Samuel Merritt ELMSN/FNP Fall 2013 Sacramento - page 3

Hi Everyone, I haven't seen this thread yet and as the application date (July 1) looms closer I thought I would start one. I am interested to know who is applying, what your undergraduate degree of... Read More

  1. by   ALXiong
    Hi guys, I just called the SMU at Sac Campus. The lady told me that they were still processing applications. However, she checked for me that they had received my application. She said she would contact people as soon as they have input all those information into the system. She was so nice and got back to me so quickly. Just kept waiting if you still haven't heard anything yet.
  2. by   JeninCA
    Thanks for the updated, ALXiong. That puts me a little more at ease.
  3. by   dardymomma
    What other programs have you applied? The only one I have found that matches this is Samuel Merritt Oakland and Azusa Pacific in So Cal? As I have three kids and live near the sac campus I don't any other options. At this point I'm praying that this is where I'm supposed to go, we'll see I guess! Patience definitely not one of my strong suits.

    What types of letters of recommendation did everyone get?

  4. by   JeninCA
    Haha, Darcy I am with you. Patience? What is that?
    I have two young children and live in Sacramento, so Samuel Merritt is my only option for this type of program. The two references I used were a nurse I worked with and the clinic manager of where I volunteer. Good luck to all.
  5. by   Sisyer2
    Dardymomma,I applied to Sam Merritt Oakland campus, UCSF, and Western University in Pomona. I know Cal State Long Beach is opening their program this year, and so is Cal State LA. I am sure it will work out for you at Sam Merritt Sac! You just have to keep trying...
    I've def lost faith a few times! I got some reference letters from professors and my employer.
  6. by   jly0162
    HAHAHA KC613 and JeninCA I'm definitely with you both on that one. This just makes me anxious.

    But like ALXiong, I did call in today and spoke with the Admissions Counselor. She said for us to expect several emails from her between now and when the process is complete. Some of the applications have just newly arrived to her and she is still in the process of emailing everyone to let us know that she has our application. Phone calls regarding interviews will be going out August - Sept and the Interviews themselves will be taking place in September.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!
  7. by   KC613
    yay! got my email today. here is the timeline from that email:

    [color=#333333]jul - aug: admission application review
    [color=#333333]aug - sep: faculty application review and elmsn interviews
    [color=#333333]mid-sep - early oct: applicants notified regarding admission status

    so, there is plenty of time to hear about them receiving your application.

    good luck everyone!!
  8. by   lenaelle
    Thanks everyone for contributing to this thread and slightly putting my anxiety at ease.

    This is my first time applying to nursing schools. I honestly ONLY want to go to SMU at any location because of the reputation they have for great education. I have many friends who graduated and are currently attending the program and I've heard nothing but great things.

    I received my two LORs from a professor and a Physician Assistant that I volunteered for. Do you think getting an LOR from a PA and not a Physician or Nurse would hurt my chances?
  9. by   KC613
    Lenaelle- which program did you apply to? I think a letter from a PA is great. PA's and NP's are both mid level practitioners who work in nearly the same capacity in most California healthcare settings. I do not see any reason that a LOR from a PA would be looked at differently than a NP or Nurse.
  10. by   jly0162
    hey [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]lenaelle,

    i'd agree with kc613. as long as the lors can demonstrate your abilities as a prospective student and fnp, you shouldn't have to worry too much.
  11. by   lenaelle
    Thanks for the replies

    I applied to the ELMSN-CM program, as well as the ABSN. Crossing fingers!
  12. by   dardymomma
    Question: has anybody researched financial aid, loans and/or loan forgiveness programs?
  13. by   KC613
    There are a lot of options for loan forgiveness and pay-off when you are hired after school. I work for the VA and as a federal employee you can have your loans forgiven after 10 years of federal employment. They also have incentives for hiring, etc.