve into a semester-by-semester breakdown or clinical scheduling.
Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!
Apr 22, '12Yes, you will have classes the summer of 2013. It is possible for you to have classes and clinicals the same day (clinicals are done by a lottery system), but I don't know many people who encountered that situation. When I started in the program (I graduated in May 2011) there was basically an early morning cohort (8-9am start time) and a late morning cohort (classes began around 11am). If you go to Marymount University | Registrar and click on "Schedule of Classes" you can see the current course schedule. For the accelerated program, look at the classes listed as NU-XXX-ACC-XXX and coordinate it with the required course schedule. Hope that helps!
Apr 23, '12Thanks so much, soontobnurstudent, that info is very helpful!
Is there any way to select being in the late morning group, or vice versa? I would definitely prefer the later start time, but I understand if the assignment process is random.
I am glad to know the odds aren't too high one will have clinicals & classes on the same day. They regularly scheduled like that in another program I looked at & it seemed like a recipe for burnout.
Also, how far in advance of August will we know our final schedule for fall term? Since I am arranging daily childcare, the sooner the better.
Apr 23, '12Yes, you do get to pick your start time for classes. As far as getting your class schedule/selecting classes, if my memory serves me correctly, it wasn't very long after I accepted the admission offer. The class schedule is already available for the fall so I would imagine there won't be much of a delay. Good luck, Tabby_Cat!
May 6, '12soon2bnurstudent and windsurfer8,
Thanks so much for all your help. It breaks my heart but I really can't afford Marymount. If I was gonna get fixed rate loans I would probably go for it, but I don't wanna spend my life watching the prime rate with terror. You were right on the mark when you said 80K.
It sucks! I'm pretty sure I would love Marymount. Now I'm trying to find super cheap BSNs. I will consider ADNs too, but some are harder to get into than BSNs because they're so cheap.
Anyways, thanks again! You guys are awesome!
May 7, '12For those that are in the program, do you like it? I've seen so many mixed reviews. I'm hoping that I'll get into a school for the spring of 2013 but if not, I'd consider Marymount for Fall. It sounds like they are still accepting applications For the Fall but I really want to go to UMD. I've also read that they aren't as competitive as other schools. That makes me wonder if they are worth it.
Jun 17, '12I would like some guidance from anyone who's been through the ABSN program. Is the cost of tuition (including room and board) for the entire academic year $80,000? I'm really confused as their website indicates that it'll cost about $34,000 for the 2011-2012 calendar year. Am i missing something??
Your response is appreciaeted!!