I currently have a BA degree in Communications and haven't done anything with it that I can really say has satisfied my goal of career happiness. Now, I think I'm finally acquiring the courage to pursue nursing but horror postings I've read about rigorous admissions are again starting to make my knees buckle.
I'm in the process of looking into the "accelerated BSN", "second degree BSN", and accelerated or "direct-entry MSN programs" and would REALLY like to hear from any of you who are graduates or are current students. Specifically,
1) From experience, what school's programs have you had success at?
2) How hard was the admission process at your school? What's the stats on the students admitted? (i.e. What was your GPAs, GRE scores, pre-req grades? How many students admitted versus applicants?)
3) What type of background did you have previously? Does having job experience in a health related field increase your chances of acceptance?
4) Any suggestions or advice about things to do, such as volunteering, prior to applying that might help my chances? I graduated with a CUM 3.1 GPA, and although most schools require at least a 3.0, I heard that because of the competition, my GPA is nowhere near good enough.
5) Any suggestions of jobs in healthcare with a COMM degree that would be good prep or exposure?
I know that this is a lot to ask, but from the few posts that I've read so far, everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable, so who better to ask. This is a big step for me and I just want to make sure that I've done all the research before I make my decision. Thanks everyone!!!
Mar 26, '04
Quote from annan5
that is the list published by the aacn of schools that offer accelerated bsn or msn programs. it looks like in cali these schools have accelerated bsn programs: azusa pacific, loma linda, mount st marys & usc.
hope this list helps!
usc is closing down their nursing department from what i understand. my mother got her ph.d in from 'sc and she received a letter about alumni coming out to support the last graduating classes of their program. the undergrads come out in may and the graduate programs come out in august.
'sc will still have the nurse anesthesia program, but it will under the medical school.
Last edit by TopCat1234 on Mar 26, '04
: Reason: Add info on nurse anesthesia