Pace University BSN/MA- Westchester, Spring 2010

  1. 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 haven't taken the GRE yet (will do in August).

    If anyone feels comfortable sharing their GRE scores or GPA, and whether or not they were accepted, I would be really appreciative.

    Also, maybe if I get accepted, we could start getting to know each other before the semester starts.

    Good luck to all!

    Stacy
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    RN, BSN; from US
    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg, Hospice/Palliative Care

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  3. by   kirham
    Hey I am starting to apply now, and haven't taken the GRE yet. I still have to take Statistics and Chemistry in the summer and fall of 2009 (YIKES). My ungergrad GPA is not so great, but my prerequisite GPA is maybe 3.6-3.8. I didn't know you could apply early without being finished all the requirements. If I may ask, If you were acepted, how would you finance it? I'm considering quitting my job, but not really sure what to do. When did you apply?
  4. by   GoalsInTransition
    Hi there,

    I just applied a couple of weeks ago, and also recently attended an information session. I am still taking the prerequisites, but the graduate admissions advisor I am working with said that I will still be able to apply and be accepted while these are in progress. My undergrad GPA was 3.85, and I hope to keep that up for my remaining prerequisites this summer/fall.

    I know I will have to take out some Stafford loans. Other than that, I am applying for a graduate assistantship (I work in reseearch now), even though I was told that they usually do not take accelerated degree students for assistantships, due to the time commitment involved. FYI, they also told me that they believed it was "impossible" to work while in the program, but I am not so sure that is accurate.

    Otherwise, I will be looking like mad for scholarships. Worst case scenario, I will keep working part time, and devote all of my earnings to the tuition. Luckily for me, my husband should be earning enough to cover our expenses- for one year at least.

    What about you? I'd love to know more about you, especially if we'll be classmates! By all means, apply now. BTW, when are you taking the GRE?

    Take care, and good luck!

    Stacy
  5. by   kirham
    I'm not sure when I'll take the GRE. probably within the next few months. I am also looking at other schools (NYU, Suny Downstate). I will prob be taking out loans as well. originally I applied to an RN program, but was denied because my prerequisite GPA was too low (3.7). In hindsight I should have applied to an Accelerated BSN program in the first place! Are you applying to another program?
  6. by   GoalsInTransition
    I probably won't apply to any more programs in NYC, since no other programs are starting in January (that I am aware of).

    My husband will likley take a job offer out of state within a few months, as his job here is being phased out. I was willing to stay back and do the program at Pace, then move wherever my husband goes when I complete the program next December. If I do not get accepted at Pace, I will look for a program wherever my husband takes a job.

    I can't believe your 3.7 GPA wasn't high enough! I guess the public schools have so many applicants that they can be overly choosy. The Pace asdmissions rep told me that the average GPA for incoming students in our program is a 3.3- 3.4, so you should be ahead of the game, as far as they are concerned! :-)

    What field is your bachelor's degree in? May I ask what your current occupation is, and why you are considering nursing?

    Good luck!

    Stacy
  7. by   kirham
    My B.S. is in Business, but oddly enough I have been working in healthcare all my life. I've been doing administrative duties for most of it. Plus most of my family are either nurses, or doctors. I can't believe it took me this long to decide on a nursing career. Also you should def consider Suny Downstate and NYU. Suny starts next June and NYU starts in January. Both schoold do not require the GRE, but Suny requires something called the N.E.T. exam (Nursing Entrance Test). Do you know anyone who has taken it? I am short a nutrition course, do you know of any online courses I could take?

    I'm def gonna have to take out loans, but I think I've kind of maxed out my undergra because I went to a school that cost as much as PACE. Do you know what the borrowing limit is?
  8. by   GoalsInTransition
    I just checked into my alma mater, Davenport university. They offer online tuition classes, but at a higher rate than CUNY schools, as it is a private institution. I believe the rate is around 300/credit hour.

    I looked at the NYU program; unfortunately, I have taken neither developmental psych (I just took general psych) nor nutrition, so this would take me extra time and money. Also, it is a 15-month program, whereas Pace is 12 months (less chaos, less time off of work).

    At the information session, the reps told us that you could borrow up to 18,000 in unsubsidized Stafford loans for the CDP program, regardless of prior loan history. I would check into this, though. The interest still accrues if you defer it, but it a pretty reasonable rate (8% or so). Plus, once you start working, you may find an employer will ing to repay some part of your loans.

    I will check into SUNY's program. Thanks for the info!

    Stacy
  9. by   kirham
    I did get an intersting call yesterday. I was denied entry into the RN program for this coming fall. There still may be a chance that I will get in according to this person I spoke to. If I get accepted I may go for it even though it's an RN program because I will be able to pay for it and I can still work. Cross your fingers for me.
  10. by   GoalsInTransition
    I will definitely be hoping that you get into the program- you deserve it! It's amazing how selective the community college programs are able to be due to limited seat availability! Too bad other fields can't afford to be as choosy-- public school systems are crawling with underqualified teachers!

    I assume you are still considering a private BSN program if the you are not placed in the RN program??? It is definitely a bigger sacrifice, but totally worth it!

    Good luck!

    Stacy
  11. by   kirham
    Yes! I will most def still apply to other accelerated BSN programs, but it would be so cool if I ws accepted. I think my boss would have a heart attack if I quit. I will keep you posted. Did you look at Suny Downstate? I know they start in June, but financially it would be worth it. They are having an information session on July 16th. Plus I can't remember if I mentioned L.I.U. to you. That's another accelerated program. If you're looking for a short program and don't mind a move Drexel University has an 11 month program. ttyl

    kirha
  12. by   nnicolee
    Hi you all, sorry to intrude on this post, but how in the world is a 3.7 GPA not good enough?!?! That is pretty high. I'm looking to apply to NYU BSN/MS program or even Pace's, and I'm worried now that I'll need ALL A's on my pre-reqs to even be accepted :O
  13. by   kirham
    If you don't mind me asking, what is your GPA? NYU is competitive, but they accept a larger class then some other schools. In my case, my prerequisites averaged a 3.70. Most RN programs @ BMCC only look at grades and do not look at the whole picture.

    I was told by the recruiter @ PACE that you must at least have an 1100 on your GRE as well as other contributing factors. I'm not sure how many people they admit to the program. The spring semester may be less competitive in both schools.
  14. by   nnicolee
    Quote from kirham
    If you don't mind me asking, what is your GPA? NYU is competitive, but they accept a larger class then some other schools. In my case, my prerequisites averaged a 3.70. Most RN programs @ BMCC only look at grades and do not look at the whole picture.

    I was told by the recruiter @ PACE that you must at least have an 1100 on your GRE as well as other contributing factors. I'm not sure how many people they admit to the program. The spring semester may be less competitive in both schools.
    I'm sorry I got a little ahead of myself. I just started college classes today for summer session. My high school gpa was only 3.53, I don't have a college GPA yet. And I made a mistake on PACE's program.... I didn't know you needed a prior degree to apply :/ I guess they're out of the question now

    BTW awesome GPA!

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