Hi there! I am currently in the process of applying/hearing back from some of these programs, and I would love to share some wisdom (accepted to Johns Hopkins and Marquette, waitlisted at Penn, waiting to hear back from Duke after my interview a few weeks ago, and also waiting to hear back from NYU). I've learned so much throughout this crazy process and I know that there's not a lot of information out there about these kinds of programs, so I would love to help out in any way that I can.
- When making your list of schools
to apply to, pick only schools that have your specialty and that you'd actually want to go to! If you only got into 1 school, you'd want it to be a school you'd actually want to go to so choose wisely.
- Make sure the program offers a BSN. This is VERY important when trying to find a job to work as an RN, even if the school tells you otherwise (I've spoken to a lot of students at some of these programs who tell me it is important and that they have had difficulty finding jobs because they didn't have a BSN)
- Visting the school is really important to get an idea of not only how well you'll fit in the program, but also, the surrounding town... it's a lot different than being an undergrad because you'll be living off campus most likely, so this is very important
- Look into cost of living and apartment/rental situation in each town. Even if you aren't planning on it now, you will have to work as an RN for 1-3 years (especially if your specialty is acute/critical care of any sorts) so make sure you like the school, the town, the hospitals, apartments in the area, etc. Working as an RN is very important!
I'm sure I'll think of more, but here is my advice for now. I look forward to seeing where you will end up!