Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 20

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   smile123
    Quote from seahorse
    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.

    Take care everyone and I wish you all good luck too!
    The way it works at UCSF and at many other places, is they have a certain amount of slots for each specialty. They have to reserve a spot for each person for their 2nd and 3rd years (the MEPN year is the general RN track, so they don't go by specialty). However, they could decide that they might have enough resources to take on an extra gerontology NP. Writing a letter is definitely worth a shot. What is the worst that could happen? They could say no. On the other hand, the fact you wrote a letter means you really want to get in and they may reconsider. Also, if you have any new transcripts to show a higher GRA, that would be good to include too (they could be unofficial, since you want to act quickly.)

    To answer Gennaver's question: if you reapply next year, you do not automatically go to the front of the line. They have a whole new set of people and the criteria could go up for GPAs, GREs, etc. They could have a different number of slots for the different specialties. If you reapply, they just ask for 1 additional recommendation and a revised essay. (Not to say you won't get in this time, but it's good to know!) I know one woman who got in the 2nd time around to UCSF this year in Peds, so she's very happy! It's not over yet! Keep the faith!

    Smile123
  2. by   smile123
    Quote from seahorse
    Hi Smile,

    I am also applying to College of San Mateo. Thanks for the support.
    So that's another opportunity for you! The CC's and state universities often send out acceptances toward the end of March or even April. They are on a different schedule. You could definitely call them up and ask when they are sending out their letters.

    Smile123
  3. by   max6well
    Thank you futre nurse jess for the update on the MGHIP open house.

    Did you happen to notice if there were many men there compared to any other open houses you went to?
  4. by   Jess RN
    Quote from max6well
    Thank you futre nurse jess for the update on the MGHIP open house.

    Did you happen to notice if there were many men there compared to any other open houses you went to?

    You know, more than I would have expected. I'd say about 1/4 of the total attendees were men. The number that stayed for nursing presentation was proobably slightly less than that though. So, many of them were probably there for physical therapy or medical imaging or one of the other programs. Once we broke out into groups by specialty there were no men in my goup- but my specialty is Women's Health.

    -Jess
  5. by   max6well
    If you hear anything from MGHIP, please let us know. March is going to be a looooong month.
  6. by   Jess RN
    Quote from max6well
    If you hear anything from MGHIP, please let us know. March is going to be a looooong month.
    Actually, I emailed them and they said thet final decisions would be made this Friday and we should be notified the week of the 7th.

    -Jess
  7. by   Jess RN
    Quote from max6well
    If you hear anything from MGHIP, please let us know. March is going to be a looooong month.
    Max6well- where have you applied and what's your specialty?

    -Jess
  8. by   ChrisA
    Just got home. No mail from UCSF today. /me kicks the Post Office in the shins.

    Anyway, how on earth am I going to pay for $35,000 tuition if I get in?
  9. by   starem21
    Quote from ChrisA
    Just got home. No mail from UCSF today. /me kicks the Post Office in the shins.

    Anyway, how on earth am I going to pay for $35,000 tuition if I get in?

    BIG FAT LOANS!! The first year is *only* $25K not $35. Ahhh, it's all so relative.

    You'll hear from UCSF tomorrow for sure.

    -E
  10. by   Jess RN
    BIG FAT LOANS!! The first year is *only* $25K not $35. Ahhh, it's all so relative.


    How much can you take out in loans per year for grad school? Are there any other federal loans other than stafford?

    -Jess
  11. by   ChrisA
    Quote from starem21
    BIG FAT LOANS!! The first year is *only* $25K not $35. Ahhh, it's all so relative.
    Not for me. I'm an out-of-state student coming down from Seattle. I get the $12,000 extra tab! Part of me thinks that even if I do get in this year, I'll spend a year establishing residency down there and try again. Hmph.
  12. by   max6well
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Max6well- where have you applied and what's your specialty?

    -Jess
    I only applied to MGH- Geriatrics. Maybe I limited my options but of all the Boston schools I felt this was the one for me. I guess I'll know soon if they feel the same way!!
    Last edit by max6well on Feb 28, '05
  13. by   Jess RN
    Quote from max6well
    I only applied to MGH- Geriatrics. Maybe I limited my options but of all the Boston schools I felt this was the one for me. I guess I'll know soon if they feel the same way!!
    Wow- that's cool! Very brave too! I know how you feel though- if you have a strong feeling that you are prompted to apply to a certain school, I think you should follow that prompting. I'm just a big chicken- so when I started freaking out about not getting in to either BC or MGH I put togther a last minute application to one more school to increase my odds! :P

    I feel like this wait is like the wait to go into labor as I approached my due dates. Wondering if the next day is going to be the big one! Both my daughters were way overdue- so I'm accustomed to waiting!

    -Jess

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