Vanderbilt Pre-specialty Fall 2011 - page 3

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Hi all! I just wanted to get a thread started for those who plan on applying to Vanderbilt's prespecialty (for non-nurses) MSN program. I only recently discovered this program about 2 months ago and am absolutely enamored... Read More


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    I am not a nurse, I'm doing the direct entry program so I'll do the accelerated part first to and become an RN then go directly into the WHNP specialty.. I hope!
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    Does anyone know as a pre-specialty entrant, if you decide to change your masters specialty once you get to that portion, can you or are you stuck with what you initially chose upon entering the program? Or, does anyone know if the first specialty you chose in your application did not admit you, to give them a second choice (ie if you want FNP but did not get into the FNP, can you follow up with a second choice in your masters: ie ANP or WHNP? Just examples
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    I'm not totally sure, but I read somewhere that if you change your mind during the application process you do have to resubmit the interview questions addressed to the new specialty.
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    I asked the admissions person that question, and she said that once you are in the program you can request to change specialties but admission depends upon whether or not there is space available in the new specialty. If you don't get into the program you are applying for, you can apply to a different one (you need a new goal statement and new interview essay), but I assume that it would be fairly late in the process at that point since you wouldn't know you didn't get in until March or so. I wish they let us put a second choice on our application; seems like that would make more sense.
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    For those of you who have applied, what other programs did you apply to? Vanderbilt is my first choice, but I would like to explore some other options for pre-specialty entry. Any suggestions?
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    Quote from rtaylr5
    For those of you who have applied, what other programs did you apply to? Vanderbilt is my first choice, but I would like to explore some other options for pre-specialty entry. Any suggestions?
    I also applied to Yale and UCLA (but those apps were due on November 1), Ohio State, which is due Dec. 15 so you still have time, Mass Gen Hospital, due Jan 10, Northeastern, due early January, Case Western, which has rolling admissions through May, and I plan on applying to UI Chicago when the app opens in January.
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    I know Marquette University (which is in my hometown of Milwaukee), does a direct entry MSN for people with non-nursing degrees. Marquette is an excellent school, so you could check that out as well.
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    Thank you both for the suggestions! =)
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    I applied for the midwifery specialty, anyone else?
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    Hey guys!! I am a 1st yr prespecialty student at Vandy. If you don't get accepted for your 1st choice, you have to wait for the next yr to re-apply from my understanding. You are however, able to switch specialties through a lottery type situation in April or May of your prespecialty yr. It is based on availability and you have to develop a new essay, etc. Hope that helps, please let me know if you all have additional questions......good luck!!!!


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