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Opinions on Trent, Humber, Mac and Queens

Hi all, I am a recent graduate from a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Nutrition and I am applying to condensed/accelerated/second-entry RN programs at Trent, Humber, Mac and Queens.

I am looking for people's experiences and opinions of these nursing schools in order to help me make my decision.

Thanks for your help!

xokw, BSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health.

I'm a Mac student (not 2nd entry, but it's all the same in the end) and I am enjoying the program so far. Mac uses a very different approach to teaching known as PBL, or problem-based learning. There is a huge focus on small group learning facilitated by a tutor rather than a professor. In a very small nutshell, it involves being given a problem before any learning takes place, usually in the form of a case study. You then work as a group to determine what you already know, what you need to know, where to find that information, etc. It includes a lot of self-directed learning where you then reconvene as a group and put all the pieces together, essentially learning the content, with your tutor there to monitor and ensure you are on track. The logic behind this method is that you not only learn, you also learn how to learn. It is VERY different and certainly not for everyone.

If you are considering Mac I would recommend researching the PBL model. There is quite a bit of literature on it.

Good luck :)

Thank you for your input xokw! This is great information that I will definitely consider if I get into Mac.

My first choices are Trent and Humber. Does anyone have insight on these programs?

Thanks!

Thank you for your input xokw! This is great information that I will definitely consider if I get into Mac.

My first choices are Trent and Humber. Does anyone have insight on these programs?

Thanks!

Hey Steph,

I'm applying to just Trent (my average is not as high as I would like) but if I don't get in, i'm staying an extra semester and upping my average then reapplying.

Just curious as to what your applying average will be around? And if you've heard anything about what the cutoff averages have been for Trent in previous years?

Thanks :)

PS: I have a friend who started compressed nursing at Mac last year and is absolutely loving it. My roommate is at Western doing her last year of the 4 year nursing program (I know you didn't mention Western in your post) but she is not fond of the program whatsoever and wishes she would have gone somewhere else!

Goodluck :).

I found that Mac has less clinical time than some of the other programs. I did a new grad orientation for 6 months after I finished my program (research into it wherever you go since it is a great program and gets you some experience with the potential for a job). Mac definitely focuses more or critical thinking which I enjoyed.

xokw, BSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health.

I found that Mac has less clinical time than some of the other programs. I did a new grad orientation for 6 months after I finished my program (research into it wherever you go since it is a great program and gets you some experience with the potential for a job). Mac definitely focuses more or critical thinking which I enjoyed.

Definitely. As one of my professors said during my first week, "you will not leave the program knowing everything, regardless of what school you attend. Our goal at Mac is to make sure you graduate knowing how to find out what you need to know"

The program is very focused on critical thinking!

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