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Looking at SLC schools -UVU and Roseman in particular- Thoughts?!

I'm looking at applying to nursing schools in the SLC area. I'm currently looking at UVU and Roseman as my top choices. I have a previous BS and Roseman is appealing because I could do it in 18 months. They are also looking at bringing their accelerated program to UT in the next few months from what they told me and I'd be interested in that. I would love to just "do it and be done" but at the same time I have a 3, 6, and 7 yr old (would be 4, 7, and 8 by time I started), and I don't have the ability to spend 12 hr a day studying every single day of the wk. Their block-classes method seems really ideal though. Has anyone done either their 18m or their accelerated (in Vegas currently)? Input?

UVU seems like a good program, and with my grades as long as I do well on the TEAS I don't *think* I'd have too much trouble getting into it. I don't relish the idea of spending 3 school yrs finishing up a second BS though, but it seems like it might be more ideal with a family. Does anyone know if you can possibly compress the 3 yr BSN a bit? My current BS is in Cell Biology and looking through their program class schedule I have pretty much all of the non-nursing classes that are built in, so I'd have a few credits open some semesters.

Anyways, just looking for some thoughts or input on these school -or others in the area if anyone wants to add. THANKS!

ICUman

Specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab. Has 5 years experience.

Hi there,

I will offer what I can.

As far as Roseman, here in the SLC area, I am good friends with the admission director, so I could try to possibly pull a string or two for you if you decide that's the best option for you. I am not attending there, but from what I've heard from a couple students they are pleased with what they are receiving. I think it is a bit expensive but that may or may not matter to you.

I looked into the Las Vegas campus and was attracted by the accelerated program! It's great you already have a bachelors, I think you should consider an accelerated option. As you mentioned though the study time would be pretty intense.

As far as UVU, I've heard nothing but wonderful things. Great program. You could try their associates program and then do Western Governors RN to BSN program which is based here out of Salt Lake. I have heard of people who completed the program in 3-6 months. Something to chew on.

If Roseman is for sure bringing their accelerated program to Utah I think that might be your best bet.

Hopefully this insight was helpful, I wish I could tell you more. Let me know if you've got questions.

Yuppers21

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I went to UVU and had a great experience. Also had a family to raise as well as worked that last 2 years of the program and it was very doable. Tuition costs were quite reasonable too, which can be a very important factor - even more so than time for most folks. I know it is common to hear the ol' "if I get done x months sooner that is x months worth of income I will be making so the extra cost in school is worth it" line, but for some reason it just never really works out that way. Mostly, I believe, it is because people don't often put all their additional income into their school loans, but that's a whole other discussion.

I do not believe it is possible to shorten your time at UVU as each semester contains courses that require the previous semester's nursing classes to enroll. An advisor should be able to tell you for sure. If anything, you will have a lighter load each semester which can be great opportunity to pick up part time work or spend it at home with the kiddos.

Only you can know what's best for you and your family. It may be better to condense everything and pay a higher price for that or it may be better to go slower, have more free time outside of school for family and/or work. Good luck either way!

Thank you both for responding. I really appreciate the input and thoughts. I think I will probably apply to both schools and see what happens.

ICUman, I appreciate your in put on everything you've heard about both schools. You're right Roseman is quite costly (about 50K). I'm not sure if it's worth it or not...I'm also not sure I can convince my husband it's worth it. lol. I will have to see. I will be applying this spring so I will have to consider IF they have the accelerated here yet or not. When I talked to them a couple months ago they said it was in the works but they didn't have a set date to get it here yet. My one reserve there is that all classes must be passed with 90%. That's do-able I think, but I'm not sure with the kids and such...they said if you fail a block they have you re-take BUT you have to go down to the Vegas campus to do so (they off set their schedule with them so students can do that); I'm not sure if that would be an option for me with my kids and my husbands job...so that aspect kind of worries me. I believe I can get straight A's, but it's nerve wracking to consider that if you have an off week or two that you will fail that class and the option for re-take is not easily done in the area. I will have to take a look at Western Gov. I have not checked into anything with them, but if I could do the RN-BSN in 3-6 months that wouldn't be bad.

Yupper, I appreciate the info about UVU. There is nothing like hearing from ppl who have directly gone through a program. I'm glad to hear it was do-able with a family and job. The cost for them is certainly a huge bonus...it would be great to just be able to pay for school and not have loans or anything when done. I agree with you, I think once you have loans out and pmts set up it's hard to throw all the "extra" money you are making at loans to pay them off fast and easy.

Anyways, thank you both for the thoughts and experience. You've both given me a bit more to think on and consider. Have a wonderful day!

ICUman

Specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab. Has 5 years experience.

My one reserve there is that all classes must be passed with 90%.

Yikes! That is a tough one to chew on. Straight A's in nursing school can be rather difficult. But yes, doable.

I'd like to point out the most RN programs make the minimum class score somewhere around 80%.

Knowing that, id recommend a different program. Get an ADN (we luckily live in such an ADN friendly state), and then do WGU, which I'm a huge fan of.

You know what will be best for you! Those are just my thoughts.

Edited by ICUman

Roseman has an interesting way of testing and if you don't get the 90% you are able to retake the test with your group to improve your score, I've talked to many students and none of the last graduating class had any issues or had to commute to Vegas. Hope that helps..