Hello all! I am new to posting to the forum, and I have read around a bit. I have a question about UNM's CON admissions. A brief overview of me.... I am 24, have a BS in Statistics, I have a decent cumulative GPA of 3.75, still need to take alot of pre-req courses (A&P I, II, Micro, Pharm, Patho, etc), starting to take them this Spring 09, and aspiring to do well in them. I am a NM resident, but have no medical experience to speak of, but I am hoping to start volunteering next semester.
I am aware of the accelerated BSN program but I would prefer to attempt the Basic Entry because they accept 32 students each semester, as opposed to 8. I don't mind taking the extra classes.. I understand the "Admission Criteria" as far as 30% GPA, 30% pre-req GPA, 10% resident, and 30% essay. But after speaking with an advisor and reading the forums, I'm starting to wonder exactly what is considered competitive.
For instance, is medical experience really important?? What GPA is considered competive? Is there an interview (I've heard some mention it and others not)? How important are your letters of rec?? Can you re-apply every semester? Is it 'normal' to have to apply more than once?? Do they prefer to admit students who have taken more of the pre-req science courses rather than less, by the time of application (seeing as how you can technically apply after taking 16 credit hours out of the 27 science hours required, do they prefer to accept people who have taken all of them by time of application)??
I am sharing these concerns with my advisor, but I was wondering if there any UNM CON students/hopefuls who wouldn't mind sharing their experience, and what they feel helped them (or anyone they know) gain/be denied for admission and what I could do to bolster my chances??
Dec 17, '08
Thanks! Yeah, I did run across that thread. I feel like I am nowhere near as qualified as Medic or yourself, as I said I lack the medical experience and the Masters (wow!).
But this is helpful as I'll know a little better what to expect. My boyfriend is hoping to apply at the same time - he's been a respiratory therapist for a couple years.. I guess it depends on who else applys with you, too.
I was hoping that there were some folks out there who maybe got accepted just on volunteer work and good academic qualifications???! Nonetheless, I will trudge on, and hope for the best! Thanks!
Last edit by DarthSteffy on Dec 17, '08