Vanderbilt MSN 2018 - page 2

Hi! I'm starting a thread for Vanderbilt MSN Fall 2018. Anyone else applying too please comment!... Read More

  1. by   mma22664
    That's the question I have right now, writing my responses. Most of the questions they're asking in short responses, I've included in my personal statement for other schools. Does the personal statement just want to know why we are choosing Vanderbilt?
  2. by   lucy1244
    Quote from mma22664
    That's the question I have right now, writing my responses. Most of the questions they're asking in short responses, I've included in my personal statement for other schools. Does the personal statement just want to know why we are choosing Vanderbilt?
    And I think they want you to talk about why your specific specialty too
  3. by   cnmeg
    Hey everyone, just submitted my application for CNM prespecialty recently. Can't wait to hear back!!
  4. by   futurenursecb
    Hi everyone! I am considering applying for the PreSpecialty MSN program at Vanderbilt. However, I noticed on the Vanderbilt website that the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care specialty is not available for those who undergo the PreSpecialty track, which is ultimately what I would like to pursue. Is anyone aware of any way around this? Such as completing the PreSpecialty year, then taking a year to gain experience as an RN, and returning to the program? I am assuming that is not an option considering I could not find anything about it online, but I was wondering if any of you had any insight? I figured I might as well ask

    Thanks, y'all!
  5. by   KMD51
    I recently came across this program as well.
    From what I've read, we don't need to have the pre-req courses completed in order to apply, we just have to have them done before beginning the program if we get accepted, correct? I want to apply PNP-Primary. Also, is anyone going to the Open House on Saturday?
  6. by   gaj418
    Hello all-
    I am currently a specialty PMHNP student at VUSN (entered the program with a BSN). Please feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck with your applications!
    Last edit by gaj418 on Oct 11 : Reason: additon
  7. by   KMD51
    I've been reading that the essays/statement of purpose can make or break your application. What approach did you take with the essays?

    Also, who wrote your letters of recommendation?

    Finally, it is alright if you don't have all the pre reqs completed as long as they will be completed before starting the program? (Pre specialty)
  8. by   gaj418
    1. I spent a considerable amount of time writing/tweaking my essays to make sure that they reflected my personality, my reasons for wanting to become an NP, and my goals once I become an NP. In other words, your responses need to go beyond just "I want to become an NP to help people." Your responses, ESPECIALLY your statement of purpose, should also demonstrate that you understand what your scope of practice will be as an NP will be and that you will be apart of a multidisciplinary team.

    2. A professor from my BSN program, an NP that I shadowed, and a work supervisor.

    3. Yes, it is okay to apply without having all the prereqs completed as long as you provide them with the plan you have for completing them before the program starts. I am not a pre-specialty student, but I assume you would do this during your interview. Or maybe there is a section in the application where you can write it in?

    Hope this helps. Any other questions, just leave them here.
  9. by   KMD51
    Thank you, gaj418!

    Does anyone know if the letters of rec need to be 1 page or 2? Single or double spaced?
  10. by   HopefullyNP
    Does anyone know the average GRE scores of previously accepted cohorts? I'm really stressed about it! I know the minimum they are looking for, just curious about a rough estimate/average of scores from previous students. Also, does anyone know what is considered a competitive score for FNP programs? I haven't found a ton of info about it, but I'm curious what competitive scores look like.
    Lastly, does anyone know how to answer the "what do you understand about your specialty scope of practice" short answer essay? I don't know how to answer it without sounding like a google search result... Thanks!
  11. by   cnmeg
    73rd percentile reading, 51 quant, and 60 writing are common GRE scores.
  12. by   BRILLL
    when i called the admissions office they told me that last year the average GRE score for quant and verbal was around 160 for both
  13. by   KMD51
    Quote from BRILLL
    when i called the admissions office they told me that last year the average GRE score for quant and verbal was around 160 for both
    Are you in the program currently?

    @ HopefullyNP, if you're worried, I would own your scores and perfect the other parts of the application. In terms of what your scope of practice would be, perhaps tailor it to what that would mean for your specific goals.

close