Yale GEPN 2018

  1. Hey everyone! Now that applications have been out for a while, has anyone started the process of applying for the Yale GEPN program? I hope that your applications are going well if you have! Also, if there are any current GEPN students that happen across this thread, if you have time, feel free to share your experiences in the program and any tips you may have Thanks!
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  3. by   Yale2020PsychNP
    Hey! Current GEPN here. Let me know if you have Any questions or want any advice!
  4. by   Vee112
    Hey Yale2020PsychNP,

    Thank you for offering to answer some questions! I'm applying this cycle and will have my app submitted in the next few weeks. I'm a bit nervous because I took my GREs recently and didn't do so great. I froze up during the quantitative and ended up scoring a 147. Verbal 153 and have yet to get my AWA score back, but I think that was my best section. I know it's a very holisitic process but do you think this really decreases my chances? My undergrad GPA also isn't so great but I'm currently getting my MPH and have a 3.8 and good letters of rec. I guess I just wanted to know if you think I have some chance considering my numbers aren't great. I also have a lot of research experience, healthcare experience, volunteer work and leadership. Any advice would help!
    Also, how is the program so far? What is some general feedback?

    Thank you!
  5. by   rls2018
    Thank you so much for offering your feedback! I really appreciate that. I've pretty much completed my essays and am just curious about points to emphasize. I have a rather untraditional background, but have made a great turn around. I've emphasized my motivation and perseverance, as well as my commitment to serving those who have less access to healthcare (I currently volunteer as a birth doula for teenaged/underprivileged mothers who would otherwise not have access to the benefits of a doula). I'm applying to the CNM specialty and have fallen in love with Yale and their commitment to better healthcare for all people. However, I'm really nervous because of my background. My cumulative GPA is low (a 2.93) as a result of a poor school fit and severe depression. But at the school where I have completed most of my credits, my GPA is a 3.57. I scored a 162V 159Q 5.0W on the GRE. I guess I'm just absolutely terrified about my prospects because of my past.

    Aside from my rambling (so sorry!), I'm curious about your experiences in the program so far! I'd love to hear more about it from a student's perspective, as well as how you're enjoying it!

    Thank you!
  6. by   kwub
    Hi Yale2020PsychNP! Thank you for joining this thread! I'm applying for GEPN, specifically the psychiatric NP track. You just started this year, correct? What is your first impression of the program so far (e.g., experience in clinicals, course demands, overall structure)? Also, any specific advice regarding the essay and/or CV/resume? Thank you in advance!
  7. by   Yale2020PsychNP
    Hey everyone!

    Sorry for the delay. I know how helpful Allnurses was for me when applying/picking a school so I am more than happy to help answer anything I can.

    I started this year in the Psych track. So far I love the program and am so excited to be here. It is a lot of work however. I don't think any class is super hard but its just a lot of material all the time being covered, exams, and long clinical days. The faculty are outstanding and I am super impressed with them. Everyone I know enjoys their clinical site. We have med-surg in the fall, so 12 hour days at one site for 6 weeks then it changes for another 6 weeks. We have ILCE (inter professional longitudinal clinical experience) clinical once a week with medical students or PA students to work on medical history taking and interviewing.

    My best advice for the essay and resume is BE YOURSELF and stop worrying! The essay is the number 1 thing they look at. They really do read everything in your application. Grades/GRE do not matter that much. I had a low GPA (around 3.0 with undergrad and prereqs i took at other schools after) and average GRE (which is the least of what they care about I think) Yale is all about who you are, where you come from, and what you want to do. They have told us a few times they could easily fill their class with perfect 4.0 students but they don't choose to. My interviewer said she looks for people who have done amazing things (in or outside of healthcare) and will do amazing things as a NP. I am kind of rambling now but really want passion and look at what you will bring to the profession.

    Let me know if there is anything else I can help answer whether its logically or just about the program.
  8. by   kwub
    Hi Yale2020PsychNP - thank you for your advice! One last question-if we received a bad GRE score in one section, do you recommend providing an explanation in the additional upload section of the application?
  9. by   rls2018
    Yale2020PsychNP, thank you so much for your advice and information about the program! I really appreciate it.
    kwub, I went to an info session at Yale over the summer and they suggested that if you have any low grades/low test scores to write about why and upload it in the "additional upload" section of the application. Hope that helps!
    I officially submitted my application, and now comes the waiting game! Trying not to stress out too much and let whatever happens happen. Best of luck to all of you!
  10. by   kwub
    Thank you, rls2018! One last question-did you receive confirmation from Sandy once your GRE scores and/or transcripts were received? That's great you submitted your app! Best of luck to you!
  11. by   rls2018
    I didn't. I sent out my GRE scores when I took the GRE back in April and it showed up as "verified" when the application went live. As for transcripts, I sent them out when I was still working through the application. I remember seeing somewhere that they won't confirm receipt of your transcripts until your app is submitted. When I submitted the app, it directed to a new screen with a checklist. My transcripts were marked off as received there, but I never received an email confirmation from Sandy.

    Thanks for the luck! I'm sure I'll need every bit of it I'm just relieved that it's out of my hands now.
  12. by   kwub
    Thank you!
  13. by   red223
    Hi! New to this, but I am trying to figure out my odds for Yale GEPN. Research assistant in neuropsychiatry for 1 year, oncology clinical trials for 2.5 years, hospice volunteer, appalachian service trip, phlebotomy trained, and 40 shadowing hours. My GPA is 3.4; however, my GRE is 50th percentile for verbal and slightly lower for quantitative. I'm extremely worried about my GRE score.

    Any advice would be great (especially from current students). Thanks!
  14. by   future_NP2020
    Hey!

    I'm a current GEPN. I'd be happy to answer any questions you guys might have as well!

    Let me know! Best of luck to all of you.

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