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  1. guidoth1

    Concordia BSN Program?

    Hey there! I had actually decided on MSOE, but now I'm considering Concordia again because their cohort is actually a better fit for me than the one for MSOE. I just think it helps to have a good dynamic. I have heard good things about both MSOE and Concordia, but moreso MSOE. Did you apply already?
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    Concordia BSN Program?

    Hello everyone - I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience or heard anything regarding Concordia Mequon's BSN program? I have been considering their Accelerated 2nd degree BSN program and applied last night. The accelerated 2nd degree program is new to Mequon, and they just had their 1st cohort start in March 2018. The fact that it's a brand new program has me thinking twice already, but the program features some flexibility that's hard to not consider at this stage of my life. I'm 42 years old, married with two very small children (2 and 5). What's attractive about the program is that not only is it a 14 month program, but you take only ONE course at a time. Yes, the courses are crammed into 4 weeks, but I love the fact that it is one course at a time. Also, it's a blended program, so you do online work during the week and then are required to be available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and sometimes Monday for clinicals and lab/simulation. All this being said, I can't find anything with regards to Concordia's reputation for their nursing program, either good or bad. Can anyone here speak to their reputation for their traditional BSN program? My assumption is that the ABSN program is too new for anyone to be able to speak to that, but if anyone has any info on the ABSN that would be very helpful as well! I'd appreciate any info since I've been kinda tearing my hair out trying to decide between Concordia and MSOE for the accelerated 2nd degree route. And, yes, I've considered the MATC to BSN completion somewhere afterwards option. :) I got all the way to where I was accepted into MATC's ADN program, but just couldn't get over the fact that I would be putting in 2 years and still coming out with only an ADN and would have to go back to school AGAIN even though I already have a Bachelor's. Call me crazy for being willing to pay for a private school for a nursing degree, but I guess I'm trying to leverage my existing Bachelor's, and at 42 years of age, I'm feeling the time crunch as I eventually would like to go on for the DNP. I've heard really good things about MSOE, by the way. I spoke with a nurse at Wirth Park in Brookfield that said they have excellent students, and I've read positive things on here about their program. The only thing is they have you juggling several courses at a time on an accelerated track, and their schedule is intense with not much wiggle room. My first impression is that MSOE might be more stressful than Concordia because of how the program is structured, but who knows? Okay, I've talked long enough. :) I really hope someone here might have some input that might be able to sway in one direction or another between these two. Thanks in advance for any help!
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    Spring 2018 I'm finishing up Micro, Biochem, and the CNA. MATC allowed me to petition with those in progress. Sounds like WCTC is different. I willl call them today just to double-check. Lotta work to do, as you well know! I will most certainly stay in touch. I myself am curious where I'll end up as well. HAHAHAHA.
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    I think that's what I noticed as well, on WI Healthcareers. That's exactly why I've been confused about it. I know someone who is going for her DNP at Marquette who told me that you can get a job as a NP with a Masters, but the DNP offers you more options. WCTC, hey? Nice!! Good luck to you this first semester! Must be exciting! I hope you don't mind if I stay in touch with you periodically. Always nice to know people that are in the same boat as you in a few ways. I will be starting somewhere in the fall semester. I suppose it depends on where I get in, too! :)
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    Interesting. Where did you find this information regarding these dates, etc? Marquette is definitely an option for me in the future since they have the ADN to BSN and the BSN to DNP. Where are you going to school right now? Are you in the core nursing courses already?
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    Hi Rinoir. Your comments have me thinking a bit now. Good stuff to consider! That's also awesome that you're 41 as well; good to know that I'm not alone at this stage of my career change. Are you also a male going into nursing, like myself? I, too, plan on going all the way through grad school to the DNP level. Or at least the masters level. I've read conflicting info on whether to obtain the Masters or DNP for NP. As a CRNA, you need the DNP, is that right?
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    Thanks for your comments, Rionoir. I have considered those same points myself, especially regarding taking on a huge student loan. I guess the reason that I have been considering MSOE is that I would be done sooner since it's an accelerated program. At 41 years old, I've been feeling old these days; especially for starting a new career as a nurse. Most people tell me not to worry about my age because they say there are many nursing students in their 40s, but I still feel it. I guess, though, what's the point in paying 25k more in tuition just to save 6 months time. One last question Rionoir; has your contact at Children's HR said anything about MATC? That's a program I'm considering as well. Thanks! Dan
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    UW-Milwaukee or MSOE?

    Hi Everyone- I'm new to this forum. I'm a middle aged (41) career changer about to embark on the remaining two years necessary to complete a BSN in Nursing. I have a previous undergrad in a totally unrelated field. I'm just finishing up some pre-reqs at MATC, and will take additional pre-reqs in Spring 2018, and aiming for a Fall 2018 start. Right now, I'm trying to decide between UW Milwaukee and MSOE for the BSN. I've tried to research both schools and have come across limited info. I would love your whatever input you may be able to provide with regards to pros and cons for either program. I have read that UW Milwaukee doesn't exactly prepare you for a hospital setting?? How can that be true? All I've read about MSOE is that it is very intense and expensive, but definitely worth the extra tuition cost. Any thoughts?? Thanks in advance for your input.
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