I am currently a Pre-Nursing student planning to apply soon for UH Manoa's BSN Program for Fall 2012. I had a few questions regarding NLN scores, cumulative GPA, & the admission (decision) process:
First of all, I just re-took my NLN today at Maui CC (yes, I had to fly over since UHM was booked for the rest of the year) and it was computer based so my scores were not yet in the online system. The first time I took my NLN was in October of this year at KCC, so basically that's the loophole that most UHM pre-nursing students don't realize, that you can register for BOTH KCC and UHM NLN's since UHM is computer-based and won't track if you already took paper-based at KCC. But anyways, the first time I took my NLN, I got my scores in and for the "ALL" column my percentiles were Verbal 49, Math 91, & Science 85. I was really bummed when I found out I got a "49" for Verbal and the MINIMUM is "50." So, I went to the nursing office in Webster 201 and spoke with a lady (not sure what her name was) but I showed her my scores and she told me that they will not necessarily "X" or disregard you out of the application/competitive pool completely but rather give you lower points for that Verbal score. And she told me for example, they'll give you 2 points for that 49, 8 points for that 91, and 5 points for 85, theoretically speaking. She also explained that if I had a 45-48 score, she would NOT consider it because 49 is considered to be there but not quite. That in reply was such a relief for me. But then, I asked if I should retake it at Maui since there is that loophole that most students don't realize so she advised me to do so and I did, which I just got out of today. However, couple days later I also wanted to validate what that lady said and hopefully speak with Brian, who is one of the main folks that assess the applicants; but everytime I try to talk to him he's always busy or the receptionist intends to answer my questions. So, I asked her to look at my NLN scores once more and surprisingly, she tells me different, that my score is unacceptable for that Verbal 49 and they won't consider it at all again. I really do not think she's apart of the application process, assuming she looks like a student but I was really shocked she told me that because this other lady told me otherwise. But anyways, I took my second NLN today and UNFORTUNATELY, my scores this second time around was Verbal 49 (
), Math 92, & Science 85. I was so speechless.. So, I called the nursing office right away and to my surprise, that same girl picked up the phone from the last time and told me the same thing. I emailed Brian afterward asking if I could set up an appointment with him but he didn't get back to me yet so I'm hoping and praying that he does soon towards this matter since I'm getting mixed responses from different people. With that said, I was just wondering if anyone had ANY clue as to if my scores or rather yet my APPLICATION is still considered despite that 49 Verbal and if I should still turn in my application with that 49?
I truly believe my Math and Science scores could make up or compensate for it anyhow, but then again, this is one of Hawaii's prestigious nursing schools. ALSO, I am confident in my prereq gpa, anticipating for a prereq GPA of 3.9, and a cumulative of at least 3.5.
Now, this leads me to another question on cumGPA. I am a transfer student from LA; went to school in LA for Pre-Nursing as well. How is cumGPA calculated in terms of transfer students? & what classes do they look at SPECIFICALLY towards this GPA? Because I've taken an anatomy course at this institution at LA my first year. Didn't pass it with a D. The second time around I got an A for both lecture and lab. Oh, and on the transcript this anatomy course transfers as PHYL 141/141L. But anyways, will they factor in failed courses too? Because some of my nursing friends told me that whatever is necessary for the pre-nursing application process will count towards the app and ALSO, as a transfer student, our GPA is 0.00 once we start at Manoa or the UH system, is that true? So technically, I'm on a clean slate. I need some clarification with that.
Please let me know ASAP! ANYONE! I'm hoping and praying for Fall 2012, I just know my heart is in nursing. I've already been denied twice at my previous institution due to failed courses but managed to pick myself up.