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  1. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    Hello, We're actually graduating tomorrow, which is insane to think about because this whole endeavor has lasted a little more than one year. To answer your questions: Correct, we're assigned our professors and class schedules for each semester. I'd say most of our class was able to earn grades they were happy with. One thing you realize very early on in nursing school is that the grading scale and its meaning are different than liberal arts degrees where anything less than an A is a poor grade. For example - on our Kaplan standardized tests, which were considered predictive of our ability to pass the NCLEX, scores above 65 percent were considered passing. Getting scores in the 80s was seen as quite good. Everyone copes with stress in their own way, so it's important for you to develop study habits that work for YOU. The way I studied would not work for my classmates and vice versa. It's unfortunately a matter of trial and error in the beginning, which might lead to a few sour grades. But as long as you pick yourself up and carry on there's really no reason why you can't succeed in this program. A good professor will help out immensely, of course, but if you have strong study habits and the ability to discern the IMPORTANT (read: testable) information from the extra details you'll do just fine. The majority of my cohort passed our exit HESI on the first try, and only two (I believe) were unable to pass the second attempt. Let me know if this answers your question fully!
  2. Gram Stain

    FIU ABSN 2019

    Last year I got an application confirmation on August 25th. That time will vary depending on their internal processes, though.
  3. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    Only people who would know the actual average would be the admissions staff. However, I do know that 85 and up is considered to be a competitive score. Volunteer work and a solid interview can help bolster your chances, though.
  4. Gram Stain

    FIU ABSN 2019

    Our program started during the second week of December if I remember correctly. We had a two week boot camp for Fundamentals during which we practiced clinical skills and procedures in the simulation lab and did self-directed studying for a pass/fail final. Admission decisions were sent out for us in October and we had orientation in November. Our "heavy" coursework began with the spring semester.
  5. Gram Stain

    FIU ABSN 2019

    I applied to UM's ABSN program and Miami-Dade's ASN three semester program. Both accepted me. FIU was my first choice because A) it's a really good school and B) the cost of attendance is $14k versus $40k at UM (OUCH!). Dade was my backup because I wanted to get my BSN in one shot. We do actually have a couple parents in the program and they are managing pretty well. Obviously having kids is a big stress, but as long as you can stay one step ahead of your classwork you should be A-OK. What I love doing is taking assignments that professors release at the beginning of the semester and knocking them out ASAP, leaving me time for the meatier stuff instead of the busy work. Good luck to you!
  6. Gram Stain

    FIU ABSN 2019

    Questions are good! I'll start from the top. Your TEAS score is excellent and your GPA is pretty good too. For reference, I came out of my first Batchelor's with a 3.11. I scored all As for my prereqs and got a 91.3 on my TEAS. That, plus 75 volunteer hours at an ER and my interview, got me in. Plenty of my cohort didn't have any volunteer hours, however, but it always helps. I'm not sure exactly how many applied for this cycle but they accepted 30. Two dropped out in the first week due to personal reasons leaving us with 28 now. I know in previous cohorts the ratio has been about 120 applicants and 30 acceptees. For us, they only invited 38 to the interviewing process, meaning you had a REALLY good shot of getting in just by sitting down for the one on one. The program so far has been pretty tough, purely because of how much they throw at you in a short period of time. Personally, I find the material is not that difficult. But managing 19 credits including clinicals can be pretty demanding. Our first semester consisted of two absolutely packed lecture days from like 8am to 4 or 5pm, and one clinical day from 7am-2pm. This semester it's two separate lecture days that let out pretty early and three clinicals from 7am-3pm. Honestly, if I were you and I got in, Id take the last few weeks/months to chill out big time, get my personal life in order, spend time with family/friends and get ready to say "No" to them a lot for the next year lol. Your cohort is ABSOLUTELY your best resource for help. They will remind you about deadlines, help you out with assignments, answer your questions and motivate you when you are down. This is why it really pays to be nice to the people you meet on interview day!! They are your extended family for better or worse for the next 12 months. As for the textbook question, if you get in feel free to private message me and I'll see if I can hook you up if the textbooks are t
  7. Gram Stain

    FIU ABSN 2019

    Hi there! Very cool to see the next batch of applicants start a conversation. I'm in the current 2018 cohort that's about halfway through the program. Please feel free to ask any questions and I'll be happy to answer to the best of my ability.
  8. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated program Spring 2018

    The program starts with a two-week mini term in the Fall for fundamentals, which is meant to prep you with essential skills and knowledge needed for clinicals. Then, in the spring, you take 19 credits split among five lectures and a clinical lab. To be honest I found myself with plenty of time to take a day off for mental health - you just need to schedule yourself well and avoid wasting too much time. We're in class Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 or 9am to roughly 7pm. In the Spring we have one clinical day from 7am to 2pm, but in the summer the schedule changes to three clinicals and three lectures. We only have one online class this semester. Initially the entire cohort hung out together but now the class has kind of naturally separated into friend groups, usually ones that study together.
  9. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated program Spring 2018

    Unfortunately, prominent scholarships are really hard to come by for second bachelor's degrees. Most of my cohort and I are relying on either government student loans (if they didnt use up their lifetime max during their first bachelor's) or private loans/personal savings.
  10. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated program Spring 2018

    Hello! We're wrapping up our first semester this week with nine (you heard right) finals lol. So far I can tell you that the program is quite rigorous, and you'll definitely need to get your work-life balance in order if you want to succeed. Don't let that scare you though because it's definitely doable, as some of our classmates are thriving despite the stress. If you have any specific questions let me know and I'll try to answer them for you.
  11. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    It's definitely a mix. Some people are taking out loans, others are using personal savings, a small group are continuing to work, and still others are financing through the Bank of Mom/Dad. That aspect will be entirely up to you/your bank/ and Uncle Sam. Since it's a second bachelor's degree you wont be getting any grants from the government, but loans are still fair game. However, you're right in that if you're near the undergrad max you'll need to seek financing elsewhere. Keep in mind that the program cost of attendance is somewhere around $14k, whereas other comparable AO programs like at UM cost upwards of $40k. Also, if I remember correctly, the ADN program over at Dade is around $8k - and you dont get a bachelor's at the end of it (something you'll inevitably have to go back to school for).
  12. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    Hello! We're about three months into the program and so far I can say the courseload is pretty heavy. However, it's very manageable. The content itself is not difficult - there's just a lot to remember. We have some really wonderful faculty that are kind and helpful. I can't speak for those bad reviews because everyone's situation is different, but if you treat the faculty with respect they will almost definitely return the favor! Earning good grades is entirely dependent on you. If you adapt well to the high load and really put in your time to study, you should do just fine. I scored very well on my first round of exams with basically just studying an hour or two a day. The other important thing to mention here is that you aren't doing this alone - you'll have your classmates to help you understand concepts and share the load. Use them! If you can swing the AO program with finances and time, Id say go for it. You get a bachelor's in the same amount of time as the ADN program at Dade, PLUS its only a few grand more expensive. Ultimately the best thing I can recommend is to reach out and speak with an advisor here - they'd be more than happy to answer any questions. Also feel free to ask me any other questions! I was in your shoes not too long ago.
  13. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    Feel free to ask any other questions!
  14. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated Option 2018

    Hi Catek! Not LaAura but I can tell you a little bit about our experience so far in the program. The class schedule is quite dense, not so much because of the actual time spent in lecture but because there is so much content to cover. We're on campus two days a week from 8 or 9 am to 6-8 pm. Then there's also clinicals one day a week for this semester. That leaves two days off (for studying) along with Saturday and Sunday (also for studying lol). The program faculty greatly discourage working alongside the program because of just how much content there is to cover and how much time will be needed to study. However, there are anecdotes of students working part time and still managing it, so it really depends on your ability to adapt and manage your time. For me I don't think it would be feasible while also keeping up other parts of my life like spending time with my significant other, going to the gym or cleaning my apartment. Separately, your TEAS score is great! I had a 91.3 and a 3.5 cumulative GPA after prerequisites and was accepted, so you look like you'd be in great shape. I also had volunteer experience -- however, you have PLENTY of time to get your hours in before the application deadline. There are so many hospitals/clinics where you can sign up to volunteer and I highly recommend it so that you can get some experience in a hospital setting just so you're not going in blind when clinicals start.
  15. Gram Stain

    FIU Accelerated program Spring 2018

    Try to show your confidence, and like LaAura said be clear about why you want to be a nurse. Something that helped us calm down about the interviews was that 38 people were invited for 30 slots, so you had an excellent chance of being selected.
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