Samuel Merritt University Nursing Success! Seminar - page 2

by elegant.lil.lady

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Hi everyone! I'm currently a first year ELMSN-FNP student at Samuel Merritt University at their Sacramento campus. I absolutely love this website and forum. I found great support and advice when working through my pre-nursing... Read More


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    Hey elegant...I saw your PM, but can't respond because I haven't done 15 posts yet! Grrr...;-)
    email me at breaks023@yahoo.com

    In the meantime..I would be grateful to get some opinions from people who have been through the SMU process. Firstly, if I have a stats class that's really old, how much do you think it really matters. Admissions says it doesn't matter, but I would hate to have that be the one thing. None of my other core classes are old. Could I make note of taking a refresher if I decide to? Or are there statistics classes offered mostly online in the Bay Area?

    The only two classes I have not taken is patho and pharmacology, and I know that it's "preferred" that I take them beforehand. A load of that with stats would be too much, with what I have going on, so I am trying to get some advice to make the best of my time this summer. I am applying for Summer 2014.

    Lastly, I am looking to volunteer my time somewhere..I am really interested in Women and Children's health, labor and delivery etc. I have looked into working at clinics, but they seem more impacted with smaller staffs and fewer depts where they can put me. My heart belongs to Oakland, and Berkeley but I'm open to helping out on the Orinda side of the tunnel or SF. Thanks!
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    Oh yes, and I'm also seriously considering the ELMSN, FNP track. Thank you!
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    Hi, Nicole. HEHE I know we are having class now, but I just could not listen to the lecture! I sit all the way in the back of the classroom.
    Hi kp32. So glad that you are looking into FNP! It really depends on what class "old" in your pre-req. I know that only Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology have 5 years limit. Anything else on pre-req has no time limit. You may want to re-take to some to refresh your memory, but they do not care how old the course is as long as you meet the requirements. Pharmacology and Pathophysiology are only required for ABSN programs at SMU. ELMSN has its own version of patho and pharm in the program. They do not take any patho and phar course outside of the SMU (not even the ones they offer themselves for non-SMU students). It will be wasted money to take them if you are considering ELMSN programs. Volunteer is definitely a way to strength your application. You can choose whatever you want to do and I do not think they pay attention to any specific kind of volunteer as long as you are being exposed to some that is health care related. Hope this help you in some way.

    Now I need to go back to the lecture because the teacher is throwing in extra stuffs not on her slides.
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    Hi everyone,

    I am in the process of preparing for application to the ABSN and ELMSN program. I would really like to volunteer my time, preferably in Berkeley or Oakland. I have looked at a lot of clinics, mostly in SF, based on what my advisor told me. HOwever, my heart belongs in Oakland, and I want to go to SMU...So my question is, which hospital is a good one to apply to? The thing I have learned in the last couple of months is that applying can be time consuming, so I'm really trying to narrow it down. Thanks in advance for your advice and tips!
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    Hi Everyone!

    I was so happy to see this recent thread about SMU!

    I hadn't considered doing the FNP track but I suppose I could given that I have all the pre reqs for it completed. I will be applying to Oakland and Sacramento's ASBN. I am living in Milwaukee and relocating this summer to Berkeley to wait out acceptances/rejections (ahhh fingers crossed that its not the latter).

    I am in a lot of other applicants shoes. I have been working full-time (however in the brewing industry) and going to school for two years to finish my pre reqs.

    What would you think is the normal GPA going into SMU? I am only really worried about stats because I got a C+. One C+ amongst A's - my grades now look like alphabet soup! How important do you think a stats grade really is?

    I haven't been able to volunteer while I have been working and going to school, but I have shadowed nurses consistently. Do you think shadowing counts for some sort of experience?

    Thanks for being so willing to answer questions!

    Lauren
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    Quote from kp32
    Hi everyone,

    I am in the process of preparing for application to the ABSN and ELMSN program. I would really like to volunteer my time, preferably in Berkeley or Oakland. I have looked at a lot of clinics, mostly in SF, based on what my advisor told me. HOwever, my heart belongs in Oakland, and I want to go to SMU...So my question is, which hospital is a good one to apply to? The thing I have learned in the last couple of months is that applying can be time consuming, so I'm really trying to narrow it down. Thanks in advance for your advice and tips!
    Hi there, hopefully this reply will find you. I am not sure where you can look for volunteer opportunities at that area. You may try Kaiser and Sutter Health. I was originally from SF and I know that CPMC offers a lot of volunteer position in various settings inpatient and outpatient. CPMC hosts volunteer orientation once a week and you must register before having a chance to sign up for volunteer. Good luck on your app! Which term are you going to apply?
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    Quote from lolads85
    Hi Everyone!

    I was so happy to see this recent thread about SMU!

    I hadn't considered doing the FNP track but I suppose I could given that I have all the pre reqs for it completed. I will be applying to Oakland and Sacramento's ASBN. I am living in Milwaukee and relocating this summer to Berkeley to wait out acceptances/rejections (ahhh fingers crossed that its not the latter).

    I am in a lot of other applicants shoes. I have been working full-time (however in the brewing industry) and going to school for two years to finish my pre reqs.

    What would you think is the normal GPA going into SMU? I am only really worried about stats because I got a C+. One C+ amongst A's - my grades now look like alphabet soup! How important do you think a stats grade really is?

    I haven't been able to volunteer while I have been working and going to school, but I have shadowed nurses consistently. Do you think shadowing counts for some sort of experience?

    Thanks for being so willing to answer questions!

    Lauren
    Hi Lauren! Grades are not the most important factors of all. SMU really looks each applicant as a whole. I did not have the best grades out there neither my TEAS, but I got accepted first time applying. As long as you can strength your application in other criteria that they look at, you can be a very competitive candidate as well. Moreover, FNP and ABSN programs are different programs within the school and the admission committees are different as well. I will recommend to look through each program and make up your mind. However, I am not saying that you can not apply to both programs at the same. You just have to convince each committee what you have to offer and why you are a good candidate for the program. Hopefully, this will answer all your questions. If you have more, I am happy to answer. It may take me sometimes to reply because it is almost the end of the semester. Finals and so many other things are just around the corner. Good luck on your application!
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    Thank you very much for your quick response!

    SMU is the only school that requires the TEAS so I am not familiar at all.. was this test difficult? How much studying would you suggest to someone who didn't do so hot on the ACT/SAT? (Granted, that was a decade ago)

    I may have other questions to ask in the coming weeks. I am applying to SMU, Regis in Denver, UC Denver and the MSN program at the University of Arizona... fingers crossed I will get accepted somewhere.
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    hi elegant.lil.lady im new on this site and would like to ask you some questions on the SMU FNP program I am applying for fall2014 oakland campus. please PM if you have time. Thank you.
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    May someone clarify the 10 semesters for me? I was wondering if we stay in Sacramento the whole 10 semesters. I know some programs allow you to take classes online and come on campus twice a semester. I estimated the program to cost 125k for just tuition, is that correct for the ELMSN FNP program?


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