For those accepted and planning on attending, it looks like we need to either enroll or waive the student health insurance by Sept. 30th or else we are automatically charged. Does that apply to us? Also, it looks like we might be charged for 2 academic years. Since I won't be a student until March, I don't want to pay for coverage until then. I've e-mailed Drexel, but I'm waiting on a response. Does anyone have any info on that?
Finish your prereqs. I know we need to be CPR (Healthcare Provider level) certified. Make sure you're up to date on all your immunizations: MMR, Hep B, Tetanus, you'll have to do a 2 step TB. Other than that I think we have to wait for futher direction on uniforms, books, etc. etc.
Hi EMM, I am from the LA area too. I actually live in Moorpark, CA. I'm also really unsure of the housing/transportation. Everyone has said University City and Center City are the best places to look. I really hope to find reasonable rent in Center City. I'm going out to Philly mid September to check everything out. Anyone want to meet up? I'm taking a main Drexel campus tour and maybe meet with someone at the Center City campus if it works out.
Does anyone know what Philly's job market is like right now? My husband works in post production in Hollywood, so I doubt there's a lot of work like that in PA. What's the average salary for someone with a bachelor's degree and a couple years work experience?
I did get accepted, but I'm still trying to decide if I am going. My other options would be junior colleges in Southern California (Associate's programs.) They are way cheap, but you have to wait your turn for a 2 year program. I would be able to start Fall 2011 a 2 year program. I could be halfway done at Drexel by then! But I'm weighing pros/cons. It's a risk for me to quit my job and my husband's and move across the country for this program...
I feel like they take the most qualified applicants first and then wait to see how many spots they have left. Then they start taking the more average applicants...like me (My GPA is closer to 3.0 than 4.0.)
I called and left a message with Fran last Friday just to ensure all my transcripts have arrived, etc. I never heard back from her, so I called the general admissions line yesterday. They confirmed that they had everything and that my app was under review. The anxiety is killing me! I just want to know already!
P.S. Congrats to all the accepted!!
Thanks for the insight XLFord. Would you mind sharing how much the program cost you after all tuition, fees, uniforms, books, etc. etc? Ballpark would be great. I'm hoping to use mostly savings, but I'll have to supplement with loans, I'm sure.
Hlelstone, one of my acquaintances went through the ACE program last year and graduated. She actually recommended me to stay away! She says its very intense without any sympathy. You must maintain very high grades and test scores throughout the program, pass skills checkouts and pass the HESI exit exam all before you even take the NCLEX! From some of the other forums I've read, it says that it is a very difficult program (hello, you're signed up for 20+ credit terms!) but it's doable if you put the work into it (my friend said she studied 8 hrs per day) and are a very dedicated student. I guess up to a 1/3 of ACE students drop out or are kicked out before graduation. I'm very nervous, but I've heard that even the junior colleges here in California are difficult and that you are required to keep certain grades and pass tests (i.e. get 90% on them) or fail the program.
Does anyone else have any feedback? I'm nervous to move across country and spend $30k+ and potentially fail out of the program.
I applied last week and assume my transcripts are arriving now. This is my second attempt applying to Drexel. I applied for Fall 2009, but I didn't have a lot of my science pre-reqs done and they lost my transcripts so I was late in applying. But I'm hoping for the best this year since I got mostly As and Bs in the pre-reqs!! Good luck everyone!