what are my chances of getting in accelerated program for MSN? - page 2
hi, I'm a newbie here, and I'll be applying to an accelerated Master's in Family Nursing program (for applicants with Non-nursing bachelor's) in the next couple of months. I have about 12 schools on... Read More
Apr 1, '10Hi all www.umassmed.edu/gsnlisted are good schools had a great experience with the Univeristy of Massachusetts in Worcester great program small class size you will need it. Able to work as an RN in early second semester for 8 - 16 hours a week a big plus. Check it out at
Apr 2, '10I had a 3.16 in undergrad and higher in my prereqs (maybe 3.3-3.4), a 480 verbal, and 680 math on my GRE, and about 4 years of healthcare experience as a research coordinator and administrative assistant. I was accepted at Mass General Hospital IHP, Cal State LA, Cal State San Marcos (BSN), waitlisted at Univ. San Diego, Univ. San Francisco, Oregon Health Sciences Uni. Nurse Midwifery program, and Univ. Vermont, and rejected at UCSF, UW, UCLA, and Northeastern Univ. From what I've heard, the east coastare a little easier to get into than West Coast schools (esp. public schools), even the big names ones like Columbia. Also, you'll probably have better luck at schools that are a little less "popular" like Thomas Jefferson (great program). I applied to 12 schools and found that that was a little excessive, and it was tons of work and $$$. Most people seem to have applied to only 5-10 schools and seem to have done okay. Make sure to apply to a couple backup schools (mine were Cal State LA and San Marcos and got into both with flying colors). I think overall, I was a middle-road applicant so you'll probably get into a few more schools than I did.
Also, really think about what kind of program you want BEFORE you apply and save yourself some money. Do you already know what specialty you want? Do you want to be an NP or are you ok with the CNL programs at USD and USF (CNL is NOT an advanced practice nurse)? If you want to have some time to decide on your specialty after starting the program, then a program like Columbia or Thomas Jefferson is great because you don't have to declare a specialty until well into the program. Also, programs that give you a BSN on your way to your MSN are great because you will have an easier time getting a job earlier in the program with a BSN.
If you can't tell, I would have changed a lot of things about my application process, but unfortunately it's hard to predict what it will be like until you've done it. I think you will definitely get in somewhere as long as you chose strategically and write a great personal statement. They are looking for people who REALLY WANT IT so let that show through in your application and interview and you'll be fine. Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions!