DSN competitive? - page 3

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Hi, Does anyone know if Denver School of Nursing is competitive, like the other schools in the area (CU, Regis..)? I am starting my second round of applications (denied and alternate the first round) and decided to apply to... Read More


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    I'm not sure where those Google search sites get their information so I'm not sure how valid it is. As far as the DSN information link is concerned, don't forget that DSN has around 500 students in their various nursing programs. They offer a BSN Completion program as well as an ADN Completion and LPN to ADN programs. I was reffering to the graduation rate for the program I graduated from, the BSN Completion program which I was told was around 95%. Some of the Nurses that I work with that graduated from Regis told me that there is no way they have a 99% completion rate because they had several people they started with drop out of their program. I couldn't find completion rates listed on either the CU or Regis sites. I think we've strayed way off the original topic so I'm going to let the readers do their own research. All I know is that I loved attending DSN and I know a ton of grads that feel the same way.
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    Just for the record, I was at an interview yesterday at Regis and the Director said pass rates for the past 3 years were 100%, 100%, and 99%. But I don't know about DSN's. The point of the thread was just seeing if anyone has actually been turned down by them, I figure they may become more competitive with their new accreditation status. That's all Thanks for the replies.
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    I haven't been able to find any recent information on the acceptance rates for DSN. I live in Alaska and am already planning on moving to Denver in June to begin the program on July 1st. I've read that as long as you have your prerequisites completed, you'll be accepted. However, for obvious reasons, I don't want to have my heart set on this school only to find out 6 weeks after I send in my application that I was not accepted.

    I will have all my pre-requisites completed by the start date with "C"s or better as the website states. However, my worry is my somewhat low GPA. I currently have a 2.89... what do you guys honestly believe my chances are? (I may be able to pull a 3.0 with my last semester of grades rolling in, which are composed of A's and B's) I do have volunteer experience working with people, but nothing that is from a hospital setting. I am confident that I will not have any issues with the entrance exam and I am determined to push myself through the BSN program with flying colors. I am only worried about being accepted in the first place! What do you guys think?
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    Ok, so I had my interview yesterday with DSoN. The facilities and staff seem great, it is small and everyone knows everyone. They are hoping to expand into a MSN and a DNP program eventually. They don't offer a research course, which is a bummer bc I do want to continue onto a DNP program and need that class.

    Jeff showed me the school's 97.3% pass rate for the NCLEX. He also said that it would actually be around 99% if they could count for their out of state nurses. The school seems to have a pretty good reputation from all the accreditors. And, they should be regionally accredited this spring.

    About getting accepted, he said there has been a 57% increase in admissions for April. The admissions board will accept applicants with lower GPA's if they have experience. He said, "They would rather have someone with C's that knows how to do the job than a person with a 4.0 in their sciences and has never touched a patient."

    After visiting the campus, I am really excited about attending. I have my HESI entrance next month and as long as I pass that I will start in April.
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    Oh no... so what do you think my chances are if I don't have any patient experience? I'm so worried now. I can write a great paper explaining why I should be chosen and why I want to be a nurse so I'm hoping that I could get by with that. I'm willing to do anything to get accepted!
    Last edit by KaylaMcLeod on Dec 6, '12
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    I don't want to get your hopes up, but I think you will be okay. I do think now, due to the nlnac accreditation, that the competition to get into this school will compound and continue to rise at a much faster pace than previous years. I was surprised to read the last post, 57% change, wow! Before long it may have entrance standards and competitiveness similar to that of nearby CU or Regis. But I think you have a good shot still for now, just make sure to focus effort on your personal statement because they do take more into account than just GPA, as was already stated by others. I start in January, maybe ill see you there come summertime! Good luck to you!
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    I ended up sending an email and am very relieved by the response. I asked if students are finding it more difficult to get into their school because of competition with the accreditation and he said that as long as a student is qualified they'll be able to start on the date they want. WHEW! He didn't say anything about an increase in applicants or anyone being turned away. I read someone that they will accept you if you have their basic requirements and pass the entrance exam - glad that hasn't changed. So excited!
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    I was wondering about this very issue with the recent accrediation and if there was an increase in applications. I will be applying for the October 2013 start (BSN completion program), and I am a little concerned. I have a very good GPA and I do have healthcare experience, but it is just in occupational therapy, which is what my AAS degree is in, and dentistry (oral surgery and orthodontics). I have started working on my essay, but I am starting to get a little nervous about the application process and actually getting accepted. I wish February would get here so that I can get the ball rolling! Good luck to everyone taking their HESI soon!
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    You shouldn't have any problem. He told me that if you qualify, you'll start on the date you want to. As long as you have your pre-reqs, 2.0 GPA, and pass the entrance exam, you're in.
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    I know they have used a wait list in the past, and it seemed like something they may use again soon with all the accreds. Just do the best you can with school and try to get volunteer experience just in case. With CU's one admission a year now for traditional, I am assuming that more locals will be applying here-if they can afford it.


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