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  1. Hi Kayji I wanted to know how your DABSN program is going. It's the final date to submit an application for the Summer and I wanted to know if you had any insight in terms of what goes from now on. 🙂 Hope you are well

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    2. kayji

      kayji, BSN


      • Classes were 2-3 days per week. First semester was 3/week, 2nd and 3rd were 2. Each day was scheduled for 6-8 hours on Zoom. Some professors are more strict to the time than others. 
      • Clinicals start at the end of the first semester, with a trip to Atlanta (2 weeks). After that, you will need to organize your clinical schedule with your preceptor. There is a requirement for number of hours, but you do them when you can fit them in (depending on classes, preceptor's schedule). On average about 2x 12 hour shifts per week. Some weeks 2, some weeks 3.
      • Studying: 8-10 hours/day on the days without class or clinical. Maybe a couple hours on class days, nothing on clinical days. Consists of recorded lectures, reading, case studies, practice questions, homework, papers, etc.

      The schedule follows the academic calendar (minus mid-term days off). That means you have "some" time between semesters (1 week after Spring & Summer, ~4 weeks after fall). Some people were able to take the whole time off, some had to do clinicals a that they weren't able to get in while classes were in session.

      Exams are meant to be "nursing-style questions," which means, yes, they are intentionally more challenging than your average exam, but I think this is pretty common in nursing programs (to help prepare for NCLEX). That said, I think their exams are well done and if you can make an argument for a different answer, most professors are willing to consider alternatives if it's a good/correct argument. I think the general consensus within my cohort was that maternity was the most difficult, but mostly because the professor teaching it wasn't a maternity nurse. 

      Good luck with your application!

    3. CarolynR.EmoryDABSN21


      Hey not that it really matters to me but did you ever have clinicals or classes on the weekends? Or were you able to do your clinicals during open times you had during the week? Someone told me they did all their clinicals on weekends only but then someone else said you can just do them on weekdays only.

      Also do you have any scholarships you would recommend? I got accepted to start in May but have not accepted yet because a lot of nurses have told me to find a cheaper program that there is no reason to be paying 70K for only 12 months. You have any thoughts on that like looking back would you pick this program again or go for a cheaper option? 

    4. kayji

      kayji, BSN

      Hi @sneverett5!

      Clinicals are different with Emory's DABSN than most nursing programs. Since (after the first trip to ATL) you are working 1-on-1 with a preceptor, you will have clinical on the days your preceptor is scheduled to work. So, basically there is no way to say when your clinical will be. You just have to plan around the classes and your preceptor's schedule to make sure you get the required number of hours in during the weeks allotted for each rotation. 

      As for scholarships, I don't think there are many options since it's a second degree program (and scholarships tend to be focused towards first degree students). I strongly agree with everyone has told you to look for a cheaper option. The only reason I considered Emory's program was because I had GI bill benefits to help pay. If I didn't have that, I would have looked for something cheaper as well. Emory's program is great and working in my community was exactly what I wanted, but if you have a community college or in state BSN option I think that would make a lot more sense financially for most people. Some people have money to throw at private college tuition, but taking out loans is tough way to start your nursing career.