Which UAB Program is more competitive? - page 2

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My daughter is currently looking into several nursing programs in the state of Alabama. She is considering applying to UAB as a transfer student, or finishing a degree elsewhere and applying to the 2nd degree BSN or AMNP at UAB.... Read More


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    @morri82: I am applying to UAB as a second degree student as well for fall 2012. Can you give me a little insight on the application process: I apply first the university i understand, then how long does it take to hear back regarding applying to the nursing school itself? How also are you funding your second bachelor's degree as I have heard its mainly loans? Did you apply for any scholarships through the school, how competitive are they? Feel free to send me a PM or email if that is better thank you!
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    @morri82: I am applying to UAB as a second degree student as well for fall 2012. Can you give me a little insight on the application process: I apply first the university i understand, then how long does it take to hear back regarding applying to the nursing school itself? How also are you funding your second bachelor's degree as I have heard its mainly loans? Did you apply for any scholarships through the school, how competitive are they? Feel free to send me a PM or email if that is better thank you!
    @Danceluver, the process of applying to UAB SON is rather tedious! First you apply to the University. You'll have to have all your transcripts sent in. I got my UAB acceptance letter rather quickly. Once admitted, you will need to call and set up an advising appointment with a "pre-nursing advisor." During that meeting you will discuss all your pre-req courses that you need to complete or show that you have completed and they will fill out your GPA score sheet. You get your application to the UAB School of Nursing from your pre-nursing advisore! It's NOT on any website, you can't just find it and download it yourself. They will email it to you once you have been advised! You will fill it out and submit it electronically. I also had to print out a copy of the application and bring it to an "application acceptance" session. Our session for the Spring 2012 term was early September, and I was explicitely told that the letters regarding acceptance would be sent out "on or before OCT. 31"! What they should have said was "ON OCT. 31, no earlier!" because I checked the mailbox frequently expecting something a few days early, but it came on Nov. 5! That should give you some idea of the time frame you are looking at (obviously it will be different months for your enrollment term). As for funding, I don't mind telling that I will be using student loans. The timeframe for applying for scholarships came and went before we even knew if we had been accepted, and as such, I never knew about it! I was pretty ticked off about that too! I believe there are quite a few scholarships though. My advisor mentioned something like 50%, or a little more, get some scholarship help! I hope some of this info helps! Good luck!
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    @morri082: Yes it does, thankyou! I better get on it then so i don't miss the scholarship deadline Does the pre-nursing advisor not get in touch with you, you have to get in touch with them? How do you know who to call? Are there interviews you have to go to in person or any travel to the school before officially being accepted? Thanks!
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    You can call admissions and they will connect you to the pre-nursing advisors. A meeting can then be set up to go over transcript and you will be given a packet that tells you what you need to do in order to apply to the SON. You will then choose a date to attend an orientation for SON and you will turn in the materials you are required to turn in. Then the wait starts. It all starts with a phone call to campus admissions.
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    @morri082
    I am from Houston TX. and will apply to UAB Nursing program for Fall 2013. Can you give me a little insight on the required essay? What type of things are they looking for? What were some of the things you wrote about, being that you had no experience. Any pointers? Anything would be helpful.
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    Thought I would reply since I was just accepted to the Spring 2012 BSN class as a 2nd Degree student (actually a 3rd degree, B.S. Management & MBA). I combed through just about every post on this board as I applied to UAB's SON and came to the conclusion that I had not shot. This is why: 1) I had not finished any of my pre-req science courses (I am currently taking them all in this fall semester). 2) I was not a native UAB student. 3) I had 0 volunteer experience (I have two business degrees, why would I need hospital work experience !?)

    I applied nonetheless and I was accepted. I write this just to prove that GPA is not an absolute killer for applicants. I had a 3.54 in grad school. I did feel, however, that I wrote a killer interview essay! I honestly feel that it was the main contributing factor to my acceptance! Hope some of this helps in your daughters decision.

    @morri082
    I am from Houston TX. and will apply to UAB Nursing program for Fall 2013. Can you give me a little insight on the required essay? What type of things are they looking for? What were some of the things you wrote about, being that you had no experience. Any pointers? Anything would be helpful.


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