Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 19

Thanks for all of your responses to all of my previous posts. As you probably assume, I'm evaluating all of my options including ADN, BSN, and Direct-Entry MSN. The direct entry programs look... Read More

  1. by   Jess RN
    Quote from seahorse


    I just got my letter from UCSF and I am #1 alternate for the Gerontological NP program. I feel so bad. I dread telling my family and friends . . .

    Oh Seahorse- I'm so sorry

    The good thing is that you are the #1 alternate. You have a good chance of getting in yet. Can you ask the admissions staff what the chances are of getting in off the waitlist based on previous years?

    Try to keep your head up but that is so frustrating- I'm really for you.

    Jess
  2. by   ChrisA
    Quote from seahorse


    I just got my letter from UCSF and I am #1 alternate for the Gerontological NP program. I feel so bad. I dread telling my family and friends . . .
    I'm sorry, seahorse. Still, stiff upper lip. You've come a long way, done a lot, and there's still hope! Your family and friends better be supportive of you or we'll all give them a talking to.
  3. by   pancake
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Oh Seahorse- I'm so sorry

    The good thing is that you are the #1 alternate. You have a good chance of getting in yet. Can you ask the admissions staff what the chances are of getting in off the waitlist based on previous years?

    Try to keep your head up but that is so frustrating- I'm really for you.

    Jess
    Thanks so much Jess. I took your advice and called. I found out that typically 7 of the alternates are brought in each year, so maybe there still is hope. I found out that the Gerontological NP specialty only got three people this year. I don't know how many were interviewed, but I did meet at least 5 others on my interview day.

    If anyone has any suggestions or knows anything about the process please let me know. I wish I had asked more about how this altnerate business works, but I was too upset to think straight. With only 3 in Gerontological NP, it's hard to imagine any of them declining.

    I'm also on the wait list at SF State. sigh.
  4. by   pancake
    Quote from ChrisA
    I'm sorry, seahorse. Still, stiff upper lip. You've come a long way, done a lot, and there's still hope! Your family and friends better be supportive of you or we'll all give them a talking to.
    Thanks Chris.

    You're right there still is hope Good luck to you!
  5. by   smile123
    Quote from seahorse


    I just got my letter from UCSF and I am #1 alternate for the Gerontological NP program. I feel so bad. I dread telling my family and friends . . .
    Seahorse,
    You are #1 on the waitlist, so that's a good sign! Think about the others who applied for your gerontological program; perhaps they are from back east and want to go to school closer to home. There's still hope! I am sending positive vibes your way! Big hugs to you!
    Do you have any others outstanding besides UCSF and SFSU?

    Smile123
  6. by   pancake
    Quote from smile123
    Seahorse,
    You are #1 on the waitlist, so that's a good sign! Think about the others who applied for your gerontological program; perhaps they are from back east and want to go to school closer to home. There's still hope! I am sending positive vibes your way! Big hugs to you!
    Do you have any others outstanding besides UCSF and SFSU?

    Smile123
    Hi Smile,

    I am also applying to College of San Mateo. Thanks for the support.
  7. by   Jess RN
    Quote from seahorse
    Thanks so much Jess. I took your advice and called. I found out that typically 7 of the alternates are brought in each year, so maybe there still is hope. I found out that the Gerontological NP specialty only got three people this year. I don't know how many were interviewed, but I did meet at least 5 others on my interview day.

    If anyone has any suggestions or knows anything about the process please let me know. I wish I had asked more about how this altnerate business works, but I was too upset to think straight. With only 3 in Gerontological NP, it's hard to imagine any of them declining.

    I'm also on the wait list at SF State. sigh.
    So, are the alternates brought on board by specialty as well? Meaning, does one of those gerentological NPs have to decline for a spot to open up for you? Even if that is the case you have an excellent chance as smile123 points out. Maybe one of those three wants to stay closer to home, etc. Also, maybe finances won't work out for one of them. I know things are pretty up in the air for me financially- I have to see where I get in anf if I get any aid before knowing if it's all going to work. Who knows, you know? There are so many variables- I have my fingers crossed and am saying prayers for you.

    One way to look at it is that they certainly can accomodate more than 3 geri NP students- so the whole admit based on specialty really isn't about capacity when it comes to your track. If I were you, I would write a letter to the head of your specialty and the dean of the MEPN today reenforcing how much you would like the opportunity and specifically why you would be an asset to your class, etc etc. I really think it can't hurt and would take maybe 20 min of your time. And if it helped- how cool would that be!

    Hang in there!

    Jess
  8. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from future nurse jess
    So, are the alternates brought on board by specialty as well? Meaning, does one of those gerentological NPs have to decline for a spot to open up for you? Even if that is the case you have an excellent chance as smile123 points out. Maybe one of those three wants to stay closer to home, etc. Also, maybe finances won't work out for one of them. I know things are pretty up in the air for me financially- I have to see where I get in anf if I get any aid before knowing if it's all going to work. Who knows, you know? There are so many variables- I have my fingers crossed and am saying prayers for you.

    One way to look at it is that they certainly can accomodate more than 3 geri NP students- so the whole admit based on specialty really isn't about capacity when it comes to your track. If I were you, I would write a letter to the head of your specialty and the dean of the MEPN today reenforcing how much you would like the opportunity and specifically why you would be an asset to your class, etc etc. I really think it can't hurt and would take maybe 20 min of your time. And if it helped- how cool would that be!

    Hang in there!

    Jess
    Good advise Jess. My boyfriend, who is currently in an engineering masters probram at BU, was originally rejected by the admissions committee. He immediately wrote a letter to the dean reenforcing his excitement and commitment to the program and asked them to reevaluate his file. They did and he was accepted the following week. So it can never hurt to give it a try !

    Good luck seahorse ... keep your head up !! We're all routing for you.

    -Jen
  9. by   Gennaver
    Quote from seahorse


    I just got my letter from UCSF and I am #1 alternate for the Gerontological NP program. I feel so bad. I dread telling my family and friends . . .
    #1 alternate!!! :hatparty:

    Yeah this is so --almost--fantastice!

    In the big picture, (not to wish anyone who is accepted any hardships for this year) what does this mean in relation to ...next year? Would you jump to the front of the line?

    Gosh, I hope so, (of course that is, if your number one alternate doesn't get you in this year if some one decides to wait another year to afford it).

    This is not gggrreat but, is so close that its worth optimism!!
    Gennaver
  10. by   pancake
    You guys are wonderful! Thank you so much for the support and wise advice.

    To Jess, I'm starting on that letter right now. What a great idea, and Jen, it's so good to know it worked for your boyfriend. And Genaver, thank you too for putting things in perspective.

    I'm hopeful again.

    I'm going to call again this afternoon and find out if my getting in is contingent on one of the three Geri NP people declining, or if it could anyone declining that creates the opportunity.

    My friend was interviewed for pediatric NP and just got her envelope, but she was afraid to open it while we were on the phone. I'm waiting to hear what happened to her.

    Take care everyone and I wish you all good luck too!
  11. by   Jess RN
    Quote from seahorse
    You guys are wonderful! Thank you so much for the support and wise advice.

    To Jess, I'm starting on that letter right now. What a great idea, and Jen, it's so good to know it worked for your boyfriend. And Genaver, thank you too for putting things in perspective.

    I'm hopeful again.

    I'm going to call again this afternoon and find out if my getting in is contingent on one of the three Geri NP people declining, or if it could anyone declining that creates the opportunity.

    My friend was interviewed for pediatric NP and just got her envelope, but she was afraid to open it while we were on the phone. I'm waiting to hear what happened to her.

    Take care everyone and I wish you all good luck too!
    Yay! I'm glad you are feeling more hopefull! Jen- I'm so happy to hear of your boyfriend's experience turning his rejection decision around. It can happen!! Seahorse, let us know what you learn from the admissions office, but just from what we know right now- I would bet you will hear very shortly that you are in!

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Feb 28, '05
  12. by   Raymond CA
    Quote from seahorse
    You guys are wonderful! Thank you so much for the support and wise advice.

    To Jess, I'm starting on that letter right now. What a great idea, and Jen, it's so good to know it worked for your boyfriend. And Genaver, thank you too for putting things in perspective.

    I'm hopeful again.
    I agree with what everyone here has said, Seahorse! *Crossing my fingers for ya*
  13. by   starem21
    Quote from seahorse


    I just got my letter from UCSF and I am #1 alternate for the Gerontological NP program. I feel so bad. I dread telling my family and friends . . .

    Hi again,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you weren't accepted off the bat. They're crazy .

    But seriously, I think that you still have a very good chance of getting off the wait list. Only ONE person has to choose another school and you're in! I met a lot people on the interview day who had also applied to Columbia, Yale, Penn, and other schools that closely rival UCSF. So I think you should stay hopeful.

    It's going to be a tough month coming up, waiting and hoping is the WORST . I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Did the letter say when you might get off the list?

    -Emily

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