getting into nursing school

  1. Has anyone did great on their prereq's and then had to be put on a waiting list to get into the nursing program? What is the likelihood of this happening to someone who does good on the prereq's?
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  3. by   klone
    It depends on your school's policy for determining entrance into the program. Some go by GPA, some go by how many prereqs you've completed, others go solely by entrance test score, some go by a combination. What is your school's policy?
  4. by   sonja24
    I have no idea where i am going to be going. we are moving to fl for 6 months and then after that we don't know where the military will approve for dh to go. I have been out of school since 2001 (received CNA certificate-#1 in the whole class). Do you apply to nursing school before you are finished with prereq's? I'm not sure about how any of this works
  5. by   agent
    I take an NLN entrance exam next week.. here's to hoping
  6. by   marilynmom
    Quote from sonja24
    Has anyone did great on their prereq's and then had to be put on a waiting list to get into the nursing program? What is the likelihood of this happening to someone who does good on the prereq's?
    It so totally depends on the school and yes, there is a possibility that even if you make straight A's you can get put on a wait list All the schools are so different there is really no telling.

    I would just focus on your pre-req's for now and do well in them! For most schools you need to have your pre-reqs done before applying (not all are like this but most of them I would say). Maybe get some experience as a CNA in the meantime or during the summers...that helps people are my school get in.

    Spend some time browsing through all these forums as well, you will learn a *lot*.

    Marilyn
  7. by   sonja24
    Quote from agent
    I take an NLN entrance exam next week.. here's to hoping
    best of luck to you
  8. by   sonja24
    Quote from marilynmom
    It so totally depends on the school and yes, there is a possibility that even if you make straight A's you can get put on a wait list All the schools are so different there is really no telling.

    I would just focus on your pre-req's for now and do well in them! For most schools you need to have your pre-reqs done before applying (not all are like this but most of them I would say). Maybe get some experience as a CNA in the meantime or during the summers...that helps people are my school get in.

    Spend some time browsing through all these forums as well, you will learn a *lot*.

    Marilyn
    wow, that is really frustrating. hopefully that won't happen. I would like to practice as a CNA but I have 2 little ones that I stay home with for now. I'll just have to kind of call schools when the time gets closer to get a feel for what they might look for
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    There are so many factors, and are different at each school.

    Some don't want you to apply until all your pre-req's are done, with good grades. That includes Alegebra and Chemistry if you didn't get good grades in them in HS, no matter how long ago (this was true for 2 schools I applied to. I took them 19 years ago, got a C in both, so they were accepted.)

    It also depends on the number of spots in the nursing program, whether you want day or evening classes, or if you are doing a AD or BS degree.

    Some require a pre-admission test, like the NLN or ACT or NET. Most also require a private interview. One program I applied to required applicants to go to an information session with 2 of the nursing instructors before you would be granted a personal interview. They wanted to know everyone was clear about what happened, where clinicals are done, and what was required in terms of grades to go to the next class.

    I applied to 5 programs this time, not including the LPN program I may apply to also. I organized everything into folders, giving one to each school, and wrote all the dates I did stuff and talked to people on the inside of the folder. I also put all the relevant info for that school in there, along with copies of my NLN, college transcripts, HS transcripts, and copies of my course catalog for courses I've completed (sometimes they want to see this, not just your grade, to see if the credits will transfer). All letters from the school also went into the respective folder.

    BTW, even though I had transcripts in each folder, I had to have copies sent to the schools directly, otherwise they are not considered "official". I kept them in each folder so if by chance they misplaced something, we could still go over something until they got another copy. I used my copy of my NLN test scores in almost every interview I went on.

    So then when I did an interview, I grabbed a folder and went.

    Anyway, I've gotten way off topic here! :chuckle

    Don't let being put on a waiting list discourage you from applying elsewhere. The more applications the better, even though it may pinch your pocketbook.

    Good luck to you!
  10. by   sonja24
    Quote from wannaBEanRN
    There are so many factors, and are different at each school.

    Some don't want you to apply until all your pre-req's are done, with good grades. That includes Alegebra and Chemistry if you didn't get good grades in them in HS, no matter how long ago (this was true for 2 schools I applied to. I took them 19 years ago, got a C in both, so they were accepted.)

    It also depends on the number of spots in the nursing program, whether you want day or evening classes, or if you are doing a AD or BS degree.

    Some require a pre-admission test, like the NLN or ACT or NET. Most also require a private interview. One program I applied to required applicants to go to an information session with 2 of the nursing instructors before you would be granted a personal interview. They wanted to know everyone was clear about what happened, where clinicals are done, and what was required in terms of grades to go to the next class.

    I applied to 5 programs this time, not including the LPN program I may apply to also. I organized everything into folders, giving one to each school, and wrote all the dates I did stuff and talked to people on the inside of the folder. I also put all the relevant info for that school in there, along with copies of my NLN, college transcripts, HS transcripts, and copies of my course catalog for courses I've completed (sometimes they want to see this, not just your grade, to see if the credits will transfer). All letters from the school also went into the respective folder.

    BTW, even though I had transcripts in each folder, I had to have copies sent to the schools directly, otherwise they are not considered "official". I kept them in each folder so if by chance they misplaced something, we could still go over something until they got another copy. I used my copy of my NLN test scores in almost every interview I went on.

    So then when I did an interview, I grabbed a folder and went.

    Anyway, I've gotten way off topic here! :chuckle

    Don't let being put on a waiting list discourage you from applying elsewhere. The more applications the better, even though it may pinch your pocketbook.

    Good luck to you!

    Wow!! Thanks for all the great info!! May I ask what an NLN test is? And they actually accept grades from h.s.? I didn't know that, but that's awesome!
  11. by   sonja24
    wannabeanRN may I ask what state you live in? nevermind i see it under your name
  12. by   Achoo!
    I have a 4.0 and it doesn't matter. As long as you pass your pre-req's with a 3.0, you all get put in the lottery and pray your number gets picked.
  13. by   manna
    It all depends on school - if you had straight A's and a good ACT score, you'd probably get into the school here, but that's because it only bases admissions on completing pre-reqs and GPA/ACT.

    It varies so much that you need to check with the schools where you'll be applying to be certain.
  14. by   RedSox33RN
    Sonja -

    The NLN is a pre-admission exam for nursing school. It is one of the widely used ones, but there are others. It is normally given at all schools that have a nursing program, usually once or month for some, or less for smaller colleges/tech schools.

    It is accredited and scored not by the college, but by the National League for Nursing (NLN - the have a website - nln.org). Your scores are sent to you and to any schools to whom you are applying for the nursing program. You put special codes onto the test (which are available from the schools you are applying) and your scores are sent directly to them also. It doesn't mean you HAVE to apply to those schools, but if they have them already, you're one step up. I think it is $10 for each school you have your results sent to. I'm not sure about the other pre-ad tests - I've only taken the NLN.

    Your results give you a mean score about how well you do compared to those applying for diploma nurse programs, associate's degree programs, and bachelor's programs. Some schools look for your scores to be at or above a certain number, other's don't put a lot of weight on them - it all depends on the school, but it is usually spelled out clearly what they expect in terms of NLN scores in their admission requirements.

    There are study guides for the NLN. It is in 3 sections - Reading, Math and Science. I think there are like 70 questions in each section, and you get 90 minutes to complete each. If you are not happy with your scores, I think you have to wait a couple months before you can take it again, or you can appeal to a school to have them let you take it again. I'm not too sure how that process works though.

    Anyway, the website is a great source of information. Let me know if you have any more questions. I've learned a lot after applying last year and this year to different schools, and now how overwhelming all the information and paperwork can be!

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