Hi All -
Like so many here, I have been working on pre-reqs with the hope of being accepted to the LSU CARE program for Fall 2012. It's not too early to start freaking out is it??
I have a BA in English with a terrible GPA, but since I graduated 20 years ago, I went on to have a successful career as a management consultant, including a stint with PricewaterhouseCoopers. I am doing my last semester of pre-reqs now - currently have a 3.6 in my pre/co reqs with A(s) in Bio, Physical Science, Micro (so far - we'll see how the rest of the semester goes!), Psych and Sociology. From what I've read, the essay and interview also play a big part in the selection process. Any other tips from people who've lived through this? The deadline is January 15, so I have 3 more months to prepare. I'm worried that my overall undergrad GPA, which is a 2.03, will doom my application even though my pre/co req GPA is strong. I would appreciate any advice about what else I can do between now and January 15th to make the strongest application possible. Thanks all!
First off, congrats on applying to the CARE program. I started it this semester and it is intense. I was out of school 10 years so it does take some time getting back into the swing of things. As far as the application process goes, I think they will look at your pre-req GPA more than your overall GPA. Also the essay and your interview will play a huge part. I would recommend having your packet completed by December and hand delivering it to LSU. A week before everything is due I would call and double check to make sure they have everything as sometimes they can enter wrong information into the computer. Everyone that submits an application will get an interview. You usually interview with one faculty member and two senior students. The students need to participate in the interview processing to get credit for their management course. I thought I had bombed my interview and still got accepted so don't sweat it, just be yourself. A few words of advice, if you haven't already, take Abnormal Psychology. If you take it now then you won't have to take it in the fall which will allow you more time to focus on Anatomy and Physiology. Trust me, you want the extra time to study Physiology!! I would contact (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME - PLEASE DO NOT POST NAMES OF THOSE IN YOUR PROGRAM PER TOS) to see what abnormal psych courses are transferable to LSU so that you can make sure you take the right one. Also, I would say if you can, start saving now because you will not be able to work when you start nursing school. It is too intense!! My husband and I actually started putting my paycheck into our savings account at the beginning of the year and just tried to live off of his salary to see if we could make it. That actually worked out really well and let us build up our saving to where I didn't have to take out student loans when I quit my job. It is just a thought.
If you have any other questions, please let me know. I remember being in your shoes this time last year and it is nerve-wracking. Especially waiting for that acceptance letter. Good luck to you. I wish you all the best.
Last edit by sirI on Oct 22, '11