I'm from upstate NY and applied for the fall semester nursing program, I just received my letter and I didn't get in. I'm completely ok with not entering the nursing program this fall - it will actually allow me to knock out all the "extra" courses so I can concentrate solely on the nursing classes next fall.
Here's my question, what can I do to make myself a more competitive candidate? I obviously recognize excellent grades are a top priority but what else?? I currently have a 3.75 GPA and will continue to strive for excellence. What has me completely baffled is that there were several people who I thought would get into our program and didn't - hardworking individuals with straight A's plus all their pre-req's done. I really want to stand out from the crowd next year and make it into the program. Any suggestions??
Mar 22, '13
I am sorry you didn't get in! I would say get some academic recommendations, write an essay saying why you want to be a nurse, and get some health care volunteer experience. Maybe even get your CNA this summer.
Mar 22, '13
get more experience in the field. Many of the better programs look at grades, but will take hours and hours of great experience in healthcare over good grades. I have a friend who had a 3.3 gpa, and had thousands of hours of volunteer experience as an EMT and CNA, and she got into Yale. Experience helps and shows your prepared for nursing school.