Shenandoah University Accelerated BSN - page 4

by shamrock529

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Hi everyone! So i just got accepted to Shenandoah University's accelerated BSN program and I am very excited! I am from California so Virginia is a long way away but I am looking to live in another state for a year :) I was... Read More


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    It honestly depends. My cohort started with around 30 people but the one before mine had about 60. Not sure how it is at the Winchester campus however.

    Also, I wanted to let people know a few things that differed from the admission packet in terms of price. First, the expected $1100 for books for the program is way low! I spent about that for the first semester, and that's with using other book sources than the school bookstore to get the cheapest price. Not sure what the prices will look like for the second semester as they haven't given us a book list yet, but be prepared. I have heard that if you rent books it is much cheaper but it seems like very few people use that option in case they need the books for later.

    Second, you don't need scrubs for the first semester (at least at Leesburg)! The first clinical is Mental Health and they require you to dress business casual for that as no one on the psych units wear scrubs. If you're feeling overwhelmed by how expensive everything is, it might help knowing that you don't need to spend more on scrubs at first. You do, however, need a lab coat for labs.

    Also, financial aid can be a pain. If you can, try to get all that sorted out as soon as possible. Things were a bit delayed, which messed up a lot of things. Both my roommate and I lost out on a grant because financial aid did not send out all the information necessary for it. Hopefully for the fall start they will be more organized but it was terrible for the spring. If you do have to call them, make sure to request they call you back otherwise they won't.

    Despite those few frustrating things, doing this program is honestly so much fun. If you truly want to be a nurse, it's definitely worth it. The classes are fascinating, if a bit challenging at times, and the professors are wonderful. If I think of anything else that might be helpful for incoming students, I'll write it down and feel free to ask questions. I might not be able to answer right away but I'll do my best. I know that would have helped me a lot
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    I sincerely appreciate you taking the time writing all of that out- it's very helpful! I'm curious to know how many clinical/lab hours are completed at SUs program. There's very little information on the school's page. I have heaps of other questions to ask, but I think I'm going to wait until this Saturday at the info session

    Quote from Singingbird812
    It honestly depends. My cohort started with around 30 people but the one before mine had about 60. Not sure how it is at the Winchester campus however.

    Also, I wanted to let people know a few things that differed from the admission packet in terms of price. First, the expected $1100 for books for the program is way low! I spent about that for the first semester, and that's with using other book sources than the school bookstore to get the cheapest price. Not sure what the prices will look like for the second semester as they haven't given us a book list yet, but be prepared. I have heard that if you rent books it is much cheaper but it seems like very few people use that option in case they need the books for later.

    Second, you don't need scrubs for the first semester (at least at Leesburg)! The first clinical is Mental Health and they require you to dress business casual for that as no one on the psych units wear scrubs. If you're feeling overwhelmed by how expensive everything is, it might help knowing that you don't need to spend more on scrubs at first. You do, however, need a lab coat for labs.

    Also, financial aid can be a pain. If you can, try to get all that sorted out as soon as possible. Things were a bit delayed, which messed up a lot of things. Both my roommate and I lost out on a grant because financial aid did not send out all the information necessary for it. Hopefully for the fall start they will be more organized but it was terrible for the spring. If you do have to call them, make sure to request they call you back otherwise they won't.

    Despite those few frustrating things, doing this program is honestly so much fun. If you truly want to be a nurse, it's definitely worth it. The classes are fascinating, if a bit challenging at times, and the professors are wonderful. If I think of anything else that might be helpful for incoming students, I'll write it down and feel free to ask questions. I might not be able to answer right away but I'll do my best. I know that would have helped me a lot
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    Does anyone know what the pre-reqs are to the accelerated BSN program? I couldn't find them anywhere on the website. Any information would be great! Thanks! :-)
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    Hi All!

    I'm going to be starting Shenandoah's 2nd degree program in Leesburg this Fall. Anyone else?

    Rachel
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    nermface, were you able to get all your questions answered at the info session? If not, I might be able to help out a bit. Actually just came back again to give some advice from my roommate. For the first semester, if you have the time to search for the books that come in the bundle, do that as it will probably save money and the frustration of having bought books you will never use. It may also be worth waiting to get to class before buying some of them because I think of that bundle we used two books this semester and it doesn't seem like the others will be used any time soon.

    As to havehope's question, I can't remember the pre-reqs. I tried finding them on the site again, figuring it might be easier since I searched it before but no luck. It seems like they're having issues with links right now but maybe you could try emailing one of the advisers there. I remember Karen O'Neil was very helpful in getting everything straight.
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    Here's what I was able to find (it also matches the informational sheet I received during a campus visit last year):


    Human Anatomy & Physiology, I & II, with labs (8)
    Introductory Microbiology with lab (4)
    College Chemistry with lab (4)
    Human Growth & Development (3)
    Nutrition (3)
    Statistics (3)
    English Composition (3)
    English Literature (3)
    Introductory Sociology (3)
    Philosophy, Religion or Ethics course (3)
    Medical Terminology (1)

    The information is buried under "Admissions>>Transfers". Scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to "Transfer Nursing Requirements". The page that follows lists info for all the nursing tracks. I'd post the link, but that's not allowed on this site.
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    Quote from Singingbird812
    nermface, were you able to get all your questions answered at the info session? If not, I might be able to help out a bit. Actually just came back again to give some advice from my roommate. For the first semester, if you have the time to search for the books that come in the bundle, do that as it will probably save money and the frustration of having bought books you will never use. It may also be worth waiting to get to class before buying some of them because I think of that bundle we used two books this semester and it doesn't seem like the others will be used any time soon.

    As to havehope's question, I can't remember the pre-reqs. I tried finding them on the site again, figuring it might be easier since I searched it before but no luck. It seems like they're having issues with links right now but maybe you could try emailing one of the advisers there. I remember Karen O'Neil was very helpful in getting everything straight.
    Yes, thanks! My questions were answered through the presentation. I did want to double check with something though... How many clinical/lab hours will be completed throughout the fifteen months? I calculated to something about 400. Is that correct? I applied to another program, and they offered over 700 hours within the year. Do you feel like you're getting enough experience?

    If I go with SU, then I would still need to take medical terminology and an English lit class over the summer. I'm trying to find classes that I can finish ASAP so I can hold my spot. No way I could take it this semester with 20 credits!
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    Quote from Singingbird812
    nermface, were you able to get all your questions answered at the info session? If not, I might be able to help out a bit. Actually just came back again to give some advice from my roommate. For the first semester, if you have the time to search for the books that come in the bundle, do that as it will probably save money and the frustration of having bought books you will never use. It may also be worth waiting to get to class before buying some of them because I think of that bundle we used two books this semester and it doesn't seem like the others will be used any time soon.

    As to havehope's question, I can't remember the pre-reqs. I tried finding them on the site again, figuring it might be easier since I searched it before but no luck. It seems like they're having issues with links right now but maybe you could try emailing one of the advisers there. I remember Karen O'Neil was very helpful in getting everything straight.
    Can you give than idea of what you're schedule is like during the week.... Hours wise?
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    At the open house, I was told that we'd be in class from 9-12 and then 1-4. Clinicals might fall on a Saturday, but not very often...but it's normally during the week.
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    For the prospective nursing students at Winchester campus, how are you looking for places to rent? Craigslist? What's a "good" area?


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