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- by phieud Sep 25, '12Hi, I'm trying to get into a direct entry MSN program and I was a little worried about my chances about getting in. Here are my statistics and please give me any advice on how to improve it. I want to know how competitive I am so that I can decide on how many schools to apply to.
undergraduate gpa: 3.13 as a human biology major at University of California San Diego
community service: 200 hours volunteering at a hospital, president of a volunteer organization at UCSD for 1 year
work experience: EMT for 1 year
GRE: not taken yet
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- Sep 26, '12 by rainkissedleavesWhat is your pre-req GPA?
- Sep 26, '12 by hopefulnurse24What schools are you applying to? That's very important, also...
- Sep 26, '12 by phieudmy pre-req gpa is a 3.4
I'm applying to:
1) case western reserve university
2) western university
3) university of hawaii manoa
4) thomas jefferson university
5) boston college
6) ohio state university
7) university of illinois chicago
8) university of massachusetts medical school
9) seattle university
10) vanderbilt university
If you guys think my statistics is good enough, then i would like to apply to less schools to save money. Also, I don't know if this helps, but I'm a 23 y.o. male. I heard male nurses get preference? I just recently switched from pre-PA to pre-nursing after I did some shadowing, so I don't know very much about the admission process for nursing programs.
- Sep 26, '12 by hopefulnurse24What specialty are you interested in? Columbia, NYU, and Emory all have programs, also. It's hard to say what your exact chances are, but there are going to be people with overall GPAs of 3.5 and above, with 4.0 prereq GPAs, so it's important to keep that in mind...
If you're looking for a direct comparison of stats... my overall GPA is around 3.7, and my prereq GPA is about the same (I retook the class, so it honestly depends how the school factors that into GPA calculation... A few schools I'm applying to have told me that they only take the higher grade into consideration). I have a lot volunteer experience and leadership positions. I too, was pre-PA, until I fell in love with pediatric critical care. I am applying to 7 schools (Marquette, Duke ABSN, Northeastern, Johns Hopkins, NYU, UPenn, and a public school ABSN program at USF).
I was applying to many other programs, until I sat down and thought about places where I would really want to go to school, and also, where my exact specialty is offered. The issue is that majority of these direct entry MSN programs require you to pick your specialty during the admissions process, and not every specialty is offered at every school. This also requires you to be pretty certain of the field you want to work in when you are done with school.Last edit by hopefulnurse24 on Sep 26, '12
- Sep 27, '12 by rainkissedleavesIt is very important to know the average pre-req, overall gpa and gre scores of the schools you are applying to. This helps you distinguish between the schools that are way above your reach (for instance, for me its Yale) and for schools that you have a shot at. There are certain schools however that do look at your last 60 sem units/90 quarter units instead of overall gpa.
Essays and quality recommendations are equally important!
But the most important thing is to be positive. Your gpa is just a number that unfortunately does count towards your application. But there is no value to the passion and drive that you have towards the health field. So don't let your statistics worry you.
If I were you, I would focus on:
1) Studying long and hard for the GRE. Make that your focus!
2) Obviously, make sure to get stellar recommendations
3) ESSAY! Make it you! Make it outstanding! Revise!
4) If you can- intern a nurse practitioner and gain more knowledge towards the area of specialty that you're applying for!
Good luck! If you would like to know my stats- PM me!
- Sep 27, '12 by phieudIs there a list of the schools and their average gpa's? I can only find it on a few schools.
- Sep 27, '12 by hopefulnurse24The best way to find out is to contact each individual school by phone. That's the best way to get ahold of all of the schools.
- Sep 30, '12 by rainkissedleavesYeah, most schools won't list their last cohort's average GPA. I agree with hopefulnurse24; you should contact an admissions director/ adviser to get the most accurate answer Sometimes schools offer virtual discussions or an on campus event about the logistics of the direct entry program. You can get a ton of useful information from there as well!