For prospective applicants for the 2017 year in the Vanderbilt MSN program. Being as I am currently wait listed in the 2016 year due to a very late application, there is a high probability I would have to apply again come November 1st 2016 for the following year acceptance.
November 1st, 2016 is the priority application deadline for the 2017 year. All materials (GRE, official transcripts, application payment, letters of recommendation, statement of intent) must have been submitted by this date.
Letters of acceptance for August 2016 orientation and start were sent out the first week of February 2016. Wait listed recipients received their wait list offer in an around the first week of March 2016 with the caveat that seats may open well into late July.
I am planning to apply this fall to the pre-specialty PMHNP program and would like some input, as I am unsure of how I competitive I will be as an applicant. My GPA is low due to my life having been quite turbulent during the time I spent pursuing a BA in Psychology.
My GPA at a CC where I spent my first two years of undergraduate is 3.59 (was 3.78? or so upon graduation, but then I took some summer classes there during the turbulent years..)
My GPA at UT-Knoxville will be about 3.3 when I submit my application to Vanderbilt, assuming that I make A's in Physiology and Microbiology over the summer semester (I am confident of this occurring.)
My GRE scores were: 169 (99th percentile) on the verbal, 156 (64th percentile) on the quantitative, and 4.0 on the writing. I plan to retake it in August or so as I am certain that I can score higher on the writing portion (and probably the quantitative as well).
By the time I submit my application, I will have two years of experience as a full time nurse's aid/psychiatric technician (my job title is "Program Counselor") at an in-patient acute psychiatric facility.
I have minimal, and mostly unrelated, research experience. I also have a little bit of volunteer experience in mental health settings.
My low GPA is what concerns me most, but I'm hoping that good GRE scores can balance that out. Also, I am fairly confident about my ability to produce a statement of purpose and answers to the essay questions which will be at least on par with the average applicant.
Given all of this, how much of a shot do you guys think I've got?
Also, best of luck to everyone!
Last edit by Hazor on Jun 6, '16