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I just received my first acceptance letter. It is from Drexel University in PA for the Accelerated Career Entry BSN (second degree). I only have 40 days until I have to pay the admission fee and I can't figure out if this is a good school or not because there are no rankings. I did not have to send any recommendations or essays with my application and that makes me nervous. Does anyone have any insight?
Drexel's program has an excellent NCLEX pass rate - best in Pennsylvania last time I checked, but I'm not sure if that also includes their 4-year co-op BSN.
A couple of things about the ACE program: (1) They have a high dropout rate because of the insane schedule. They recently started taking fewer students, so maybe that dropout rate has dropped already. (2) Once you pass all your courses, you have to pass the HESI Exit exam with at least 87% (they recently bumped that up from 85%). If you fail it 2 times, you have to re-register as a part-time student and pay more tuition. I don't know how many times they let you take it, but bottom line: you pass the HESI exit with at least an 87% or better or you don't get your BSN from Drexel -- No matter how good your grades were. A friend of mine finally passed it on the 3rd try. She is extremely bright and got As and Bs in all her courses. (BTW, Drexel considers an 80 in a course to be a C-minus.) She was darn near a mental breakdown when she found out she had to take the test a third time!
I haven't heard any complaints from Drexel students that they feel unprepared to be nurses, so that's in Drexel's favor. And I know they are not the only program in the country to require a pass on the HESI in order to graduate. So just ask some more questions of current students, and go into the program with your eyes open if you decide to go there.
Congrats on your acceptance!