Hi, 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
Sep 26, '12
What 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