Western Health Sciences - Direct Entry MSN - Fall 2013 - page 44

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

  1. Visit  msjules profile page
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    This might be a dumb question but I was wondering if one of you can help me. I am trying to figure out my GPA for the last 60 units. Do schools count the last 60 units of undergraduate degree or last 60 units in general. Most of my classes in the past year have been from community colleges so I am wondering if they count those as part of the last 60 or just the last 60 of my undergraduate degree. Thanks in advance!
  2. Visit  BeesMama profile page
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    Quote from msjules
    This might be a dumb question but I was wondering if one of you can help me. I am trying to figure out my GPA for the last 60 units. Do schools count the last 60 units of undergraduate degree or last 60 units in general. Most of my classes in the past year have been from community colleges so I am wondering if they count those as part of the last 60 or just the last 60 of my undergraduate degree. Thanks in advance!
    Some schools calculate based on what you earned before your degree (towards your degree is possibly a better way to say it). Others just calculate based on the last 60 you've taken. I am pretty sure that Western just looks at your last 60.
  3. Visit  BeesMama profile page
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    Quote from msjules
    @ BeesMama: I live in the valley (Woodland Hills) area. There is also a West Coast University out here is Encino but I have heard mixed things about the school so I am really pursuing other options before considering that school.

    This year, I applied to UCLA (was not accepted), Western U (still waiting), and CSU Long Beach as well as a few community colleges in my area for the ADN. I could not apply to CSULA because my undergraduate degree will not be conferred until May 2013. A few other schools I looked at required other prerequisite courses that I had not taken at the time nor signed up to take. I will also be appying to CSU San Marcos for ABSN. I would love to apply to other schools, perhaps even out of state but I am really limited to staying in SoCal because of family and a mortgage. At this point, it looks as if I will be getting an ADN (granted I get accepted by at least one of the schools) and then doing an RN-MSN program down the road.
    I'm extremely mixed and hesitant about West Coast, too! They earned their WASC accreditation in 2011, so that isn't as worrisome to me anymore. But the cost is just astronomical. And I have heard they are really stingy on what they will allow to transfer over.

    I am also restricted to the area. I have two little kids and my husband's job and a mortgage. Often times I feel crazy even attempting to do a career change (I currently work in aerospace). If you went to San Marcos, would you attempt to go to the San Diego campus or the Temecula campus? Temecula is really the only doable one -- but it is still pretty far to consider going to every day for 2 years!
  4. Visit  msjules profile page
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    Thanks! I guess it varies with each school
  5. Visit  ktonic profile page
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    Quote from BeesMama
    I'm extremely mixed and hesitant about West Coast, too! They earned their WASC accreditation in 2011, so that isn't as worrisome to me anymore. But the cost is just astronomical. And I have heard they are really stingy on what they will allow to transfer over.

    I am also restricted to the area. I have two little kids and my husband's job and a mortgage. Often times I feel crazy even attempting to do a career change (I currently work in aerospace). If you went to San Marcos, would you attempt to go to the San Diego campus or the Temecula campus? Temecula is really the only doable one -- but it is still pretty far to consider going to every day for 2 years!
    They are extremely stingy with prerequisites. My prerequisites from CSUF weren't allowed to transfer over to their school and they wanted me to take anatomy, physiology, and microbiology all over again! I also went in for an info session and at the end of the session, they were already pressuring me to sign enrollment papers! Two days later, they sent me a class schedule when I haven't even made up my mind about attending yet. After they sent me my class schedule and school id, I felt as if they weren't really there for the students. They just wanted numbers. I mean, I don't expect to enrolled in any classes two days after going into an info session. This just totally overwhelmed me and now they keep emailing me and calling me to come back!
  6. Visit  msjules profile page
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    I know what you mean about West Coast University...the cost and the fact that only some classes transfer over really worries me. Don't feel crazy about attempting a career change! If it is something you really want, go for it!

    If I went to San Marcos, I would attempt to go to Temecula because I love it out there. I would probably rent out a room or something along those lines and stay on days that I really have to. I was going to do the same with Western if I got in. I don't have kids yet but my mom is disabled and I am her only family so I do not want to move far away.
  7. Visit  msjules profile page
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    My friend recently went to an information session too and had a similar experience :/
  8. Visit  BlueEyes85 profile page
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    I think it's so funny we're talking about other programs on here!

    I'll be applying to community colleges in San Diego. There's a deadline in April for fall start and July for spring...other programs range from aug-Septemberish. Also, National University is in SD and they also have one in LA. SD has 4 start dates and LA only 2. In the fall I'll start with ELM. I haven't taken chem, I figured I just need to suck it up and take it because it opens a plethora of options. The good thing about LA (and living somewhat close to it) is there are so many programs! Especially at the ADN level.

    Side note: I dreamt last night we had to go in for a second interview and it was a table of, like, 20 faculty members! Haha
  9. Visit  BeesMama profile page
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    Blue - I was thinking about ADN programs too. But I am so worried I won't be able to find a job after two years of school. Are you worried about only having an ADN and finding work? I know the bridge programs are easy to find (a lot even being online) but that adds another year. Any thoughts?
  10. Visit  WinterSoldier profile page
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    I've applied to ADN programs too. I figure after getting the RN we can go RN-MSN (for students with non-nursing BS). I'm a bit worried about finding a job with only an ADN, but I imagine it will be about the same difficulty as finding a job after finishing the RN portion of direct entry programs that don't award a BSN after the pre-licensure portion. I hope that made sense... On a positive note, while it will extend the the length of our education by a year or two, it will save us tens of thousands of dollars going the ADN route. My biggest concern is having to go through the MSN application process all over again!!! I just know I am after the FNP in the long run and don't really want to do more than a couple years at bedside.
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  11. Visit  BeesMama profile page
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    Quote from Ceci81
    I've applied to ADN programs too. I figure after getting the RN we can go RN-MSN (for students with non-nursing BS). I'm a bit worried about finding a job with only an ADN, but I imagine it will be about the same difficulty as finding a job after finishing the RN portion of direct entry programs that don't award a BSN after the pre-licensure portion. I hope that made sense... On a positive note, while it will extend the the length of our education by a year or two, it will save us tens of thousands of dollars going the ADN route. My biggest concern is having to go through the MSN application process all over again!!! I just know I am after the FNP in the long run and don't really want to do more than a couple years at bedside.
    I actually asked that in my interview! Were they finding that students were having difficulty finding employment after the pre-licensure program. The faculty said that for some students, it took a little time, but everyone got a job. If I remember correctly, they said it is mandatory to be a working nurse to move forward in the program as well! So I was really hoping that it wouldn't be as big of an issue.
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  12. Visit  BlueEyes85 profile page
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    I agree with Ceci. I asked them about jobs during the interview because we aren't awarded anything. He seemed used to the question and gave a good explanation saying that some HR are particular about having to "check a box" with what degree has been awarded at that point in time, however most understand that an MSN produces better patient outcomes so in the long run its in their best interest to hire us...or something like that.

    As far as getting hired through the ADN route. I think I would do an RN-BSN then pursue the MSN later. Although its not ideal, I figured RN-BSN is super quick and the RN-MSN programs probably want a little more experience.
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  13. Visit  raminajulia profile page
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    For those of you considering ADN have you thought about applying to Concordia for the ABSN program? It's only a year and I want to say they are still accepting applications for the fall. I say having your BSN in a year is a lot better deal than spending 2 years at an ADN program.
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