Drexel ACE Fall 2012 - page 8

Hey guys... Just checking to see if any of you have applied for Drexel's ACE program for the Fall of 2012. I applied this past summer, and I know that they just began looking at applications October... Read More

  1. by   ryleechamp
    Hey everyone!

    Here is a facebook link for a group for all Fall 2012 ACE students.

    Also, here is a link for all ACE students new/current/alumni. Most of the questions you are asking here are already answered in this group.


    Between both of those you will get a ton of info
  2. by   jst10
    Alright gotta check this out. I am applied for the accelerated BSN program and am knocking out some prerequisites. I have no concerns with the workload/responsibility/career change; that I can handle. However, I have to voice my concerns about taking out another school loan, paying for this $45000 program, and coming out on the other end with a degree and no experience, then looking for a job in this economy. I am an optimistic and hard working guy and will do what I have to do, but I need some nurses/managers to give me the real deal on this situation. I do not need comments about the "national nursing shortage" or "nursing isn't just about the money", I know times are tough, and I have more interest in the field than just making money, but the reality is that I will need to get a job and make a living so I can become independent and make some moves in my life that I am interested in. I already have a science background and 5 years experience as a hospital pharmacy technician but I need some real opinions on this situation and what to do to ensure I can get a job when I graduate school. Ideas/opinions? Any ACE graduates would definitely be a plus! Thanks.
  3. by   nursingcandidate
    Hello Everyone! I was a previous ACE student and I would like to sell my scrubs. If you are attending the Fall 2012 ACE program and are interested in buying a scrubs set (top and bottom - Size SMALL) please feel free to contact me at gourmetpuree@yahoo.com (and I could also teach you a thing or two about the ACE program! ) I am charging $20 total for BOTH top and bottom. Also, I have 3 pairs of scrubs so if you would like more than one, let me know

    @jst10 I will try my best to address your concern. I think you have a really good chance of landing a job because you already have patient interaction experience and familiarity with drugs from working as a pharm tech. In my opinion, just by having experience in a clinical setting, you certainly have an advantage. There were many students in the program who had never even touched a patient and they were able to succeed in the job market also. I hope this helps.

    God Bless
  4. by   jenniferlauryn
    hey just wondering for people who have done the program already, where is the best place to live in the city? I am trying to get as close to the hospital as possible, but would I be okay if I had to take the subway a bit or so?
  5. by   mancrna
    Im' having second thoughts. Is Drexel difficult to get good grades? I'm thinking of this school or SHU's program.
  6. by   krd1984
    It can get expensive living in Center City and surrounding areas. Alot from the Spring live in Jersey and I commuted from the Northeast. It all depends about how much you are willing to spend. The subway and the El are fine as well as Regional rail and PATCO. Studios near Rittenhouse cna cost $1200 per month and Northern Liberties where a lot live can range that high as well. Do a lot of research first but also realize that your clinicals are going to be everywhere so make sure you have reliable transportation.
  7. by   shawna23
    Gen Chem- Chem 110/121 is the only accepted one for Drexel I believe.

    Anatomy- Bio 109/110

    Micro- Bio 241

    And that's all I can remember.

    I took chem 110 and micro at the same time during this summer. It was a drag, but it got me accepted in the program. Hope to see you in the 2013 Fall cohort!
  8. by   An635729
    Hi Everyone,

    I have been reading some comments, and I see that some people have the same concerns as me. I have been accepted into Drexel's ACE program for Fall 2012. So far as I see I'm going to attend, but I am very concerned about some things. Like a lot of people here, I already have loans from my previous degree, so looking at the tuition and other costs are definitely something that's a BIG concern to me. Not only that I read some one's post about how 30% of the people they accept drop or get dropped. That's a high percentage to me! Not only that they said that they keep your money (is that true? or do they just keep what was used?). I'm definitely ready to dedicate everything I have to this program, but I'm honestly scared because of those factors I listed above. The last thing I want to happen is that I become an extra $50,000 (approx.) in debt for a program that I didn't benefit entirely from.
  9. by   melissamay
    Hey everyone!

    Hopefully I'll be seeing some of you in just over a month!
    I am having some concerns though, I haven't received a class schedule yet, and they haven't been bothering me with tuition... Should I be worrying? Has anyone heard anything?


  10. by   kj23

    I am a current ACE student that will be graduating in September!! I thought I could lend a hand in answering a few questions for you! Drexel will contact you closer to when you will start classes (although you should have a helpful orientation before that day). The program is intense, but if you can stay focused and work hard, then you can make it through. It is expensive, I took out a loan to pay for the program. One way to look at this is, that as a nurse you will be able to possibly pick up extra shifts once you get your job so that you can pay back the money more easily. I know some of my friends did not take out loans for the program though. They don't really recommend that people work while they are in the program, although I know a few people who worked about 10 hours a week and managed just fine.

    Once you get going with classes, you my feel overwhelmed, but stay calm and try to build a good network/support system with your classmates, I think this is one of the most beneficial and helpful things I did while I was here. It is good for studying, stress relieving, and general guidance.

    Lastly, since I will be finishing up in 2 weeks, I am willing to sell my scrubs (women's) from the program. Buying the scrubs new is another cost that can add up, and I know a lot of people in the program that are willing to sell theirs when they are done with them. I have:
    -a size medium lab coat (which you are supposed to buy- some clinical instructors require it, however none of mine did so mine is still brand new and I have never worn it- it does not have my name embroidered)- $20.00
    -4 yellow scrub tops with the embroidery (all with the pockets at the bottom of them) sizes extra small (2), small, and medium.
    -two pairs of navy pants both size medium- one pair is the grey's anatomy style, the other has a leg pocket.

    If you are interested in any of these items, please contact me at kjf52@drexel.edu. I will sell any top or bottom for $10.00 or if you want more than one item, then it is 2 for $15.00 total. Just to give you a heads up, it seems that the scrubs run a little big compared to other clothes you may have bought.

    Lastly, good luck to everyone!
  11. by   cmacey
    Hey guys -- I know this is an older thread but I wanted to post on it because I am sure some of you have graduated the ACE by now. Were there students that graduated with good GPAs? I'm worried that this program is so intensive that I might be setting myself up for a lower undergrad GPA if I ever decide to pursue a MSN.