Oregon 2008: How I Earn My Acceptance Letter - page 2

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while it is still relatively fresh in my head, i wanted to pass on some of what i learned from the admissions process and taking my prerequisite classes. i hope other applicants who earned a spot this year will also share some... Read More


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    Quote from JustJane2008
    LinfieldNursingGuy, thank you so much for starting this thread. For all those who posted...thank you for your advice and support. Its definitely helping me get through all the doubt, etc. :spin: Also, the interview, organization, and GPA tips were great. I think I'll need to save these come Fall applications. Eek..

    Guys, just one question which the OHSU website didnt really cover. I know that I can apply to OHSU's Accelerated program + the OCNE at the same time.
    But can I apply to the OCNE program in more than one of OHSUs campuses? For ex, can I apply to OHSUs OCNE @ Portland and @ OIT? It seems the odds are worse in the Portland campus...

    Thanks again everyone
    You need to choose which campus you'd like to apply to. You can designate which campuses you'd like to also be considered for.....but I was told a campus will only look at those names if they don't have enough qualified applicants (and you know the chance of that happening ).

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
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    i will be attending:
    clackamas community college fall 2008 -adn program first (rn in 2 years) then 1 year ocne for bsn.

    my prerequisite gpa is:
    winter '07 - mth 111, wr 122, phl 101
    spring '07 a&p 1 (231), fn 225
    summer '07 a&p 2 (232), speech 111
    fall '07 a&p 3 (233), cultural anth, wr 123, psy 215
    winter '08 psy 101, art history 205, wr 121, bi 112
    spring '08 microbiology 234, stat 243
    (all taken at ccc)

    my thoughts on prerequisite courses:
    i took my cna class through the company i work for and many in the class had applied to schools and couldn't get in. this was before i had started taking prerequisites. they told me how hard it all was. i think it is best to take it one day at a time and not concentrate on the larger picture while you are actually taking prerequisites, it makes it too much to handle. i was working full time when i started a&p 1 and i managed to get a's in everything. a&p 1-3 at clackamas is very good! they give you a packet of notes at the beginning, so i didn't have to take lots of notes. it was very helpful for me because my handwriting is very messy. i then knew what to expect and dug right in. i would copy the entire a&p notes by hand while processing the information. i was surprised by fn 225, it was rather difficult at first. it would be good to know the krebs cycle, or have studied chemistry before taking it. psy 215 was very simple, and math, coming right out of high school, was easy. if you are looking for an easy humanities class don't take art history! it is not easy and requires lots of time for study and a research paper to get an a. i enjoyed all of my prereqs immensely and they go by very quickly. i applied with all of my prereqs done.

    i applied to:
    clackamas community college 2008- accepted -will be attending
    mt. hood - accepted -declined
    ohsu -alternate -declined

    my thoughts on the application process:
    it is important to have as many points as possible to get in, but i wouldn't do something just for points. in becoming a cna, i did it not just for points but for the experience and knowledge that i know will help me become a better nurse. i didn't know then how important being a cna would be to getting into nursing school. during the interview process, i didn't think ahead of time at all of what i was going to say. even for my proctored essay at ohsu i just went and wrote from the top of my head. maybe that is the reason i didn't get in, but nonetheless, in in-person interviews i believe going in fresh with nothing contrived is much more organic and you than anything else. as far as applications, i kept each one in an envelope and had the dates for each school marked on a calendar. during the winter break my sole goal was to complete the applications. i am very grateful for competitive applications as i was attended santa barbara city college for a semester and would have had to wait 3 years!! i decided to take my chances and got in.

    words of encouragement to future applicants:
    as another poster said, i think it is a good idea to span prerequisites over 2 years. it is much less stressful that way and gives you a much better chance of getting in (or to be able to apply to bsn school). save your fear for the nursing classes not the preregs
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    Quote from CuriousMe
    You need to choose which campus you'd like to apply to. You can designate which campuses you'd like to also be considered for.....but I was told a campus will only look at those names if they don't have enough qualified applicants (and you know the chance of that happening ).

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
    Oh, okay. So you have a main campus, and then a ranked choice of the other campuses as alternates? Sounds kinda like voting in San Francisco...ranked choices. Too bad I can't apply to every single campus...although that would be quite expensive.

    Thanks.
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    Quote from JustJane2008
    Oh, okay. So you have a main campus, and then a ranked choice of the other campuses as alternates? Sounds kinda like voting in San Francisco...ranked choices. Too bad I can't apply to every single campus...although that would be quite expensive.

    Thanks.
    Kind of. On the first page of the app, you declare what campus you're applying for. On the very last page, you can rank, in order of preference, where else you would like to be considered for. I think the application makes it pretty clear that it would be an afterthought.

    I think the reason they do it this way is so we don't apply to each campus. The only positive is that it's one application fee.

    Peace,
    CuriousMe
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    I will be attending:
    OHSU-Portland--ABSN, starting June 2010

    My Prerequisite GPA is:
    not sure. I had all A's, and a B+ in Psychology 101 and A&P II.

    My Thoughts on Prerequisite Courses:
    The deadline to OHSU was January 15, so at that time I had still not taken A&P II, A&P III, human development. But then they asked for my winter grades and by then I only needed to finish third term of A&P.

    I applied to:
    OHSU ABSN-accepted
    Johns Hopkins ABSN-accepted
    Duke ABSN-accepted
    Case Western MN-DNP-accepted
    University of Michigan ABSN-accepted
    UNC-Chapel Hill ABSN-rejected
    Georgetown ABSN-declined interview

    My Thoughts on the Application Process:
    I was annoyed that every school has different pre-reqs and only slightly different essays. Applying, getting recommendations, and collecting transcripts was a headache. But... you gotta do it! Like everyone said, be organized.

    I got my friend who is an English teacher to read my essays. She gave me awesome feedback. I also went to the university writing center. I would write the essay quick & sloppy and work on it 30 minutes each day for at least a week. I think that really helped me concisely say what I wanted to. DON'T break the word limit!

    I also sent my stuff all in one envelope (except for online apps) and ALL at the same time. I felt like that showed them that I "have it together."

    I did not travel to interviews in Baltimore or North Carolina and still got in...

    I also wanted to say that I want to get my MSN or DNP and also become a nurse educator. I also want to do research. That is why I think that OHSU might have felt I was a good "fit" for their program because they are a research hospital and provide advanced training. So I recommend you really get to know the school and see which is the best fit for you.

    I don't recommend just blindly applying to all the schools in Portland. Take a tour and meet admissions officers and professors at each place. Talk to students who went there. Find out which program fits your goals!!

    Words of Encouragement to Future Applicants:

    I suggest to apply to some schools out of state. You can win scholarships or get an out-of-state tuition waiver. I really can't fathom waiting multiple years to get into nursing school. So good luck everyone! Do something that makes you stand out from others.


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