Loyola ABSN - page 4

Hello all, just wondering if there are any Loyola BSN graduates out there than can give me any advice on the program. I am looking for an accelerated BSN program and I see that Rush offers one also.... Read More

  1. by   TatyanaSon
    thank you so much for the info!
    I was accepted for 09, i'm so happy, still have to complete 2 prereqs though. I was planning to take organic chemistry online, but Sasha said we are not allowed to take science courses online.. is that really so?

    Also, what can you say about the international students in the program? Did you have any in your class? I have a TOEFL score of 116 out of 120, and a very good GPA, but still worry about how I'll do... I understand that every person is different, but would appreciate your thoughts about that

    Did you have a lot of people who had no clinical experience and had unrelated majors? How did they do compared to people who had some nursing-related experience? Because it seems that some people would start with an advantage of science backgrounds, for example..

    Again, thank you so much for your posts It really helps
  2. by   tswim
    Hi TatyanaSon,

    I don't know about taking pre-reqs online. Sasha did not work at Loyola when I went there, but since she seems to be the go-to person for admissions advice now I would trust her. Although I was a biochem major, I had not taken A&P so I took them at a community college. Since you're already accepted into the program, I suggest you do the same for Orgo- it's a tough course, but you should be fine at a community college.

    My year, there were about 5 international students. 1 dropped out (I think it was for personal reasons), 2 did okay (I'm guestimating), and 2 did really well.

    Also, I don't think there is much, if any, correlation between major and success rate for ABSNs. e.g. One of the top students in our class was a performing arts major. Science courses are pre-reqs mostly because they are challenging.

    As for clinical experience- not many students my year had significant clinical experience, but most did have community-oriented type of volunteer or work experience. Those with significant clinical experience had a slight advantage in that they were more comfortable with just jumping in and doing things during clinicals. One of the students had been a paramedic for >15 years and did well in clinicals and in the courses with little effort.

    Overall, how you do in the program will depend mostly on how prepared you are for exams, quizzes, etc. And, as you know, that'll vary from person to person.

    Congrats on you acceptance! And good luck.
  3. by   VeronikaLovesAnimals
    [quote=coopsc1;1959752]Thanks a lot for the advice. The programs here in Colorado are about the same price (30K), plus they require a lot of prerequsites that I don't have and refuse to take (religious studies, sociology, health care ethics, etc...)!

    Just curious...why do you refuse to study the subjects listed above?