I recently graduated from Murray. (1) Yes, it is very hard for most people to get into the program. I was accepted the first time I applied, but I had a 4.0 GPA with a BS in Chemistry. I know some people who apply for 3 years and still not get accepted. It is highly recommended that you have at least a 3.5 GPA and have experience in health care. The minimum GPA says 2.5 but you are competing against 100 other students with a GPA > 3.5 for a program that only accepts 40 ppl a semester. This is a very difficult program to pass, and the faculty just redisgned the curriculum to make it harder. They do this in order to retain their 100% NCLEX pass rate. (2) The actual nursing classes start your Sophmore year. http://www.murraystate.edu/academics.../bsnmaster.htm
. Click on curriculum and it will list what classes are taken. They just implented this new TEAS testing. It's supposed to be like a "common-sense" and ACT-like computer test.
With all of that said, the program is the BEST! The faculty is wonderful. The education is one of the best is the country. They just constructed a new simulation lab with 2 Robotic Simulation Patients that are controlled via computer by the professor. You will NOT have a social life outside of nursing for the 3 years in the program. You will spend countless hours studying and long sleep-deprived nights writing 50+ page careplans. But IF you pass, you will be the most prepared graduate RN BSN in the field. Just ask if you have any other questions!