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Utica ASBSN Fall 2017

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Hello!! Applying to Utica for fall 2017, anyone going or get accepted? Also would love information about the program from others that have went and would like to share, that would be super helpful! I'm still on the fence about it with all the negative comments I have read. Maybe it got better since the program is some what newer?

Thank you!!

I've been accepted for Fall 2017 ABSN! And I'm looking for housing!

I'm provisionally accepted too! They are accredited which is a plus but all these comments are making me think I would waste my money. It seems as if the staff is controlling any new reviews because of how bad the reputation has gotten.

Seriously, I've been looking for any type of information but it's very vague or no where to be found. I loved the admission process and how informative the advisor was, but I am still very skeptical of going there. When I ask about retention rates and how many people graduated last year that applied, they avoid the question. Do you think you'll be going? I think as long as you're very diligent in self-teaching and have experiences with online courses, it may be ok.

Yeah, maybe I'm just paranoid but the whole admissions process was very easy and fast, almost like they're trying to sell the program as soon as possible. I'm pretty good as self teaching as long as the tests are fair, but due to the lack of information I am unsure about that. I am almost tempted to DM students I find on facebook but that may be a little too desperate, haha. Utica is my fallback school because I know I'm accepted and they're accelerated. Once I get off a waitlist or get accepted into another program, I'll most likely not go.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

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I've been reading the reviews as well and it's quite concerning. Although most of the ones were four or so years ago, hopefully they were isolated incidents and/or the kinks have been worked out. I also loved the admission process; I thought having the counselor was great. I am on the waitlist for another program, but believe that I would be successful.

Are there any housing/roommate pages?

tiny_nurse

Has 2 years experience.

Hey guys! I attended Utica ABSN for two semesters. It was not for me personally, I prefer the brick and mortar type schools. I attended back in 2014 so things may have changed... but when I was there it was hard to get a lot of assistance and self-teaching was difficult when I had no background.

I'm in my 3rd semester at another school where I began from scratch and maintaining a 3.5 gpa where my gpa at Utica plummeted. In my experience, the class shrinks significantly in size from orientation to graduation. The tests were not made by the instructors, from what I understand. It was just not the place for me. I do know a solid group who graduated and are now working as RNs or went onto NP schools after graduation though, so it is possible to succeed.

Good luck in whatever route you choose. There are always doors that open when others close. :)

Hey guys! I attended Utica ABSN for two semesters. It was not for me personally, I prefer the brick and mortar type schools. I attended back in 2014 so things may have changed... but when I was there it was hard to get a lot of assistance and self-teaching was difficult when I had no background.

I'm in my 3rd semester at another school where I began from scratch and maintaining a 3.5 gpa where my gpa at Utica plummeted. In my experience, the class shrinks significantly in size from orientation to graduation. The tests were not made by the instructors, from what I understand. It was just not the place for me. I do know a solid group who graduated and are now working as RNs or went onto NP schools after graduation though, so it is possible to succeed.

Good luck in whatever route you choose. There are always doors that open when others close. :)

Thanks so much for the input TinyNurse2be! Really helpful, thank you letting me know that people do succeed because honestly the reviews online in the AllNurses forum are terrifying. I know all Accelerated programs do have their kinks and aren't perfect due to the short duration. I've seen bad reviews for even the Big SUNY schools! But this is making me a tad bit more hopeful :)

Also guys another important resource:

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Look at UTICA's stats, not so bad. I'm unsure if ASDBS is accelerated or RN to BSN.

I got provisional acceptance too and looking for housing. If anyone interested we can rent the apartment and share it.

Hi, I got provisional acceptance. Do you have any luck with housing?

at this time i am unsure with housing because i am waiting to hear back from other schools

Anyone looking for housing or going to open house in Syracuse on June 9th?? Would love to meet others accepted into the fall cohort!

Has anyone attended or planning on attending Utica in St. Petersburg? I'm a bit skeptical from the reviews I have seen.

I graduated 8 yrs ago with a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt. Did horribly my freshman year and unfortunately because of that, graduated with just below a 3.0 (2.98 to be exact). I still need to take most of the pre-reqs, so I'll try hard to do well in those. But most schools are saying they total stick to the 3.0GPA minimum thing, no exceptions. But that is just a bare minimum just to apply to even be looked at.

I sort of think that's ridiculous. It's a known fact that there are some colleges are much harder than others. I had someone in admissions at USF pretty much tell me it doesn't matter if you went to Harvard or Hodunk Community College (lol), numbers apply to every applicant.

I went through the Utica St Pete program and survived to tell the tale. When i was looking into the program I had the same concerns about the negative reviews online, but in my experience, it's always the angry people who have to go out and share their experiences. It's unfortunate that the people who were happy with their experience don't go and post their side, but it's just the way it is. As far as support from staff, most of the didactic teachers are not present on site, so support is via email, phone call, or in some cases video chat (which is my favorite, it is basically the same as sitting in a teacher's office for office hours). They tell you up front that the didactic work is online and mostly self-driven, so anyone who is surprised and upset by this didn't pay attention to the entire process.

The program is far from perfect, but guess what - every program has the same issues. Any students we talked to from other schools at clinical had the exact same complaints we had. It's not issues only at Utica, it's just a fact of life for nursing school. Schedules come out last minute, things get changed suddenly, and students just have to adapt and overcome. It's not going to suddenly change, so complaining about it endlessly really does absolutely no good.

The program is hard, but overall I'm happy with my choice. If you find a good group of friends to study with it helps a lot. When you have questions you can always ask the teachers for help. Lab teachers are helpful and will usually even help try to clarify if you don't understand a topic from a lecture class, but when it comes to specifics they'll tell you themselves to always refer to the textbook for solid answers (for example normal lab values, where it may vary slightly from one source to another). Building good relationships with the faculty is important to their willingness to help, of course. If you treat them like garbage they're far less likely to go out of their way and take time out of their days to help you understand something from someone else's class.

In my opinion, it all comes down to your attitude. If you want to have a good experience and are willing to be flexible you are much more likely to walk away with a good experience in the entire process.

Hey! Just got accepted to the fall 2017. Are you looking for a roommate? Please contact me if you are interested. My e-mail is milu_jacob88@yahoo.com

Hey! I just got accepted into the fall semester. I'm looking for a roommate as well. Please contact me if you are interested. My e-mail is milu_jacob88@yahoo.com