- 0Sep 19, '13 by beverly25Hi everyone,
I recently applied to Georgetown's program and I was hoping I could get some input from some people who have already been accepted or have finished the program. I'd like to hear about how the online classes were and also how difficult it was to get clinical placement.
I'd also love to hear about what all of your backgrounds were. I'm still finishing my BSN..will be done in December so I don't have any RN experience, but I have worked as a doula for 5 years. Would that be enough? I have a 3.7 and got a great letter of rec from the midwife that I used to work with...but I'm freaking out! :/ Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
- 0Sep 25, '13 by loves6601Hi Beverly25, Ssalulu, and PhoenixNIM,
I am also applying for the Jan 2014 CNM cohort. I'm from Chicago. I was an L&D RN for 4 years and an ambulatory OB/GYN RN for 4 years. My early undergrad GPA was not stellar (eek!), but my nursing GPA was 3.7. I'm anxiously awaiting a response to my application! The admissions team has been great so far, very professional and efficient. I've heard the coursework is tough, but I think in the end that's a good thing... How has your experience been? I'd love to hear how your application process is going, how long it's taken to get a reply, etc. Best of luck to all of you!
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!
- 0Sep 30, '13 by beverly25Thanks so much for your input Dalla! I was wondering though...what state/area do you live in? And what areas do the people having trouble getting placements live in? I'm only curious because maybe it would be easier to get placements if I'm living in a big city area? I live close to Georgetown but the online format sounds a lot better to me because my husband is in the military and so we could move at any time. Does it seem like it would be more plausible to get placements closer to a big city area like D.C.? or do you think that won't make a difference? Please let me know. Thanks!
- 0I would rather not say what state I live in. Let's just say that I live in a rural area - one CNM in the town I live, with a handful of CNMs 2-3 hours away in 3 of 4 directions. But it seems that Frontier students are everywhere! But I did tell GU that I would be willing to move to the DC/Baltimore area for clinicals - was told that that area was saturated with "local/campus" placements. That seems to be the case with metro areas, especially if they have universities with nursing programs.
- 0Sep 30, '13 by beverly25Quote from DallaOh I totally understand about the state thing.I would rather not say what state I live in. Let's just say that I live in a rural area - one CNM in the town I live, with a handful of CNMs 2-3 hours away in 3 of 4 directions. But it seems that Frontier students are everywhere! But I did tell GU that I would be willing to move to the DC/Baltimore area for clinicals - was told that that area was saturated with "local/campus" placements. That seems to be the case with metro areas, especially if they have universities with nursing programs.
So if I'm understanding you correctly...you're saying that living in the DC area will be just as bad as a rural area bc of so many other programs? Let me know. THANKS.