This is my first post! I got accepted into Valpo's ABSN today, and I am sooooo excited. I still plan to apply to Indiana University NW, UMD, Bowie, MUSC, Winston-Salem, and Valdosta State[I know it's a bunch, I just want options]. So far Valpo is the only one that I've fully applied to, so hopefully I'm granted the same luck with the others!.
I'd like any input on the program if possible from any current or past students? Valpo is one of my top choices, but on older threads I saw a lot of complaints about cost, disorganization, and lack of clinical hours?? I'd really appreciate it !
In addition, is IU Northwest the better option?
Nice to meet you all!
Sep 22, '13
(How could I forget to say this? CONGRATS on your acceptance!!!)
I'm currently in my first (official) semester in the BSN program at IU-NW. I chose IU Northwest because they have phenomenal NCLEX pass rates, and I know a lot of nurses who work in local hospitals. I asked for their opinions on the overall competency of nursing students and graduates from each school. I know that isn't completely reliable, but when I chose IUN, I felt pretty confident that based on NCLEX pass rates and the info garnered from nurses in the field -- I'd made the right choice.
I'm not able to give much information about Valpo U, unfortunately. I have a few friends who have graduated from their program, and others who left for various reasons (didn't "fit in" to the economic cliques common to VU, didn't like the curriculum, etc). Overall they haven't seemed satisfied (though a few friends loved it!), but honestly, it comes down to the individual. PNC tends to run a research-based, paper-heavy program. People who love research and paper-writing love their program, etc etc.
Either way, I wish you the best of luck. You have no idea how excited I was to see a local school (and my school!) in the topic of this thread.
Last edit by JilWay on Sep 22, '13
: Reason: Forgot most important part!
Sep 25, '13
Oh heyyyy @JilWay nice to meet you!
Thank you girl!!
Yeah I've seen/heard just about only negative reviews about Valpo on every website I have looked at! It seems that there is a serious social imbalanace there...and their clinical hours suck? lol. Hopefully I get into these other schools so I won't have to worry.
I just sent my unofficial transcripts to ******* so she could do an unofficial evaluation. Hopefully that helps
Okay, now to bombard you with questions! You really don't have to go in dept, I don't want to strain you, I know you have things to do! Lol Yes/No will be fine
The application doesn't open until October 1, so there isn't much information up!
How hard was it to get in?
Do you mind sharing your GPA? No pressure, really!
Do you study with a group? Are the people easy to work with? Do the teachers pretty much give the information, or should I seek NCLEX books to study from
Do you suggest working while in the program?
How helpful are the teachers?
Thanks for replying to my post!
Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 29, '13
: Reason: TOS/NO facility/staff names