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  1. jayzelena

    Phillips Beth Israel Applicants

    I'm sorry for not answering anyone'sposts. I haven't been receiving emails about the posts or messages. I'm sure everyone who received an interview has gotten an acceptance package by now. I'm gearing up for my second and FINAL year. Can't believe it. If you have any questions I promise I'll be checking the website regularly. I know how nervous you all must be so I'm willing to help any way I can.
  2. jayzelena

    Phillips Beth Israel Applicants

    Congratulations on getting in! As far as the atop vs evening, I know evening meets tues, wed, thurs 530 to 1030. I think that is alot, esp 3 days a week to walk in your door around 11 pm, but that's my opinion. Alot of people I go to school with work full time and manage just fine in the atop program. Personally, I think atop is better. You won't be getting home that late (lec is until 8pm on thurs), you would really only have to take fridays off and maybe leave 3 hrs early to get to class on thurs but usually employers understand. It is totally up to you though. Why not discuss it with your husband and see what he has to bring to the table since you going back to school is going to have an effect on him as well
  3. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I think you should take nutrition before. I don't care for the professor and the assignments don't make any sense so if you can take it before you get in go for it.
  4. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I don't know how any other programs run but we aren't in school from 8-8 until the second year. The first year is just like I said unless they are planning on changing a few things. For us this semester fridays only lasted until March 11th o you could start working on fridays after that. Like I said, there are a lot of people in the program that work and they manage to do it. You'll be fine. I don't think your employer will give you a problem. As far as courses go, I didn't have microbiology, ethics or nutrition when I applied. During the interview the Dean advised me to take microbiology because it is a very hard course and it runs along with Mental health nursing so it would benefit to take it if you have not done so. I would also recommend you take ethics and nutrition before coming in. I took ethics at FingerLakes Community College. It was an online course, very easy. Had to write a paper every week and the final was open book. I'm currently taking nutrition now and I wish I would've taken it before starting the program. I'll PM you why.
  5. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    Thursday we are in school from 3-8. Friday, the first semester, you won't have to come in but the second semester you go from 8am to about 12. Saturday is clinical. First semester you have clinical and then lab so you're only on the floor from 8 to 11:30, break for lunch, and then have lab from 1-4. Second semester you're on the floor from 8-1, break for lunch and then have post conference. We usually get out by 3. Does your job know that you are planning on attending nursing school? The school is great but they will not let you skip classes unless it's an emergency so be careful not to miss. Plus, if you do miss you will kind of be lost. Lecture is 5 hours, that's alot of material to cover on your own. Also, there are no make-up labs so if you happen to not be able to make it that day you miss it, that's it.
  6. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I did some volunteer in a hospital when I was 16. They didn't let me interact with the patients, it was just paperwork but over the years I helped out with taking care of my grandmother. She fell and broke her hip in 2008. She still needs alot of help. I also have kids so that in itself is helpful. Teaches you patience and compassion. How about yourself? Done any volunteer work?
  7. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    We do follow the Jewish calendar so we get all the Jewish holidays off which is nice.
  8. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    Saturdays are alright. I do miss my weekends a little though. The hospital is nice on saturday. The first semester you have lecture on thurs and clinical and lab on saturday. The second semester you have to go to school 3 days because lecture, lab and clinical are all on separate days - thurs, fri, and sat. I'm sure you will get that call soon! :)
  9. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    In the atop program there are about 20 of us. There are more in the other programs although I'm not sure what their numbers are. Atop is nice. We're a close group. There are 2 traditional groups, which I don't think you would fall into because you have all the sciences done, and there is an evening group which I really don't know too much about. They just started in January. You said you applied for atop right?
  10. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I can't tell you anything that has to do with your prior degree and gpa and your chances of getting in because I don't have a degree but the 3.3 is good. They really look at the whole application though and not just your grades and test scores. As far as the hillman scholarship goes, if you get in I would fill out for every scholarship possible. I made the mistake of not doing it because I was taking microbiology last summer and was so consumed with it I really didn't have time to write all those essays. The hillman covers everything, books too! It is a great scholarship but you have to keep your grades up while in the program. I don't know what that grade is though. I took out federal loans, subsidized and unsubsidized, and both together covered my tuition but I'm only taking nursing courses. If you have other courses to take your tuition will be a little higher. For this year the tuition for me was about $9300. Had to pay for books out of pocket and those ran me over $1000 so if you can apply for a scholarship do it. I plan on doing just that for next year. I've learned my lesson. Keep me posted on when you get that call!
  11. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I am in the atop program. I have a family, husband and 3 children, but I'm lucky because I don't have to work. All of my classmates in atop work and some have families too. It can be done, just have to prioritize. When I came in I had 2 c's from 1996 in sociology and psych but I did those classes again because I really wanted to learn the stuff this time, lol. All the rest of my grades were b's and a's. My gpa was a 3.76 I think but that was only the classes I started taking in 2009. If they would've added all my other grades from when I first went to college it would've been lower. I explained why I got the c's to them in the interview and how I am a much different person now than I was when I was 18. They are very understanding about things like that. It's a shame that other schools just look at your grades no matter when you received them. If you scored that high on the exam I'm sure you will get a call. When did you get your results?
  12. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    Don't worry they will call. Have hope. Don't be afraid to bother them either. They like to see that you are interested. I called I don't know how many times. MG knew me even before I was accepted, lol. My composite score was 121 I think and i ranked in the 88th/89th percentile so you did better than I did.
  13. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    I don't think they look at your individual scores for each section. I believe they look at your composite score and where your composite score ranks (89th percentile, 90th percentile, etc). Like I said earlier, those who fall in the 95th percentile or higher get called first. I felt like I did alright on the test. It was a really hard test for me, especially the vocabulary part. I left feeling good about it and as days went on I felt worse and worse about it, lol. I actually received a rejection letter from them last year and just out of curiosity called them to find out where my application was lacking. Apparently they sent it to me by mistake and scheduled my interview on the spot. Maybe it had something to do with me calling them. Maybe they wanted to see who really wanted to get in. It was the best decision of my life though. I'm sure they will call you. :)
  14. jayzelena

    Beth Israel Nursing School NYC

    Hi aspiring_nursing. I'm currently an ATOP student at BI. I can't really tell you much about the GPA thing cause I really don't know. I know they look at your whole application and determine if you are a good candidate based on everything in your application and not just grades. If you score well on the NLN exam (95th-99th percentile) you get called first. I scored in the 88th/89th percentile. I would recommend that you definitely apply for whatever scholarships are offered. Tuition is high and you're gonna need lots of books and programs for your PDA. Speaking of books the NLN review book (3rd edition) really helped me when it came to timing myself for the test. The test consists of 80 verbal, 60 math and 80 science questions. I was able to finish all the sections in time but don't spend too much time on any one questions. It will screw you up. Good luck in your studies! Elena
  15. jayzelena

    Phillips Beth Israel Applicants

    I'm so jealous! I don't start until Thurs cause I'm in ATOP. I'm super excited too. I can't believe I have made it here. I still feel like I'm in a dream. I thought orientation was great! All the faculty seems super nice and helpful. I really liked the students that I met. They were so enthusiastic about the school and that made me feel honored to be a part of it. (sounds corny I know) Good luck with your studies.
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