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Future.Derm.NP

111 Posts

I'm glad you made this. I am literally looking for any ABSN program for Jan 2021 that is a reasonable amount of tuition wise.

I am also interested in applying but my ACT scores were taken back when I was in high school and the results were HORRIBLE. I've also already missed all the ACT and SAT test dates for this year in my country (im from canada). I did not study at the time and mostly ended up guessing. I believe the score was even below the average.

My HS grades overall were good, my GPA from university was 3.4 (once converted to US system it became a 3.22) and my prereqs are currently going very well with me getting 90 and above in all of them (with the exception of stats where my final grade was 83). Would it still be worth it to apply?

Do you also have an idea of what tuition would look like for out of state student with board and books included?

NP_trackN

43 Posts

2 hours ago, Future.Derm.NP said:

I'm glad you made this. I am literally looking for any ABSN program for Jan 2021 that is a reasonable amount of tuition wise.

I am also interested in applying but my ACT scores were taken back when I was in high school and the results were HORRIBLE. I've also already missed all the ACT and SAT test dates for this year in my country (im from canada). I did not study at the time and mostly ended up guessing. I believe the score was even below the average.

My HS grades overall were good, my GPA from university was 3.4 (once converted to US system it became a 3.22) and my prereqs are currently going very well with me getting 90 and above in all of them (with the exception of stats where my final grade was 83). Would it still be worth it to apply?

Do you also have an idea of what tuition would look like for out of state student with board and books included?

I will be applying as an out of state student as well. I found the approximate tuition cost awhile ago and I am not even sure about the validity of the source, but I believe it was about $65 000. Which is crazy high compared to in-state tuition. I don't think that the 65 includes room and board either.

My undergraduate GPA from 10 years ago is an awful 2.98, but all of the prerequisites should be all A; two are still in process.

Future.Derm.NP

111 Posts

On 6/12/2020 at 8:30 PM, NP_trackN said:

I will be applying as an out of state student as well. I found the approximate tuition cost awhile ago and I am not even sure about the validity of the source, but I believe it was about $65 000. Which is crazy high compared to in-state tuition. I don't think that the 65 includes room and board either.

My undergraduate GPA from 10 years ago is an awful 2.98, but all of the prerequisites should be all A; two are still in process.

WOW!! That is crazy high! I may have to email them to see if they can give me an idea of the tuition for out of state folks

NP_trackN

43 Posts

28 minutes ago, Future.Derm.NP said:

WOW! That is crazy high! I may have to email them to see if they can give me an idea of the tuition for out of state folks

If you find out, please let me know!

Future.Derm.NP

111 Posts

12 minutes ago, NP_trackN said:

If you find out, please let me know!

Will do!

moniquel10

4 Posts

I will be applying this Summer! Excited and nervous. My undergrad GPA was a 2.9 but I did well in my prereq courses so I'm hoping for the best.

Does anyone know if we have to receive our acceptance to WSSU before actually applying to the nursing program? I applied today (July 2) but I'm not sure how long it will take to receive acceptance to the school.

NP_trackN

43 Posts

11 hours ago, moniquel10 said:

I will be applying this Summer! Excited and nervous. My undergrad GPA was a 2.9 but I did well in my prereq courses so I'm hoping for the best.

Does anyone know if we have to receive our acceptance to WSSU before actually applying to the nursing program? I applied today (July 2) but I'm not sure how long it will take to receive acceptance to the school.

Hello, I don't imagine it can take too long. It seems like most people apply after the end of the application process or even after they get accepted.

Ashlee Clark

26 Posts

Good luck to everybody applying to the WSSU ABSN 2021 (N20) cohort! I am in the N19 group and we are halfway through our program. I would be happy to answer any questions about my application process or time in the program.

-Ashlee P

NP_trackN

43 Posts

On 7/17/2020 at 11:58 AM, Ashlee Clark said:

Good luck to everybody applying to the WSSU ABSN 2021 (N20) cohort! I am in the N19 group and we are halfway through our program. I would be happy to answer any questions about my application process or time in the program.

-Ashlee P

Hi Ashlee, thank you for your kind offer! I was wondering, what do you think about the program overall. How are the faculty treating you? Do you feel that there is enough support and help if you need it? How is the workload? Do you know if most people can take one day off a week? Also, what do you wish you knew or did before the start of the program?

Ashlee Clark

26 Posts

Overall & Faculty--The role of nursing school is to help you pass the NCLEX and learn nursing basics. This program is great overall at preparing you for to pass the NCLEX. Even though I feel very prepared for the NCLEX, there are a few areas that are disorganized. This may cause you not know some things until the last minute. I will say that I have learned a lot but that is one of the things I found most frustrating & COVID has exacerbated that. Faculty for the most part are good and you will find some subjects and/or profs you vibe with more than others. One thing I think majority of N19s would agree with is our first professor and advisor, was kind of quirky and one of the professors that shows she cares the most. You learn to love and miss it when she's not teaching you any more.

Support-- There is definitely support. Sometimes in the program (free tutors & set up office hour mtgs if needed) but mostly throughout the group. Find you a little group and use teamwork!

Workload--The workload is heavy for some and light for others. I have been a CNA in ICU since Jan 2019 & helped take care of my mother before she died in 2018. So I am very familiar with diabetes, heart disease, some meds my mom took, etc. I have also asked a ton of questions to my nurse coworkers for our patients during downtime at work ("what is this tube?, why are we taking this pt to CT?, why did the Drs order this?"). I did this for a year straight and it helped me more than I realized. Others have no patient experience or are determined to get A's and must bust their butts studying. I study but value balance and my peace of mind also. A healthcare background is not required, but may ease some of your study load you will see classmates have to pick up.

Schedule/Days off-- I have attached a copy of our schedule for us. It changed to virtual due to covid but I imagine this is what you might expect if things return to "normal" in Jan 2021. On clinical days (Th, F, Sa, Su) you must complete the total number of clinical hours for each class. You are split into groups <8 students and assigned a hospital instructor. Your days will depend on when your instructor has off and what the hospital has open (only 8 students allowed on floors at a time, so we cant double dip our groups or mix with other local schools). For one class we needed 72hr of clinical. One group was scheduled Th&F for 3 out of 6 weeks. Another group assigned every Sun for 6 weeks. My group got M&Th for 3 weeks. The day(s) you are assigned changes with every clinical class. So its not the same the whole program. So yes you can have days off but it will change depending on which block/clinical instructor you have. The ask you to have all days open so you can be ready to accept any days you are assigned. Clinical can range from 8-12hr each day.

What I wish I knew/did-- I'm glad I was a CNA for atleast a year before starting, glad I don't have to work during the program but chose/choose to work 2-4days per month PRN still as a CNA (only a handful of 53students work full time and one's grades dropped and he got kicked out of the program in May. Most students quit their job or dropped to PRN at the start of the program). Glad I saved to pay for 1st semester out of pocket bc financial aid was a HoT MeSs! Glad I did accelerated and not traditional. Glad I split e-books with my classmates & got a bunch of things used because you fly through it so fast its not worth it to buy anything new. Wish I would have done this sooner! Wish I didn't have to commute from Durham >_<. Wish I knew the grading scale (A:100-93, B:92-85, C:84-80) and if you get less than an 80, you have to drop to traditional or withdraw from nursing. Wish I knew nursing exams are different than any other exam EVER and but glad accepted that early on and altered my studying techniques. Glad I was able to have extra cash on standby for last minute expenses (and of course the basics: make a schedule and stick to it, use teamwork, and minimize procrastination).

I know thats alot but hope it helps!

-Ashlee P

Accelerated Option Schedule N19 10-23-19.pdf

NP_trackN

43 Posts

19 minutes ago, Ashlee Clark said:

Overall & Faculty--The role of nursing school is to help you pass the NCLEX and learn nursing basics. This program is great overall at preparing you for to pass the NCLEX. Even though I feel very prepared for the NCLEX, there are a few areas that are disorganized. This may cause you not know some things until the last minute. I will say that I have learned a lot but that is one of the things I found most frustrating & COVID has exacerbated that. Faculty for the most part are good and you will find some subjects and/or profs you vibe with more than others. One thing I think majority of N19s would agree with is our first professor and advisor, was kind of quirky and one of the professors that shows she cares the most. You learn to love and miss it when she's not teaching you any more.

Support-- There is definitely support. Sometimes in the program (free tutors & set up office hour mtgs if needed) but mostly throughout the group. Find you a little group and use teamwork!

Workload--The workload is heavy for some and light for others. I have been a CNA in ICU since Jan 2019 & helped take care of my mother before she died in 2018. So I am very familiar with diabetes, heart disease, some meds my mom took, etc. I have also asked a ton of questions to my nurse coworkers for our patients during downtime at work ("what is this tube?, why are we taking this pt to CT?, why did the Drs order this?"). I did this for a year straight and it helped me more than I realized. Others have no patient experience or are determined to get A's and must bust their butts studying. I study but value balance and my peace of mind also. A healthcare background is not required, but may ease some of your study load you will see classmates have to pick up.

Schedule/Days off-- I have attached a copy of our schedule for us. It changed to virtual due to covid but I imagine this is what you might expect if things return to "normal" in Jan 2021. On clinical days (Th, F, Sa, Su) you must complete the total number of clinical hours for each class. You are split into groups <8 students and assigned a hospital instructor. Your days will depend on when your instructor has off and what the hospital has open (only 8 students allowed on floors at a time, so we cant double dip our groups or mix with other local schools). For one class we needed 72hr of clinical. One group was scheduled Th&F for 3 out of 6 weeks. Another group assigned every Sun for 6 weeks. My group got M&Th for 3 weeks. The day(s) you are assigned changes with every clinical class. So its not the same the whole program. So yes you can have days off but it will change depending on which block/clinical instructor you have. The ask you to have all days open so you can be ready to accept any days you are assigned. Clinical can range from 8-12hr each day.

What I wish I knew/did-- I'm glad I was a CNA for atleast a year before starting, glad I don't have to work during the program but chose/choose to work 2-4days per month PRN still as a CNA (only a handful of 53students work full time and one's grades dropped and he got kicked out of the program in May. Most students quit their job or dropped to PRN at the start of the program). Glad I saved to pay for 1st semester out of pocket bc financial aid was a HoT MeSs! Glad I did accelerated and not traditional. Glad I split e-books with my classmates & got a bunch of things used because you fly through it so fast its not worth it to buy anything new. Wish I would have done this sooner! Wish I didn't have to commute from Durham >_<. Wish I knew the grading scale (A:100-93, B:92-85, C:84-80) and if you get less than an 80, you have to drop to traditional or withdraw from nursing. Wish I knew nursing exams are different than any other exam EVER and but glad accepted that early on and altered my studying techniques. Glad I was able to have extra cash on standby for last minute expenses (and of course the basics: make a schedule and stick to it, use teamwork, and minimize procrastination).

I know thats alot but hope it helps!

-Ashlee P

Accelerated Option Schedule N19 10-23-19.pdf

Thank you so much for your detailed response! It is so helpful to hear this from an insider.

I have no clinical experience whatsoever, and I am not going to be able to get any before this Winter (if I get accepted of course). However, I do have a lot of time that I can study. Any tips there? Anatomy, patho, pharm? If so, any literature that you would recommend?

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