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Hello! I have been accepted to Bellarmine ABSN 12 month Program and I am wondering what people's thoughts are. I'm a little nervous attending bc I've read a fair amount of bad reviews. Hoping to get a clear grasp on the school/program before attending.

Also, if there is a fb group for the 2019 cohort, a link would be appreciated!

Thank you!

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Hi, I also applied to Bellarmine and I am currently waiting to hear back regarding a decision. I have seen the reviews too but I also know that they let in a significant amount of people with different skill levels. I think that can attribute to some of the bad reviews. At least that's what I am telling myself... This is my last choice of the schools I applied to.

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Hello, I was right about to start my own thread on the Bellarmine 2019 cohort. Congratulations on your acceptance! I've also been accepted into the program. I'm looking forward to hopefully hearing some positive reviews of the program. I've seen a fair share of negative reviews on this site, but some date back to the early 2010s.

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i'm currently over halfway through the one year right now and i decided to make an account here just so i could hopefully add another perspective on the program. i remember checking these forums before starting last year and being terrfied based on what i saw!

in my experience so far, it's not as bad as some reviewers on here want you to believe. i'm not sure if they didn't pass a class or felt slighted in some way by an instructor, but i think some of what they wrote is pretty unfair. maybe things have changed between their experience and mine. in each section there were quite a few students that did not make it through the first session BUT it is one of the most difficult 8 weeks in the entire program and from what i witnessed, some people were not ready to be there yet. from the first day, you must be fully committed to succeeding. bellarmine does not have the admission requirements that some other programs have and it is really up to the individual to decide if he or she can make it.

i would not choose any other program. for me personally, the dizzying pace is exciting and i can't imagine doing 2 or 3 years of nursing school. but again, everyone is different! let me know if you have any more questions and i can try to answer!

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Hello everyone,

I am 3.5 months away from graduating from Bellarmine's Accelerated Nursing program and I would like to give feedback on my experience via pros and cons. All of these statements are based off of my own beliefs and experiences.

Pros: 

1. I have met people from all over the country (and some from out of the USA). You spend 8+ hours with your classmates 5 days a week (and if you live in the dorms you spend more time with them), so you grow to become really close with each other. This above all is the best thing that has come out of this program.

2. Professors are a hit or miss. I personally, have liked all the professors I've had; however, some of my peers would say differently. Some professors don't teach at all and you are required to teach yourself, but that's basically 'college'. In addition, all of my professors are very competent and passionate about nursing.

3. Starting the accelerated program in the summer meant you had the whole campus to yourself and your classmates. Parking was available and the library and gym weren't busy.

Cons:

1. Bellarmine is money hungry. They will charge you for everything, even if you don't utilize/benefit from the fee. 

2. Parking sucks. The school doesn't charge you for parking passes; however, they give out more permits than available spots. Thus, you might end up parking on neighborhood streets because there aren't enough open spots on campus. Don't park in a spot you don't have a permit for because Bellarmine will be more than happy to give you a ticket.

3. Giving feedback doesn't benefit you. Bellarmine nursing faculty will send out evaluations after each session, and they say they take those into consideration; however, they consider it for the next cohort. Thus, if your cohort is having a problem with clinicals being back-to-back, the faculty won't change your schedule, but will take that into consideration for future cohorts. 

4. Professors assign unnecessary busy-work. Students don't benefit from such assignments because they don't contribute to any additional knowledge. I understand having assignments for traditional nursing programs; however, accelerated nursing students don't have the time. This program goes by so fast that you want to spend as much time studying for exams. 

5. Certain classes should be online vs being an actual in-class lecture. For example, I am currently in Session 5, taking Leadership, NCLEX review, and critical care. The NCLEX review and leadership courses have been a joke. I really like the professors; however, we shouldn't be sitting in a 3 hour lecture when it is something we can learn in 30 minutes.

6. Pathophysiology, research, and religion can be transferred! The Nursing department didn't tell us (before starting the program) that pathophysiology, research, and religion courses, that had been previously taken, could be transferred. If students who were accepted to the program early would have known this information, they would have been able to complete the course at a community college/online and have the credits transferred to Bellarmine. This saves time and money for the student. Bellarmine doesn't tell you this because they want to charge you 1k for one course. If you do this, make sure your course meets transfer requirements!!! I recommend taking these courses before you start at Bellarmine because then you will take 2 courses while everyone else is taking 3. Ex: if you didn't take a pathophysiology course previously, you will take that course along with two other required nursing courses. People who have taken pathophysiology previously, would only be required to take the two nursing courses.

 7. Bellarmine expects people to fail out. My cohort has been the first cohort to retain most of its students. There are 4 sections (A1, A2, A3 and A4) that students will be placed in. My cohort started out with 140 students and we are down to about 80. Usually there are 4 sections that students will be placed in and Bellarmine usually reduces 4 sections down to 3 (A1, A2 and A3) at the end of the program. They do this because they expect students to fail out; thus, they don't have to pay as many professors to teach. However, my cohort has apparently been the first cohort to retain this many students. This has created a problem for the nursing faculty because they are having to find bigger lecture rooms and more professors. For example, my section has been placed in the basement of a dorm building which has been make-shifted into a lecture room. This is fine, except the building smells like a sewer. No joke. The basement literally smells like poop. 

8. ShadowHealth. ShadowHealth is an online tool used for learning how to assess a patient. This program costs an addition $100 and you rarely use it. My class had to purchase the program two different times ($200) because one was for health assessment and the other was for pharmacology. It is ridiculous to pay for such a program when it is hardly utilized. In addition, it didn't add to our learning at all because you need hands-on experience when it comes to assessing a patient, not virtual experience. 

9. There is no consistency. Some clinical instructors will let you out of clinicals early and not require you to fill out hospital paperwork. Other clinical instructors will make you stay till the very end even if your assigned nurse has left and you are sitting alone. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you have a big exam the day after clinical, and your peer is at home studying, (because they got out of clinical early) and you are watching tv with a psych patient (because your instructor is making you stay) - your peer is more likely to get a better grade on the exam because they had more time to study. (Sorry for the run-on sentence.) Yes, of course, you're happy your peer got a good grade; however, it isn't fair that you got less time to study. 

10. There isn't a pinning ceremony. Many nursing students see a pinning ceremony as an important event that signifies their hard work and commitment to the nursing profession. Bellarmine doesn't provide this ceremony for their students. 

11. Communication lacks. Assignment due dates are inconsistently labeled on the syllabus and online. Clinical instructors will tell you one thing and the professor will tell you another. It's such a mess. 

12. My cohort had a pathophysiology professor who was part of the biology department and not part of the nursing department. This made it difficult because he wanted us to learn things that aren't necessarily highlights for nursing. Previous cohorts have had a nursing faculty teaching the course, but they didn't have an available professor this year.

In conclusion, these are my thoughts/experiences with Bellarmine's Accelerated Nursing program. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate every single professor in their own individual way; however, the nursing faculty as a whole is a mess, and so is this program. If more clarification is needed, I am happy to provide because my grammar isn't always the best. I apologize. 

I wish everyone who is applying to nursing school(s) the best of luck!

 

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Hi EBP_RN,

Thank you for your feedback! Do you live in the dorms? If so, is it worth the cost and convenience? I'm considering it and may not bring my car with me. Also, I'm sure the program is rigorous but have you felt like its been manageable and that you got support from faculty? 

Thanks again! 

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Hi Tango10!

I lived in the dorms when it was free over the summer. I would say that was worth it! The perks of living in the dorms were 1) you got real close with the other people from your cohort who were also living in the dorms 2) you could go back to the dorms and eat or take a nap between classes and 3) you got your own room which was huge.
I wouldn’t recommend living in the dorms during the regular school year bc I heard parking is terrible, WiFi sucks, and you are in a building with undergrads who maybe aren’t as focused with their schooling as you are. Thus, they are partying during the week when you are trying to get some sleep for your next day 12-hour clinical.  
I would say it’s convenient having a car to go purchase groceries (dining options are super limited on campus during the summer) and get to clinicals. You can find someone to get a ride with to clinicals but I wouldn’t count on that. If everyone in your hospital group lives off campus and you are the only one living on, there’s a slim chance they are willing to come pick you up on their way to the hospital. 
 

Honestly, the hardest thing about this program is dealing with is the disorganization by faculty. Bellarmine has so many different programs (traditional, 2 year, 3 year, and accelerated) that they don’t pay as much attention to one program. They spread themselves thin. If assignments were explained in a detailed and clear manner, the program would be so much easier. However, it seems like faculty purposely makes it unorganized just to make this program hard. (They don’t actually, but I don’t understand how you can be so disorganized without purposefully doing it). 
So I would say the ones who really help you make it through this program are family, friends, and other students - not faculty. You really need a strong support system outside of the program. 

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Thank you for your feedback! I'm nervous but excited!

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