Any Fall 2007 UCLA MECN Applicants out there?

  1. So many of the threads regarding direct-entry programs featured mainly east coast schools, there have to be a few folks out there like me who've applied to the UCLA MECN program for the Fall 2007 term. Just wanted to say hello and let's have fun waiting four months for our notifications!

    Also, If you're out there, did any of you take the GRE although it wasn't required?

    Cheers!
    Suzanne
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  3. by   Asherah
    Post-Christmas bump... I know there has to be at least one or two others out there!
  4. by   Elle83
    Hey!!! I am a UCLA MECN applicant... Do you know any details about the application process? Do they conduct interviews??
  5. by   Asherah
    Quote from Elle83
    Hey!!! I am a UCLA MECN applicant... Do you know any details about the application process? Do they conduct interviews??
    Elle,

    No, there are no formal interviews, I remember someone inquiring about this during an orientation session I attended last January. I'm sure the admissions committee reserves the right to phone you if they need clarification about any portion of your application package. When I dropped my app off in December they indicated optimistically that notifications would begin mid-March.

    Of all of the programs you've applied to, which is your first choice? I'm not a terribly patient person when it comes to waiting on these things long-term, but we've gotta do what we've gotta do! Good luck!
  6. by   Elle83
    Good to know. Thanks! I have also applied to UCSF, Columbia, Yale and Northeastern. Have an interview out at Yale in a couple of weeks. I didn't realize they notify us so late.... I believe Yale and Columbia require you to make a decision by early march which obviously won't allow me to wait to see if I get into UCLA. The only reason I would choose UCLA's program is the cost... I am CA resident so it would be a lot more affordable. I want to be an NP so the UCLA program isn't a direct fit with that but it could be done. What are your ultimate career goals in getting the CNS Masters?
  7. by   Asherah
    Ah, I was under the impression that mid-March was considerably earlier than many grad programs (..as my friend is waiting until June to hear from her graduate program back east). I hadn't heard about the Columbia and Yale programs until it was too late to submit apps, so I promised myself I would include them if I had to do it all over a second time for Fall 08'. The $$$ is a significant consideration though, as attending UCLA I could live relatively rent free and pay resident tuition.

    Ultimately, I think the most attractive path for me right now would be to create a foundation to gain as much critical care experience and then perhaps consider the path to become a CRNA.

    Sidenote: I have made a contact/acquaintance who is in the UCLA MECN program right now and she told me they admitted 60 students last term. I've also emailed the asst. dean of student affairs and inquired about the # of applications they have received for the next term. I'm hoping she can provide some information about how what the competition is like. Its difficult when a program is so new that there aren't many stats about the size of the applicant pool or average GPA of those admitted. It makes it all a bit of a guessing game, really.
  8. by   Kensington
    Quote from Elle83
    Good to know. Thanks! I have also applied to UCSF, Columbia, Yale and Northeastern. Have an interview out at Yale in a couple of weeks. I didn't realize they notify us so late.... I believe Yale and Columbia require you to make a decision by early march which obviously won't allow me to wait to see if I get into UCLA. The only reason I would choose UCLA's program is the cost... I am CA resident so it would be a lot more affordable. I want to be an NP so the UCLA program isn't a direct fit with that but it could be done. What are your ultimate career goals in getting the CNS Masters?
    Hi, Elle! I want to be an NP as well, so wasn't even looking at UCLA's program, but then I saw your post, so I was wondering what your plan is? I'm curious!

    Best,
    K
  9. by   Elle83
    Quote from Kensington
    Hi, Elle! I want to be an NP as well, so wasn't even looking at UCLA's program, but then I saw your post, so I was wondering what your plan is? I'm curious!

    Best,
    K
    Well, I would get my MSN at UCLA and then work for a year or two as a staff nurse. Then go back to get my post-masters NP certificate... Kinda a round-about way to do it but it works.
  10. by   Asherah
    Bumping this thread...as there seem to have been a few other applicants that have recently made appearances on different threads! How many of us are really out there, eh?
  11. by   Asherah
    Quick update...I was dying to know how many apps were submitted for the Fall 2007 MECN program, and emailed Shelli Shepherd. Turns out there were 299 applicants for the 60 spots! Somehow this information doesn't make me feel any better about the wait. :stone
  12. by   lizcakes
    Eek... only 60 spots! Let's all keep our fingers crossed. Thanx for the update!
  13. by   flyingfish2u
    I applied to UCLA and Mount St. Mary's College Accelerated BSN program. I have an interview with Mount St. Mary's College next week. Has anybody else applied to Mount St. Mary's College? Does anybody know what is the advantage (if any) of MECN program over BSN?

    I'm leaning towards the Mount St. Mary's College specially if I get the Kaiser scholarship which pays for the $40,000 tuition if you work for Kaiser for 2 years. Any thoughts?
  14. by   Asherah
    I don't know much about MSM's BSN program, other than the cost is quite high for a BSN only (I think 37K?) I didn't apply to any BSN programs because my thinking was such that I've completed a non-nursing bachelor's already and if I can take a 2-yr masters program that will prep me for licensure, why not?

    In terms of why UCLA...? I did my undergrad there, so I already love and am familiar with the school, the cost/resident tuition is a bargain compared to Columbia/Yale/JHU/BC, etc. (27K approximate total tuition) and I feel that the Los Angeles area facilities that UCLA partners with for the clinical portion of the program are superb.

    I can only speak for myself regarding why I chose to apply there, but I'm sure some others will come along and give you their take on it as well.
    Last edit by Asherah on Feb 9, '07 : Reason: more info...

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