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UW ABSN Summer 2017

Hi all!

I am applying in fall for the 2017-2018 cohort and I know I am making this post pretty early but I am super anxious about this whole process! I would love and be so thankful for any advice, statistics, and info about personal experience/academic background from previous applicants/alumnis. I would also love to meet the people who are applying right alongside me! It is always great to have support. :)

Hi Huskypride,

I am also applying for the Summer 2017 start. I have a BA in nutrition and have taken all of the pre-req courses. Their application doesn't appear on the website till Aug I think. I couldn't find anything on their website about any time limitation on the pre-req courses. I graduated in 2010 so my pre-reqs are about 6-8 years old. Statistics I took in high school as part of the 'college now' program which was transferred to my college in 2006 so that's about 10 years old as well. Do you know anything if there is a time limitation on the pre-reqs? If not then I'm good to go! I'm actually from NJ, but we might be moving to Seattle sometime early next year so just giving myself a head start! Glad to have found someone who is applying for the same year! :)

Hi everyone!

The application is finally available!

I'm planning on applying to both the absn and bsn program this fall/winter as well. I've e-mailed the admissions office and there is no time limit for any of the pre reqs. I majored in accounting from the UW and most of my pre reqs were taken back then. I just need to take human anatomy which I plan on doing over winter quarter.

I'm currently a CNA at a retirement community in Shoreline. I also volunteer in the ER at Swedish and am a volunteer at Bailey Boushay house. Currently I'm just looking for someone who can write my letter of recommendation that I think will put some time into it.

Good luck to you all!

Hello All!

I turned my application in and got invited to the proctored essay on Thursday. I hope to see you all there! Is anyone planning on applying to the BSN program?

Good luck to all of you!! The process is almost over!

I am thinking about applying to the BSN program! I am not positive yet however. Probably will decide in December ahaha

Congratulations to everyone that just finished the proctored essay! I hope it went well for everyone. Just thought I would post for all the people that took the proctored essay out of state. Carolyn Chow stated that about 207 people applied (140 were at the proctored essay at UW, the other 67 took it elsewhere).

Now we wait!

Thank you!!! I took the proctored too and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't so bad!

Good luck to everyone!!

Yeah, I definitely freaked out a lot more than I should've for the proctored essay!

I'm also planning on applying to the BSN program. Honestly, it's only 9 months more and half the cost, so I'm a bit more interested in that program. Plus you can work while going to school and actually enjoy all that UW has to offer.

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Ya, I like the idea of being totally immersed in the program for a shorter period of time but I think I'll apply to the BSN program just in case. On the off chance that I get accepted to both programs, then I'll have to make the tough choice.

I found the essay the most difficult part. I think that I was able to answer all parts. I guess we will see in December. I have a difficult time self-analyzing. How about yourselves? What prompt did you choose, what was your experience level with that type of patient?

I chose Prompt A. I don't work with many patients who have long-term inpatient care needs, I thought it would be difficult to care for the patient because he would have trouble communicating. I assumed that I would grow professionally, and be challenged by a patient that I had the least experience with.

For the Math: a) 0.5, can't remember question. b) 62.5 mL/hr, 750ml normal saline bolus over 12 hours. c) 2mL, 650mg Tylenol ordered with dosage was 325mg/mL, if I remember correctly?

I think it will be an easy choice, BSN! Less money, less debt!

48/207, I believe I heard that only 1 or 2 people did not show for the proctored essay today. It looks like a 1/4 chance of being admitted; if we all followed all of the instructions correctly, and our applications were filled out to the "T". Now that I don't have the paper that I submitted, I am second guessing myself.

I looked at previous UW application cohort threads, it seems that there is a theme! Follow instructions, follow instructions, follow instructions...

I guess we will see in December? Good luck to all!

Yeah, I definitely freaked out a lot more than I should've for the proctored essay!

I'm also planning on applying to the BSN program. Honestly, it's only 9 months more and half the cost, so I'm a bit more interested in that program. Plus you can work while going to school and actually enjoy all that UW has to offer (I got my bachelor's at UW).

I totally agree jn123! Totally anticipated going in, seeing around 80-90 people, and just crushing the essay. I totally got nervous after I saw the auditorium fill up. Oh well, I guess we are just that more prepared for BSN application.

I like the idea of working while going to nursing school. Only 6 months difference, 1/2 to 1/3 the price tag, opportunities to do research, and I will probably be less stressed.

I really felt like the ABSN application was training wheels for the BSN application, in my opinion...

I chose the 1st scenario as well. I volunteer at Bailey-Boushay so I have some experience with patients with substance abuse problems but put down that communication would be a struggle as well. For the answers I think I got .5mL for the first one, 62.5mg/hr, and then 10mL. I think the last problem said it came in 325mg/5mL....but now I can't really remember.

No reason stressing over it now, we all did our best and now we wait.

I am curious to know how admissions reads the essays but I guess it is all about answering the questions (following instructions yet again) and being able to self reflect. I got the same answers for the math portion 0.5, 62.5, and 10 as well. I chose scenario 2 with the 41 year old pregnant woman with a verbally abusive and intoxicated husband. I wrote about learning how to be able to monitor the health of two lives (mother and child) and of course how difficult the husband probably would be. Some other things as well in there.

Picking between the BSN and ABSN program is a difficult one.. I am not sure which one I would choose in the end. But I definitely would like to talk to someone in the program to see how it is like.

I currently work with UW ABSN and BSN alumni. I shadowed an ABSN alum for my experience. From what I've heard, the ABSN program is (obviously) more demanding and it's difficult to do anything else. One of my coworkers lives near Snohomish and with the schedule, it was pretty unrealistic for him to commute back and forth so he sometimes slept in his car. Some also have families and growing children, but I imagine that it is still doable. I was originally for the ABSN program only, but one of the BSN students convinced me that for my situation (in my late 20s, no family, still paying off debt from first degree, etc), the BSN program was better financially. I'm in no huge rush and I like the idea that I can work as a nurse tech and have something more than just experience from clinicals to put on my resume.

Edited by jmx123

I currently work with UW ABSN and BSN alumni. From what I've heard, the ABSN program is (obviously) more demanding and it's difficult to do anything else. One of my coworkers lives near Snohomish and with the schedule, it was pretty unrealistic for him to commute back and forth so he sometimes slept in his car. Some also have families and growing children, but I imagine that it is still doable. I was originally for the ABSN program only, but one of the BSN students convinced me that for my situation (in my 20s, no family, still paying off debt from first degree, etc), the BSN program was better financially. I'm also in no huge rush and I like the idea that I can work as a nurse tech and have something more than just experience from clinicals to put on my resume.

I agree with the ABSN not being doable if you don't have a somewhat reasonable commute. Between classroom and clinical instruction, I can't imagine having to drive over an hour each way every day. Especially with the way Seattle traffic can get sometimes!

I know multiple people that went through the BSN and the ABSN program and have talked with them in depth about the pros and cons of each. Most people that went the BSN route did it mostly for financial reasons and needed to be able to continue working while they were in school. The ABSN does not allow enough time for you to hold a job as well, so you have to be able to survive for 15 months without any income. However, the ABSN program allows you to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time, and you can then start working as a RN earlier in hopes of making up the additional cost.

What attracted all of you to the UW and specifically the ABSN program? Are you guys applying at any other schools in the area?

Thank you jn123 and T_Petes for the insight! That really does help. I live about 30-60 mins from UW depending on traffic and what kind of transportation I use. I plan to continue commuting as well if I am in the program. I see that one of the main benefits of the ABSN is the short duration but now I'm thinking that would maybe not outweigh the cost, intensity, and minimal experience/working during the program.

I chose the ABSN because of the short duration as well. I would love to just be done with school earlier and into a career. UW is a great community and I had my undergraduate education there. I enjoyed it! I plan on applying to Seattle U. Not really sure about any other schools.

Hey everyone,

It's been fun to read all your posts. I chose to apply to the ABSN program for it's short duration as well. It would be great to be able to start working sooner. I have 5 kids so hopefully I can handle the rigorous program if accepted. I'm sure there are other moms who have completed it successfully. :)

I also applied to Shoreline but I'm really hoping to get into UW. I haven't really considered the BSN progam just because I think I would have to do additional pre-reqs. Maybe I'll have to look into it more though.

Good luck to everyone! It's hard for me to wait for results but December is coming up fast!!

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