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I plan to apply in 3 semesters. I'm going to work really hard this year to raise my GPA and probably do some volunteering.
Apparently there were about 300 applicants last year and 147 got accepted with only 69 that actually enrolled! I don't know how many SLU undergraduate students applied and enrolled. Their website says only a "limited" number of undergraduates are accepted with preference given to current SLU students.
Anyway, does anyone know what this is: "American Heart Association Health Care Provider Course"
? I'm supposed to submit a copy of my card to them when I apply. Is this some kind of class that I have to take? Where can I take it? What do I learn? How long is it? How expensive?
I'm actually surprised that a nursing school
is requesting for you to submit proof of taking a Health Provider Course during application (it's what you might know as a Basic Life Support / CPR class, but for those entering the medical profession as opposed to lay people because they teach you how to use automated external defibrillation and techniques for adult and pediatric resuscitation). Something like that is usually required when you're accepted AND you decide to enroll. I would double check that for sure with the school, I have never seen that requirement at the application stage. By the way, I have not taken this course yet obviously since I am an applicant myself, but I do know that it's generally no longer than 4 hours or so and it's not that expensive (@ $50 I think).
You're on the right track with volunteering - it's a good experience for you and is a plus for your application. Your GPAs are quite competitive also so you're a good candidate I feel, but keep in mind that the applicant pool every year determines what the average GPA will be ... hopefully you won't have a slew of 4.0's applying for SLU because more than likely they will for the most part get the priority admission no matter how good your other application items are. I really hate when schools
make admission decisions based on the numbers alone, but at some schools it's the pure reality. They are fast to quote studies that show that the high GPAs correllate highly with the success later on in the rigorous program. Whatever ... it's just a shame.
If you don't get in the first time, don't get down ... it probably was not meant to be this year, and if your heart is set on it you will apply again ... never give up on something you really want!