Thank you!!! So happy to hear I'm not the only one worried about admissions. If reference to BC, I have a friend in the program now (although not direct-entry, she already had her RN), and she really likes it. She says the professors are incredibly knowledgeable and she's scored some really great clinicals at MGH and Dartmouth with wound care and gerontology. I'm sure that every program is a bit different, especially BC being a 2 year program. That said, I do like that you can do the masters part half-time so you can work as an RN the other half. But Northeastern's work requirement for 6 months would also be a great for experience.
I don't think I can afford to be picky about where I go... I'm just hoping someone will accept me. I barely broke 1000 the first time I took the GREs and I am taking the dreaded new test in a few weeks to try and get a better score, although I have no idea what correlates with the new 130-170 scores. For prereqs, I've taken A+P I and II and microbiology. I really enjoyed all of them, though only came out with a B for both A+P and a B+ in micro. I'm so worried because although they all say you need at least a C, it's almost like you need an A, forget even an A-, in order to be looked at for one of these programs. I'm not sure the admissions committee will like my "excuse" if you will, that my B average was actually one of the highest grades in my class of 30 which ultimately resulted in 7 of us actually passing. Unfortunately I'm one of those students that does much better in a lab setting (big fat As in labs...) than sitting for a test. It's kind of like your potential as a nurse practitioner is fully decided on whether you can take a standardized test, recite every function of a cell, or spell gastrocnemius correctly. There is no real measure of our ability to work with people, explain complicated procedures or diseases, or assess lab results... and lets face it - these are much more likely scenarios in the real world.
I signed up for biochemistry this fall. That seems to be the biggest differential between all schools and what they require. I never liked chemistry, so the more applicable to the body the better for me to understand it. BC requires you to take a bio or organic chemistry, but only for one semester, while other schools want two semesters of basic chem or one of basic and one of ochem. I figure that I can always petition for it to count as one semester of chemistry no matter what and try to get matriculated into the second semester of regular chemistry. Worse comes to worse, I need to take something else again, but will have the summer semester to take what is needed and can possibly take any other requirements first semester along with the undergraduate nursing classes. Taking even a half load of science classes with labs gets to be really tough when working 50+ hours a week, so I'm hoping that I can do well by just taking one class.
Also, as far as patient hours, I work in the marketing field so basically this computer is as close as I get to people on a regular basis. Hospitals have turned me down for volunteering because I'm not available during the daily work week. Unfortunately, I have to work (did not score the independently wealthy card), and with the economy the way it is, it's hard enough getting a job let along a job in the field you want. I applied to a million positions in the medical field out of undergrad and when I lost my job a few years ago at the first economic downturn. No one wanted to hire a. a new grad; b. someone without a medical technology course (even though my undergraduate degree is from the school of health and human services... go figure), and c. someone that had the bachelors degree already for fear of them moving onto a more lucrative position which actually required a B.S. instead of just experience. It's such a double-edge sword. You need experience to get into the field, but you can't get experience if no one will give you the opportunity. It doesn't even matter if you know the CEO of a hospital... trust me. I got a lead on a home health aide position which would be part-time (5-10 hrs a week) but that I could do after my day job or on the weekends and still allow myself to get some direct contact hours in before my application goes out. Being up to date on first aid and CPR can help, but I just keep getting the feeling that you have to have already devoted your entire undergrad or at least the past 5 years of your life to even think about getting accepted into a program. I sound like I'm whining... sorry
Now I'm talking your ear off, too! Ahh!
I guess all I can say is that we try our best and if we don't get in this fall then we'll have to retake everything (kill me now!) and reapply next year. I was hoping to get in before it becomes a requirement to have a doctoral. It's crazy when you search for so long to figure out what you "want to be when you grow up" and when you finally figure it out, it feels almost too late. I know that's silly, but I also know that I am completely committed to this... definitely not a decision made overnight, and I will do everything I can to make it. I get the feeling you're the same way
I'll let you know how the new GRE goes in a few weeks! Thanks for letting me vent!!!