Marian University-Online Accelerated Program - page 5

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  1. by   pinkbob4
    eyeheartdani - I'm so excited for you. As long as you truly want to be a nurse, I don't think the path there (or the cost of the path) should matter. After all, you can expect steady employment and tons of opportunities that will help pay off student loans over the years. College debt is just a way of life these days anyway. Marian knows we are capable students (we all have previous degrees) and they hold us to a high standard. For instance, we can't pass a course with anything lower than a C+. If you get something lower than that on any given test, the administrators are super quick to contact you and ask if you need additional resources or tutoring. So, they look out for their students big time. This program also has a very competitive NCLEX first-pass percentage, and they are constantly aiming to improve it. I think I might be in the first or second cohort that is required to do more rigorous KAPLAN training in preparation for boards. Plus, after you graduate, the school invites you (well, actually it's mandatory) to take a 4-day NCLEX boot camp. I've heard nothing but good things about this experience.

    You'll have to keep everyone updated on what the Nashville site is like. What hospital are you associated with? Do you ever have to visit Indianapolis?
  2. by   EyeheartNursing_RN
    Thanks for the encouragement! We are partnered with St Thomas hospital. I doubt we will have to ever go to Indianapolis. I like the fact that there is a 4 day NCLEX boot camp. The NCLEX is the one thing that I am worried about. We register for classes on Tuesday the 15th. So I should get to see how many will be in the first cohort. Julie told me she was expecting 15-16 so it'll be interesting to see how many are actually going to be in the program. I'm just hoping that all the professors are good and prompt with responding!
  3. by   kt2nursing

    Thank you so much for your in depth response. You actually painted a pretty good and realistic picture. I totally understand that every program has their pro's and con's and I am glad you highlighted both.

    Everything is moving so fast but if I'm lucky I am hoping to start in August. As of right now nursing school sounds like a breeze compared to figuring out how to pay for it, finding housing and moving across the country to a state that has below 20 degree weather. I get could in 75 degree weather!!

    This is a random question and I am really assuming you wont have much clue but I got to ask. You said the second half of the 1st semester you start going to the testing/skills lab. Does that mean you wont have mandatory dates where you will have to be there an the actual sight. And if you do, will it be weekends? The only reason I ask is that I have to be out of town that 8th weekend and I'm freaking out it might interfere with an important/mandatory date. I have talked to the counselor about this but he didn't know anything about dates. He said he was going to ask around but hasn't gotten back to me.
  4. by   _marburg
    Hey eyeheartdani, I just added you as a friend. I am trying to send you a message to learn more about Marian's Nashville program.....could you message me back when you get a chance? Thanks!
  5. by   pinkbob4
    Hey Kt2nursing - Unless the curriculum has changed since early 2013, you will be required to come to the sight maybe once or twice a week during the second half of 1st semester. It will be for exams and to be taught hands-on nursing skills where you spend several hours one day learning a set of related skills, take a day off, and return the next day to be tested on those skills. You never come on weekends, so you're fine.
    Remember that this is not an online education. It's a hybrid education.
    In fact, there are no weekend meetings at all in this program unless you did what I did a couple times and sign up for weekend hospital clinicals.
    p.s. A weekend night-shift clinical rocks!
  6. by   pinkbob4
    j.pkidd - this post is for you. (Sorry, but the site won't allow me to respond to you with a private message.)

    Original post from j.pkidd:
    May 3 by j.pkidd

    I am very appreciative of your post pertaining to Marian University's Online Acceleration Program. I plan on perusing a BSN there and I wanted to know a few things. I am coming from NYC so I am sure the environment will be a little different for me I hope you can guide and mentor me lol. My first question is how helpful are the advisors? Regarding assignments and papers what was the highest amount of pages you ever had to do on a assignment? and what is the highest amount of question you ever had on an exam? I also wanted to know if there is any writing center close by to proofread students work or is that only available on campus? I also wanted to ask pertaining to quizzes and exams did you find the power points helpful in preparing you for the exams? I plan on living on ********, Indianapolis, What do you think about that enviroment how safe is it? Any input that you can give me would be greatly appreciate.


    1. The advisers can be helpful as mediators when settling questions between students and profs. (Advice: if you send a prof an urgent email with a question or constructive complaint, do yourself a favor and also send it to the advisers, otherwise you may not get a response, or a quick one.) They do a lot behind the scenes, but I never really used the advisers for anything, though they pop up from time to time in the study rooms to talk to you about things. If you "fail" an exam (get below a 76% by Marian's standards) they will contact you immediately to try and help. Other than that, I can't really answer your question because I almost never interacted with advisers.

    2. Highest # of pages on an assignment? I'm guessing you mean how long were some of our care plans and essays? It varies greatly. For example, with our Leadership nursing reflections, I wrote up a single page following each clinical. Patient care plans were usually a minimum of 6 pages (not typed, just filling in boxes/short answers specific to patient, describing pathophysiology, listing every medication, making diagnoses, reflecting, etc.). You will do a lot of patient care plans. For writing classes such as Ethics, I would type 4-8 page papers usually, but I'm a long-winded writer as you can see. We had to also make 2 or 3 PowerPoint presentations, with an actual in-class presentation for one.

    If you're talking about # of pages to read for an exam - anywhere from zero to a couple hundred per exam. But then again, some people do fine w/o reading.

    3. Highest # questions on exam? Last week I did a 3-hour long Kaplan test with 180 questions.

    4. There is probably a writing center on main campus, but I don't know anything about it. By the way, I wouldn't worry about your writing skills for this program, especially since you already have a college degree.

    5. Each class is different. You'll just have to see what works for you. Some classes have very good powerpoint lectures, and that's all you need (pharmacology, pathophysiology, critical care). A lot have mediocre/unnecessary lectures, where it is just easier/faster/better/more in-depth to just read the book. And a few require that you listen to the lectures AND read bits and pieces from the book.

    6. The address you mentioned is just south of St. Vincent Women's Hospital, which will be a convenient place to live. That area of the northside of Indy is generally very safe and well developed. There are a lot of newish housing developments nearby as well as shopping and conveniences, restaurants, bars, schools, etc. I'm not sure what kind of nightlife it has up there, but you can always drive 15 min south to Broadripple or downtown. It will be a huge change from NYC, that's for sure! Good luck. Any more questions?
  7. by   seekans
    I will be starting the program in Indianapolis in august. I will be relocating to Indianapolis and was wondering where would be a good place to start looking for housing. Also has anyone in the program worked at all for the 16 months in the program. I am just wondering how feasible it is to work part time
  8. by   summerbluesky
    I started at Marian. I completed a couple of pre-reqs there. When I met with my advisor I was told that my first semester in the program would be 18 credit hours at $798 a credit hour. My first semester would cost $14,000, and financial aid would only cover $9000. They suggested private loans for the rest. Someone would have to cosign for me, and I would have had an unbelievable amount in loans.

    I work at a local hospital. I talked to nurses on my unit. Several are Marian grads. I was told it's a good school, but that the program is all-consuming and that they were struggling to pay loans with their nursing salaries. They said you could work or go to school. Or have kids and go to school but that doing all three would about be impossible.

    I switched to another school that my employer is giving scholarships for. I have to work. I have kids.

    I'll be in school longer. But I'll have less debt.
  9. by   ladyultimate
    Hey all! Thanks so much for your help and discussion. I will be starting the Marian program in Nashville in January. I have just finished my pre-reqs. As far as money goes, the only other program that is accelerated around here is Vanderbilt and it is just as expensive as Marian. Anyone else consider Vanderbilt over Marian?
  10. by   kt2nursing
    Hey Seekans any luck on finding housing? I just applied for the program and I am praying to get into the August term. It's such a quick notice if I get in or not so I am starting to look for housing now just in case.I think one of my biggest problems will be finding a furnished room because I wont have any furniture.
  11. by   _marburg
    Hi ladyultimate!

    I am in the process of applying to Marian's Nashville program. When did you find out that you were officially accepted?
    I am hoping to start in January too!

    I considered Vandy but I thought they only had nurse practitioner programs?
  12. by   pinkbob4
    Three things to consider...

    1. For those thinking about the Indianapolis program, I need to tell you, in case you haven't heard: the RN job market here truly, miserably SUCKS. I recently graduated from the Marian program, got my license, and since I have sent out applications to every single job posting I might qualify for (60+), and have been rejected by everything from hospitals to clinics to nursing homes to home health work. I've physically walked into hospitals and clinics and have been denied any sort of application. They won't even take my resume. Each day, I wake up and do an exhaustive search on every hospital website's 'career' page, everything on, the state's gov't site, and craigslist - and I apply to everything that's new for that day. There aren't many. I even have connections through a few working RNs, but they keep saying that there simply isn't work for someone without experience. In short, it's a sickening feeling knowing that I have YEARS of debt ahead of me, with a 6-month loan repayment grace period quickly coming to an end, and I have no way to start paying it back. Not even a penny. So, now I'm also looking for non-nursing jobs, too. I'm questioning why I chose this profession.

    2. Do yourself a favor a get a job in school. Patient care tech, CNA, anything. I know it'll make things harder, but it's the smartest decision you can make. As far as I know, the dozen people in my class who had these jobs immediately became RNs on their units upon graduation. I definitely had the time to work a job, and now I'm lamenting the fact that I didn't.

    3. When you do get a job it most likely won't be the nursing job you had envisioned. Nursing is a HUGE field, and people enter it for a thousand different reasons. For example, as a nurse, I never wanted to work in a nursing home or do bedside nursing. I wanted to become an OR or ICU nurse - a nurse who focuses on just a few patients at time and/or works with a team of other professionals. Now - as best as I can predict - the doors open to me as a new grad are, essentially, of the nursing home variety. Even my close friend who works as nurse in an emergency operating room (my dream unit) tells me, "Sorry dude, our unit just can't hire new nurses." So, be prepared to spend at least a year or so doing something that you weren't aiming for. But who knows? It might end up being the place you and I love.
  13. by   ladyultimate
    Hey! I won't be officially accepted until November. My application will be under review through October. I am up for early admission, so right now it's just a wait and see. I will let you know when I find out. Vandy has an accelerated program, but it does bypass the BSN. In three years (depending on specialty) you will obtain your NP. I only went against this program because it was more expensive, it had more prereqs, and I wanted the BSN, prior to obtaining NP. Let me know when you get accepted. We should meet up. Are you currently in Nashville? Why did you choose Marian and why are you changing careers?