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ASU Post-Baccalaureate BSN 2015 - Welcome

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Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

Hello everyone!

My name is Alex, and I am nearing completion of the 2014 Post-Bacc BSN program at Arizona State University (ASU). I had created a thread last year regarding the application and admissions process, and classmates from the 2013 rotation were very receptive and helpful for us - so I wanted to return the favor to the incoming class!

If you all have any questions regarding any part of the process or curriculum, let me know! I'll also notify the classmates for their input.

sdk90

Specializes in orthopedic, geriatrics.

Hey Alex,

Thanks so much for starting this thread! I just turned in my application with a 1.84 because I bombed the TEAS test with an 84%. I didn't have time to study with everything I have going on. Do you think I'll have to try again next year? I really don't mind either way I have a good job and could use some more time to finish up my masters degree and save up some money but I really have no idea what my chances are of getting in. Thanks!

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

sdk90, I looked up my conversation last year when I was applying, and I received a 1.885 (I had a 3.95 GPA with a 93% on my TEAS), and I got into the program. As far as getting in and the numbers are concerned, it really is dependent upon the pool of applicants trying to make it into your program. We had to do a writing prompt, as well, and we had to assume that had some sort of an impact on our chances, even though we could never really calculate it. It will definitely help that you have such a strong GPA in the pre-requisite coursework, though. Chin up!

I will see if I can get some information from you on how many people are being accepted next year and what our averages looked like. From what I heard, we had an extremely high average (sorry), but I am sitting next to my classmate now who was originally wait-listed and a guaranteed admit declined. there is always a chance!

sdk90

Specializes in orthopedic, geriatrics.

Thanks for your response! I looked back at my notes from the placement workshop and they said the average from your class was a 1.855 so it looks like I might be out of there. It's crazy how much they take TEAS scores into consideration!

I was getting pretty worried about coming up with the money so quick though I'm a couple thousand short. Just for future reference, can you tell me anything about the americorps program or any scholarships or grants that are available (I can't do student loans)? I work for banner and they have a tuition assistance program but they are pretty stingy with their funds.

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

I wouldn't be too worried that you aren't going to get into the program just yet! Remember, our average was 1.855, meaning people above and below that score comprise our class. And like I said, the written bit that they request of you had some sort of undetermined weight in our scoring. And even if you get wait listed in hopes of a spot opening up, you still have the opportunity to get into the program! There were at least three students that ended up being in our rotation that were originally waitlisted. Don't write yourself off.

My other classmate khausig would be the Americorps expert, I will notify her of this post through our facebook group so that she can give you some insight. I didn't do it. Reason being, it requires a certain number of clinical hours before you receive any monetary benefit, you have to write an essay-style paper every time you change facilities, and if any of your clinicals are at for-profit institutions (Phoenix St. Luke's, for example, which was my psych rotation hospital), those hours will not count towards the award requirement. At most, you're looking at $3,000 in grant monies for the entire year if you meet the requirement. They try telling you that you can get more than one award, but it is nearly impossible. And if you miss their orientation meeting (which you will be informed of at your PBCNP orientation), you're out for good.

So financial aid is a bit tricky, but here has been my experience. I am using loans, as I am only 25 and literally went back to school six months after graduating with my first degree to start on my prerequisites (I am a previous business marketing grad from ASU). I am in-need, so the school would usually grant me the full $12,500 per semester in federal aide, plus they tend to give at-need individuals a grant to offset the insane course fees of the spring and summer semesters. Tuition is standard for ASU ($4,400), but they tack on a $5,000 program fee, so before course fees you're looking at about $10,500 in tuition and program fees per seester. Things get more expensive in the summer, as you pay summer tuition rates.

Personally, this was an investment in my future, so I will deal with the debt. It is all private loans or private sources of income after the federal loans and grants are offered. Scholarships are few and far between because we all have degrees already, and these nursing scholarships are typically aimed at students without degrees and seeking to be a nursing major for the first time.

Any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. This final block is all homework, so I am on the computer pretty much 24/7.

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sdk90

Specializes in orthopedic, geriatrics.

I was trying to figure out if I wanted to start this year or wait a year so I guess ASU will make my decision for me! That reminds me I was also wondering around what time you guys found out you were accepted? They told us November but that seems ridiculously late for a program starting in January!

Thanks for the Americorp info! I'm about 3k short so that would be great I'll write however many essays they want. I would use loans if I could but I am already in extreme debt from dropping out of physical therapy school (LONG story). Do you know what qualifies a student as at-need for that grant you were talking about? Did they still look at your parents income even though you have a degree and are 25 (I'm 24)?

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

I got my letter of acceptance into the program on October 22 of last year. After I received it, I got my flu shot, did my drug test, and prepped for orientation day, which was on December 6th. Once you're accepted, things move VERY fast! Now keep in mind, Americorps reimburses their reward to you, meaning you would still have to pay up-front when attending. And I'm not sure when the award happens, either. The financial aid people are usually really good about helping you make ends meet, and you will get more information from them at orientation day. I don't know what would qualify you as being in need of assistance, but they will get into more detail with you on that after orientation!

sdk90

Specializes in orthopedic, geriatrics.

Ok end of October sounds a little more reasonable! What does the orientation consist of? Is it an all day mandatory thing? Thanks for the clarification I didn't realize they reimburse you, looks like I might need to take out a loan from the national bank of dad! haha. I tried talking to some financial aid people but they didn't seem to have a clue, is there a specific nursing financial aid office? Thanks for your help again! P.S. I stalked your linkedin, hope you don't mind :)

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

Orientation really consists of learning about a few on-campus organizations, proper dress for lab/clincals, and really just to get an introduction to your professors. There was a rep there from the book seller (Elsevier) that told us about the e-book packages. There are specific people responsible for our program that you will be introduced to once you go to orientation. They have about a half hour block of the day to talk to you about the intricacies of financial aid. Orientation is mandatory, and they do supply you with next steps information. This is also the deadline for several items if I remember correctly (drug screening, immunizations, etc). One tip: make sure you are on-top of your Certified Profile for submitting your immunization records, health insurance proof, etc. If you end up in a situation where a titer comes back with a positive result, you'll have a 12-week period before you can start to be considered for clinical (they have to give you the vaccination and then re-titer you to make sure you built-up the immunity). I know it seems intimidating, but don't be worried. One step at a time! And no, I don't mind at all!

Hey there! I have a quick question..I heard there is a facebook page for 2015 applicants. Have you heard anything or do you know of the link? Also which facebook groups do you recommend joining in general? Thanks so much!

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

I am unaware of a facebook page for the potential 2015 class. I did a search to try to reach out to them, and had no luck finding any groups. In general, I would recommend joining the Downtown Phoenix Campus' page, and if you're interested, SNA (student nurses' organization). I am not really involved in too many things besides the curriculum simply due to the sheer amount of coursework that we are assigned. If you get any word on the 2015 group, private message me the name of the admin so I can contact them and extend some help, if needed.

Medic2RN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, IICU, PCU, PACU, EMS. Has 15 years experience.

Moved to the Arizona Nursing forum.

I recently applied to the program. I am very nervous/anxious about getting in. My "score" is on the lower end, but I am still hoping for the best! I hope we get in!

sdk90

Specializes in orthopedic, geriatrics.

Are we supposed to get an application confirmation of any kind? I sent my application in about 3 weeks ago and called to confirm they received it but haven't heard anything since.

rtyo1

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience.

Good luck to both of you!

sdk90, as far as the application process, as long as you have called to confirm, most likely the next time you hear anything will be in a week or two. I received an email confirming receipt of my application last year on September 11. They express the importance of needing to monitor your email inbox, and if you have had any extensions granted by the counseling office, you have to get those completed ASAP. Other than that, it's a waiting game for you for the next couple of months!

If you all have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask. I remember how nervous I was this time last year!

Alex thanks so much for investigating the Facebook group page and giving recommendations.

For those of you that are trying to get in do you mind sharing what your TEAS scores were?

khausig

Has 1 years experience.

As far as Americorps goes, it is an easy way to get $$ for things you are already doing. There is a lot of paperwork, but nothing that is difficult. You do write essays every month (sometimes more often depending on how often your faculty changes) but they are a few sentences at most. You have to get faculty signatures on everything so it definitely pays to plan ahead. In the summer, it may be difficult to track down your faculty after the rotation ends!

There are 3 types of hours: development (classroom), fundraising (we don't do), and service (clinical/work with real patients). Your classroom hours are easy. They account for 60 of the 300 you need for each award. So, that means you need 240 clinical hours (including time spent working on care plans or preparing for you paring on clinical day). These obviously take longer to finish, but be sure to count all the hours that are eligible. My adult health clinical site required us to pick a patient the day before clinical and my faculty had us look up their pathophysiology, meds, labs, test results, etc. each week. That whole process would take me the better part of 4 hours and I was sure to count all that time. Some of my classmates were not asked to pick their patient before clinical so they didn't have these hours to include. So, your clinical placement for adult health can have a big impact on whether you can complete 1 or 2 awards.

I finished my first award in July and the payment was sent to ASU to help with fall tuition. The money must be used for education - tuition, loans, etc. I will finish a second award before graduation.

You our can enroll in Americorps whenever. You do have to attend an orientation first, but those are every semester. It is best to go to one at the start though, sine that gives you the best chance for completing multiple awards. The Americorps director is super nice and helpful. You can find her info by searching on the ASU website or send me a message and I'll pass it along.

Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions about this or the post-bacc program in general.

Anyone receive a confirmation that your application has been received yet?