Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 6

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   hopefulnurse24
    Hi everyone! I'm retaking the GRE tomorrow. Thanks, kdiem! I'm so relieved to have one done and out of the way. After the GRE, I'm planning on getting JHU and Duke's apps completed. Morganw1, I don't have much research experience at all. Never took research methods, never did any studies, nothing of the sort. I think its definitely a plus if you have some, but not a huge deal if not.
  2. by   morganw1
    Thanks Hopeful!

    Good luck on Duke and JHU, you're getting it done early which is really good. Good luck on the GRE tomorrow! mine isn't until October. I'm looking in to the flashcards but i'm not sure if they are worth making a difference in scores. Right now I have the kaplan book and cd. any recommendations?
  3. by   kdiem
    Hey Morgan,
    I think flashcards are definitely helpful and even better if you get started now. There's no other way to learn those random vocab words! My lowest score was the verbal section. I am not very happy with that score but I decided to focus my efforts on the other parts of the applications. I first took the GRE last summer (the old one) and retook it in June with a similar score. Since I'm working full time now I'm afraid if I took it again, my score may not drastically improve. I wouldn't want the schools to see that I took it twice in a summer and didn't do any better. I'm crossing my fingers they won't throw my app out just because of the GREs.

    As for research, I hear its a big plus since a lot of nursing schools like to know that their students are competent to conduct research and have experience. But if the other parts of your application are great then I don't think you should worry too much. I did a semester work of molecular research in a plant lab (not too interesting) and a summer internship with UCSF where I worked on a project with borderline ovarian cancer. I'm hoping to write about that for Yale's PS (which I need to get started soon!).

    Good luck with your GRE Hopeful!
  4. by   morganw1
    I'm definitely getting started with the flashcards this week, been hearing some positive reviews on them. thanks Kdiem. At least you have a good amount of research. I'm thinking a semesters worth doesn't do harm but doesn't necessarily improve my app that much. I have a few things going for me and some against me. I'm hoping the GRE will turn out well and I can use that as a positive during the process. We will see how it goes.

  5. by   morganw1
    I've decided to apply to Penn instead of Duke for this cycle. I still have six schools, five in the fall and one in the spring. I decided to submit the NYU application in the spring. The deadline for fall is really early and you find out if your accepted early as well. I don't want to be put in a predicament if I do end up getting in and haven't submitted any of my other applications. What I liked most about Penn was the fact of how many entry routes they have available. entry level BSN/MSN and entry level BSN, I also read on another thread that if you're not accepted to the BSN/MSN they will consider your application for the BSN part. Which is pretty neat. They also have a holistic approach to the applications which is also another thing I liked. I wasn't too sure on Duke, it's a great school and program but I would like to have as many chances to get a Master's in the least amount of time without having to reapply to the same school. If that makes sense. Penn and Columbia have the same deadline which works too.

    Does anyone know how the GRE scores they go directly to the school the same day you've taken the test?
  6. by   hopefulnurse24
    Hi guys. The GRE didn't go so well, I don't know if I will be applying to Penn now. I am unsure what to do, and don't want to waste the money if I won't be considered for not meeting their recommended scores (150 in math and 153 in verbal). I like the idea of Penn, but I just don't know if it'll be a good idea to apply. Not counting Penn, I am applying to 5 schools for the fall, and one is a regular ABSN program with no option to continue on to the masters right away (an instate option). I will apply to one school for the spring if I don't get in anywhere - University of Alabama Birmingham.
  7. by   morganw1
    where does it say on their website that you have to have between a 150-153? Or is that what you've heard is a competitive score? I think you should go for it. I do agree with you on it is expensive to apply and then not get in but I think Penn is holistic enough. I doubt they will not consider you because of GRE scores. I think of Penn as a "reach" school but this is only in my mind based on my application materials. Grades wise since I did get a C in Inorganic Chem it's a stretch for me. But everything else I hope they look at and take consideration. you should look at it that way with GRE scores, If you've made the good grades for prerequisites I don't see why you shouldn't apply. You don't want to wonder later "maybe I should have applied?". Plus, they have your specialty with a good rep. I say take the chance.
  8. by   hopefulnurse24
    You think I should? I had spoken to someone at the school about it and they told me that was the recommended score. I have the score for verbal, but not for math. Maybe I should call them and see if they think it's worth me applying. I know some schools may not even look at you if you don't have a good GRE score, but I don't know if Penn is like that....

    How's the application process going for everyone else?
  9. by   morganw1
    Yeah you should that's what I'm doing with Penn and I was going to do that with Duke. But I didn't think Duke was worth chancing the money since I would rather apply to a BSN-MSN and hope for the best. I'm still working on personal statements and studying for the GRE in about 6 weeks or so. Most of my recommenders have sent in their letters so that's coming along as well. I honestly think schools look at everything in your file regardless unless they say specifically on their website that they do not. When I was looking in to CA schools websites would say " If you do not have a GPA of 3.0 we cannot look at your application at this time" but none I had looked at ever said that about GRE scores including the ones not in CA. Mostly I think because of high volume of applicants and low budgets leading to small cohorts accepted. Penn is well funded and I would be surprised if they did not accept a good percentage of their applicants.
  10. by   kdiem
    Hey Hopeful and Morgan,

    My GREs doesn't fully meet recommended scores either. I fell short on the verbal but did alright on the math and writing. I'm still going to give it a try because I've heard that Penn does look at your application from a holistic point of view. Plus their program is so great, I would like to know that I gave it a try.

    Question: What is the address you used to submit your transcript to for Marquette Hopeful? I look online and even asked Karen Nest the coordinator for the nursing school but she said I should use the address on the application site. Maybe I'm missing something, but I couldn't find it. And it would be a waste of money if I sent my transcripts to the wrong address.

    I'm close to sending my UCSF app by the end of this week and currently waiting for a few letter of recs before submitting Penn's, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Boston College. I'm still working on Yale's PS. I'm finding it a bit comprehensive and taking longer than I'd like. Has anyone heard about Yale's program? Then comes the fall schools that I'm hoping to have their application open up soon (Vanderbilt, Emory, and OHSU). I'm basically just waiting on letter of rec writers now :|
  11. by   morganw1
    Hey Kdiem.

    I didn't realize how many programs you are applying to. I got my yale PS reviewed a couple weeks back and it is hard. Every time I go to work on it I end up changing everything. I'm not too excited about the questions and how precise it all has to be but luckily we have about two month's before their deadline. I've read about the program on threads and it's pretty mixed. Most people enjoyed the faculty and some thought they were disorganized. For me Yale would be a nice school on paper to go to but other than that I'm really just going with a gut instinct. It's another holistic school to apply to with my specialty and I feel like you can't go wrong with an Ivy league. They have got to have good faculty and all the tools you need to be successful. Good luck with UCSF! I know there's is soon. Any stats for Marquette? average people accepted?
  12. by   hopefulnurse24
    Hey guys! I am going to call tomorrow, and see what they think about not meeting the recommended GRE score before paying to submit the application. It's a lot of money that I could save, and I have a ton of other expenses this semester!

    kdiem, I didn't submit my transcripts yet. That is something I have yet to do. I would think that the address provided on the application site would be the right one. I am working on doing that right now, actually!

    I also have heard that Yale was a bit unorganized and the program was in a weird area of town, but I am sure that it is still an excellent program - it is Yale, after all! I have finished the JHU essays and now all I have to do is mail everything in. I am working on the Duke essays, also. I hope to have everything done within the next week! I'm going with my gut instinct also. I have good feelings about a few schools that I am interested in, so hopefully everything works out.

    I don't think there are average stats for Marquette available on the internet, but they accept a pretty large number of students from what I remember hearing - around 50, I think. Maybe even more.
  13. by   hopefulnurse24
    Question - I can still submit the application even if the LORs aren't complete, right?