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I am currently waiting for my acceptance letter for the 2nd cohort. Just curious as to what your GPA was in undergrad and for your science pre-req's where??? and how u handled the program.. Thanks
Sorry to hear about the delay. With your GPA and performance on the prereqs, I'm sure you'll be admitted. The program has become extremely competitive since the first cohort (word of mouth, I guess). Are you male? I know that one of Curry's professors did her dissertation on the retention of males in nursing and this subject is very dear to her. I heard that the second cohort has about 10 males out of about 30 students, which refects a higher percentage of male students to the percentage of males in nursing. Curry is very friendly to males in nursing. The first cohort had five, but is down to four males now (out of 27). A total of four students left the program, but they all left during the first semester: which leads me to the program's intensity.
The first semester is absolutely BRUTAL. You cannot fall behind on the readings. It's easy to do, not because of "slacking," but because there is just so much reading (along with papers) to do with the four classes. This is definitely more than a full-time job. However, some students who are doing well are holding close to full-time positions. One woman has three kids all under three years old, even giving birth while in the program! Although I would certainly not advise it for anyone else to do. I would say that in general, the first semester is the weed-out period. Not to say that the remainder of the program is "easy," but it is definitely much more tolerable (or, we have just become accustomed to the intensity of it).
Like I stated before, I'm in the first cohort. You're facing more competition than I did when I applied. Although I only got a 3.2 in my prior undergrad, I think it helped that I received a 3.98 on my prereqs. I took all of my prereqs at Curry, which will (I think) allow me to be the only student in this program to graduate with honors. This is because Curry looks at only those course taken THERE to figure out GPAs (which includes prereqs). Plus, to graduate with honors, you need to have a certain amount of credits -- which you wouldn't get enough through the accel program alone. I'm getting mostly A-s and B+s now in the program (and found that I REALLY need to work for these grades). I think that if I were studying any other major, I would have an easy 4.0. I've never worked so hard at school in my life.
Just watch out for the tests. I've never experienced these types of NCLEX-style questions before. Even though you may know the content of the subject matter, you may still perform poorly on the exams because there are mostly always two "correct" answers out of the four multiple choice answers. You really need to think about the question and prioritize the answers. Better start practicing. I still become frustrated over these exams.
On a personal note, I am a mother of two who doesn't have an outside job. I feel like I'm ignoring my children and hardly know my husband anymore. You have to be totally commited to this thing. It basically becomes your life for sixteen months. You do get a break in May, August, and winter break. You really earn those breaks though! Just make sure that this is indeed what you want. Many times, I feel like I should have just gone the traditional route of 3 years. But since I'll be out in May, I'm feeling better that I was able to do it this way.
Good luck to everyone deciding on this program. Keep me informed and let me know if you have any questions about it! Remember, if I'm able to do it, you will too!! It's just a whole lot of work!!!!