How to get into a BSN Nursing Program in Bay Area? - page 2

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Hi everyone! I am currently a Sophomore attending SFSU. I have A's and B's in most of my prereqs (English, Stats, Microbio lab, Communications-A/A-) (Microbio Lecture, Crit thinking B-, Chem lec + lab B), and I am taking Human... Read More


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    Quote from kayevangelista
    Hey! I'm a 4th year at a CSU (yes it's taken me this long to apply, smh) but anyways, I just finished applying to usf and samuel merritt. They're both my top choices as well. I didn't apply to any of the CSUs because it was just way too competitive, and I feel I had more to offer for them to look at than just grades and test scores. Since the usf app was due in January I've already heard from them and I got accepted - thank god! My grades and GPAs weren't stellar. I had a's and b's in the pre reqs and a c in o chem. cumulative I have a 3.0, pre reqs I have around a 3.3. My TEAS was about a 75%, not TOO bad i guess, but USF doesnt look at the TEAS. For them i think what helped me was most likely my essay, which I really did research on the topic and made sure to incorporate their actual values into the essay. I volunteer at Stanford and LPCH, and work as a caregiver as well. At the time of the application I did not have this current job so that wasn't included of the USF app.

    I'm still waiting for SM but won't hear until June, but am most likely going to not attend USF because its a 3.5 year program and above 140k. Whilst Samuel Merritt is 2 years and around 80k.

    My tips for you are to just study hard, study months ahead of your TEAS, buy the TEAS book and maybe even the extra stuff like the McGraw hill book which has 5 similar TEAS exams, brush up on old topics- especially science and math. The contents in that book are a little more difficult, but it's better to over study than to under study. Keep volunteering, the more hours and experience, the better!! Try to volunteer at more places too- I'm looking into volunteering for the red cross. It looks great on the resume and helps boost the application FOR SURE. For anatomy and physio, study hard try to get an A or B and actually learn the stuff - a little obvious but it will seriously help you in the future.


    I wish someone helped me figure all this stuff out but I had to take the high road and learn the hard way of trial and error. Hope this helps here for any more questions if anything.

    CONGRATS for getting in!!!!! You both are my inspiration. Heehee. I've heard of USF's program being super competitive. Does USF require you to take O chem? How many recommendations did you send them and what kind of volunteer work did you do? Does it matter what kind of volunteer work a person does? Do you think being a CNA will help in any way? Some people say to not do it and just focus on my grades... I know SM prerequisites also include GE's (like a history class, humanities, arts, etc) and I have about 2-3 C's from Philosophy classes that aren't prereqs! LOL not exacty my favorite subjects so I think my GPA won't be that great... Thanks for the advice. My sister has the McGraw book and I think I'm gonna get another one. Any suggestions? Good luck with SM!!! Best wishes for you
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    Quote from abbster

    CONGRATS for getting in!!!!! You both are my inspiration. Heehee. I've heard of USF's program being super competitive. Does USF require you to take O chem? How many recommendations did you send them and what kind of volunteer work did you do? Does it matter what kind of volunteer work a person does? Do you think being a CNA will help in any way? Some people say to not do it and just focus on my grades... I know SM prerequisites also include GE's (like a history class, humanities, arts, etc) and I have about 2-3 C's from Philosophy classes that aren't prereqs! LOL not exacty my favorite subjects so I think my GPA won't be that great... Thanks for the advice. My sister has the McGraw book and I think I'm gonna get another one. Any suggestions? Good luck with SM!!! Best wishes for you
    Thank you even though I won't be attending usf, I'm glad the ball is in my court and I've done something right to get their attention. High hopes for samuel Merritt though, even if I don't get in ill apply for spring 2014. Ummm I don't believe they do but at the same time, you can technically apply into usf at any time of your college life because they don't require you to have all of the pre reqs done, because you can finish them there. I sent it just 1 from a supervisor from work that wasn't medically related, I'm sure getting at least two from medical personnel would help tremendously. At Stanford I did the navigators for 6 months and showed people where to go, it was the only job available at the time. After 6 months I requested another unit and am now placed at the oncology unit at Stanford. I do clerical duties, such as paging the nurses when the patient presses the call light button, making admin packets, restocking supplies, etc. etc. I know that eventually I can help the nursing assistants with simple things. At LPCH, I am a buddy. Here, I am basically a patient companion. I get orders for the kids that need a buddy and I sit and play with them, read books, take them on wagon rides, whatever they want to do. Idk if it matters so much as to what specific volunteer work you do, but I'm sure it being in medics, setting helps, and that you really take away good lessons from it, and you really learn what the profession is about. I think if you are surrounded by that type of environment, then they'll know that that's what you really want to do and you know what you're getting into. At Stanford, I get to talk to all of the nurses be they tell me it's a crazy, but rewarding job, even if they don't get to take breaks sometimes, have to hold their pee in because they're so busy, barely have time to eat, they say its all worth it. I'm currently taking three pre reqs for samuel Merritt- interpersonal comm, history and sociology. So hopefully the fact that I'm taking these three wont affect my getting in because I read somewhere that they prefer those that have everything -- even though it clearly says they'll accept those that have in progress classes as long as they are done the term before they start, so for me as long as I have those done by summer, and I'm accepted, then I'm good.

    As for the TEAS, just get the book from the ATI website, use the McGraw book, and just browse online for some practice tests! Know your strengths and weaknesses and go from there. I was able to get a 90% on the reading portion, 79 on the math and 80 on the science. I forgot the other one. I studied from all the things i mentioned to you, but take into consideration math isn't my forte.

    Good luck!
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    Wow! That's such good news to hear!!! Did you apply to anywhere else besides CCSF? They have a great program. Hundreds of people apply there. Is this your first time applying to programs?
    Yes, this is my first time. CCSF was the only school I was able to apply to at the moment. This semester I am finishing up my nutrition, speech, etc. so that I could apply to more places. But, my top choices are USF, SMU, and SFSU. I actually took my Physiology and Microbiology at SFSU (Extended Learning), and I loved my professors there. Send me a message if you want to know which professors I had (this forum won't let me post names). I actually will have letters of recommendation from them. However, I've decided that if I get an offer from CCSF this week then I will go for it. Although it is a community college, CCSF has a great reputation for nursing, one of the highest pass rates for NCLEX, and I have only heard good things about it. I know it will only be an ADN, but seeing as it is difficult enough just getting accepted anywhere (especially in the Bay Area), I would be more than happy to earn my degree there. Plus, like you mentioned, there's no reason you can't pursue an RN-BSN or RN-MSN afterward.

    Oh, and BTW.. USF actually has an RN-MSN online program!
    Last edit by lauraline on Apr 9, '13
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    Hi abbster, Samuel Merritt (SMU) looks at your entire application package. Not just grades. My Science GPA was 4.0 and my last 60 units about 3.7. However, I will say my GPA from CSUEB was a little under 3.0 in the mid-90's. I think back then, because I was working full time and going to school, I didn't have as much time to focus on my schoolwork. Anyway, if you can focus and get high grades on your pre-reqs or mostly A's, write 3 good essays, do well on the TEAS (above 75%), volunteer at a hospital or clinic, obtain 3 letters of recommendation and one from the place you volunteer would be ideal, include a resume, etc. I think you would have an excellent chance of getting into SMU! Also, not sure which location of the Bay you live, though I believe San Mateo SMU receives a little less applications than the Oakland and Sacramento locations. Thank you for your kind comments - I'm wishing you good luck to and high fives for your efforts!
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    Quote from kayevangelista
    Thank you even though I won't be attending usf, I'm glad the ball is in my court and I've done something right to get their attention. High hopes for samuel Merritt though, even if I don't get in ill apply for spring 2014. Ummm I don't believe they do but at the same time, you can technically apply into usf at any time of your college life because they don't require you to have all of the pre reqs done, because you can finish them there. I sent it just 1 from a supervisor from work that wasn't medically related, I'm sure getting at least two from medical personnel would help tremendously. At Stanford I did the navigators for 6 months and showed people where to go, it was the only job available at the time. After 6 months I requested another unit and am now placed at the oncology unit at Stanford. I do clerical duties, such as paging the nurses when the patient presses the call light button, making admin packets, restocking supplies, etc. etc. I know that eventually I can help the nursing assistants with simple things. At LPCH, I am a buddy. Here, I am basically a patient companion. I get orders for the kids that need a buddy and I sit and play with them, read books, take them on wagon rides, whatever they want to do. Idk if it matters so much as to what specific volunteer work you do, but I'm sure it being in medics, setting helps, and that you really take away good lessons from it, and you really learn what the profession is about. I think if you are surrounded by that type of environment, then they'll know that that's what you really want to do and you know what you're getting into. At Stanford, I get to talk to all of the nurses be they tell me it's a crazy, but rewarding job, even if they don't get to take breaks sometimes, have to hold their pee in because they're so busy, barely have time to eat, they say its all worth it. I'm currently taking three pre reqs for samuel Merritt- interpersonal comm, history and sociology. So hopefully the fact that I'm taking these three wont affect my getting in because I read somewhere that they prefer those that have everything -- even though it clearly says they'll accept those that have in progress classes as long as they are done the term before they start, so for me as long as I have those done by summer, and I'm accepted, then I'm good.

    As for the TEAS, just get the book from the ATI website, use the McGraw book, and just browse online for some practice tests! Know your strengths and weaknesses and go from there. I was able to get a 90% on the reading portion, 79 on the math and 80 on the science. I forgot the other one. I studied from all the things i mentioned to you, but take into consideration math isn't my forte.

    Good luck!

    Hi! Thanks for all your help. I was wondering if you could help me with tips on how to get into USFs program? Either through here (I don't have pm or email?) I really want to get in there because I haven't completed all prereqs for SMU and at the time of the application when I apply this fall for spring, ill have between 3-5 classes in progress. Will that hurt my chances? Have you heard back from SMU yet?
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    It doesn't hurt to apply when you some have pre-reqs in progress. Some of my peers got accepted into the Samuel Merritt ABSN program with 3 pre-reqs in progress, so it's definitely possible to get into the program while you have pre-reqs in progress. However, it's always good have pre-reqs done at the time of your application to increase your chances, but having pre-reqs in progress do not hurt you.
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    Quote from smiley616
    It doesn't hurt to apply when you some have pre-reqs in progress. Some of my peers got accepted into the Samuel Merritt ABSN program with 3 pre-reqs in progress, so it's definitely possible to get into the program while you have pre-reqs in progress. However, it's always good have pre-reqs done at the time of your application to increase your chances, but having pre-reqs in progress do not hurt you.
    Thank you! But I am not applying for their ABSN, but for their BSN. Im also trying to see a counselor there to talk to them and stuff. Do you think the same goes for their BSN program?
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    Quote from abbster

    Thank you! But I am not applying for their ABSN, but for their BSN. Im also trying to see a counselor there to talk to them and stuff. Do you think the same goes for their BSN program?
    I would like to think so, considering that the ABSN is supposed to be more competitive than the BSN program.


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