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ASU Post Bacc - 2021

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Specializes in Account Manager.

Hi Everyone!

I've created this chain for anyone applying to the ASU Post Bacc BSN program for the 2021 cycle.

A little about me: I've completed all the prereqs and just took the TEAS last month (scoring a 93.3% so if you have any questions/are about to take the TEAS soon please let me know!) I'm 28, originally from CA but now living in AZ, and even though nursing will be a 2nd career it's been a dream job of mine since I was 18. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Hey Emily!

I am also interested in the 2021 Post Bacc. Like you, I'm originally from CA. I completed my undergrad at NAU, and now I'm back in SoCal at the moment. Didn't think I'd find myself drawn back to AZ, but through a funny turn of events, here I am.

I've completed 9/10 pre-reqs, and I expect to completed the final one through Rio Salado this Summer. The TEAS is my next goal, and I've been reviewing the material to ensure a competitive score. Did you take the TEAS in CA? I haven't checked, but I wonder if testing centers are still closed?

Regardless, best of luck to you! If all goes well, we may be classmates soon.

Emily Barney

Specializes in Account Manager.

38 minutes ago, TimothyGnarlson said:

Hey Emily!

I am also interested in the 2021 Post Bacc. Like you, I'm originally from CA. I completed my undergrad at NAU, and now I'm back in SoCal at the moment. Didn't think I'd find myself drawn back to AZ, but through a funny turn of events, here I am.

I've completed 9/10 pre-reqs, and I expect to completed the final one through Rio Salado this Summer. The TEAS is my next goal, and I've been reviewing the material to ensure a competitive score. Did you take the TEAS in CA? I haven't checked, but I wonder if testing centers are still closed?

Regardless, best of luck to you! If all goes well, we may be classmates soon.

Hi! I was in San Diego for 10 years and never thought I'd leave to come to AZ, but here we are! I took two classes online through Rio Salado and the professors were great, I'm sure you'll do very well.

ASU provides testing through a proctor. I had to go that route since my TEAS test was cancelled 4 times when I tried to take it in CA. Basically you take the TEAS test in your own home and a AI proctors you. For me, it went very smoothly and I felt it was a good choice.

If you can, take the ATI TEAS practice tests (I felt they were harder than the actual test so they were good practice) and the online study guide (the textbook study guide ATI provides I felt was pretty useless.) After you think that you have a good handle on all the information in the ATI online study guide, get the mometrix online study guide (you can try it free for a short time and then call them to get a refund.) A week before I took the test I studied the anatomy portion of the mometrix study guide and it was extremely helpful since it filled in some gaps ATI had left out.

Good luck!!

Hi Emily! I will also be applying for the 2021 Post Bacc Program. I'm from AZ but got my undergrad in CO. I have one more pre-req to take (HCR 220), which I'll start here soon through Rio Salado online. I'm taking the TEAS in three days (!!) through remote proctoring and am pretty nervous but optimistic. Congratulations on your awesome score!

Do you happen to know if/when they'll be posting an updated Application Guide? The one on the ASU website has all 2019 dates and I'm really hoping that all of the information and deadlines are the same - mostly about the titers, health requirements, etc. not being required until after the application deadline.

Best of luck everyone!

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Emily Barney

Specializes in Account Manager.

1 hour ago, kelly1125 said:

Hi Emily! I will also be applying for the 2021 Post Bacc Program. I'm from AZ but got my undergrad in CO. I have one more pre-req to take (HCR 220), which I'll start here soon through Rio Salado online. I'm taking the TEAS in three days (!!) through remote proctoring and am pretty nervous but optimistic. Congratulations on your awesome score!

Do you happen to know if/when they'll be posting an updated Application Guide? The one on the ASU website has all 2019 dates and I'm really hoping that all of the information and deadlines are the same - mostly about the titers, health requirements, etc. not being required until after the application deadline.

Best of luck everyone!

Ahh good luck on your TEAS! You'll do great! Yes, my counselor let me know that August 1st is the first day you can apply/when the application becomes live. Titers, etc, they suggest you get that in August because you don't usually receive your acceptance letter until late October/November and by then it's a scramble to get all the lab work done before January.

jdm525

Specializes in RDH to RN.

Hi. I'm planning to apply for the 2021 cohort but still new to all of this. A few years ago I was on a waitlist (backup) for the NAU post-bacc but I realized I'd prefer ASU since it's closer to home. I have a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and have most of the prequisites completed since we have the same prereqs. But, I'm not sure if they can still take them. Any advices on how to review for TEAS and other sources to get me an idea on how I can prepare for the application? I've been very unhappy lately at work since Dental Hygiene is very repetitive. Nursing has always been in my mind. I want to be an OR nurse.

8 hours ago, jdm525 said:

Hi. I'm planning to apply for the 2021 cohort but still new to all of this. A few years ago I was on a waitlist (backup) for the NAU post-bacc but I realized I'd prefer ASU since it's closer to home. I have a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and have most of the prequisites completed since we have the same prereqs. But, I'm not sure if they can still take them. Any advices on how to review for TEAS and other sources to get me an idea on how I can prepare for the application? I've been very unhappy lately at work since Dental Hygiene is very repetitive. Nursing has always been in my mind. I want to be an OR nurse.

ASU has a handy course equivalency tool. You can use it to look up any courses that you wish to transfer.

https://webapp4.asu.edu/transfercreditguide/app/searchcourses

As for the TEAS, there are plenty of study guides online, as well as helpful Youtube videos. Focus on reading comprehension, basic math, and a general review of Anatomy and Physiology. I recommend investing in one of the many study books, available on Amazon.

Emily Barney

Specializes in Account Manager.

10 hours ago, jdm525 said:

Hi. I'm planning to apply for the 2021 cohort but still new to all of this. A few years ago I was on a waitlist (backup) for the NAU post-bacc but I realized I'd prefer ASU since it's closer to home. I have a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and have most of the prequisites completed since we have the same prereqs. But, I'm not sure if they can still take them. Any advices on how to review for TEAS and other sources to get me an idea on how I can prepare for the application? I've been very unhappy lately at work since Dental Hygiene is very repetitive. Nursing has always been in my mind. I want to be an OR nurse.

Hi!

This info session is very helpful and helped me plan my application. You do need to apply to undergrad first (this is easy, you just have to send in the application fee and your first bachelor's transcripts) before you can apply to the postbach program.

https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/admissions/information-sessions/online/accelerated

I then used their transfer credit guide to see what I needed to take to fill the prereqs: https://webapp4.asu.edu/transfercreditguide/app/searchcourses

For the TEAS I cannot suggest the ATI online study guide enough or their practice tests - those really helped me prepare and get ride of some of the pretesting jitters. Best of luck!

jdm525

Specializes in RDH to RN.

Thank you all! I will look into that. I actually have a call meeting with a transfer advisor on Monday so hopefully, my prereqs are still not expired so I can just take the TEAS, the intro to nursing course, and apply🙏🙏🙏

J2Flowers1, EMT-B

Specializes in ASU Nursing Student - May 2021.

Hi ASU PBCNP 2021 hopefuls! I will try to check in here on occasion & will put the word out to my cohort that this group has been started. Last year at this time, I was right where you all are now. You got it, I am in the current ASU PBCNP 2020 cohort. This weekend we are OFFICIALLY 50% through the program.
We had so many questions. Many are the same as what I am seeing above. I will do my best to scroll back through them & answer as best I can. In the meantime, keep posting & I will do my best to answer or see if one of my classmates can answer.

Wishing you all the best of luck & so excited to see you all on here & gearing up for the application cycle.

23 minutes ago, J2Flowers1 said:

Hi ASU PBCNP 2021 hopefuls! I will try to check in here on occasion & will put the word out to my cohort that this group has been started. Last year at this time, I was right where you all are now. You got it, I am in the current ASU PBCNP 2020 cohort. This weekend we are OFFICIALLY 50% through the program.
We had so many questions. Many are the same as what I am seeing above. I will do my best to scroll back through them & answer as best I can. In the meantime, keep posting & I will do my best to answer or see if one of my classmates can answer.

Wishing you all the best of luck & so excited to see you all on here & gearing up for the application cycle.

Thank you for the words of encouragement! It's nice to see a current student chip in.

If you don't mind, can you share your prerequisite GPA and TEAS scores?

Also, now that you're halfway through, how do you like the program?

J2Flowers1, EMT-B

Specializes in ASU Nursing Student - May 2021.

4 minutes ago, TimothyGnarlson said:

Thank you for the words of encouragement! It's nice to see a current student chip in.

If you don't mind, can you share your prerequisite GPA and TEAS scores?

Also, now that you're halfway through, how do you like the program?

My pleasure to chip in. We had students from the previous cohort do the same for us & it is kind of a passing of the torch. In the facebook group we created, there are a couple from the previous cohort in there that have stuck with us and have helped with pointers along the way. With COVID landing on us, it has changed how we are being taught and it has been quite an adjustment, but we are future nurses and our willingness to be flexible helps a lot.

Be warned, I am a verbose one, so the maybe longer than I planned.

You asked about my "stats". For starters, I am one of the older students (age 42). We have a range of our youngest being 20 and the oldest is in his 60s. We have some fresh out of college with BS degrees, all the way up to folks with PhDs. Our backgrounds are incredibly diverse from all different majors (english to astrophysics to ethical philosophy to zoology) At least 1/3 of us have kids, the youngest kid is aged 1 all the way up to already graduated college. Some people still work, most of us do not.

So, I have 2 kids (ages 6 & 9) & married to a USAF veteran (so yes, I can also answer questions about military funding). My BS is in Management Information Systems. For my application, I was one of the lower scores admitted: Select GPA was a 3.86, TEAS 80.7...advancement score was a 1.77.

Do note that they allow petitions for A LOT of things. Ask your admissions advisor (Bekah is a ROCKSTAR) about petition options, like if you can't take your TEAS on time b/c of COVID. Or you don't want to take Gen. Chem a 3rd time b/c of time expiration. I filed like 7 different petitions for all kinds of things. File them if you think you have even an inkling you might need it...cover your a$$.

For how I like the program. I will be frank. This is, by far, the hardest schooling I have ever done (unanimous agreement from the cohort, incl those with PhDs). However, our faculty is SO SUPPORTIVE! They are tough graders, but you know what to expect and they advocate for your success. I have friends in other accelerated nursing programs in other states & they are so jealous of the support ASU faculty & staff provide. My classmates are AMAZING and there is NO way I would survive this program without them. I LOVE what I am learning and I LOVE the program. This is the best decision I ever made.

Lastly, because ASU opened up a MEPN program (way better than UofAs option), our entire application pool was able to be admitted. 63 applied and 63 got in! This also happened for 2017 cohort (2018 was 48/94 applications).

Nursing school is a rite of passage! It is a lot of blood sweat and tears (lots of tears), but I would not have it any other way.

Emily Barney

Specializes in Account Manager.

1 hour ago, J2Flowers1 said:

Hi ASU PBCNP 2021 hopefuls! I will try to check in here on occasion & will put the word out to my cohort that this group has been started. Last year at this time, I was right where you all are now. You got it, I am in the current ASU PBCNP 2020 cohort. This weekend we are OFFICIALLY 50% through the program.
We had so many questions. Many are the same as what I am seeing above. I will do my best to scroll back through them & answer as best I can. In the meantime, keep posting & I will do my best to answer or see if one of my classmates can answer.

Wishing you all the best of luck & so excited to see you all on here & gearing up for the application cycle.

Yay! Thanks for taking the time to reach out. 🙂 Congratulations on making it halfway through the program! Do you know what the average "achievement score" (TEAS + prereq grade) was for getting in for your cohort? Mine currently is a 1.93 but I'm still nervous as this is the only program I'm applying to. Also, how much would you say you spend on average per semester for textbooks, school supplies, etc?

J2Flowers1, EMT-B

Specializes in ASU Nursing Student - May 2021.

1 hour ago, Emily Barney said:

Yay! Thanks for taking the time to reach out. 🙂 Congratulations on making it halfway through the program! Do you know what the average "achievement score" (TEAS + prereq grade) was for getting in for your cohort? Mine currently is a 1.93 but I'm still nervous as this is the only program I'm applying to. Also, how much would you say you spend on average per semester for textbooks, school supplies, etc?

Thank you. It has been interesting getting here. Life is interesting for everyone right now.

The average advancement score each year changes. It all depends on how many applicants. However, with a 1.93 you will definitely get in. I got in with 1.76552 because I didn't study for the TEAS & only scored an 80 (a couple of my classmates scored a bit lower, but can't remember their exact score). I walked in & just took it because I didn't have time to study due to life events. If it helps, this was the only program I applied to and had others in my sites, but I really wanted this one.

Something one of our profs told us the 1st day of class & is so true. Get used to NOT being the best at everything. Most student nurses are used to being overachievers with straight As. Most of the best RNs graduate with a B average, so let go of expecting to have all As, otherwise you will cause yourself a lot of unnecessary anxiety & grief.

For books & supplies:
Uniform: not sure b/c previous cohort got all their together after graduation & gave us theirs (pssst, we are planning to do the same). If you choose to buy, I think the scrub top was $25 & bottoms depend on the brand you buy. Black scrub pants, any brand w/5 pockets NOT tapered cuff. We use AllPro & they give ASU students a discount.
Textbooks: 1st semester is the big one. Get out your checkbook/credit card & prepare to cry. Estimate about $1000 (books & 1st install of ATI Subscription), for Summer it was about $550 (books plus ATI subscription 2nd install), & Fall I am guessing another $500. Note: ASU does a package deal which was the cheapest regardless of how many ways I tried to do a discount. The are electronic. If you want physical texts, I recommend buying them off of one of my cohort for like $100 for all of them.
Supplies: $50-100, depending on your needs/wants

Free study sites that are epically helpful:
registerednursern.com (website & Youtube)

picmonic (subscription for full access, I think it is worth it)

KeithRN (mostly his blog & Youtube)

Podcast anything nursing (Spotify is my BFF)

Look up 'Nurse Blake'. He is the best source of nursing humor because it is all TRUE!

Edited by J2Flowers1

I'm also in the 2020 cohort -just thought I would add to your post about the books- you pretty much have to buy them online through ASU because some of the materials/assignments for the classes are online through evolve and are required, so I wouldn't waste money on trying to buy the actual hard copies unless you want both.

I wouldn't worry about GPA or TEAS scores, just do your best. A lot of people in our class had low scores. I don't think it will make much of a difference. The best way I found to study was to purchase the ATI practice TEAS exams and do those. I also reviewed just some basic math on Youtube videos to refresh my memory. I ended up scoring higher on the actual TEAS than on the practice exams.

I have a 2 year old and 4 year old, if you have kids I would not recommend working at all unless you have a good support system and someone to babysit!!

jdm525

Specializes in RDH to RN.

May I ask what do you think is the total cost for the program and what does a typical sched looks like? Is it always mon-Friday? Just trying to get an idea if I can squeeze in temping for a dental office on some days while also in school. Thanks

jdm525

Specializes in RDH to RN.

Hi everybody. I couldn't get in touch with the advisor and not sure if my emails were being received? anybody elses have any issues? thanks!

J2Flowers1, EMT-B

Specializes in ASU Nursing Student - May 2021.

On 6/27/2020 at 11:15 PM, jdm525 said:

May I ask what do you think is the total cost for the program and what does a typical sched looks like? Is it always mon-Friday? Just trying to get an idea if I can squeeze in temping for a dental office on some days while also in school. Thanks

Hi jdm525...The total cost is $35k-$38k, depending on your health insurance choice (school or personal).
Our lectures have mostly been Tuesday & Thursday from about 730am - 3pm (this is more than one class). Labs & Clinicals are 2 other days and can fall on Monday, Wed, Fri, and/or Saturday. In the Spring my lab was on Friday & clinical on Saturdays (long term care, 3 Saturdays & I was at an honor health facility). During the Summer it WAS SUPPOSED to be Wed Fri & Sat. Due to COVID, we have not had a clinical or been on campus since Spring break. Currently, our clinical are case studies in lieu of. Do know that this is nationwide issue. There are no student nurses in the USA that are having clinical. We are anticipating to have clinical rotations this fall for our critical care and transition to practice (TTP). However, we missed all med-surg (I was scheduled for Mayo), all of pediatrics, all of mental-health, and all of pediatrics clinicals. Yes, we are nervous, but know we are needed and will have job offers because this is a nationwide issue, not just ASU. I have friends in other programs across the nation that have confirmed.

3 hours ago, jdm525 said:

Hi everybody. I couldn't get in touch with the advisor and not sure if my emails were being received? anybody elses have any issues? thanks!

What email address are you using? How many days has it been?