Quote from Kalemah
Congratulations! I hope you don't mind my asking, but what do you think it was that got you in? Was it your GPA? Work experience? I'm trying to guage how competitive I am...I have a B.S in biology and my GPA was a 3.1 and 2 years experience in pharmaceutical sales, currently I am taking 2 prereq. courses...and will finish up my last 2 prereqs this summer. What's your opinion?
Well, the best I can do is tell you about myself as I don't know all the variables they use for admission, but my guess is that my pre-req GPA and letters of recommendation were what did it:
I'm a 36 year old married father of 2 children. I have a BS degree in Computer Science and I've worked in the IT industry for 14 years and am switching careers. I don't have any prior experience in the health care field. I started prereqs at Georgia State in fall 2000 and have taken, am currently taking, and will take the following classes: A&P 1 & 2 w/labs, General-Organic-Biochemistry 1 & 2 w/labs, Microbiology w/lab, Physiology, General Chemistry 1 & 2(*) w/labs, General Psych, Abnormal Psych(*), Psych Statistics(*), Growth-Development(**), Research Methods(**), Communication/Diversity (**). Those classes marked with (*) I'm currently taking and those with (**) I will take this summer. My first undergrad GPA was probably around a 3.0 from a very good school and I've gotten all A's in the above courses that I have taken or am taking. I purposefully took the extra Physiology and Chemistry classes because I felt the "nursing" chemistry was watered down and I wanted to learn more about physiology and function without all the bother of memorizing anatomical structures.
Now having said all that, my gut feeling is that I'm probably not representative of the class. I know that they pay close attention to your grades in A&P, Micro, and Chemistry (in that order I think), so anything below a 'B' in those classes may be damning. If you are currently taking any of the sciences mentioned above, that may have put you at a disadvantage to applicants that have already completed those. You mentioned that you were a Biology major. Did you also take A&P? I know that they allow you to apply and will accept a General Bio sequence in lieu of A&P but may look more favorably if you have taken A&P. Are you open to the traditional program or did you only apply to the accelerated? Anyhow, just random thoughts. Good luck to you.