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  1. elleNY

    What would you do? SUNY Bing v. Drexel

    bump any words of wisdom?
  2. Hello all, Just asking your opinions concerning my schooling. I was planning to move to Philly to attend the Drexel ACE program which begins in March, but just last week I heard from SUNY Binghamton that I was accepted to their BAT program beginning in May. I was extremely excited about moving to Philly (I loved the city), but Binghamton is much more affordable. Unfortunately, the area of Binghamton is a dreary suburb. Because I am in-state, Binghamton will only cost around 13grand, with rents as low as 400 dollars a month. It is 12 months and ends in May 2012. Drexel University costs around 39grand and rents are around 1300 dollars a month, and it ends in Feb 2012. Do you think I should suck up the misery that is Binghamton, NY and just go there due to the difference in price? Thanks for your opinions! Elle P.S. Both schools are ranked similarly and highly regarded. SUNY Binghamton is regarded as the best NY state school.
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    Drexel University ACE Spring 2011

    Hey guys! I visited the campus and I really loved Philadelphia and the school seemed great and very together too! It was a little intimidating, as I got the full tour and got to see students getting tested (the professors watch you via videocamera from monitors in a back room). Seemed nerve wracking! But everyone at school seemed extremely nice. While the intense nature of the program itself it the most intimidating factor, I was incredibly happy with the school and the surrounding area. I am going to be looking for an apartment within walking or subway distance! If anyone has any questions about my visit to the school or about the surrounding area, let me know!
  4. elleNY

    Drexel University ACE Spring 2011

    Visiting the nursing dept @ Drexel for a tour this Tuesday Nov 2nd. If anyone has any questions they'd like me to ask, or things to look out for, please let me know!
  5. elleNY

    Drexel University ACE Spring 2011

    Hello, Chiming in a little late here, but I just received my acceptance after being wait listed! I have also been accepted to MCPHS in MA and LIU in NY, and am waiting on Pace in NY and Binghamton in NY. I am going to visit Drexel next week and I'm pretty sure it's my number one choice! I too will be moving from Manhattan. Is Center City the place to look? Thanks! E
  6. elleNY

    MCPHS in a nutshell

    Clara - Glad to see someone else from NYC might be attending..I joined the FB group for Jan 2011 start (students who submitted their deposit already), and so far I'm the only NYCer. Depending on where you live, it is feasible to walk from where you live/school/campus. Note that the campus is basically a few buildings in Downtown Worcester, so it's not a campus in the traditional sense. I know that there are taxis and buses, but the system is not as convenient as the NYC subway or anything. There's also a train that goes to NY and Boston that's pretty close. The people in admissions suggested that you do have a car, only because most things like grocery stores, movies, and even clinicals are driving distance. Although Worcester is a city, anywhere outside of downtown seems pretty suburban to me...So that if your clinical is at UMass Memorial, which is 5 minutes away, you will still need to drive there.. (although there may be a bus going there)...I think that being without a car would be doable, but probably difficult and far from ideal. I heard the winters can be abysmal there so that's another thing to consider. Friends with cars...a good thing :-P Where would you plan on living? That's important. I think a visit is in order!
  7. elleNY

    Native NYer going out of state for school?

    Thanks again for your insight. I got accepted to the professional phase at LIU for a January start. If I went there it would take 8 months longer to finish, would be slightly more expensive, and it has only a 50% grad rate (scary). That being said, one might argue LIU's high NCLEX rate is due to the fact that they fail everyone out who can't pass the multiple HESI's..so the remaining students are only the ones who can pass the NCLEX on the first try with a certainty. That being said, it sounds like you will be successful guiltysins - you have a great attitude! I don't know if, in my personal situation, it warrants going to LIU for the sole reason that it's located in NY. Do you agree/disagree? It sounds like you're starting the program this fall, please keep me updated with your progress and your opinion about the school. Have you visiting the nursing dept/facilities? Care to describe them? Thanks :-)
  8. elleNY

    Help! Need a cheaper alternative to NYU

    Dominican College in Rockland County. I applied and am waiting to hear back. It is $35,000 for the 12 month program which begins in May 2011. Cost of living vis-a-vis apartment renting and what not is certainly much cheaper than NY metro area. Just a thought ;-) El
  9. elleNY

    MCPHS in a nutshell

    No problemo ! I mean honestly a 80 minute commute per day (assuming no traffic) sounds bad in my opinion considering it's an accelerated program..but if you think you can swing it, by all means. They bought the Crowne Plaza Hotel and turned it in to dorms. It will be opening this fall and you get a private room/private bathroom, fully furnished...lots of other amenities...I think it's only 400-600 mo and it comes with parking, gym, pool.... Something to consider..I wish I could live there but I have dogs...so I'm looking at a modern, off campus building on 600 main st (1000/mo, beautiful big apartment, borders the ghetto)...and theres another building called Bancroft Commons on 50 Franklin St, where students stay. I applied in June and I heard back 2-3 weeks later...very quick ;-) El
  10. elleNY

    MCPHS in a nutshell

    Hello. Considering it is often difficult to find information on some nursing programs, I thought I would share my experience about visiting this school. MCPHS, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, is one of the oldest pharmacy (PharmD) schools in the country. They also offer a MASTERS in Physician Assistant, a 16 month accelerated BSN program (Fall start at the Manchester campus, Spring start at the Worcester campus), a MASTERS in family NP, and a traditional four year BSN at their Boston Campus (next door to Harvard). While it is a small school, they have the 6th largest endowment in the country. I recently visited the Worcester, MA campus to which I was accepted and this is what I think: - The facilities, mostly located in about three buildings which sit across the street from a hospital, are absolutely immaculate. The buildings are new and gorgeous. The technology is STATE OF THE ART. The labs are set up like hospital rooms, with top of the line simulation "dummies" who do all the things a real patient would do. All the equipment you would find in a hospital room are in the labs and fully functional. The classrooms are also state of the art, with clickers being connected to the overhead projector so that students can answer questions Jeopardy style! Everything inside this school is clean, modern, and visually impressive. The staff are incredibly friendly and kind. - This school is a school that focuses solely on graduate health professions. At the Worcester campus, all of the programs are accelerated, so the student body averages between the ages of 26-28 and everyone at the facility has a prior degree. There is an academic focus and BSN students have the opportunity to get published. As a part of the dress code, all students at the Worcester campus have to wear MCPHS white lab coats, including nursing students, which really conveys the professional impression of the nursing program. - There are about 50-55 students in the accelerated BSN program. Only about 3 fall out of sequence a year (read: FAIL), which means they have to remediate in to the class a year behind them. The teachers are highly supportive and become close with students. The teachers work with the students and do not "leave them hanging". They go with them to their clinicals. They will advocate for you in the hospitals. - MCPHS is front loaded. In each course, you learn all the classroom material for the first few weeks, take exams, practice in the lab, and then the next few weeks you are fully immersed in clinicals. Thus, you will not have classwork and clinical at the same time, and you will not be unprepared for clinical because you "haven't gotten to that chapter yet". - According to the tour guide, if you are having trouble and seek out the teacher's help early, there is no reason why you would be failed. It seems that this is a supportive environment in which everyone wants the students to succeed and become excellent, proficient, respected nurses. Thus far, they have graduated 7 classes, and have full accreditation. For the past 2 years their NCLEX pass rate has been 100%. They do have the HESI exam system in place. About Worcester, MA: Pros: - Located near 7 other colleges: Clark, Assumption, Holy Cross, WPI and UMASS Medical School to name a few. The school is across the street from a new hospital (St. Vincents), there are other state and psychiatric facilities close by, and UMASS Memorial Hospital is a five minute drive. The area is heavily populated by biotechnology companies, so healthcare and science is what draws people to this city. - It is 40 minutes from Boston and 40 minutes from Providence, RI, and there is a train station close to the school which can take you to these places. The drive from NY is about 3 hours. It is even closer to CT. - A 3-5 minute drive from the school is Shrewbury St which is Worcesters "restaurant row". Lots of cute restaurants and bars and grills. A 5-10 minute ride from the school is a strip with all the amenities..movie theaters, best buys, k-marts, cell phone stores, supermarkets... Cons: Downtown Worcester, where the school is located, SUCKS. Not too far down Main Street is a ghetto neighborhood (think hookers and crackheads). There are a plethora of liquor stores, check cashing, and pawn shops. I saw MANY drug addicts on the street - this was either due to the proximity to the ghetto neighborhood (copping drugs) or the proximity to the rehab facilities. There is definitely a shady element to downtown Worcester. There are beautiful buildings architecturally (like the court house and the churches and the park). There are normal working people walking around downtown during the day, but supposedly the area becomes desolate at night and most people recommend that you don't walk around alone. Overall, Downtown Worcester is the biggest drawback to what appears to be a FABULOUS school. If anyone has any other questions, please let me know. I have not decided whether or not I will attend yet. As a disclaimer, this is based on my personal opinions :-) El
  11. Associate degree prepared nurse pushing for BSN only...would love to read one of her articles/papers supporting the measure!
  12. elleNY

    Native NYer going out of state for school?

    Guilty - thanks so much for your response! Sometimes responses are like pulling teeth on here I visited the school today and I have to say..I was SO impressed. Beautiful, modern, technologically advanced facility..the whole school is devoted to the health care professions...they seem so supportive and really have an academic approach to nursing...Plus they are located across the street from a hospital, 5 minutes away from UMass Memorial Hospital and UMass Med School..and the area of Worcester is a science/biotech/healthcare hub..That being said, the area sucks. I could never see myself living there. It's the type of place where people only live because they have to for job/school..While it is near Boston and Providence, which is a good thing, there is no way I would settle in Worcester proper and at this point I'm apprehensive about going there for 16 months as it is...So yes, I would probably come back. Do you think I will be at a disadvantage because I dont have clinical connections here? Some other good things about the school are affiliations with nursing associations and honor societies, nursing without borders (volunteer trip to South America!), 100% nclex pass rate, good regional reputation, and the opportunity to get published! These things could bolster my resume, but in the long run the lack of local networking is weighing on me. How do you like LIU? I have heard really, really bad things and I'm not sure it would be the "right" decision to chose LIU over MCPHS based on location alone... Thanks again :-) PS...in downtown, by the school..lots and lots of junkies wandering around (rehab facility in the area)...kind of left a bad taste in my mouth lol El
  13. elleNY

    MCPHS Spring 2010

    Just got back to NY from Mass...I visited Worcester and was at the school today asking questions and getting the grand tour...does anyone have any questions? :-)
  14. elleNY

    MCPHS Spring 2010

    Haven't accepted the offer yet but I'm 98% sure that I will. Was weighing my options with some schools in NY, but their pass rates are lower and it seems like a lot of their alumni trash talk the programs. Plus, recently out of a long term relationship so a change of scenery might be in order :-) Im visiting this week so I will keep you guys updated on my trip!
  15. Hello all, After not getting in to NYU, I decided to cast a wider net and applied to other schools in New York and also in other states. I was recently accepted to the 16 month accelerated BSN program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, Mass. They cost half the price of NYU, have a 100% NCLEX pass rate, and their alumni have some great things to say about the quality of education, quality of clinicals (MGH, UMass Medical to name a few), supportive faculty (they don't fail you out on a whim like many others), and the modernity of the campus, labs, and classrooms. This school only educates those in the health professions (with their other programs being PharmD, MS in PA, MS in NP). I am starting to think it might be worth the move to Worcester for 16 months to do this program. My only worries are that if I go out of state, I may have a hard time coming back to New York considering I will not be making any clinical connections because I will be in Mass hospitals. That being said, who knows if I'll want to come back. Do you think I'm better off going to another school like LIU (Brooklyn), PACE (Pleasantville), DOMINICAN (Rockland) because of their NY based clinicals? Thanks for your opinions! BTW --> I have never lived outside of New York so obviously I am nervous about moving. I am visiting this Worcester this week. E
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