Hello! I'm currently getting my application together for the Direct-Entry MSN program at Marquette. I'm getting nervous and was wondering if anyone would tell me if they think I have a shot at getting accepted. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, but my GPA is not that strong (just under 3.2). My cummulative GRE score is 1010 with a 3.0 in Analytical Writing (not great, I know). I do not have any experience working in healthcare, but I have worked at a homeless shelter for about 2.5 years. I'm hoping to become a Pediatric NP and work with children in the inner city.
Here are Marquette's required courses and the grades I received:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I: A
Human Anatomy and Physiology II:A
Chemistry or biochemistry or biology or microbiology (took all of them)
Inorganic Chemistry I: B
Inorganic Chemistry II: A
Organic Chemistry I: D+ (really hurt my GPA!!)
Organic Chemistry II: C+
Biology II: A-
Behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology)
General Psychology: B+
Statistics** (including inferential)
Stats I: B
I also have taken Calculus I, General Physics I and II, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Genetics, Bioethical Dilemmas, Histology, Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Biology Senior Seminar I and II. I know I have way above and beyond the required science courses, but a lot of the classes I took were pretty difficult and brought my GPA down (especially Organic Chemistry - that was a struggle
). I'm hoping they take all of that into consideration when looking at my GPA in comparison to other applicants who may not have taken as many difficult courses.
I'm agonizing over my personal statement and trying to make it perfect. I'm focusing a lot on my experience in the inner city and my desire to serve underserved populations. My letters of recommendation should be strong.
So...if you actually read all of that, do you think I have a chance? I want this so badly - any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!