Just got my letter today and was not accepted. My undergrad GPA is 3.4, I have a BS in Biology and according to the LSU advisor all parts of my application and interview were great. She told me that I was "simply outranked" by other applicants. Is this common for first time applicants with degrees?
Also, what is this examination that is required for next year? Any info. or study guides around?
May 25, '05
One thing that was really important for getting into my program -- something they didn't tell us upfront -- was having at least one letter of recommendation from an RN (as opposed to a PhD in another field, or an MD/PT/OT/SW, etc...). Someone very professionally active (ex. management, leadership of some kind). Applicants with nurse recommendations had an advantage over others.
All programs are fairly competitive now. There are many applicants applying to nursing school who already have at least a bachelor's degree, and this doesn't guarantee acceptance. My school had a formula applied to each candidate -- points were given for gpa, letters of recommendation (or interviews), personal essay, and prereqs (separately calculated from general gpa). Having a prior degree looks good, but doesn't go into the formula (though it may give a candidate a slight edge over someone with an equivalent score).
Last edit by lady_jezebel on May 25, '05