Western Health Sciences - Direct Entry MSN - Fall 2013 - page 2

I didn't see a thread, so I started one. I am planning on applying this fall for the Direct Entry MSN program. Anyone else?... Read More

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    I think the biggest question is what is your GPA for your last 60 college units? Western puts an emphasis on this, and really likes to see a strong upward trajectory for grades.

    Western is a VERY competitive program, and they admit less than 10% of applicants. With that in mind, I honestly don't think that 3.2 and no healthcare volunteer work is sufficient unless your last 60 units are stellar. I don't want to be discouraging, but I want to give you realistic information.

    Here's my background in a nutshell. My overall GPA is a pitiful 2.8, most of that from college 15+ years ago. I graduated with a BS in Public Health with honors in 2011, and my last 60 units are a 3.9. Western doesn't look at strictly prereq GPA (mine is 3.75 though), mostly last 60 units. I have over 1000 hospital volunteer hours, but all of that is from 15+ years ago. I've been employed full time as an executive assistant/paralegal for more than 10 years, and have been working on this career change while working full time. I'm also an Army veteran.

    In my personal statement I really emphasized why my GPA sucked so much early on (single, 19 year old parent, etc.), why I want to be a nurse practitioner, and how I've proven my time management skills and academic skills have improved over the last 15+ years. I also discussed why I was interested in Western's program specifically, and why I would be a successful student there.

    I hope that helps some. Please feel free to ask me anything, I'm totally an open book!

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    Blueeyes- what is an alternate for 2012 cohort?
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    There's 3 possible outcomes when applying to...well...any nursing program. You either get accepted, denied or an alternate (also sometimes referred to as wait listed). An alternate will be picked off the list if an accepted student chooses to decline their spot. The University knows that their applicants are usually applying to more than one school during the application cycle, so this way they are ensuring they have a full cohort when classes start. Some schools will put their alternates on a numbered list so you have an idea of where you stand. Western claims they reevaluate each alternate as a spot opens up so we weren't assigned numbers. We've been waiting and wondering for a LONG time! Usually you have a pretty good chance of getting in as an alternate, but this year I know of maybe 3? which is very low. Once classes start (Aug. 20) and those that weren't accepted from the waitlist, must reapply for the next cohort. Needless to say, it's been a long year!
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    okay got it! Thanks Blue
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    Hi Maseca! Glad to see I'm not the only one lurking around to see if any questions need some answering!

    I'm also in this year's cohort with Maseca. The allnurses thread for Fall 2012 was SO helpful that I was hoping someone would start a fall 2013 one so that I can pay it forward. I really didn't know that much about WesternU until I started looking into nursing programs. The only one I had heard of was SMU in northern Cali from a good friend. I went to both an information session (usually hosted in the evening on a weekday) and Preview Day (hosted on a Saturday and they provide breakfast and some great information about the University itself, not just the college you are looking into). I found both extremely informative and very welcoming.

    Like Maseca, I didn't have the best grades my first two years in undergrad due to some family issues. However, I worked very hard on all my prereqs and had multiple friends rip apart my personal statement. Ultimately, I think it boils down to the personal statement and the interview. Reason why I say this is because not all students in this cohort are straight A, cum laude students. We all come from a variety of educational backgrounds (arts, sciences, humanities, etc.) and some even already have a masters degree in another discipline. I also touched on why I wanted to go to WesternU specifically as well as my personal motivations for wanting to pursue a career in the health professions.

    So far, orientation week has been wonderful and definitely cemented the fact that I made the right choice for me in choosing this school. They are very student-centered and definitely go out of their way to ensure every student's success in the program. In addition, I think they were very selective in who they chose to make sure that the cohort would function well as a group/team. So far, I have not gotten any vibes of competitiveness which you may find in some schools between students but rather waves of support.
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    Couldn't agree more with MochiKat's assessment of why orientation week has done nothing but solidify my enthusiasm for Western. I can't wait for classes to start! See you Monday MochiKat!!!!
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    Just submitted my application for Western U.

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    How's everyone's apps coming along?! Anyone else out there applying to Western? We had such a huge following last year...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will this year as well!
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    hELLo gUYS.. Western sent me an email last Friday informing me that my application was sent to the committee for evaluation. I'm not sure if they're doing early decisions but I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I hope everything goes well.
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    good luck! i wish you the best!

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