Published Sep 6, 2004
You are reading page 2 of accelerated bsn programs in texas ??
Ut Austin does have one for students that already have an ungrad degree. It's a master's program so you end up with an MSN, the only problem is that I've been told that even though you have an MSN you can't not become an NP, only an RN. But you'll still be considered an "advanced practice nurse." I believe the program is like 3 years long. Also, I've heard that it is not so hard to be accepted into the alternate entry programs as it is to be accepted into the regular programs for BSN. I've been considering doing that....
anyone know of any ?? thanks !!
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has a 1 year BSN program. Check the website at http://son.uth.tmc.edu
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has a 1 year BSN program. Check the website at http://son.uth.tmc.eduGood luck!
I'll graduate next week from this accelerated program. This is a joint program between UT-Houston and UTMB in Galveston.
Yes, it was very challenging. What I liked best was that we took all the theory classes online. Tests and a seminar class are taken at the school. This really enabled us to schedule our own time. Our clinicals were sometimes 36 or more hours per week so adding lecture time on top of that would have been really hard. Just make sure you have the self discipline required in a program like this before you begin.
Another plus of this program is that for some of the clinicals we were paired with a nurse preceptor- a nurse who asked for a student and has taken classes on working with students. We worked that nurse's schedule- sometimes nights and weekends- and got to build a relationship of trust with one nurse. I got much more out of these clincal experiences than the times 10 of us were in the hospital with one instructor and paired with some random nurse who wasn't expecting to have to work with a student that day. With the nurse preceptor experiences I really felt like a member of a team, and I felt really comfortable with all the nurses I had. I even got a job in one of the icus I was precepted on.
The school went out of their way to help all 10 of us out during the year. We had a dedicated technical support person who would even come to our houses, we were given really nice PDAs that we got to keep if we finished the program, and we all earned scholarships. This was the first year of the program so some of it was a little rough, but the school listened to us and made helpful changes along the way.
Will they admit men?
UT-Houston also has a accelerated program. They only accept 10 students as the UTMB does. I decided against this due to the number of online courses and long commutes between campuses. I also feel that UT-Houston is very disorganized. I had the sociology pre-req waived (I have a bachelor's and master's in social sciences from UT-Austin) and they sent me a letter a few weeks ago saying I had been denied admission. I never even filled out the application. A friend of mine also applied and she got an interview. They called her a couple weeks later and asked if she could come in for a second interview for the accelerated program. She said she would but that she had not yet completed one fo the pre-reqs, so they couldn't consider her for the accelerated. The girl told her she would likely be hearing good news soon about the traditional program, but she ended up getting a denial letter.
TWU had one last year, but they were not sure when I last talked to them whether they had the funding to offer one this year.
UT-Austin is really snobby. I talked to them when I was finishing my master's there and they told me it would take me 4 more years to get a BSN there! They are also very snobby about what pre-reqs they will accept, forget community college credits transferring. But if you take the pre-reqs at UT, it will take you over a year to even get into A&P I.
I decided to go out-of-state. I think UTMB seemed alright, they were very nice and seemed very organized. Good luck.
TTU has a program for people with previous bachelors degrees. Two campuses...one in Lubbock and one in Austin/Fredricksburg. All the courses are online and you're assigned to do clinicals at a local hospital (either Austin/Lubbock/or Fredricksburg).
Maybe y'all would would have better luck with TCU's accelerated BSN program. Not sure on the details, I'm only in the traditional BSN program at TCU, but we have classes with some of the people in the program. The first group that went through did not seem to be competitive at all for admissions. Only one has a prior degree that has anything to do with healthcare. I guess that's the idea behind it, but I just don't think you would have problems with admissions and competition. And with it being brand new, they seem to take a laissez fare approach to their GPAs and such to make the program look better.
maybe y'all would would have better luck with tcu's accelerated bsn program. not sure on the details, i'm only in the traditional bsn program at tcu, but we have classes with some of the people in the program. the first group that went through did not seem to be competitive at all for admissions. only one has a prior degree that has anything to do with healthcare. i guess that's the idea behind it, but i just don't think you would have problems with admissions and competition. and with it being brand new, they seem to take a laissez fare approach to their gpas and such to make the program look better.
i am not trying to start a fight, but as an accelerated student at tcu, i find your post insulting, and i must repond.
there were over 400 applicants for the second class (my class) and there are only 20 seats. no interviews were granted. admissions were based on gpa (believe it or not), past experiences (your degree/work history), net test, and essay submissions. the program is new, so that might account for the low numbers of applicants, but don't describe a program (that you admit to know little about) as "noncompetitive".
also, we (abt students) sign an agreement that we will not work more than 15 hours a week -- that might have something to do with the low numbers of applicants. i am not sure if the traditional students are under the same work restrictions, but who can afford tcu tuition ($689/hr) and not work?
this brings up another possible reason for fewer applicants: we (abt) have a degree and most of us have been working in our respective fields for some time. we are, for the most part, older than the traditional students. we have house payments, families (children & spouse), and some in our class are even paying for tuition for their children to attend college. we (abt-applicants) are at a different stage in our life than you (tbt-applicants) and hence it might be a little harder for us to reorganize our lives (and our families' lives) in order to start over in school again. so, that might account for the smaller number of applicants to the abt program.
lastly, you must have a degree in order to even be considered for the program. this requirement significantly narrows down the pool of eligible applicants.
since you are a tbt student, you know there is a bit of animosity between the two groups of students (tbt/abt). this jealousy is evident in your post. we are not getting special treatment. we all have degrees. we have put in our time, worked hard, and paid our dues by getting an undergrad degree. some people have degrees in biology and chemistry (me) and others have degrees in business finance, philosophy, or psychology. we all had to complete the nursing pre-reqs. there were no shortcuts to get to where we are. none of us got a bs degree so we could have a easy way into nursing school!
your post sounded like you were implying that if you couldn't get into regular nursing school, just try the tcu accelerated program because anyone can get into it since it is not at all competitive regarding gpa... and they will take anyone to make the program look good. please correct me if i misinterpreted the point you were trying to communicate.
abt = accelerated bacc. track at tcu
tbt = traditional bacc track at tcu
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