Questions regarding SUNY Downstate Accelerated Nursing Program - page 7

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   JeanettePNP
    tomson, I'm glad you're doing well. Good luck in the rest of the program and in the job hunt next year. and no, it's not too early to start thinking about that! Start looking into new grad residencies NOW.
  2. by   tomson2010
    Jeanette73, thanks for the advice.
  3. by   asr212
    i applied to the accelerated program for fall 2011. does anyone know when we start finding out??
  4. by   JeanettePNP
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    i applied to the accelerated program for fall 2011. does anyone know when we start finding out??
    Accelerated doesn't start in the fall... it starts in June. People start finding out if they were accepted in Jan-Feb.
  5. by   dr3amygirl
    Sorry for replying so late people... = (

    So i went to the info session last week... saw a friend there... and we both agreed that it was horrible... extremely unorganized... everything they said we can basically read it online...

    On the website there's a course evaluation form and we all thought we are supposed to fill it out and bring our unofficial transcripts so an advisor can look at it... but NO! there wasn't anyone to look at it... and the lady who was conducting the session couldn't find anyone to come help us... so instead, all of us had to go downstairs to the admission office and hand in our stuff with our name and email so "somebody" can take a look... they said someone should contact us around 3-5 days.... and now im just waiting... hopefully that "somebody" will get back to me soon...
  6. by   lala88
    Hi, not sure if anyone is still interested in this thread, but I am currently in the accelerated program and I have not had any issues. It may seem disorganized at first, but the staff and administration has been working very hard to accommodate the student's demands and some students can be very demanding.

    The toughest part is getting in and sending all your paper working in time. But I never had a problem with reaching anyone. Remember no one is going to spoon feed you. If you want something done, you must be on top of things. After you are in the program, you rarely have to deal with administration, so I don't understand what the big fuss is about.

    As for classes; it is very fast pace and mostly self teaching, but that's why it is "accelerated". I mainly chose Downstate for its cheap cost in tuition and I do not regret it one bit. Since the job market is so competitive, I rather have 10-15 grands in debt rather than 65,000.

    I think it is a great program, providing the basic fundamentals of nursing. Most students (in any program) do not learn anything until they reach the work force.
  7. by   maybe2011
    Hi lala88,

    Thanks for the info. I was wondering if the nursing tote is required and what is inside of it and if I need to buy more than one uniform top. Also could you let us know what books we need to buy for the classes. I know this is a lot but trying to save money any way I can.

    Also, wondering if any of the people who have been accepted are looking for apartment in the area for downstate?
  8. by   lala88
    DO NOT GET THE TOTE! I didn't buy it and boy am I glad, but I'm sure it is useful if you want to practice on your own...

    Books: Most of the books you should get the older edition for much cheaper with practically the same material. The library also has some books as well

    Health assessment in nursing - weber kelly
    Understanding Pathophysiology
    Essentials of Pediatic nursing - wong
    medical- surgical in nursing - saunder
    clinical drug therapy: rational for nursing practice
    Old's maternal-newborn nursing & womens health across the lifespan

    these are the main books that you will need. there are a few more books, but I never purchased them so I'm not sure of the titles. hope this helps

    Congrats and best of luck!
  9. by   JeanettePNP
    Regarding the patho book: I don't know who teaches the class now, but whoever taught the class when I was there did not use the textbook at ALL. I happen to think that a good patho book is one of those basic texts you'll want to have on hand throughout your nursing career, but I don't recommend that particular one. I didn't feel it was clear or explained things well. Do a search for other titles for patho books to keep as a reference.
  10. by   tomall
    Quote from Jeanette73
    Regarding the patho book: I don't know who teaches the class now, but whoever taught the class when I was there did not use the textbook at ALL. I happen to think that a good patho book is one of those basic texts you'll want to have on hand throughout your nursing career, but I don't recommend that particular one. I didn't feel it was clear or explained things well. Do a search for other titles for patho books to keep as a reference.
    no text? did they test from powerpoint slides? class notes? I kinda like having a "final authority" on testable material
  11. by   maybe2011
    Thanks lala88 and jeanette73. I know Downstate will not be easy. You guys are really great in giving us a heads up on what to expect and buy. This way we don't waste our money on certain things and spend it where it will be really needed.
  12. by   maybe2011
    could you guys recommend certain professors?
  13. by   tomall
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    could you guys recommend certain professors?
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