Quote from knwgolf
hi anurseatlast, i see that you have graduated from omaha methodist and i was wondering if you could give me some details. I am applying for the Jan 2010 accelerated program. I was wondering what you gpa was and over all how well you did...im trying to get a feel about how competative it is to get in.....i dont want to apply to programs that i dont have a shot at.....i also am from california so if im am going to invest in a flight out to omaha for an interview i want to make sure i have a chance....also what were some of the questions asked in the interview.....ive never done a nurisng interview so i am nervous......thanks for any help and feedback you can give me....
I started in 2006 (graduated in 2007) and the ACE program was relatively new at the time so I don't know how it might have changed. I had a very high GPA (I was one of two that had an associates rather than a bachelors) but not all of my classmates did. I suspect that it would be to your benefit to have a 3.0 or higher but don't know if a lower GPA would necessarily knock you out of the running. I think you should be able to talk to someone in admissions and ask what the average GPA was for those accepted for the last ACE class. That would give you an idea.
It may be that they will do a phone interview since you are from out of town. Again, I don't know for sure, but they did that with one of my classmates. I don't really remember the interview but I think it was the typical "Why do you want to be a nurse? Why do you want to go to Methodist?" type thing. Think about your answers ahead of time. Everyone who wants to be a nurse wants to help people so that is not
a good answer. Make it interesting so they will remember you. Also, this is an intense program. They want to know that you can handle it. What experiences have you had that have prepared you for it? They will ask you if you plan to work while you are in the program (the answer they want is NO - you will focus on your studies).
How was the program? Very intense but I loved it. I would do it again. The first semester was overwhelming but once I got into the swing of it, it was not bad. Realistically, you won't have a lot of time for things other than school but when you do take a break, Omaha has a lot to offer. My class did hang out on occasion (usually to celebrate another test down!). For me, having a study buddy was imperative. She and I spent a lot of time together. You just want to be sure it is someone you click with who is serious about studying. We also had a group that studied together before tests.
Hope that answers some of your questions. Feel free to contact me at any time.