Seriously, no matter what we tell you, you need to apply and see what happens. :wink2: Don't let anything deter or discourage you from applying. There are always intangibles like the interview that can make a big, unmeasured difference. You just can't know. Even if you know how different criteria are weighted, so what? You're not going back to retake courses, or travel back in time to change some life activity, are you?
From the moment I considered applying, I contacted a student advisor at the College of Nursing. I continually returned to her with questions and sought advice. This way I already had developed someone 'on my side', even if she wasn't one of the decision makers. She was a tremendous help and encouragement all the way through, btw.
Really by surprise, I got right in. Community college programs were all wait-listed, but I got into the BSN program and finished faster in the end. Go figure.
I am a graduate of the 16 month 'second degree' or 'Accelerated' track, December '07. I applied with a previous BS in Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude. I work as a paramedic (still do, along with my ED job) and volunteer in religious activity in my community and on a Search and Rescue team. My wife was a UNM graduate, as one of our kids, and works at one of the National Labs in the area.
There were 16 of us second degree folks in an overall class of almost 70. Originally, we were supposed to go to school straight through summers, while the 'kids' in the 4 year program would have summers off. That would get us through a little quicker. Right after we started the core nursing program
(Junior year for the 4 year student, the beginning for us) they decided to change the program to 16 months straight through for everyone. So, for the core nursing program there was no longer any difference. We just didn't have to do the first two years of university all over again.
Good luck! Don't sweat what you can't control; it isn't worth the ulcers. Speak with a student advisor and see if you're missing anything that you CAN do.