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  1. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family 2nd Degree Accelerated BSN (Fast Track) Program

    Hey Aaron, I am about a month and a half away from graduating this program. I've been all over these boards trying to help people as best as possible. If you search the boards, you'll get a ton of differing views. I can tell you from a personal standpoint, I have truly enjoyed the program. It's a lot of work, but if you stay focused and put in the time, you'll do well. You have to be flexible, as your schedule will change every eight weeks. I can truly say I have been lucky that I have loved every single one of my clinical instructors, they are all amazingly smart and experienced, I've learned so much from them. Many of the professors are amazing as well. People have their complaints about certain things, some of it is warranted and some not. You don't get to pick your sites for clinical. The school will send you to locations within a 25 mile radius of main campus. I have been to some great hospitals - Temple, Penn, Abington. Others in my class have been to Jefferson, Einstein, CHOP etc. We have had some that weren't great, but most of them are. Clinical is what you make it - I had a bulk of my MedSurg at Nazareth and I still learned an unbelievable amount of experience. My very first semester was in a nursing home, but I learned all of the basics of bedside nursing, and I am still thankful for that experience. Our program is known to perform very well on the NCLEX - stats have been 100% pass rates for the first time taking it. The tuition is probably the cheapest in the area. I have heard some complain at programs that are only a year or less because they don't feel they had the experience to learn much - that is not the case with Holy Family. Every program has its quirks, but it's constantly changing and evolving. I'm ready, and although I'll be singing a different tune when I begin working, now I feel ready to start working as an RN. I feel I have a solid baseline knowledge. I also worked really hard in this program. Lastly, don't prepare now. Enjoy your free time, while you have it. Although I still made plenty of time for family and friends during this program, when I wasn't in school, I just enjoyed life and didn't think about it. It'll take up plenty of your time once you start. Your orientation should be coming up shortly, right? They will give you SO MUCH information there about the program.
  2. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Fall 2018 Accelerated

    Donna, I'm currently in the program and my nutrition class was not with a registered dietician. I actually took it online at Bucks over the winter break.
  3. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Fall 2018 Accelerated

    hey jwear. I had zero healthcare experience before applying. I only had about a 3.0 exact cumulative GPA with a 4.0 in the pre-reqs. I'm four months from graduation. Don't worry about you previous degree, mine was broadcast journalism.
  4. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Spring 2018 Accelerated

    Scroll through this thread, I've posted a lot of info :) I will say, if you want to work full time, this program may not be for you. Part time is doable, it's still tough, but can be done. I do know Jeff has a two year second degree program, but I think many of them still require flexible scheduling.
  5. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Fall 2018 Accelerated

    I've paid for most of the program with federal loans and will pay the remainder with private/educational loans.
  6. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family (2nd degree) Accelerated Nursing

    Are you talking about Fall this year or next? I would recommend waiting, if you can. I've had two weddings this year and I did luck out with my clinical days falling on different days. But I heard it's awful to makeup clinical days because they're 12 hour shifts.
  7. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Spring 2018 Accelerated

    Sorry it took me so long to reply. Your first semester will be three classes with two days of lab, so you'll be in classes probably 4 days a week. Then you move on to two days of lecture, and one or two clinical days a week. And you will need immunizations before you start clinical, which is your second "semester." You'll get all the information on that at your orientation - you'll have more than enough time to get it all done í ½í¸Š good luck to you!
  8. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University

    We record the lectures, I'll go back and re-listen to them while reading my notes/power points. I'll then reference the text and ATI text. Sometimes I'll use ATI practice questions and I just go online to find practice questions as well. It's all what works for you. You will learn 90% of what you need in class. People use UWorld after they're finished but I've heard better things about Kaplan.
  9. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University

    Our ATI proctored exams only account for a very small percentage of our grade. Also the grading on ATI I believe goes off a national average, so there are levels. The level you get will translate into what percent you get in the class. Our curriculum is not 100% centered around ATI but we do utilize the ATI texts a lot in our information. I actually prefer the ATI texts to the actual textbooks. You will have a class written exams. Your ATI proctored exam is in Med-Surg 2 and Pharm 2, that you will take once at the end of the semester. Then you will have them for each subject after. ATI should not make you fail the class if your class exams have a decent average, it'll really only effect the people on the line between passing and failing. Then as BA2012 said, you'll take your comprehensive ATI exams at the end of the program. ATI should just be meant as a tool to help prepare you for the NCLEX.
  10. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University

    We do use ATI, the tests are written by the professors. Where they get ideas for the questions, I'm not sure. However they are NCLEX style questions. We have class 2-4 days a week and clinical 1-2 days a week. It all depends on the semester and what classes. I'm not sure what I should elaborate on for why I like it. I think the professors care, clinical instructors are great, I feel we're provided with everything needed to succeed. The scheduling is tough and you need to be flexible as every 8 weeks, it will change.
  11. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University

    Some nursing schools are 73 to pass but almost all schools have moved in 77.
  12. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Fall 2018 Accelerated

    I started in January and we haven't had a single failure, And other cohorts don't seem to have many failures either. I think one person so far from the cohort ahead of us but they are joining us.
  13. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University

    I think most of the reviews are coming from the traditional program, and even that has improved. I'm in cohort 8 and we started in January and haven't had one failure yet. It's tough but if you put in the work and care, you'll do fine. Also the grading isn't really skewed, a lot of programs are moving in this direction. Almost all nursing schools require 77 to pass. I love the program, I'm just about half way through it and I feel I know SO much more than I did 6 months ago. I also know that nclex pass rates have been 100% or close to it for the ABSN.
  14. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Spring 2018 Accelerated

    I don't know for sure, but I started Spring 2018 and we started like the first week of January. It's typically when the school goes back in after the holiday break. You'll get a lot of info in your orientation :)
  15. kellyfuturebsn

    Holy Family University Spring 2018 Accelerated

    The professors are very caring. I really do love the program. I heard good things about Gwenydd but I also heard their NCLEX rates weren't that great. HFU reformed the program to ensure better stats and it's been successful for several cohorts now. Congrats to you and good luck in school!
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