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Drexel ACE vs. Jefferson FACT - ABSN Program

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by boomina boomina (New) New Student Pre-Student

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Hi Everyone,

I am looking to gain some insight as to which program is better, Drexel ACE (11 months) or Jefferson FACT (1 year).

The price and length for both programs are about the same, so that is not a deciding factor for me.

I have read many things online about Drexel’s program, and honestly I don’t know where I stand. I have heard very little about Jefferson’s program. Below I have compiled a list of pro’s and con’s. Please correct me if I am wrong about anything and please add your opinion on the programs. If you have graduated or are a current student of either programs, that is a plus!! Please let me know of your experience.

Drexel:

Pro’s: Highly regarded program in and out of philadelphia. I have heard many employers like to hire ACE students because they know how hardcore the program is and that Drexel really does crank out top notch nurses. At the info session, we were told that one hospital hires more Drexel students than their own students.
Cons: Any accelerated program would be hard, but from what I’ve read online, Drexel makes it that much harder for you to graduate. I have read that Drexel has a high NCLEX pass rate due to the fact that they do not let you graduate and sit for the NCLEX unless you pass the HESI exit exam with at least a 950 (most nursing programs I have researched only want 800-900). If you do not pass the exam, you must retake it. If you do not pass it again, you must take a remediation course which will lengthen your program time and add to tuition cost.

Jefferson:

Pros - To be honest, I haven’t heard much good or bad things about this program. I have yet to go to an info session, but I have heard everything is state of the art there. If you graduate from this program with at least a 3.2 GPA you are automatically accepted into any of their MSN programs (except anesthesia). You also get a couple grad credits while in this program. I don’t believe they do a HESI exam but then again I am not sure.

Cons - It’s still a fairly new program I believe and therefore is not that highly regarded compared to Drexel.

The only reason I am leaning towards Drexel is because the job opportunities seem better. I know many drexel students in the traditional BSN program and everyone has said yes, it is hard, but we all get jobs pretty quickly, sometimes right out of graduation, and we really know our stuff. The only thing that scares me about Drexel is the HESI exit exam and that some people say the professors seem like they hate their job and are unorganized. Also, if you don’t pass the HESI exam after some point, you don’t get to graduate with a nursing degree. They give you some other degree apparently.

Jefferson sounds amazing, but I really am worried about how well regarded it is in state and out of state. Jefferson sounds like a dream, yet I still lean towards Drexel. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because I grew up in Philly and always heard about Drexel as a school and never about Jefferson?

What do you think?

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4 Posts; 73 Profile Views

Hi! I recently confirmed enrollment to Drexel and now I'm getting nervous. Hopefully someone already in the program can provide insight into how it is.

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I am struggling with this same issue! Jefferson was my top choice and I got in yet I lean towards Drexel and I too dont know why. I don't know how to choose and I defiantly dont want to make the wrong choice. Maybe we can help each other out. I made a excel doc with pros and cons id love to share and maybe we can help each other out.

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@tgreene227 That would be great! For some reason I am not allowed to PM yet, so I can't send over my email :-(. Would you feel comfortable commenting a sharable link? Thanks!

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