Quote from ghan7213
I have accepted my admission in Mid America Nazarene University for this spring 2019 session in ABSN program. Can someone guide me how is the program like. How many clinical hours they have and how far are the clinical sites from the University?
How is life in the town, is it too hectic and too tight? Is Chapel required?
Very excited to start the journey. Any help would be highly appreciated.
I recently graduated from the MNU ABSN program a few months ago. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the program. We started with about 55 students and 54 of us graduated. Sure there were a select few that complained about everything including how unorganized the program is and what not, but I have been through LPN program. It's not too uncommon for nursing programs
to "weed" students out, professors having power trips, and you end up with less than half of your cohort left in the end. This is not the case at MNU. The professors and program director are there for you, they want you to succeed and practice empathy as how nurses should be.
So the program is structured into six modules, each module about 6 weeks long, and you get a week off between modules for the most part. In addition, you get almost a month off for Christmas, a week off for spring break, and I think a week off for thanksgiving. Ultimately it ends up being a 10 month program after you omit the breaks. They front load the first two modules with pharmacology and pathophysiology, you'll pretty much be in class M-F 8-5p with an hour lunch break. Clinical do not begin until module three. Capstone starts in module 6; placement is competitive and preferences are based off of program GPA, ATI proctor scores, and pretty much your overall behavior/attitude reflected in class and at clinical. The furthest capstone site was in Lawrence if I recall correctly.
Chapel is not required for the accelerated program. They do require three credit hour of bible study class, unfortunately I did not find out until later that you could take a bible study class as a pre-req, and will be omitted from having to take it during the program at MNU. We literally had bible study class for 4-5 hours on a single day and that was it...waste of a day IMO.
Overall, I loved the program. I recommend it to everyone that are looking to achieve a BSN. I do want to point out that this school is Christian/Nazarene. They do not push it on you or attempt to convert anyone. I am not very religious, but I enjoyed the brief prayer we had before every exam, it calmed the soul and I found it helped me clear my mind.