Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 27

Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to... Read More

  1. by   rgourley09
    Quote from OSU246
    Hello All,
    I am new to this thread and am applying to the ohio state direct entry np program. I am a respiratory therapist at a level 1 trauma center in columbus ohio. I will lay out my stats.
    gpa: 3.46
    gre: good on the math.. ok on the verbal
    good clinical experiance
    last thing to do is the personal statement.. anyone else having trouble with that?

    any others looking into the Ohio state program?
    Hi. I am also a respiratory therapist in Columbus. I applied to start in 2013. Did you end up gettin through your personal statement? I did that first, it took me a while to get it done. What specialty did you apply for?
  2. by   phnursestudent
    Hey everyone,

    Just thought I'd wish you all luck with applications. I was in your shoes last year and remember how agonizing it was. But it was totally worth it and I'm loving my time in school (even when I feel like I am hating it). For what it's worth, I applied to 3 schools (BC, Northeastern, Columbia) and was accepted to the three, and ended up at Columbia. I definitely think I made the right choice for me. Feel free to ask questions if you have any and hopefully I can help.
  3. by   hopefulnurse24
    What ultimately made you decide against BC and Northeastern?
  4. by   hollysf

    Is your specialty Public Health nursing? That is so amazing that you were accepted at all three schools! How is Columbia so far? I also applied there. I have heard the program is very overwhelming!
  5. by   bbcc
    Hi all - I dont' see a current thread for Vanderbilt (just one from last year) but I went to an info session recently and will type up more information when I have a chance - but if anyone has any specific questions I can try to include them. I'm surprised it doesn't seem to be a very popular program here on these boards - is there something big I'm missing that is convincing people to apply to Penn or UCSF and not Vandy?
  6. by   morganw1

    I was on a Vandy thread before. I was confused though because it seemed to be RN's applying to the RN-MSN program. So far what I've gotten from THIS thread about Vandy is that you have to find your own clinical placements ( someone stated that so don't quote me). That turned some people away on here. Either way, I am still applying because I need all the options I can get.
  7. by   kdiem
    Hi bbcc, I applied to Vandy too. I think the UCSF and Penn threads were made early on since the deadlines were earlier. I do get nervous hearing about having to find your own clinicals for Vandy. Their essay + interview questions were quite lengthy too! But I was content with my submission. I think it's awesome that you can add up to 5 letter of recs too for Vandy.
  8. by   kdiem
    Oh and bbcc, if you have any questions on the stats about the interviews offered and students accepted that would be great. I'm still unsure if Vandy requires an interview?
  9. by   kdiem
    phnursestudent, you must've been an awesome applicant since you were accepted into all three programs! I'm applying to over 10 schools and I still feel very nervous about the prospects of being accepted. I would love to go to school in NY but the living costs is probably the most expensive compared to any of the other schools I applied to. I visited NY for the first time in March and fell in love with the bustling city and Central Park I would love to hear more about your experience at Columbia! And do you have any advice for us applicants?
  10. by   phnursestudent
    I was never sold on BC and really only applied because I felt like only applying 2 schools was too risky and I knew that if I wasn't in NY I wanted to stay in Boston. The program just seemed way too short for my liking. And I had heard some not so great things from the staff at the hospital where I was working. I heard bad stuff about Columbia too, I would take all bad comments with a grain of salt. I think every school has issues, a lot of the same ones in fact, but the extent to which these will affect you really varies.

    I was really excited about Northeastern since they are one of few schools with the Pediatric Acute specialty. I liked the idea of working full time as an RN before starting the Master's, I liked being able to stay at the Boston hospitals, there was a lot going for it. But when I went to interview I left feeling underwhelmed. There wasn't any specific thing that was wrong but I just got strange vibes. Maybe it was the rainy weather or the fact that I interviewed during my lunch break , or that I had found out I was accepted to Columbia the day before the interview, but I left far less excited about the program than I expected. The interview questions were standard, the woman interviewing me just didn't stand out. Also, 24 people with only 5 or so in Pediatrics is so small!

    Why I chose Columbia: I am doing the dual program with the public health school so that was a big selling point for me. I think the program is maybe a little too big 170 or so people in my class but I would rather have too big than too small. When I came for visiting day I left excited, even if the campus isn't the most wonderful or bustling campus in the world it felt right. A big plus over the other schools in my mind is that Columbia is part of a medical center with 2 of it's own world-renowned hospitals, in a network of 5 or 6 others. There is also a medical, dental, PT, OT, and public health school all on the same campus. Right now the schools are fairly separate but there are a ton of opportunities available at all of the schools. And the faculty is working hard to create classes that bring together all of the schools which I think is amazing.

    I am doing the Pediatrics specialty and while it is/will be challenging I don't think it is needlessly so and I am excited to take it on. Columbia does not coddle you. They are not mean, in fact I think the staff are wonderful (others may disagree) but to thrive here I do think you need to be a more assertive personality. Take initiative, speak up, advocate for yourself. If you are timid you might not do so well.

    As for the application process, my best advice- and I'm sure this is nothing new to you- is to focus on the personal statement. During orientation they said they read and reread each and every one of our essays and I think that it is true. My fellow students have come from such a diverse background and have done amazing things. The beauty of a second degree program is the wide range of experiences people bring to the table. More than anything else Columbia seems to really take that into account.
  11. by   Alicat1451
    phnurse, I almost applied to Columbia last year as well, I'm glad you're liking it! I'm in Northeastern's program, if anyone has any questions. Good luck!
  12. by   the healer's art
    PHNursestudent, thanks for all the info! Quick question, are you doing pediatrics primary care or pediatrics oncology? Do you know much about the pediatric oncology specialty at Columbia?
  13. by   hopefulnurse24
    Thanks for the input, phnursestudent. I'm applying to programs that have a pediatric acute care specialty (like Northeastern, along with some other programs) so I found the information that you shared very interesting! The size of Northeastern's program seems strange to me too. I was told that everyone in the program really likes the small size, but I'm not sure how I'd feel about it.