GWU ABSN Fall 2012 - page 3

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone else out there applied to George Washington University's BSN program to start this fall? I know the deadline was last week and I got an email saying... Read More

  1. by   NightOwlGirl
    Congrats to everyone who got in! I attended GWU for part of my master's program & was excited to come back for nursing school, but have decided against it & am attending another area school for my ABSN (MU).For me, the daily commute to Leesburg was too much, combined with the high program cost. GWU is an awesome school & the facilities are top notch, but without financial aid or a teaching stipend like I had before, it wasn't practical. They definitely do not have a tuition agreement with an area hospital, although it would be a great idea. I would have attended in a heartbeat if they had a arrangement with GWU medical center similar to Georgetown U./WHC.
  2. by   GeedubRN2010
    Hi guys! I graduated last year from the program and although there were certain aspects of the program I just loved I kind of wished I had chosen my other school options. I just wanted to share them with you guys, especially the ones who will be new to the area like I was.

    1)Cost! Most of these programs cost around the same amount, give or take a few thousand, but the cost of living is SOOO much higher in the DC area than any of my other choices (i.e sales tax, rent, utilities, gas, insurance, etc. etc. etc.). It all adds up. My calculations for additional cost of living expenses were over $12,000 than what I would have paid if I had attended the other schools.

    2)Traffic is TERRIBLE and the VA campus is far from DC. sometimes it's smooth and other times if there is even if there is slight rain or snowfall, you can be stuck for hours!! (one of the highest traffic congested areas in the country (wish I would have known that before I enrolled, I would have been better prepared.) This makes clinical days and early classes a pain because sometimes you just don't know if it will take 30 min or an hour and a half from whichever direction. Not to mention the cost of gas from the commute!

    3) No tuition reimbursement. I have friends who went on to schools with tuition reimbursement and got a job with them right after passing NCLEX and had 80% of tuition paid for.

    These are just a few of the reasons why I wished I would have done some more research before deciding where to attend. I also wish I had someone explain what to expect. That's my fault I guess. Not trying to discourage anyone here! but I definitely want to share with you some things to think about before deciding. Best of luck to all of you! Go Colonials!
  3. by   Bthechange

    Can you share with us more of the 'aspects that you loved' about the program? What was your class schedule like, clinicals, life after nursing school...advice you can pass along.

    Yes, traffic in NoVa is lovely I'll wish for no snow and no rain, for those 15months, LOL. Global warming appears to be on my side.

    Congrats to you on your graduation!
  4. by   leenak
    I decided against applying in the fall but I will be applying in the spring. I currently live in MD and if I go to GW, I'd go around the other way and use the metro to get to DC. We're most of the clinicals in DC itself? Any in MD? GW actually seems cheaper than other schools in the area. I know the program is new so I'm curious.
  5. by   espress099
    I've gone through the program and just wanted to share a little about it.
    -Most of the teachers are great, they're knowledgeable, kind, caring and really want you to succeed. Not all the clinical instructors are that great but you can't have everything...
    -The clinical sites are GWU, VHC, Prince William, Loudoun INOVA, FAir Oaks, Reston hospital. No sites in MD. They TRY to match you to a site close to where you live, no guarantees
    -Clinicals start at 6:30am and end around 6:30ish. The 8 hour clinicals sometimes are 3-11
    -You will always stay late for class(~10-30min), they never ever let you out on time (too much info to cover in too short of a time)
    -Do everything you possibly can to LIVE NEAR CAMPUS, true there isn't a lot in Ashburn, but its only 1 year people, you can do it! You'll save yourself the stress of commuting and the time is so precious when you're so busy!!! Check out Arch Stone and Point at River Ridge, if you live at Point in a 3 bed it'll cost you about $580/month
    -GWU does not offer financial aid, they don't help you try to find it either. If this is important to you (and it should be considering there are a LOT of schools that offer scholarships or have partnerships with hospitals for tuition reimbursement) go elsewhere.
    -The program is still new, they're still trying to get organized, they're still trying to figure out the glitches... I have no idea if this is unique to GW or universal, but typically this causes them to not notify us of things until the very last minute
    -you will be IMMERSED in this program. They OWN you for these 15 months, that's right.. sunday night they send out an email with a homework assignment that's due monday.. not fair, but you better do it... or else.... or else what? We don't exactly know what the consequences are for not completing half they things they give to us, or demand that we do (like kaplan)
    -they will treat you like children, attendance taken at class, call the teachers "Mrs." etc. it's condescending, but oh well

    hope that's a little helpful
  6. by   riagant
    so glad you guys did what i did & applied at george washington university (gwu) & fully accredited. it is a name school with excellent instructors. i also applied at shenandoah university (leesburg, va) & i got in but on the day i came in to interview, nursing students were arguing & crying in the hallway. the instructors were in disarray & i felt a certain tension that all was not well. well, i turned around and headed home because shenandoah university is not professional enough for the job that they need to do; namely, instruct tomorrows nursing leaders. i have friends who graduated from shenandoah who claim that the staff (all female) are misogynistic (hate women) so it may be best to stay clear.

    here is a timely article about misogyny i found in forbes. shenandoah university in lessburg, va has this problem in spades and it starts at the top. if you hear about environments like this, itis not your problem it is theirs. stay away...

  7. by   pcond
    HI all,

    I'm applying for admission next year and i was wondering if you could share some information about your GPA and what made you competitive for admission. I took both A&Ps about 7 years ago, but GWU does not have a A&P time criteria, so i'm wondering whether i should just take them before admission to be competitive. Any information will help. Thanks and congrats to all that made it this year.
  8. by   Mindylane
    Hi everyone,
    I was just accepted for Spring 2013 and was wondering if anyone is in the same boat...?
  9. by   Sld6975
    I did I'm very excited!