SUNY Downstate's Accelerated Nursing Program - page 2

I'm trying to find information on the actual time commitment involved in Downstate's accelerated program. I know what the credit allotment is but I wanted to know how much time a student will... Read More

  1. by   jack4408
    I wouldn't reccomend downstate. Im in the rn-bsn program and i think its terrible. I met a few girls from the accelerated program and they didn't feel must different.
  2. by   Shuffler
    Couldn't agree more. As an acclerated BSN grad I was terribly disappointed with the program. The staff at downstate is unresponsive and unprofessional.
  3. by   Curls105
    Well, it's the only place I got accepted so I guess I'll just have to make the best of it. Oh well.
  4. by   Shuffler
    Congrats on your acceptance! From what I hear, it's tough to get into. On the positive side, the state tuition is a lot less than other private institutions and the school (I think because of the med school reputation) is well-regarded in the city. I have had no trouble getting job offers in Manhattan.

    The program is very disorganized and the clinicals somewhat unsupervised. You will also be responsible for setting up independent study clinicals without any guidance. My advice is to just ask as many questions as possible as soon as you get there. Do not wait for information or guidance --it won't come. So just be pro-active and you will be fine. Good luck!
  5. by   kgrands
    Although the administration at Downstate is disorganized and usually unhelpful, please don't feel intimidated. This program is doable and if you are proactive (like Shuffler said), you can create a really good experience for yourself.

    Our class (graduate in August) has been working to put together an "unofficial orientation" packet to give to the incoming class of '08. It's going to have tips on clinicals and setting up your independent study. Hopefully, it'll help you guys more easily navigate the system.

    Good luck - feel free to PM if you have any other questions. I'm sure I'll meet you at your orientation day.

  6. by   nycstudent
    Quote from kgrands
    I'm a student in the Downstate program right now - finish up in August!

    As far as the time committment, all of the other posters are right, it's very intense. The first summer you take 7 classes and are in lecture or lab 4 days a week minimum from 9-5 every day. The fall lightens up a bit but you still are in school 4 days a week. There have been people that worked at night, on days off, etc.

    The clinicals so far have only been on weekdays - either a 12hr shift or two shifts (one 8hr, another 4hrs). It's really the first summer sessions that make you feel a bit crazy.

    That said, we've had two people have babies and one get pregnant while in the program. They were able to figure it out somehow so it is possible.

    Hope this helps - if you have any other questions please PM me. Thanks!
    Katie -
    I was so glad to read your post. I am considering applying for next summer. Btw- my name is also Katey. I was wondering how is was to get in. did you have to have a high College GPA or was more emphasis given to the pre-reqs in particular?
  7. by   Curls105
    Thanks Katie and Shuffler for the encouragement and advice. It is so much better to know these things going into the program than to be taken by surprise. Thanks again!
  8. by   mikana
    Im interested in attending SUNY Downstate accelerated nursing program. Do they have a GPA cut off? If so, what is it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  9. by   Curls105
    I just got accepted to Downstate with a 4.0 in my pre-req's from LaGuardia Community College and a 3.6 from my first bachelor's degree (U. of MIchigan). I think a 3.5 or higher gpa would make a really competitive applicant from what I understand. I think it also depends on your references, health care experience (I volunteered for 7 months) and essay. Good luck!
  10. by   mikana
    Thanks for your response. This will defintely be a helpful...
  11. by   MY Belle 75
    Hi All,
    Hope you are all having a good day! I came across these postings when trying to find out whether SUNY Downstate or SUNY Stony Brook has the better accelerated nursing program. Does anyone know? I was accepted into both and as of right now unable to make a decision as to which offer to accept! Any help?
    Thak you
  12. by   SweetGurl
    You should consider alot of factors when deciding which school to attend. Some for example, commuting factors, living expenses, and clinical rotations and many more. I'm sure folks on here can speak in terms of each school individually based on professors, environment and other expereinces. I was accepted into Stony Brook and Binghamton accelerated program. I'm having a hard time trying to make a decision before mid April. So I know what you mean when you are not sure which one to pick
  13. by   MY Belle 75
    Sweet G thank you so much for getting back to me. Congratulations on your acceptance!! Are you leaning to one school more than the other at this point? I will have to live on campus if I choose Stony Brook. I was hoping to find out if they would give me a single apartment or if I had to share an apartment. I was told that I would find out in May.