University at Rochester May 2020 ABPNN

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Hello , I'd like to start a thread for the ABPNN May start. I interviewed sometime early October. This is for anyone with any questions. Also please! Any, advice from prior applicants and alumni would be much appreciated!

BKNURSE20

BKNURSE20, RN

47 Posts

Hello Alejandra,

I've just completed first semester. what question(s) do you have?

Jillianki

Jillianki

16 Posts

I have a few? Thanks for getting back to me!

Could you tell me a bit about your experiences in the first semester such as scheduling, and clinical rotations?

Also, I read on previous threads about the second semester not having as many seats as the first semester as a way to weed students out? Does the program have a competitive nature to it?

How diverse is the student population? I've seen programs where most of the students have high gpas and have extensive medical backgrounds.

I'm assuming most of the program is self study but could you describe the professors and how available they are with their students?

And if you don't mind, could you share some of your stats when you applied?

The average price of rent? I'm from brooklyn and if accepted I'd like to about how much I should have saved in order to cover it without taking out additional loans.

Thank you so much!

BKNURSE20

BKNURSE20, RN

47 Posts

14 minutes ago, Alejandra1 said:

I have a few? Thanks for getting back to me!

Could you tell me a bit about your experiences in the first semester such as scheduling, and clinical rotations?

Also, I read on previous threads about the second semester not having as many seats as the first semester as a way to weed students out? Does the program have a competitive nature to it?

How diverse is the student population? I've seen programs where most of the students have high gpas and have extensive medical backgrounds.

I'm assuming most of the program is self study but could you describe the professors and how available they are with their students?

And if you don't mind, could you share some of your stats when you applied?

The average price of rent? I'm from brooklyn and if accepted I'd like to about how much I should have saved in order to cover it without taking out additional loans.

Thank you so much!

Hello Alejandra,

First semester for me was pretty good, i will most definitely call it a success. The program can challenging for those with minimal science backgrounds but otherwise very manageable because they provide many resources for those who may be struggling.

The first few weeks is didactic, basically a review of core principles (science review) and labs focus on nursing techniques.

In terms of scheduling, everyone in the cohort has the same classes and schedule (exception being early lab or late lab). clinical rotation is 7am - 4pm for everyone ( there are groups for clinical @ 3 different locations). Also there are groups in lab. You will be prepared for clinical rotation, for those who are nervous about this part of the program...FEAR NOT. Clinical was my favorite part of the first semester (that starts the last few weeks of first semester)

Now... for the rumors..... the program does not WEED students out, ya'll are one group of varying backgrounds...VERY diverse. its not a competition.... you are encouraged to help your fellow peers who may be having some difficulty grasping the material. i will advise everyone to get into study groups, get to know your peers and HELP ONE ANOTHER. My cohort is one of the largest in many years...about 80 of us. i would imagine your cohort will be around the traditional 60-65 or so mark. some have medical backgrounds (EMT, CNA etc..) many had zero patient experience prior to clinical, former teachers, grandfathers, moms , dads, doctor (yes you read that right lol), students of varying ages 20-60.. all walks of life (im speaking generally for all cohorts). Diversity is huge in this program, you'll meet people from all over the country and maybe internationally.

GPA's vary from 3.0 - 4.0, again gpa is important but not the sole criteria in being accepted. in my opinion i liked all my professors, they were fair overall... some may disagree but again that's my opinion. i will say all professors are easily accessible .. you can make appointments to talk , review exams etc... They are here to help when and however they can.

The program is not self-study IMO .. you will be prepared to succeed for the exams. You still have to review notes, and have an understanding but you dont need to study hours on end daily ( they highly dis-encourage this). i did well with 2-3 days of studying and many times a day or two before. BUT, i do have a science background i could afford to do this. With that said, i would tell everyone to go out, have fun, self-care (go to the gym) and mos def DO NOT STUDY ALL DAY & EVERYDAY. Trust me, after the first couple of exams you'll understand this better.

my stats: 3.2 gpa, BS in bio chemistry, 3 years in healthcare setting w/ some patient interactions.

rent is relatively cheap in Rochester.. ill say as low as 350 or so for a room with roommates etc... most of my friends (not from NY state or Rochester area )included living expenses in their loans. IMO just include it in your loan...simplify things. if you prefer to live alone, you can get a decent place for under 900 a month (maybe even less).

if you have additional questions.. ill check the website periodically.

Also: excuse all my grammatical errors lol

CMA217

CMA217

25 Posts

Hi!

I have my interview scheduled for Tuesday! Super excited, super scared. Has anyone for the May Cohort gotten accepted yet or is the late January date for acceptance standard?

Jillianki

Jillianki

16 Posts

On 1/2/2020 at 2:24 PM, BKNURSE20 said:

Hello Alejandra,

First semester for me was pretty good, i will most definitely call it a success. The program can challenging for those with minimal science backgrounds but otherwise very manageable because they provide many resources for those who may be struggling.

The first few weeks is didactic, basically a review of core principles (science review) and labs focus on nursing techniques.

In terms of scheduling, everyone in the cohort has the same classes and schedule (exception being early lab or late lab). clinical rotation is 7am - 4pm for everyone ( there are groups for clinical @ 3 different locations). Also there are groups in lab. You will be prepared for clinical rotation, for those who are nervous about this part of the program...FEAR NOT. Clinical was my favorite part of the first semester (that starts the last few weeks of first semester)

Now... for the rumors..... the program does not WEED students out, ya'll are one group of varying backgrounds...VERY diverse. its not a competition.... you are encouraged to help your fellow peers who may be having some difficulty grasping the material. i will advise everyone to get into study groups, get to know your peers and HELP ONE ANOTHER. My cohort is one of the largest in many years...about 80 of us. i would imagine your cohort will be around the traditional 60-65 or so mark. some have medical backgrounds (EMT, CNA etc..) many had zero patient experience prior to clinical, former teachers, grandfathers, moms , dads, doctor (yes you read that right lol), students of varying ages 20-60.. all walks of life (im speaking generally for all cohorts). Diversity is huge in this program, you'll meet people from all over the country and maybe internationally.

GPA's vary from 3.0 - 4.0, again gpa is important but not the sole criteria in being accepted. in my opinion i liked all my professors, they were fair overall... some may disagree but again that's my opinion. i will say all professors are easily accessible .. you can make appointments to talk , review exams etc... They are here to help when and however they can.

The program is not self-study IMO .. you will be prepared to succeed for the exams. You still have to review notes, and have an understanding but you dont need to study hours on end daily ( they highly dis-encourage this). i did well with 2-3 days of studying and many times a day or two before. BUT, i do have a science background i could afford to do this. With that said, i would tell everyone to go out, have fun, self-care (go to the gym) and mos def DO NOT STUDY ALL DAY & EVERYDAY. Trust me, after the first couple of exams you'll understand this better.

my stats: 3.2 gpa, BS in bio chemistry, 3 years in healthcare setting w/ some patient interactions.

rent is relatively cheap in Rochester.. ill say as low as 350 or so for a room with roommates etc... most of my friends (not from NY state or Rochester area )included living expenses in their loans. IMO just include it in your loan...simplify things. if you prefer to live alone, you can get a decent place for under 900 a month (maybe even less).

if you have additional questions.. ill check the website periodically.

Also: excuse all my grammatical errors lol

Thank you so much for getting back to me! I appreciate that you were able to answer all of my questions! I hope to see you in May!

Jillianki

Jillianki

16 Posts

9 hours ago, CMA217 said:

Hi!

I have my interview scheduled for Tuesday! Super excited, super scared. Has anyone for the May Cohort gotten accepted yet or is the late January date for acceptance standard?

The interview in my opinion went great. They ask pretty straight forward questions and nothing took me to surprise. I asked about when we would be receiving acceptances and they said perhaps march! I have a friend who was accepted pretty late, apparently in late april!

CMA217

CMA217

25 Posts

Okay, great! Thank you. Hope to see you in May!

CMA217

CMA217

25 Posts

Hi all,

Any updates from your interviews? How did they go?

aoi2019

aoi2019, BSN, RN

78 Posts

Hey all- I was told acceptance would be in Feb. Does anyone know if it truly could be March?

ns2593

ns2593

19 Posts

On 1/9/2020 at 11:04 PM, Alejandra1 said:

The interview in my opinion went great. They ask pretty straight forward questions and nothing took me to surprise. I asked about when we would be receiving acceptances and they said perhaps march! I have a friend who was accepted pretty late, apparently in late april!

Hello,

I did my interview early January and the interviewer said acceptances will be sent out mid to late feb. I wanted to let you know so you don’t forget to check your mail.

kpm1157

kpm1157

Specializes in Exercise Physiology. 5 Posts

I was told the decisions would be made in early February. Does anybody know how the decisions are made and by who exactly? I had a really great interview and would feel confident if the decision was up to the person who interviewed me, but I kind of doubt it's that way. I'm hoping though, I come off much better in person than on paper!