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I almost started a thread until I stumbled upon this one! If "Western University of Health Sciences MSN-E" is searched, this thread won't show. Is it possible to change the title so we can get a larger following??I was an chosen as an alternate for the 2012 cohort, so I will be reapplying for 2013. Good to see you here Maseca! the new applicants will be lucky to have you because you're such a big help! Can't wait to hear how the next year goes for you guys in the Class of 2016!
BlueEyes and Maseca - do you mind telling me a little bit about your background? I'm trying to decide if it is even worth my time applying if I am not near competitive enough.
My Pre-Req GPA is about 3.2, my overall GPA is about the same. I have no volunteer experience in a healthcare setting but I am an online volunteer counselor for teens. I have also just started the process to become a volunteer host site to collect and give out free cloth diapers to families in need. I have two little kids and have to work full time to support my family so it is hard to volunteer outside the home much. I'm really hoping I would be competitive!
Any insight you have would be helpful and appreciated!
The good thing about Western is that they use a more "holistic" approach. There's really no specific criteria or "point systems" that are found at nearly every other program. Each applicant is looked at individually. I graduated with a 3.45 undergrad GPA and have received mostly A's and B's (and one C! Ugh! Haha) in the prereqs. I do have volunteer experience in the ER and family situations that have included spending a lot of time in the hospital. I work in retail and have been promoted several times into management. I feel like they want to know what you've done with your life and how it's lead you to want to become a graduate prepared nurse. Hope this helps! Have you thought about attending Preview Day? Are you applying to any other programs?
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!
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!