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This is a discussion on UMASS Boston 2012 traditional BSN in Massachusetts State Nursing Programs, part of Massachusetts Nursing ... Has anyone else applied for this program? I'm seeing that some are in the accelerated program, but...by jaz_bos Nov 4, '11Has anyone else applied for this program? I'm seeing that some are in the accelerated program, but little mention of the traditional. It be nice to know others that are in this with me
Btw, I am in the nursing pool, hooray for making the first cut!
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- Nov 4, '11 by lizbee227Hi jaz,
Congrats on making it as far as you have!! I hope you get in ... I haven't seen anyone else on these boards (that I know of) mention that they've applied to the traditional program. I handed everything into the admissions office in person on Monday. My status says that everything is checked off and I check my it repeatedly.
Good luck to you and to anyone else out there applying for the program
- Nov 7, '11 by DinaMariaI'm applying for fall 2012 admission. Does anybody know how competitive it is?
- Nov 9, '11 by lizbee227Quote from DinaMariaHi DinaMaria!!I'm applying for fall 2012 admission. Does anybody know how competitive it is?
It's pretty competitive. I went to the information session back in September and here are some of the things they discussed:
Fall deadline: Feb. 1st
Spring deadline: Nov. 1st
There were 1300 applicants for Fall 2011, out of that number only 170 were accepted. From that number, 80 were transfer students and 50 were freshmen from the University.
Some students opt to get an EHS (Exercise and Health Science) degree then go back to get their BSN.
Everything must be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions office (on the first floor of the Campus Center). Sciences that are 10 yrs or less old are accepted; all other classes have no limit.
The Spring semester is more competitive to get into: 50 out of 700 are accepted (I'm not sure, but I think he was referring to Spring 2011). If you aren't accepted for the spring (or fall), your application can be reactivated. When this happens you don't have to resubmit all of the papers you did last time as they hold on to them. All you have to do is fill out the appropriate paperwork and pay the $60 application fee.
For this past fall, the cumulative GPA for accepted transfer students was between 3.5 and 3.6. Strong essays and recommendations can help you get in if you're borderline ;-). Recommendations can be emailed, just make sure to have the name and birthdate of the applicant in the subject line.
About 10-40 people get waitlisted for the Fall and about 5 people get waitlisted for the Spring.
If you're a transfer student with 30 or more credits then you don't need to take English 101, 102, and First Year Seminar. Nur 212 (Health Promotion and Teaching, Intermediate Seminar) doesn't transfer from anywhere. If you already have a prior Bachelors (like me) then you don't have to take that class at all (and a bunch of other classes that freshmen would have to take). Also any 3 credit Nutrition class can transfer.
Nursing classes/clinicals don't transfer whatsoever. No clinical classes are offered in the summer (there are about 5 semesters of clinicals to be taken). If you're a transfer student, it'll take about 2.5 to 3 years to finish the program. There are 44 clinical affiliations, mainly in the Boston and Cambridge areas. You can't pick your clinical placements, but you can still switch with another student if they are willing to do so.
Undergraduate Admissions: 617-287-6100
College of Nursing and Health Sciences: 617-287-7500
I hope this has answered some of your questions. If I remember anything else I'll be sure to let you know.
- Nov 9, '11 by DinaMariaThank you lizbee227!! That was VERY helpful! So relieved I don't have to do writing (I'd be going in with about 90 credits) Is it unusual umass boston chooses your clinical sites? I feel like I have always heard that students do
- Nov 9, '11 by lizbee227No problem Dina ... Idk about the clinical site thing I've heard from students at other schools that they can pick their placements and from some others that they those in charge pick them for the students.
- Nov 10, '11 by jaz_bosThanks Lizbee for all this info. I have got to say I'm unsure of how I stand ATM, I think my entry app was strong but it's not over until it's over. Waiting is just killing me!
That is odd about the clinical, by those in charge whom do you mean?
Also, about the clinicals not being during summer...are they done during the school year, meaning sep-may/june?
What is the average GPA of the students applying? I heard it was between 3.2 and 3.7.
- Nov 10, '11 by lizbee227No prob Jaz we're all in the same boat together and I agree with you: it's really never over until that letter comes in the mail and until then the torture continues.
About the clinicals I'm sorry I meant to say whoever is in charge of putting that all together in the nursing department. You're right with your assumption about the clinical schedule. Clinicals are never done during the summer as that time is for the accelerated students (I'm guessing). This also means that if you fail a clinical then you have to wait until the next semester to do it over. Another thing that I forgot to mention in my giant post is that you can't progress in the program until you've gotten everything done in the order they've laid out for you. For example, if you're counting to 5 you have to say 1 2 3 and 4 to get to 5. If you did 1 2 and 3, skip 4 and go on to 5 they won't allow that (I hope this makes sense xD). Like if you took everything except for Nutrition and got accepted you have to take Nutrition and then wait a semester to start the actual course work and clinical rotations.
I have read on the CNHS's website that the minimum GPA admitted was 3.2, but it seems more like you're guaranteed a spot with a GPA of 3.5-3.7 and higher which is a bit frustrating to me since I do believe that hard workers with a 3.2 and up should still have a great shot. My GPA is almost at a 3.5 and after I finish this last pre-req it will definitely go up.
BTW, for you and anyone else who is curious I had read on someone else's page that the person to contact with questions regarding your application status is ******. Apparently she is the Admissions Director in the Admissions office and is in charge of the letters and has the final say on who is accepted. If you need to contact someone my best bet is to try her.
Again, I am wishing good luck on the both of us and anyone else who applied. I really do hope we get inLast edit by Silverdragon102 on Nov 13, '11 : Reason: name removed
- Nov 10, '11 by lizbee227Ok so I retract what I said about ****** as she is not the person you would want to get in touch with (she's actually with another school xD). Again my mistake and I apologize. The person you would want to get in touch with is ***** the actual Admissions Director. I really don't know if he can provide any answers or shed any light, but hopefully he can give some peace of mind to our restless ones xD...Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Nov 13, '11 : Reason: names removed
- Nov 12, '11 by jaz_bosI was also wondering how long is this program? I'm looking around and it seems like there might be a slight possibility of having to move from Boston if I were to not to make the right connections in order to get a job placement later down. I mean, are hospitals like Mass General and Beth Israel only hiring experienced grads and/or Tufts or Harvard students?