Almost done w/ pre reqs.. question!

  1. Hello
    I have about a year left of pre requisites, and I know how competitive it is to be accepted into the actual nursing programs. Any tips on what I can do to prepare myself in applying? What is the number one thing they look at? Should i apply at multiple schools?
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  3. by   Ambbuur
    Best thing for you to do is to apply as quickly as you can. Believe me, you don't want to have to take more than one semester off just waiting around to start your program. I suggest you take a day off from work/school and go around to the different colleges to get information about their programs, and what pre-reqs each requires. Then apply to a couple of them so you can keep your options open for longer, if you receive an acceptance letter from both of them. Also, the number one thing they usually look at is GPA, and usually an excellent recommendation letter (so start sucking up to some teachers, NOW! lol).
    Last edit by Ambbuur on Jul 19, '12 : Reason: Forgot something
  4. by   Beatrice91
    HI, first of all i want to congratulate you for making it half way through, because i know its a long journey and can get rough at times. What classes do you have left? I suggest that you really focus on your classes and do the best you can because you never know what might pop up on the NAT. What college are you attending? You definitely need to prepare as much as you can for the NAT but dont stress out over it as many people do. It is designed in a way where it is impossible to complete and you will be pressed with time and tons of questions that you wont be able to finish. For example, the reading section as 90 questions but you only have like 20 minutes (or i think 40) to complete it. I havent taken it yet, but i am telling you basd on what i have heard from others who have taken it already. You get scored heavily by the NAt but pretty much 50 50. Basically, if you have all A's but dont do well on the NAT, chances are you may have to retake it.

    I agree that you should apply to different schools that you are interested in, so you dont have to wait a long time to get started. You dont have to suck up to anyone, just do the best you can to learn as much as you can. If you dont understand something, make sure you seek help for it, but like i said you never know what will be on the test. I was told that the math is not hard, but you are pressed with time. It is basically 8th grade math. For the science, make sure you review over basic biology, and chemistry. i heard that there is very little A&P. Just do the best you can and you will be fine.
  5. by   Alf2
    Hows your GPA?
    Do the schools you're interested in require a certain score on the TEAS test?

    Honestly, I'm feeling more and more that pre-reqs are just the beginning of the anxiety of being a pre-nursing student O_O
  6. by   Jennie.K
    1. Keep your GPA as close to a 4.0 as possible
    2. Start working or volunteering in a hospital

    That right there will take up most of your time.
  7. by   badwolf
    Research what schools you want to attend and double check their requirements. My school has a nursing adviser, if your school of choice have one, set an appointment with them. I met with my adviser every semester before I chose my classes for the following semester, just to make sure I was on track.

    If a school requires an interview, start looking online for common interview questions.

    Most important, GPA! Make sure you are giving 100% in all of your pre-reqs. And don't dump the info once the class is over because you will need it for you entrance exam!

    Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions of everyone and anyone. The staff is there to help you, so take Advantage of that.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by badwolf on Jul 19, '12 : Reason: misspelling
  8. by   Wclarke
    Gpa is very important but most require an entrance exam.. I would study for that as much as possible and definately go apply to as many schools as you can. The school I got into was what I least expected to but it was the only one I got accepted to so I'm gratefull I applied. Good luck!
  9. by   Bobmo88
    I would say look at all of the different programs in your area and see what their admissions criteria is. Are they points based? Wait list? Do they factor other things in like work and/or volunteer experience, TEAS test, foreign language? I would recommend applying to multiple schools because of how competitive nursing is getting. Congrats on your progress so far and good luck applying!
  10. by   Michaela, RN
    First of all, DEFIANTLY apply to multiple programs! If I could give you any piece of advice that would be it! Nursing is so competitive (as I'm sure you know ) it would be against your best interest to limit yourself to one program.

    Its hard to say what a school will look at because every program is slightly different. The one thing I'd say 99% of programs have in common is GPA. Make sure it is as close to a 4.0 as possible and try to get A's in all of your Science and Math classes.

    Other than that, research schools your are interested in attending and find out their requirements.

    Good luck in your future!
  11. by   BloomNurseRN
    I second what everyone else has said. Maintain your GPA and find out what the programs in your area require as an entrance exam. Absolutely meet with any nursing advisors that you can. If the schools have a student nursing club that allows prospective members to attend meetings, go to the meetings! Find out anything you can from current student nurses and definitely try to get the real information instead of the rumors that inevitably go around. Good luck!!
  12. by   bubblejet50
    I applied to two schools. One required an entrance test (NET) and the other just went off gpa. When I took my entrance test and went to go get my score they daid they never had an applicant with such a high score and granted me admission on the spot. The other one focused on gpa and also let me in. I would talk to each school to find out what they look for. One I talked to told me not to even apply if my pre-req gpa was not a 4.0. I did not apply there since they were too particular. Lol I had taken calculus and they said that did not prove I could do algebra so I would have had to take algebra. Again talk to the dept heads and not just the guidance counselors