Hypersaurus SN - my fellow NMU nursing student
- gave you excellent, concise info about NMU. Everything she said is correct. Assuming most of your pre-reqs are done, and you only have a year's worth of pre-reqs left it works like this:
1st semester: Go to NMU for a required 12 credits, before you apply to the nursing program. During this semester is when everything is riding on your getting a solid GPA (ideally a 3.4 or above) and this is the only GPA the school of nursing will be looking at. Prepare to work hard and do well in this semester.
2nd semester: Now you are eligible to apply. Your 12 credits have been completed. Apply straight away to the nursing school. Don't wait and risk missing some critical deadline. This is the last semester you will be allowed to take pre-reqs - yes they do let you have your last pre-reqs be "in progress" a semester before the program starts, but you have to be done with your pre-reqs after that semester.
3rd semester: Ideally, in the previous semester (at the end of your 1st year at NMU) you received your acceptance letter, and you are now in your 1st year of nursing school. This is where I am currently.
So basically its a year before you start nursing school, and a semester before you apply. Your 1st semester is critical to your getting in - it is the GPA they will be looking at. Your second semester is when you have your very last pre-req classes, if you have any left. It is also when you should receive your nursing school acceptance letter, assuming everything works according to plan.
You asked about my stats: I came from a college in my home state of WA that was rigorous and near impossible to gain entrance to it's school of nursing. Hence I came to NMU with a work ethic and determination equal to the previous pressure I was under at my old college. In hindsight I could have relaxed a little, but the idea that a single semester's GPA would determine my entrance to nursing school lit a fire under me so to speak lol. So I got into the program with a 4.0. I am now in my 1st semester of nursing school and doing well so far, but I know that it only gets harder from here. But its such a relief to be in!!!
If you want a fairly sure bet you'll get into N.S. and your willing to work reasonably hard to make it happen, come up here and make your dream come true
Best of luck and feel free to ask more Qs.