Quote from shepherdgirl
Miz - thanks for your advice! I am taking my prereqs at community college as well (Lonestar) and they're pretty good and easy to deal with. I'm curious as to your reasoning on the advanced practice nursing. I had understood that the UT program did not make you a nurse practitioner (or maybe that was just in my possible areas of interest?). The reason it didn't seem like the best option for me was 1) my undergrad GPA is not good AT ALL, but on the otherhand I haven't taken hardly any prereqs at all since I went to a private school. So, basically I feel like I would be an unlikely candidate. I'm pretty confident I could do well on the GRE though, so who knows (I don't really know how they weight things). It just seems like a lot of uncertainties, and since its the only program of its kind in this area as far as I can tell, it seems risky or I don't know. 2) the focuses seem like they are all in admin or teaching, and not in actual nursing work, so it seemed to me like it wouldn't be the best path to being an NP. If I'm wrong here, I'd love to know
Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing more about this. Good luck with your prereqs! I am definitely going to check out that website, and maybe I'll post my findings for others. Thanks!!! This is so helpful.
With the alternate entry masters (AE MSN), you are not able to obtain a nurse practitioner certificate at the completion of the program. However, after working full time for a few years as an RN, you can apply for the certificate program to be come a nurse practitioner (NP). It is my understanding that this certificate program is not a 2 year long program since you have already completed their Masters program (you would just be taking the nurse practitioner classes/clinicals). If you decide to complete your BSN first, and then pursue your Masters after working full time for a few years, you would be able to practice as a NP.
I agree that, at first glance, UT's specializations were not too appealing for the AE MSN. I think it's simply because we are not eligible to take the NP classes since we are not yet RN's. I will probably chose a focus in public health since I have no desire to be in admin. Teaching is something I may evetually get into, but I would prefer to work full time first, so the public health focus is a better fit for me.
If your undergrad GPA is low, that may hinder your acceptance into UT. If I remember correctly, they look at your upper level class GPA and not your GPA as a whole. They also look at your prerequesite GPA. They are looking for a 3.0 in order to apply. Can you bring your GPA up to a 3.0 with the prereq's?
As for the GRE, I took it once in 1993 and I did not prepare for it (meaning I did not take any prep classes or study for it). I made a 948, which I don't think is very good for someone fresh out of college! I have to retake it since it's more than 5 years old, but this time I am studying for it. You can purchase study guides to help you prepare and there are also a few free online quizzes to see where you stand.