Quote from MidwestRN34
I was wondering if anyone has had or is currently having any experiences with UIC's Graduate Nursing school. I applied to an NP program and have been called for an interview by UIC. Does anyone know what percentage of people interviewed are accepted? Does UIC have a long waiting list? The reason I'm asking is because I don't want to put my eggs all in one basket and find out I didn't get accepted at the last minute. I'm thinking of applying to other Chicagoland programs, perhaps. Any info would be great. Thanks.
edit: I see by your screen name that you are already an RN, my post may not be of interest to you but, I have heard great things about UIC.
You may also find information in the graduate student forum: direct entry/NP/PhD" direct entry students one. If you are a direct entry look here http://allnurses.com/forums/1936712-post1.html
I applied for UIC direct entry and was called to one of the interviews.
There were about thirty of us there and we had group interviews of four to five people. I was a candidate for their second cohort to start Jan 2006.
Luckily for me they passed me over. I was told by another interviewee that she heard that since I mentioned and interest in PhD that I was right out of the running.
So, luckily I had my application in at DePaul's MENP program and ended up starting in Fall 2005, (versus Jan 2006 as I would have with UIC). I am also one quarter away from completing my MS in Nursing generalist, (versus only sitting for NCLEX with no degree as I would at UIC).
Top it off with many of my classmates are also beginning the 9 month process to start in this fall for the FNP versus the nearly 5 year at UIC.
Now, they are different programs with different focus and each attract different candidates. UIC is an NP entry and DePaul is a MS entry for Nurse Generalist with the option to follow to work towards a post masters NP certificate.
DePaul is a private institution and costs more, UIC is a state schoo. DePaul's program is 22 months, UIC has you sit for the NCLEX with a certificate at 15 months and no degree and you do not earn the MSN, NP until you complete the program, (about five years).
Recently I found out my entrance to the Army was held up so I thought I would try to go to UIC for the post masters NP certifcate, I do not qualify for them since I do not have years of RN experience and....at DePaul, since I am there already I can start the FNP this fall.
Good luck and welcome!!