Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 29

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   morganw1
    Anyone applying to UNC? I am tackling their essays and it's pretty lengthy.
  2. by   soulshine101
    Quote from morganw1
    Anyone applying to UNC? I am tackling their essays and it's pretty lengthy.
    I applied to UVA CNL and they also make you write essays. I think they were only 750 words which equates to about 2-3 pages. I struggled for weeks trying to collect my thoughts. I ended up making an outline and then making sure it flowed like a story when applied to paper. I think the most important thing is making sure you answers the questions and not give long winded answers that never directly answer the question.

    I feel your pain! Hang in there!! Spend a few days on it. Good Luck!
  3. by   morganw1
    Thanks Soulshine!

    750 words sounds desirable compared to 3 essay questions and max 2 pages each. I doubt I will do two for all three but I could end up with at least 4.5-5 pages and that's the most I will have to write so far.
    Last edit by morganw1 on Nov 28, '12 : Reason: grammar
  4. by   soulshine101
    I should of clarified. It was two essays both at least 750 words. HA! I wish it was just one that would of been a walk in the park However, I feel your pain. I can not imagine writing 3 essays! Yikes. Good luck!
  5. by   steve21021
    I got an interview to Regis College!
  6. by   soulshine101
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    I got an interview to Regis College!
    That's great! Good Luck!!1 Hope it all goes well!
  7. by   hopefulnurse24
    Good luck with your interview!
  8. by   samiam424
    I am new to this forum, but I have been reading all of your posts for the last week and realized that I would benefit from asking a few questions.

    I'll just go one question at a time. My most pressing question is how I stand currently. I've submitted most of my applications so far and I KNOW that it depends on the applicant pool which can vary from year to year, but since I don't know ANYONE else applying to programs like me, it's been hard to determine if I've applied to schools way out of my league or maybe haven't challenged myself enough. Here are my stats - I know you all aren't professionals on this, but you seem to have done enough research that I am confident any and all advice would be helpful!

    GPA: 3.40 (currently finishing my undergrad in Bioethics)
    GRE: 158 in both Verbal and Math
    Full-time summer internship in Endoscopy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    Currently volunteering at hospice inpatient unit
    Spent this past summer and this semester loading on extra classes to finish prerequisites - all As except 1 B+ in HA&PI

    I really appreciate any of your thoughts about this or what you think I can do in the meantime to improve my application in the event that I am not accepted somewhere.

  9. by   hopefulnurse24
    I think the most important question is, where are you applying to? I think that your stats are fine! It's hard to determine though, because some schools are looking for a lot of volunteer work and/or clinical experience whereas some other schools seem to be pretty stats oriented (Boston College comes to mind for some reason, they seem to really place a big emphasis on the GRE and have a higher than normal GRE average). What stands out on your application? Did you have a good story for your personal statement?
  10. by   samiam424
    I think I had a decent story for my personal statements. I am a little bit worried about my clinical experience I suppose, but I have shown efforts to increase this background while I can.
    Very diverse - #1s like Penn and JHU and #50s like GW and Jefferson.
  11. by   hopefulnurse24
    I think that your stats are good. Most of these schools are looking at applications holistically as well, especially Penn! They told us in the online chat that they look at everything overall. I think your internship is pretty cool and will help you stand out as well. What specialty are you interested in? Have you interviewed anywhere yet or heard about interviews?
  12. by   samiam424
    I want to be a Neonatal NP. I have a phone interview on Thursday (just found out late last night!). Thanks for your input hopeful!
  13. by   hopefulnurse24
    samiam, was your phone interview for Penn, and was it for their BSN program or the BSN-MSN program? How did it go? I interviewed there Friday and it went really well! I loved the program.

    Is anyone else beginning to become concerned with the timeline of admission decisions going out? Some schools will let us know in February, but other schools may not let us know til April.. I'm kind of concerned that if I do get into multiple schools (which may be a long shot, but who knows), I may have to turn them down because I can't afford to put down multiple deposits, which also scares me because who knows if I'll get in anywhere else? This is worrying me because I know Duke is alerting us very late this year (it's sounding like it'll be April), but we will hear from JHU, Penn and Marquette around February or so... but the cost of those programs is quite frightening, so saying yes to them and possibly being in the position where I may not be able to go to Duke (if accepted) is a concern because it's so much more inexpensive (especially with their loan repayment option). But I don't want to turn down any offers either because nothing is guaranteed! I know that I should just cross that bridge when it comes, but I'm so worried about the possibility of that happening and I don't know what I'll do! Any thoughts?!