I'm planning to apply for the 2013 cycle of MEPN at UCSF (application date would be September 1 of this year). I'll be applying for psych/mental health, and it will be my first time applying to this program. I was wondering if anyone else is out there who is applying for the 2013 cycle. I'm hoping we could share encouragement and tips!
Also, there's a thread for 2012 applicants- definitely check that out too.
I'm a member of the entering class of 2012 as well. I got in after my first try. I guess one thing that I think is really important is to make sure you have a coherent narrative. All the volunteer work in the world isn't going to help you if you can't explain why you want to be a nurse, why you have chosen your specialty, how this all relates to your career goals (be explicit about what your career goals are and how nursing will get you there!), why you have chosen UCSF, how your background relates to these goals, etc, etc. Make sure you can speak intelligently about nursing as a field, changes in healthcare, etc, etc. I asked my interviewers for their opinions on the DNP, healthcare reform and how they think it will affect nursing, etc. Just show them that you want this for a good reason and have thought it through. They want you to know what you're talking about. When you say "I want to work with underserved populations" you really need to be able to back that up with anecdotes/experiences with these populations, because they will ask about that (they did during my interview, at least).
Also, yes, keep your personal statement brief and cogent. I literally started mine with "My goal is to provide comprehensive psychiatric care to individuals, families, and communities... blahblahblah". Be very direct. Good luck!
Oh and my stats were as follows: 3.8 undergrad GPA, 4.0 prereqs, 1370 GRE... a lot of academic/research and clinical experience in the psych field, a bit of volunteering in a hospital.
Last edit by myelin on May 8, '12