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by Mthom17 Mthom17 (New) New

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I am looking into nursing, and during my search I found Ursuline College just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Does anyone know anything about this place as far as a reputation goes? I'm visiting campus on Friday, but I don't think I'll get the information I want since there'll be other people there invariably interested in other programs.

Also, any tips on how to make myself a more desirable applicant? I am currently taking an EMT class as part of my high school curriculum, and I am at the top of my class. Will this be something worth mentioning on the application? Thanks in advance!

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Roman1 specializes in Cardiac Step down/ LTC.

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Ursuline's Breen School of Nursing is an excellent very well respected program. It is a very tuff program, but like with any nursing program you have to put the studying time into it. Classes and clinical groups are small and the instructors really do want to see you succeed. You will get very well rounded, hands on clinical experiences. They have clinical contracts with all major hospitals in the cleveland area. I believe NCLEX pass rate is 98-99%. Yes Ursuline is expensive, but it really is an excellent program. Good luck!

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Thanks! I had a tour last Friday, and it went great! I mean, I'll have to make another trip during the school year to get a feel for the people there, but it seems really nice!

Since the students were (mostly) on break, I didn't get a good look at the classroom or get all my questions answered, though. Do you know if the BSN has any concentrations or tracks or something like that? I know that their MSN program does, but I can't figure it out for the BSN.

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Hi! How well respected is the ABSN program at Ursuline College? Are they only known in the Northeast region of OH, specifically the Cleveland area? I am interested in knowing the program's credential prior to applying for it. I've heard the great things about the ABSN at Ursuline College, but why is it not ranked on USNews for "best nursing school?" Which hospitals are Ursuline affiliated with? I thought Ursuline has a magnet program where students are supported to find employment after graduation, or at least it was posted on the website? Do you also happen to know the NCLEX passing rates? Thanks!

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NurseMegP has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Utilization Review.

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Leaving this here even though the post is older for others who are interested. I graduated from Ursuline in December of 2015 and have good things to say (mostly) about the program. The work itself is hard. But because of that, Ursuline Nurses are highly sought after. All of my classmates were able to find jobs (most before they had even passed their NCLEX). I only knew one student who had to take the NCLEX twice from my classmates. I passed mine first time with 75 questions (but to be honest, I thought I had failed, it's all a blur!). Ursuline does make you take ATI supplemental work for NCLEX preparation and that I thought was not very helpful. However, the clinical experiences Ursuline is able to get for it's students is far better compared to other schools because hospitals liked working with us. After graduation, I could tell that compared to my peers who had graduated from other schools I was more prepared and had a better working knowledge to start my career with. That's not saying anything against the other schools, I think CSU has a great program as well but I have no first hand experience with it.

OK, the bad news? Ursuline is NOT cheap. Again, great education, but I'll be chipping away at my student loans for some time here. If it comes down to which one to attend because of cost, CSU is probably your best bet in terms of respected nursing schools in the Cleveland area.

In response to IMAFoodi: Ursuline's ABSN is well known in the area, don't know about out of state. Because it is a very small school and categorized as a women's college (although men are allowed), I would not expect it to rank on very many lists outside of Ohio. Ursuline is not affiliated with one hospital, but if it helps I did my clinical rotations through Cleveland Clinic sites, MetroHealth, Veterans Affairs, and University Hospitals (all the big ones in Cleveland). I don't know anything about a magnet program, but had no trouble landing a job at the Cleveland Clinic after graduation. Their NCLEX pass rates are very high (the website claims 100% but I'd say realistically 95%).

I hope this helps some future students out in their decisions. I know I am very proud to say I am an Ursuline Nurse.

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