Pace University BSN/MA- Westchester, Spring 2010 - page 12

Hello all! Has anyone applied to Pace University's combined degree program in Westchester for this coming Spring? I just applied and I am anxiously awaiting my acceptance or rejection notice. I... Read More

  1. by   maybesooninny
    The possibility of being kicked out is very real. I'd say at least ten people out of 60 (which is about the total number of people in the one year and two year programs combined) were dismissed from the program last semester... either mid way thru the semester when it was evident that they weren't going to do well enough to recover from a bad exam grade or after finals. If your GPA falls below a 3.0, or if you get more than one C+ (which is an 80), or if you get below a C+ (76), they kick you out. You can appeal, but it is unlikely that you will be reaccepted. I don't know why they have that policy, but it is on everybody's mind all the time. It's not like you have to be this big loser who doesn't work hard and blows it off or anything. A 76 in one class is all you need to be dismissed and it is not that unusual. It's kinda sad, really, because the people who were dismissed last semester were obviously smart people who blew one exam and just couldn't recover.
  2. by   lala88
    Wow it seems totally unfair that they are not even given a second chance. Committing to nursing is a huge step, I believe these programs should do everything they can to help the students succeed.
  3. by   maybesooninny
    Fortunately or unfortunately, Pace and anybody else's nursing programs have a plentitude of willing and able students to take their place. They have no remorse about flunking people out whatsoever.
  4. by   gtd529
    All I can say is good luck everyone. .38 of a point below the required grade gets you kicked out. Don't bother appealing because even when numerous staff members agree that you have a basis for an appeal, you will get denied. So you get sent to the 4 year program for 2 years and $30K more. If you have a chose, do not go into this program. It is nothing but a headache.
  5. by   pacecdp
    Hi

    I applied to the Cdp program for spring semester 2011. I got the rejection letter back....I can reapply if i take the MAT and get in the mid 400's.... I was just wondering why do you consider this program to be awful??

    Is it do able?

    How much is the tuition?

    Is it better if I go to another Absn program?

    I hear that it disorganized.... I just am so confused right now ... I don't know if I should take that test again because there are no guarantees....

    By the way , when i called them the main reason why they didn't accept me was cause of my gre verbal score.
    If anyone who is in the program right now can help me... it will be greatly appreciated.
  6. by   cgrav44
    I'm sorry to hear that you did not get in to pace There is no harm in taking the test again if Pace is where you really want to go. But there are also plenty of other schools- columbia, suny downstate, dominican- all with good programs. Even CT or NJ has some good programs too, depending on where you live.

    A community college isnt bad either (RCC & WCC each have a good nursing reputation).... but the wait lists are long. I've been on RCCs wait list for over a year and I just got my acceptance letter a few weeks ago. If i do not get into Pace, i at least have RCC as a backup but Pace is my #1.

    I still haven't gotten anything from Pace yet, so i guess no news is good news but i am so anxious to find out.
  7. by   electricL
    Quote from maybesooninny
    I'm in the program now. It's hard to get in to, yes. Every single person in the program has pretty amazing credentials -- many have Ivy League degrees. Everyone is very smart. I would recommend it. The teachers are really good, I think. Naturally, there are some complaints here and there, but that's impossible to avoid. Generally speaking, I feel it is a solid education.

    I'm in the 2-year program which is hard... but the 1-year program is a really REALLY difficult workload. AND one thing they don't really make clear is that if your GPA falls below a 3.0, you're kicked out of the program altogether. The grading is really difficult. Like, an 83 is a B- and a B- is a 2.7, not a 3.0. An 84 is a B. So you have to have 84's in everything to have a 3.0.

    Let me know if you have specific questions. I'd be glad to answer them if you have specific concerns. I'd recommend the program, though.
    Glad to see someone speaking positively about Pace after reading the "BEWARE: Pace University" thread.. Just got accepted into the 1 year CDP in Westchester. How is the campus and living situation over there? Will I need a car to get to my clinicals?? I'm from San Francisco and although I am excited to start school on the east coast..I'm not looking forward to the move :T
  8. by   cgrav44
    congrats on getting in! the campus is just okay... its nothing special. im not sure what the on-campus living situation is like because im a commuter. living in certain parts of westchester can be expensive. try yonkers for starters. or you could always live in dutchess county or rockland county which is a little bit cheaper i think. and you will definitely need a car for clinicals.
  9. by   electricL
    Quote from anffox92
    congrats on getting in! the campus is just okay... its nothing special. im not sure what the on-campus living situation is like because im a commuter. living in certain parts of westchester can be expensive. try yonkers for starters. or you could always live in dutchess county or rockland county which is a little bit cheaper i think. and you will definitely need a car for clinicals.
    Hmm..I'm still on the fence about whether or not I should go there..still waiting for a response from another east coast school. I'll be moving from Cali, if I don't have a car, is there another way for my to get to clinicals? Or is having a car a must? I've heard so many bad things about the faculty there. what has your experience been like?
  10. by   electricL
    Quote from anffox92
    congrats on getting in! the campus is just okay... its nothing special. im not sure what the on-campus living situation is like because im a commuter. living in certain parts of westchester can be expensive. try yonkers for starters. or you could always live in dutchess county or rockland county which is a little bit cheaper i think. and you will definitely need a car for clinicals.
    Hi anffox92!
    Got your pm, but I can't pm you back :T In regards to your question on why I wanted to attend Pace, well when I was deciding on where to apply, I picked schools in Cali and in NY. There aren't many schools in Cali with accerlerated BSN/MS programs. Both places are cities I have family in. There aren't many accelerated programs in either city. I applied to a total of 7 schools. Pace is the first one to send me a decision. I originally wanted to apply to the NY campus, but they only have a fall start date and the application deadline had already passed, so I opted for the Westchester campus. Essentially, I wanted to go to a school in a big city with lots of people and easy transportation.

    Do you have any insight on why so many people drop out of the 1 year program? Is it because of teachers or because they are not use to the accelerated pace of the system? What background do most people who attend the one year program come from? I'm going to graduate with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Medical Microbiology from UC Davis. We are on a quarter system so our curriculum is very fast as well, with exams and papers almost every week. Do you think with my background I will be ready?

    I really appreciate your insight.
  11. by   cgrav44
    it was more of a personal decision for myself. i learn better at a slower pace. yes, there will be tests nearly every week and quite a few papers as well as like 2 or 3 group projects the first semester. in the summer semester, most (but not all weeks) you will have two tests every week (on the same day). once you get through the summer, i hear it is smooth sailing. since you have a bio degree and you are used to tests every week, i think you will be more than prepared! go for the 1 year and you can always switch to the 2 year if needed. hope to see you at orientation.

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