Questions regarding SUNY Downstate Accelerated Nursing Program - page 6

I apologize if these questions have been answered. There are a lot of posts to go through to find answers! I am currently a Clinical Lab Technologist that holds a BS in Chemistry from Howard... Read More

  1. by   lala88
    Hi, I will be entering the Accelerated BSN summer 2010 class.
    I was wondering if anyone still have holds on their account. I have JUST mailed out my health forms because I received my acceptance letter 2 weeks ago. I am afraid that my hold will not be resolved in time and if administration is as bad as everyone make it to be then I am even more worried. Hope someone can help me out before the end of registration. Thanks!
  2. by   artistmom
    I still have a health hold; I'm going to my doctor tomorrow. Since there's only one class of each to choose from, I'm not worried too much. But, from my earlier experience with admissions, I realized that it's better to show up in person if I need to resolve any issues there.
  3. by   JeanettePNP
    For us the only class that had two sections was Health Assessment, on either Monday or Friday. Since most of the class wanted Monday that class ended up being way overcrowded (they allowed overtally). The lecture halls are huge but the labs are small and can't really accommodate more than 15 students at a time.
  4. by   DIVARN85
    In regards to Tanguera, can you please let me know if Downstate's program has improved?Also, anyone who stated or will start the program in summer 2010. Can you please provide me with some feedback on your experience! THANKS!
  5. by   CP1983
    Hi, thank you for pstong comments about SUNY downstate. I didn't know the administration is crappy and it's interesting that one of my clinical instructers kept suggesting I should transfer out the school (since I have my BBA already) to go there. I am currently in BMCC and the program is excellent. And besides it's NLNAC-accredited which is a huge deal for me because I heard that some hospitals may not hire new nurse grads if they don't come from a NLNAC-accredited school. I wanted to research that alittle more but I am happy I am in BMCC. I think I will consider going to College of Staten Island. I don't know if they have an accelerated program but I know they have a BSN and master's program, all of there programs are certified by NLNAC. (SUNY downstate is accredited by a different organization but not NLNAC). That's a big deal to me, as well. Maybe that's their administration is crappy...? I don't know.



    Quote from Tanguera
    Where would I have gone if I had to do it all over again? I thought about that often, especially during my first semester here since we started in the summer and I actually was making arrangements to transfer out so I could attend another school that started in the Fall. I was told by some schools that I could still send in my deposit (as I had been admitted in the spring) because their classes still had space.

    Unlike you, I was looking at schools outside of New York City. So many of my other schools would have been far, expensive, and would have been BSN/MSN programs.

    In NYC, I only applied to Columbia, NYU, and Downstate. I got into all of them but I was convinced that they were all the same quality regardless of name. I have heard and read negative comments about all three schools so I figured that since Downstate would be cheaper, I would just attend school here. I wasn't convinced that the education at Columbia or NYU would really be worth the ~$60,000 more in tuition. However, I don't even think Downstate is worth the ~$12,500 worth of tuition.

    I am not aware of any solid BSN program in the NYC area. The one accelerated BSN program that I thought was terrific was the one at Georgetown. I really was impressed with their program and it's a small class, 60 students or so a year, and they had a 100% NCLEX pass rate on the first try last year.

    If you do have to go to Downstate, I would suggest to anyone who is going in, take a pharmacology class and a pathophysiology class before the summer session. That would help A LOT. The first semester has a 6-week pathophysiology course that you can place out of if you took it before. You will NOT have time to really learn all of the material but you will be expected to know all of the material. You will also take a 5-week pharmacology course and it will be very difficult to memorize all of the drugs and learn about them in such a short time.

    Let me know if you have any more questions and i'll try to answer them as soon as I can.
  6. by   Murseeless
    Quote from Tanguera
    It's hard to get into Downstate only because it's cheap. I really am unhappy with the administration here and wouldn't wish this program on my worst enemy. Take a look at the schedule of courses for the summer sessions and think about the workload that will need to be put in. Factor in a faculty that isn't always available (and some incompetent) and an administration that gets very defensive when problems arise.

    http://www.downstate.edu/nursing/pro...celerated.html

    The first summer session is 6 weeks long and three courses are covered. The second summer session is 5 weeks long and includes four courses (Mon 9AM-7PM, Tues 9AM-5PM and Wed 9AM-3PM) plus clinicals (two days a week, each 12-hour days).

    It's pretty intense the first summer and many people find that they're studying for the tests but aren't retaining much.
    I agree with what Tanguera is saying, although some of the statements are a bit extreme for me personally. This is probably the cheapest program of it's kind that you will find in the 5 boroughs and that is an important consideration to make. And, honestly, from what I've heard, everyone has problems with their nursing program and it's pretty much the same complaints (although the Downstate accelerated program might take the cake). There might be a fundamental flaw in how nursing is taught in general (at least in Ny sate). If you need guidence and for someone to hold your hand as you're going through school, this program is NOT for you. If you are a self-directed and extremely motivated individual who can learn on their own, can set and meet their own deadlines, you'll make it through. But, it is hellishly hard. It is unrealistic to learn pharmacology in 5 weeks. Add OBGYN and two other courses to that load and it becomes even more impossible and unrealistic. Weigh the Pros and Cons and decide.
  7. by   woodyswifey4evaa
    for those of you that are currently in the accelerated nursing program that started in the summer how has it been so far? how was the first 3 months?
  8. by   BikerChick007
    I think I will apply to the Accelerated program for the Fall of 2011 (or maybe 2012 but not sure). I am also wondering if any students who are in the program now would want to comment on the program since there are a lot of postings from people but they seem really old and outdated. The Downstate University website seems outdated also (at least the nursing part). I feel like I have no information about this school.

    rndropout22, have you heard anything?

    Also, I saw on the website there is an open house in October. Is anyone else going?
  9. by   woodyswifey4evaa
    no bikerchick007 i have not heard anything from either one.
  10. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from BikerChick007
    I think I will apply to the Accelerated program for the Fall of 2011 (or maybe 2012 but not sure). I am also wondering if any students who are in the program now would want to comment on the program since there are a lot of postings from people but they seem really old and outdated. The Downstate University website seems outdated also (at least the nursing part). I feel like I have no information about this school.

    rndropout22, have you heard anything?

    Also, I saw on the website there is an open house in October. Is anyone else going?
    I wouldn't call posts from last year's class "really old and outdated." How much do you think they changed in 12 months?
  11. by   BikerChick007
    YIkes, I keep trying to write back to this posting and isomehow cannot seem to post.

    No, i don't think all of the posts are outdated, but it would be nice to see if anychanges from last year and this year are takign place. it might also be true that there are different professors or policies or new things in place that might be starting for the people currently in the program.

    Also, it seemed like only a few people ffrom the class last year read the posts. Not many people write on this blog. When rndropout wrote the posting like about a month ago, nobody responded from the current class.

    I really want to gather information befoer making this decision because shcool is a big decision. Thank you to anyone for your help. I appreciate it in advance! ~
  12. by   dr3amygirl
    Quote from BikerChick007
    I think I will apply to the Accelerated program for the Fall of 2011...

    ... Also, I saw on the website there is an open house in October. Is anyone else going?
    Hi there! im gonna apply to fall 2011 too!! and im going to the info session on Nov 18! i saw the website, they actually have a credits evaluation form that you can have the advisor fill out on that day!! so imma bring my unofficial transcripts and see how it works out!! i`ll post up more info afterwards =D
  13. by   tomson2010
    I am currently in the program, started this past June. I also used this website when I was deciding where to apply. Downstate is a good program. Every school has its ups and downs. No program it perfect. If I had to do it again I would still choose Downstate.
    Ok let me answer so real questions:
    Is the summer session hard? Yes! But not what people made it seem. All you have to do is study and you will be fine. TURST ME!!!
    How's administration?
    I never had a problem with administration. I do my work and pass my test and that's it. Administration will never bother you.
    Hardest part of the program.....
    GETTING IN!!!! NO not everyone who got in had a 4.0 GPA and straight A's in preq. But it is still competitive.
    Hope this helps..........

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