Hey there - I was in the chat also. They said that the GRE is important but not as important as other factors like your grades, health care experience, etc. I think I'd go ahead and give it a go if you're interested. It does seem truly holistic, and I left the chat feeling really good about things.
A few other things that may be of interest to you - with regards to course retakes, they don't calculate a science GPA but they look at everything really holistically... the entire application is important. Also, for anyone interested in critical care, some of the critical care tracks require you to take time off and work, which I wasn't aware of. You can work while in the master's portion as an RN full time, and can attend school part time, but for critical care they ALSO want you to take a year off before beginning the MSN coursework (at least for peds, I'm guessing it's the same for neonatal and adult critical care, too). You can work part time while in the BSN portion of the program by doing research with the school, which is cool. The cost for the BSN is 95k, which is insanely expensive, especially without a loan repayment option like Duke or JHU's hospitals offer. The admissions officer also said that people have to be diligent and persistent in order to secure jobs in the Philadelphia area, but it is certainly possible (I took that as - it happens, but it can be hard to get a job in the area after graduating with the BSN degree). And there ARE fee waivers available for the application, if you qualify. There's also many study abroad opportunities available to students. And switching specialties is not difficult, as long as you have solid career goals. And we have the opportunity to add a minor to our MSN degree, too. You don't pick the minor and add it officially until you are in the MSN portion of the program, but you can note your interest in a minor in your essay if you so choose.
If they feel you are not competitive for BSN-MSN, you may still be considered for just the BSN program and you would have the opportunity to enter their MSN program still (it just wouldn't be guaranteed entry). She said they had 500 applicants last year, admitted around 120 (I think?) and ended up having a class of 83. She said this year they hope to have a class of 75-80 students. This includes BSN-MSN, BSN-PhD and regular BSN students.
If I think of anything else, I'll come back and add it to this thread