UF Accelerated BSN - May 2010 Applicants - page 6

:clown: WELCOME :clown: If you're applying to the University of Florida's May 2010 accelerated BSN program in Gainesville (aka class of 2011), this thread's for you! Applicants, current students,... Read More

  1. by   Shaunna
    Quote from africa.bound
    What is the estimate for tuition and books alone?


    ALSO, does anyone know when we should be finding out about acceptance??

    Go to this site to see a breakdown of estimated costs:

    http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/apply/coa.html

    I imagine the costs will be slightly different for a fall start since they're changing curriculum. Our estimated total program cost was $5500 for the first Summer, then $23k-ish for Fall/Spring/Summer. For tuition, it depends on the course load. It's about $145 per undergrad course hour and twice that for grad level.

    We had I think about 16 credits the first semester (~$2300 tuition), then fourteen during the fall, three of which were grad level, so it was about $2500. Spring we have 17 hours; I think three are grad level, I'd have to check.


    The books are a whole 'nother ball game. You can be all over with those. In the summer they kind of intimidate you with information and panic you into buying the big box of books-about $600 for summer alone. These are all new books plus electronic copies. If you're smart and shop around, you can spend MUCH less. Also, for many classes you can buy an older edition, which may cost less than $5. Be honest with yourself-you probably won't have much time to read the books, especially if you haven't in other classes. And it also depends on the professor. Derrico's classes, you only need the books for reference if you want, but he's a great teacher, so you probably don't need them at all. Sutton-buy the book and don't bother with class-better yet, buy the test bank available online.

    So basically, you could spend less than $100 on books or $2000 for the program-depends on your reading habits, your shopping habits, etc.


    We got our letters around early March.
  2. by   NP Sam
    Shaunna,

    Do you happen to know what they are changing about the curriculum? I knew they were starting in Fall but I didnt know that.
  3. by   Shaunna
    I'm not sure exactly what changes they're making. I think most of it will be switching up the order slightly. I think they'll be making psych and community two separate classes instead of one 4 credit class. They haven't told us much but occasionally mention in class something that is being discussed-either to be added as a separate class or incorporated into current curriculum e.g. culture sensitive care, geriatrics, genetics.

    So as far as I know (and I know fairly little because it's not really something I've inquired about) the changes are probably going to be:

    Breaking larger classes up into smaller classes: Patho to Patho I and Patho II; Psych/Community to Psych and Community

    Incorporating new content: Increasing focus on genetics, etc.

    and
    Changing order slightly: Instead of Pharmacology 1st semester, there will probably be Pharm I first semester and Pharm II the next.

    I don't think any of these changes are finalized and I don't know if they plan to implement them next year or not, so don't take my word on it! I imagine by the time you start getting acceptance letters there will be more info on the website.
  4. by   twodollarbills
    Shaunna, It is 28K for tuition alone at drexel and they offer absolutely no scholarships. Plus, I own a house in Gainesville so I am hoping to get to stay here! We will see I guess. also - do you know how the scholarship thing works? do you apply for them as soon as you get accepted or did some people get offered money with their acceptance letters?

    Gatorgirl, my CV was 1.5 pages too, so I second that you shouldn't worry about trying to get it down to 1 page.
  5. by   Shaunna
    Quote from twodollarbills
    also - do you know how the scholarship thing works? do you apply for them as soon as you get accepted or did some people get offered money with their acceptance letters?

    Like I said, very few scholarships-we don't qualify for most because we already have bachelor's degrees. I'm financing entirely with loans and a part time job.

    As far as I know, no one gets offered money with their letters. There are really not a whole lot to apply for-I think it depends primarily on donations. Occasionally (maybe once or twice a semester), our financial aid person will send out an application for a small scholarship. Many of them prefer Veterans or children of Veterans, single parents, that kind of thing. So there's really not a lot of money coming from the college. As far as other non-UF specific scholarships, I haven't spent much time looking them up. I'd check Fastweb, things like that, but most of them require you to not have a bachelor's degree already.

    Do you have an idea where you want to work? If so, definitely ask at your local hospital-a lot of them will help finance your education in return for a commitment to work there for a few years. If you're already working as a tech or something for over a year, many hospitals will help pay for you to get your nursing degree. In Gainesville, I think North Florida Regional offers a pretty generous scholarship in exchange for a letter of commitment and the VA pays everything for nursing school if you've been there for a year as a CNA or something. I know at least two people who have done the commitment thing at NFRMC. I'm sort of a commitment-phobe, and I want to work at the VA, so I haven't done that.

    But to sum up: There aren't a lot of financial aid opportunities for a second bachelor's degree. If you can't get a future or present employer to cover it, it's pretty much loans. After the first semester, you'll have a little free time to get a PCA (or other) job for a few hours a week.

    Good luck!
  6. by   NP Sam
    Does anyone know how many applications they recieve each year? It is only Jan 18.. time seems to be going by slowly
  7. by   Shaunna
    Quote from CNA Sam
    Does anyone know how many applications they recieve each year? It is only Jan 18.. time seems to be going by slowly
    One of my clinical instructors mentioned that they receive something like 600 applications a year. To me, that seems like a grossly inflated number, but I imagine that more people are trying to go back to school because of the economy.
  8. by   abrink
    Quote from Shaunna
    One of my clinical instructors mentioned that they receive something like 600 applications a year. To me, that seems like a grossly inflated number, but I imagine that more people are trying to go back to school because of the economy.
    600 seems like a little much..I went to a meeting for the program at UCF and they said they get about 200. I would imagine UF would be similar.
  9. by   Orange and Blue
    Yeah I agree, I don't know who told you 600 but I spoke with one of the admissions advisors and last year they had 295 applicants for UF and i believe around 65 got in
  10. by   twois
    I could believe 600 applications between the two BSN programs, though, traditional and accelerated. That may be the source of the number.
  11. by   Shaunna
    Yeah, 300 sounds much more reasonable, as I said 600 was probably an exaggeration. The professor that told me that is not directly involved in the selection process.

    However, I think that might be more accurate for just the generic program-a lot of people do apply to that one and end up changing majors.

    This year's program has about 56 people actually. I know a few of them were waitlisted and/or got in on appeal, so maybe the 65 includes people who were accepted and chose not to attend.
  12. by   Orange and Blue
    yeah you are right, i meant 55 not 65! sorry, i didn't reread that before i sent it!
  13. by   twodollarbills
    around 300 is probably right because Ken said that about 1 out of 5 people are accepted and that would put the accepted number at 60. ugh, I cannot wait until March! Is everyone else feeling really impatient?

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