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Drexel Ace what they won't tell you

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by Thebooks Thebooks (New Member) New Member

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So 2015 Ace student and I will tell you

1. You first quarter bill, please understand that drexel outsourced their finis coal aid department so getting a straight answer is not the easiest. Also if you are forming your first quarter bill is around 16k because of all the fees and charges.

2. My class is about 200 students and I know not all but only half will make it.

3. You will have a full mandatory day of orientation about 4 days before you start, mine was a Thursday.

4. You will hear things you didn't hear like 95 is needed on your medmath test 1st quarter or they will withdraw you from the program.

5. Even past students at the orientation only one was working and passed his board. He was bio/neuro in his past degree.

6. Makes nurses will now be catered because a) they make more and b) a presentation for them was given

7. Emails are still going out about classes now being switched to online and what uniform we are supposed to wear.

8. You will feel rushed and thrown to the Wolves this is apparent in orientation. While they have many tutors and faculty if you need help, it's better to use a buddy.

9. Sites are random, so some are sent to bucks county, Westchester it's just really random

10. You will have clinical a at night and also on the weekends.

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Do they still require an 80 average for passing courses, or have they changed that? Everyone I have known who went to Drexel's ACE program complained about the intense pressure. All accelerated programs are high-pressure (I went to Jeff), but Drexel seems to make students more stressed-out than others. That is just my unscientific observation.

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Do they still require an 80 average for passing courses, or have they changed that? Everyone I have known who went to Drexel's ACE program complained about the intense pressure. All accelerated programs are high-pressure (I went to Jeff), but Drexel seems to make students more stressed-out than others. That is just my unscientific observation.

I'd like to point out the differences in the curriculum. The ACE program incorporates more credit hours. The FACT program has a max of 17 credits in one semester (and as few as 15 credits for some). In the ACE program students complete 21-24 credit hours per quarter. The ACE program is also shorter.

I'm not saying one program is better over the other, but that they are different. Some people might not be able to handle the credit load. The ACE program curriculum consists of 88 credits and the FACT program consists of 64 credit. This is something prospective students should be aware of and take into consideration.

Curriculum - Thomas Jefferson University

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Ace, are you in the program right now? Do you know anything about early assurance and how that works? I got in for spring 2016 and I am seriously considering throwing my hat in for that...you know, just in case :) but there's no info on the website and I'm still waiting to hear from the advisor :/

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You have to have a 76.5 to pass classes. Drexel absolutely makes kids more stressed-out than others. A significant portion of my cohort graduated on psychiatric meds that they were not on prior to the program.

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I graduated in September 2010 so I realize a lot will have changed, but in our orientation they were actually pretty open about a lot of that. We were told not to work, get married, get divorced, make any major life changes during the program. Many of my classmates, myself included, worked at least part time during the program and many were parents with a busy home life to balance. We were told the required grades to pass the courses, math test, and exit HESI. I received notification about the full day orientation when I received my acceptance and that mailing included details about where clinicals could be and when.

When I was there the average failure rate was 33%. I'd say we were about right on with that.

It is definitely an intense program and I think before choosing it you need to be really honest with yourself about what kind of environment you learn best in. In the larger classes I definitely felt like just a number but I was pretty lucky with clinical instructors- one was scary but actually had a ton of good information to give, one was lazy and terrible, and my rest were good to fantastic. Who you get for clinical and where you go is totally up to chance and that makes a big difference in your experience. If you make some study group buddies early on, in 3rd and 4th quarter they shift classes around to accommodate students retaking classes as well as the smaller numbers (plus many of the 4th quarter classes are smaller seminar style), and if you go and speak with them in the office, they will try to accommodate you staying in the same sections as your study group.

It's not for everyone. Many of us here on AN have gone through the program and there's a ton on here about our experiences, tips, suggestions, etc. I run in to working nurses who are grads of the program everywhere I've worked and we're pretty well-regarded in the area.

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On 6/12/2018 at 10:54 AM, herbie0903 said:

You have to have a 76.5 to pass classes. Drexel absolutely makes kids more stressed-out than others. A significant portion of my cohort graduated on psychiatric meds that they were not on prior to the program.

Wow, is this true? Would you recommend this program then or advise against it? 

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On 4/19/2015 at 7:42 AM, AtomicWoman said:

Do they still require an 80 average for passing courses, or have they changed that? Everyone I have known who went to Drexel's ACE program complained about the intense pressure. All accelerated programs are high-pressure (I went to Jeff), but Drexel seems to make students more stressed-out than others. That is just my unscientific observation.

Hi AtomicWoman,

What was your experience like at TJU if you don't mind me asking? I recently submitted my application for the FACT 1-year program and am not sure which school I'd choose if I were admitted to both...

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