Hello, the last post has been a while but wanted to put my 2 cents in. I will be going to Bon Secours this Fall 2004. The whole application process was not bad at all. I made sure I had all the minimum requirements and everything before I applied. I got my transcripes from J.Sargeant Reynolds and my high School had them sent over to them. finished my application, got 3 letters of recommendation from my job from 3 of the RN's I work with. The essay was the biggest thing to me just putting into words what they wanted to know and they clearly state what they want to know and there is no need to go into great detail just stick to the point. I think they wanted to know what made me choose nursing, what made me choose their program, and what are my future goals as far as nursing. After that it was waiting to get an interview. Which took about 2 months to get an interview. But the lady that handles all of your information and makes sure you got everything in is really nice. She made it very clear that I could call her anytime I wanted to check on the status of my application and if she was not available to talk I could leave a message and expect a call back by the close of business that day.
She told me when the academic committe met to decide on who would get in or not. She told me the day that they would be meeting and adviced that I call her back that evening to know what the decision was. I called back on Jan. 9 @ 4pm and she told me that I was accepted. She was really great during the whole process, answered all my questions.
I also have a friend that graduated from there in May 2003 who told me so many good things about the school. The instructors are willing to help those that are having trouble and make sure they do all they can to help with passing. None of that if you don't get it them tough. They take pride in what they do and in the reputation of their school. They have a flexible program and you get to take your prereqs with your nursing class. Although this may sound a bit rough but it is recommended that you take the sciences with the nursing courses to help with them. The traditional program takes 3 years but if you have all your sciences taken then you can do the accelerated program and finish in 2 years.
The program is not a rush and they really prepare you for your bachelors at any other university that offer RN-BSN. when you complete the program you have only 2-3 prereqs to take and that is in humanities and arts. You will have the foundation to perform excellent as a RN. I have had some nurses say they can tell a nurse that has graduated from Bon Secours because they are so knowledgeable and confident for being right out of nursing school.
And yes all of Bon Secours credits transfers to other Universities. They make sure of that because they prepare their students for a BSN and they have and excellent 1st time NCLEX pass rate. It's been 100% since 2000.
I think I have said enough for right now hope this helps.
RN2b204 @ Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing.
And by the way they don't have a waiting list nor a test to take to get on a waiting list either. Submitted my application in Sept.03 got my interview in Nov. 03 got my official acceptance in Jan. 04 for the Fall of 2004. WOW