I Didn't Get Into The Nursing Program...now what??

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    I applied to 4 programs, all state schools, and I've received rejection letters from 2, one of which was my top choice. I did, however, get accepted into the universities as a undergraduate transfer student. Has this happened to any of you? I need advice. Should I just take another year off and apply to more schools next year? OR should I get into one of the universities, change my major to (let's say) public health, and reapply next year to the nursing program with the hope that being a current student and local resident I'll have a better chance at getting in?

    Any suggestions are appreciated, thank you!
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    Yes, go to the university that admitted you, and think about trying to transfer to the nursing program when you can. Take as many of the nursing prerequisites as you can cram into your schedule, and work hard enough to do well on them.
    Joe V, loriangel14, mmw90, and 1 other like this.
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    I agree... go to that university. Maybe even retake some prerequisite courses. I know people who have done this to pull up their GPA!
    LatinoHealthNut and mmw90 like this.
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    I appreciate the advice, thanks folks!
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    I agree with Grntea, you will need to have English, some type of math, AP, usually a public speaking class, and a few others anyways. I would talk with the schools and find out what the pre-nursing pre-req equivalents of these class are at the school you will be attending. Usually all majors have to take the same basic "core" classes anyways.
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    I spent several years taking pre-reqs and took everything that was required. I thought my application was really strong, and I have no idea why I wasn't accepted into these programs, other than that they're highly competitive (all state schools which admit about 10% of their applicants). On paper I was an ideal candidate, which is why I'm trying to strategize on my next move and how to strengthen my application for next year.
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    Quote from LatinoHealthNut
    I spent several years taking pre-reqs and took everything that was required. I thought my application was really strong, and I have no idea why I wasn't accepted into these programs, other than that they're highly competitive (all state schools which admit about 10% of their applicants). On paper I was an ideal candidate, which is why I'm trying to strategize on my next move and how to strengthen my application for next year.
    What was your GPA? TEAS? Grades in science classes?
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    Apply everywhere possible. Even community colleges. You can always take RN to BSN courses after you get your associates. Also make sure you take all pre-reqs, that way if it's a point based school you will have lots of points for having pre-reqs done and out of the way.
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    stephanie -- My cumulative GPA was 3.6, but then I found out they wanted it cumulative from only pre-req coursework, so it might've been higher. I scored an 84% on the TEAS and placed in the 91st percentile. My grades were Anatomy - A, Micro - B, Chem - B, Physio - A. Although I may not have had the right Chem class, I'm trying to figure that out now. Aside from this, I have years of experience working in public health with patients in a clinical setting (as a health educator and researcher).
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    Keep trying to get into the program if this is what you truly want to do. Just take some general educations classes while waiting. I would even take some classes that would go towards a Master's Degree if you are done taking classes for the Bacherlors.
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