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  1. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    I can only speak for semesters 1 & 2. Semester 1 was very manageable, but the material is very conceptual and foundational (pharmacology and pathophysiology are the big hitters.) Lots of lectures, lots of studying, and many hard assignments. Semester 2 is a whirlwind. At least for us. Summer and taking 18 credits. The health skills class was skipped last semester and crammed into our schedule now because of COVID. Lectures are minimal, but copious study groups are available. Material is more straightforward. You are going deeper into specific topics you covered in patho with the various theory courses. Tests and quizzes are 80% average overall each to pass. In between all this and the 1-2 days a week you have clinical related classes you have to practice skills and validate out of them at the learning center. Scheduling that, finding a buddy is a lifesaver for that. I’m 5 weeks in to the 14 weeks. It’s manageable, but not pleasant. They hit you with a firehose of info and activities.
  2. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Some in my cohort worked the first semester (hybrid). Many dropped to part time for this semester. Fall they intend to return to in person classes (I hope they keep hybrid as an option!) and working would be impossible.
  3. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    At the pace they gave us going yes. It isn’t a pleasant 18 months.
  4. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    The enrollment rep was correct. Honestly, it’s cheap for a program granting the BSN and MSN at the same time.
  5. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    We were told the plan is to return to in person classes for Fall semester. I prefer self taught so I’m dreading it. To me sitting in a lecture is a waste of my time, effort, and energy.
  6. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Pathophysiology will be your hardest class. (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME) will be the lecturer. She is amazing. Offers 2 lectures a week at 4 hours each. She records. It’s amazing. Pharmacology is your next hardest. Good powerpoints with weekly zoom (usually) with the Professor. She makes up for it with incredible exam prep review sessions. We are almost all passing. Ethics is a breeze. Great interaction. The other two courses were asynchronous with plenty of materials to get you through and excellent instructor feedback on assignments. make sure your cohort sets up a Google drive and an outside message app to group study and work together on study guides. It really helps get you through. Especially sharing multiple perspectives. I am wrapping up semester 1 now. Stressful, yes. Worth it? Oh heck yes.
  7. damianus

    Straighterline Anatomy & Physiology 1

    Does WGU have a program, perhaps Herzing.
  8. damianus

    Straighterline Anatomy & Physiology 1

    With straighterline the didactic portion is 70% open book tests that are quite difficult. 30% of your grade is a closed book proctored final with a real person. The labs are not proctored and are open book but require you to do experiments, dissections, etc. and post your photos. It is a tedious but thorough option. Great money saver, but not easy by any means. make sure your university takes Straighterline first. Alverno DEMSN doesn’t require a lab for Chem. Food for thought.
  9. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Well, let’s agree on the elephant in the room. It’s a cash cow for the school and if they pull off producing decent nurses from it, it will help ensure the physical campus maintains the mission of their founders in perpetuity. But like other advanced DEMSN programs it does place 90% of the burden on the student to be self motivated to a high degree. Nothing to do with the line of conversation, but I’ve read good things about UWorld’s NCLEX prep. That’s what I’m planning on using. https://nursing.UWorld.com/NCLEX-RN/?_ga=2.88802331.1689919682.1592888398-1572772771.1592888398
  10. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Straighterline is incredibly rigorous and thorough. A&P 1 & 2 include physical labs and cover the entirety of Seeley’s Anatomy. Microbio, when I took it, went through Pearson’s Microbiology cover to cover. Again, with physical labs. Their statistics courses (introduction and business) again utilize recent books and are robust. The tests are a nightmare. The finals are all proctored. I’m not sure why you would knock Straighterline. SUNY takes them, university of Maine at pressure isle, Tennessee state, university of Louisiana Monroe, etc. Tons of public partner colleges have reviewed them and consider it solid education. As for Alverno, I’m pretty sure they let Patho and Pharma in the first semester act as the filter. If you lied and cheated your way through prerequisites instead of putting the actual work in you will not make it past the first semester. I would personally advocate an entrance exam; because people cheat at brick and mortar too.
  11. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    I’m sure your cohort got a raw deal coming in at the influx of Covid madness. But realize that sharing your latent negativity might not be giving a fair shake to the university; you’re seeing through colored lenses. Compared to the graduate program I was in before this, which was NOT a fit for me, this school is a dream come true. I’m not pulling 16 hour days and writing 2500 word research papers every week with 500 weekly pages of reading. Point of reference is everything. Give them a fair shake.
  12. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Organize your cohort. My cohort uses GroupMe and zoom to coordinate studying, note taking, and share assignment guidance from Professors so we don’t reinvent the wheel emailing 50 times for the same thing. So far it is incredibly supportive and we are learning fast. Some of the classes have busywork, but core classes like patho and pharma are plenty filled with proverbial meat. For pharma and patho they have provided lectures, PowerPoints with voice over recordings, multiple outside resources and videos for conceptual stuff, study guides that are detailed, highlighted prototype classes for drugs, MULTIPLE SESSIONS of each lecture you can attend (ie get the info twice!!), and study groups led by a student from a future cohort. honestly, what the heck more could you ask for.
  13. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    I will be shooting straight over to a pmhnp program the day I graduate, then doing a pmhnp residency once I finish. I’m honestly not that concerned with the clinical hour difference. I learn extremely fast. I’m concerned about getting paid as quickly as possible a living wage for my large family.
  14. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    Wow, congrats. With either program you will have a job before you graduate most likely. ‘I lean toward having the BSN as well. Some employers have a preference for that. Veterans affairs pay scale notes the difference when choosing your tier for example.
  15. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    I can't stress this enough. Watch that video 2x before taking your test. Watch it at double speed if you can handle it to make it take less time. That's what I did, and I did very well on the test. I don't remember how many questions it was, but he hits the highlights you need to pass in that video.
  16. damianus

    Alverno DEMSN 2021

    We were already in WI. Oconomowoc school district is excellent if you don’t mind the 40-60 minute drive depending on weather. Waukesha/Brookfield is your next best bet. Much cheaper too. The closer to the lakes region the better for families.