Quote from 7-7-2004
I'm considering a second degree accelerated program and found this info so helpful. I had a few more questions...
How many days per week is the program?
Is it only during the day, or is there an option to take classes in the evening?
Did you say you had to study 4-6 hours per day or week?
I thought I read something on their website about doing your program through a certain hospital where more help is needed, and in return your tuition is paid or partially paid??? Do you know anything about that?
Do you have to go to the Oakland campus for all the classes or are there other sites? I live in Monroe, so it would be a hike.
If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it!
I am in OUs program now. It's been awhile since you wrote this but maybe what i say will help others. The other poster answered your questions correctly. I will just add - 4-6 hrs/day average is right. But I don't do it every day. I am the kind who takes off a day and then studies all day the next day so it's hard to tell though. St John has loan forgiveness as some of the other hospitals around. You roughly get "forgiven" $2000 per year of work. The St. John Conner Creek people have the option of taking a loan of up to $10,000 from St. Johns. If you decide not to go work for St. Johns, you pay the money back. Some of the students have borrowed, some have not. Monroe would still be far from Conner Creek which is in east detroit, 8 mile and van dyke area. Our classes are usually mon and fri 8-12. Sometimes we have classes for 3 days a week. Next month we have a couple of 5 days a week classes. However, that is unusual because you need time for your clinicals, which are 2 or 3 days a week. I had my first clinicals on tues, wed, thurs the first semester, 2nd semester on tues, wed one month and then on wed, sat the other month and tues wed the last 2 months. Haven't gotten my clinical assignments for the winter so not sure what they will be. You have to be very flexible. OU started an accel. BSN pgm this fall (07) with Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. That would be the closest to you and really not that bad of a drive. We have people coming to Conner Creek from Waterford, Rochester, Taylor, and one person just moved back home to saginaw so he will be coming from there. It can be a hike but it is for only 12 months. We are the 3rd class at Conner Creek. It can be somewhat disorganized but so far it hasn't been too bad. We never feel like we have enough time but I think that is the nature of nursing programs
and more so with the accel. pgms. I would recommend OU. I think its a good program. (I think any of all of the accel pgms in MI are pretty good) It's the only school I know of that has rolling enrollment. Meaning, If you apply and there aren't enough spots, you get bumped automatically to the next one, so at least you are sure you will get in. OU does 3 pgms a year, one starting in spring, fall, and winter.