Anyone from Regis College? - page 6

Hello, How is the program? is it during the day/night? Thanks... Read More

  1. by   Jennifer0512
    Regis has rolling admission, but in an interesting way--there is an early decision deadline and then no other deadline. I only applied the last week of february (less than a month ago!) and found out I got in the second week of march (it's a very fast process). If you're up for it and interested there is still time to apply!

    I did apply to NEU...I also got rejected. I was pretty disappointed in their whole process as I'm sure a lot of people were. I didn't even know they had so few spots!

    I would assume they would be letting people off the MGH waitlist soon if they have open spots since deposits had to be in last week. But I don't know any specifics.

    I hope you hear soon! Good luck!
  2. by   MissPamela19
    FYI for all future Regis students for Fall 09 ..

    I made a new thread today under "Regis College Incoming Students for Fall 2009!" for all of us who are starting there in fall. Please feel free to start leaving questions/comments there! Thanks
  3. by   surferbettycrocker
    all if i could just add this---100% NCLEX pass rate has more to do with the type of students that are enrolled, not necessarily the instructors/instruction. If you have competitive, top notch students with whom failure is not an option, then you will have high NCLEX pass rates. think about it.
  4. by   MissPamela19
    I'm not exactly sure who was disputing what about the NCLEX within this thread ... buuut, if a school accepts students who are "competitive, top notch" then that says a lot about the school, does it not?

    Not that you're not right in what you said, but the type of students that a program/school takes on has a LOT to do with the overall program instructors and instruction given. You can have Ivy League students, but if they aren't taught the material and concepts correctly in order to pass the exam, then the student's academic record and overall resume, no matter how great, won't matter.
  5. by   neurofxrn
    As a GM student at Regis College who is in the class that achieved the 100% NCLEX pass rate, I have to respond to this.
    In response to :"If a school accepts students who are "competitive, top notch" then that says a lot about the school, does it not?"
    Regis accepts everyone into the GM nursing program. If you educate yourself, you will find that Regis has experienced financial crisis. I know two people who were accepted into the GM program after applying two weeks before the fall semester commenced, had no GRE scores, and low GPAs from their previous course work. Don't take my word for it, please observe the student body once classes begin. Regis wants and needs your money and they know that the non serious students will fail Professional Nursing, Pharmacology, or Medical Surgical Nursing. Take a good look because you will lose 5-10 classmates in the course of the first two semesters...This is a very expensive lesson to learn!
    In response to: "the type of students that a program/school takes on has a LOT to do with the overall program instructors and instruction given. You can have Ivy League students, but if they aren't taught the material and concepts correctly in order to pass the exam, then the student's academic record and overall resume, no matter how great, won't matter."

    Before addressing this comment, please allow me to preface my response with this information: the same instructors who teach the GM students also teach the undergraduate BSN program. The BSN program at Regis College had the lowest NCLEX scores in the state of Massachusetts. I can speak on behalf of my entire class when I say that we all passed the NCLEX because we taught ourselves the concepts. Regis had nothing to do with it! If you plan on relying on the instructors and the concepts covered in class, you will not make it past Professional Nursing!

    If I can offer you any advice it would be:
    1. Form study groups and outline each chapter in the nursing courses. The science courses were very straight forward. Do not rely on what the instructor goes over or the powerpoints presented in class. Each exam will cover 10-17 chapters, depending upon which class you are taking, and you are expected to know ALL the info in the book.

    2. Invest in NCLEX study guides ASAP! These will become your best friend.. The Saunders NCLEX prep and the entire ATI series of prep books will help you tremendously!

    3. Stick together as a class... You are about to embark on a very difficult and frustrating journey...The experience cannot be fully understood until you have gone through it yourself! It does not matter who finishes first...Be there for each other!

    There are many problems which exist within the nursing program at this school; however, I am sure that every school has their own problems. Remember, you have a degree and you know what needs to be done to achieve success. If you begin to feel discouraged, remember it is probably not you, it is more than likely the school. The faculty that you find so charming may not be as helpful by mid semester...Work hard and if you make it through spring semester, the hard part is over!

    My class is very approachable...If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Good luck : )
  6. by   applying2nursing-de
    This may be a silly question, but what does GM stand for? Thank you!
  7. by   Jennifer0512
    GM stands for General Masters
  8. by   MissPamela19
    Well Neuro - very interesting post. I guess you put me in my place! However, it's very disheartening to hear Regis in this light. I had no idea. When will you be graduating?

    As for the 5-10 students failing out, to be honest I kind've expected that ... not sure why. I guess with the economy as it is, Regis probably isn't the first school to just accept whoever just to get out of their financial hole. I must say though, its definitely worrysome ... especially because it now makes me sit here and think, "Wow, so I guess if ANYONE can get in, it doesn't say much about me, does it?"

    Anyway, thank you for the post. Definitely opened my eyes to some things! I will definitely keep all of this in the back of my mind starting in September. I guess I just have to keep my fingers crossed that we have a great class...
    Last edit by MissPamela19 on Apr 24, '09
  9. by   calalilly
    I think every school has its drawbacks, and nursing schools especially. All of the schools I looked at had a few things the students could complain about. I have also found that the students who feel so strongly that the program they are in is bad also feel that they have been wronged in some way by the school. There is always a way to transfer if you think the school is so bad, but most people don't do that.
    I have spoken to a few Regis GM students, and have not heard anything like this from them. From what I heard you get from the experience what you put into it.
    You are in an accelerated program and are working toward a masters degree. You can't expect the professors to hold your hand through this. As students in this type of program you have to self motivated to learn. I think it is expected in every GM program that the students will be going to lectures, but also will know that it takes a lot more to do well. You arent going to be spoon fed all of the information you need in class. There is alot of work involved. As a nurse you are going to be constantly learning, and a lot of that is going to be on your own.
    I'm sure Regis is accepting students out of financial hardship, as I'm sure a lot of other schools are as well. But, it is true that those people that maybe weren't top notch students will not make it into the second year. I don't really see this affecting you unless you are one of the people who didn't make it. I think the majority of people applying to programs of this type are motivated and have made the decision that nursing is what they want to do. The people who are weeded out are hopefully the people who don't belong in this profession anyway.
  10. by   smiles4sail
    I have heard the complaints in person from some Regis students, probably in that class. These are fair-minded and intelligent people who had legitimate and disturbing complaints. I was pretty worried, myself, after talking to them. It was too late to start the application process up again for an alternate school. I also got the distinct impression, however, that some changes had been made in response to at least some of those deficiencies. I was also reassured by several NPs in a teaching hospital in that they were very happy with Regis students, as well as by several doctors who had hired Regis grads in the past. Personally, I chose Regis because it had some extra prerequisites. Some chem, even at the undergrad level and geared towards nurses, is better than no chem, and maybe the ethics requirement will weed out a few jerks, like the ones I witnessed cheating in the anatomy classes I took at a local community college. True, no ethics course is going to teach what should have been learrned early on in life, but some of these will choose a different school if for no other reason than that they couldn't begin to put together a coherent paragraph, much less an ethics essay.

    School is indeed what you make of it--as GM students with prior bachelors (and beyond) degrees, we know that. The clinical portion of nursing is the part we can't make much of on our own, and the students I talked to had high praise for the clinicals. I plan to go in with enthusiasm, respect and hope, (what else can we do at this point?) but am ready to speak up if there's something seriously wrong. I think we should all be ready to do that--this is too expensive of a course of study at a time where money has to be spent wisely. I think we all have legitimate concerns about the job market when we're done, but maybe this is a good time to be starting school, instead of finishing in this economic climate. If the faculty and administration are of high quality, they will work to make things better. Logically, it's not in the best interest of the school's survival to be one of the more expensive programs around and not try to improve. People will take their business elsewhere.
    Last edit by smiles4sail on Apr 24, '09 : Reason: grammar error
  11. by   melnurse2b
    Are you kidding? "Fancy" is the last word I would use to describe Weston. Boring is more like it. Good luck finding a place to get a soda or god forbid, gas. The campus is not all that attractive either. I've seen better. I'll tell you I would rather be at a school in the heart of the ghetto and be able to run to a honey farms at 2 am than be in Weston. Granted, I do not live at school. Oh yeah, I go there-- Did I mention that? Well, good luck!
  12. by   watersamy
    You are so right. I was in their BSN program and by the end of my 3rd year 1st semester, we lost over 30 girls because of either professional nursing or pharmacology. We were given study guides in professional nursing that had absolutely nothing to do with what was covered in our tests. After 2 years in the nursing program they had given us absolutely no knowlege to take us into lectures for clinicals in our 3rd year. We were blown away with the amount of information literally thrown at us. We were pretty much set up to fail. They only wanted the best to move forward in the attempt to raise ther NCLEX scores since they are the lowest in the state for the BSN program. If you don't pass, then you have to wait a year and reapply. Although they do talk most of the student who receive federal financial aid to change their major to social work. Don't think that I'm writing this because I did badly because I actually ended up leaving Regis with a 3.4 GPA. Nursing students need a minimum of a B- (80) in all nursing classes to move forward and with the way some of those classes are taught, its hard to do.

    Good Luck everyone!
  13. by   calalilly
    melnurse2b, what program are you in? Other than the fact that Weston doesnt have much to offer how do you like the program? I'm not concerned about the availability of a honey farms at 2am, or being able to get a soda, I will be commuting for classes only and deal with limited resources close by.