Sep 4 by Dalla
"For all those considering applying to Georgetown, go for it! You never know until you try. I am currently a Georgetown student. When I applied, my GPA was 3.459. I never worked in L&D. I only worked for 1.5 years in rehab and LTC. I shadowed a CNM for a few days and got a recommendation from her. I also got a recommendation from a clinical preceptor from my bachelors program. I dreaded the video, but got through it. I had my ex-mother-in-law (English degree) proofread my statement of purpose. Yes, it is very expensive. Yes, it is not easy. Yes, clinical preceptors are supposed to be found by the school, but it is not easy and they may ask you for help. And if they fail, you have to temporarily be put on hold and take a term off while they continue to find a clinical site for you. You may need to move, or drive several hours each way. While you are waiting to see if you are accepted into the program, your admissions counselor is wonderful. And once you get in, the student support team is even better. And with a lot of hard work, you'll get through.'"
Again, what I said earlier still applies, but I admit I am frustrated and scared. If I had to do it over again, would I? Probably not. My house has been up for sale for two weeks now, and I just accepted an offer today. It looks like I will be moving in order to find a clinical placement. Now, Georgetown just needs to tell me where to move to. I do have a few leads, but nothing solid yet. Am still terrified that I will have to take a leave of absence from school until March, and yet find a new place to live in a month. Many of my classmates
are in the same boat. Nothing for sure lined up yet for clinicals/term that starts next month. We are all sweating bullets and worried. One classmate already had to sit out a 4-month term and may have to sit one out again. The general consensus is, if Georgetown can't have clinical sites lined up in advance, they should stop accepting students into their program. I am about $50,000 in student loan debt and not sure if/when I will be able to finish. Starting to wish I had just moved to a school with a campus program - they always get the preference for clinical preceptors, over an online program. Be warned!