Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 31

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   starem21
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Nothing from BC or MGH- but....

    I got my acceptance letter from Regis! Yay!!!! I'm so relieved!!!!

    -Jess

    Yea yea yea yea Jess!!

    Congrats!!
  2. by   NP-to-be
    Hi Jess - Your great news about Regis got me thinking about their program again (my mind never stops wandering when it comes to these programs ). I had originally looked into it but decided not to pursue it because I didn't think they had a women's health (or adult) specialty track. Do you know if this is the case still? Or have they broadened their offerings?

    Thanks.

    - Jen
  3. by   Jess RN
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Hi Jess - Your great news about Regis got me thinking about their program again (my mind never stops wandering when it comes to these programs ). I had originally looked into it but decided not to pursue it because I didn't think they had a women's health (or adult) specialty track. Do you know if this is the case still? Or have they broadened their offerings?

    Thanks.

    - Jen
    Jen- They don't have a women's health specialty- so I chose Family instead. I figured that I could work in that specialty for a bit and then go back to school if I wanted for additional certification in Women's Health.

    Family is much broader- so I'm torn- I love Women's Health- but I want to be able to find a job as an NP after going through all this schooling, you know?

    -Jess

    PS- Their tracks are Family, Peds and Psych as of now. In the interview they said they were adding a nursing education track as well.
    Last edit by Jess RN on Mar 8, '05
  4. by   Jess RN
    Quote from starem21
    UCSF didn't specifically say *don't* include extra recommendations. But I don't think too many people include extras mostly because 4 is already a lot! The UCSF application does have a section to include any "creative" work you've done. I interpreted that as pretty much anything you wanted to include that wasn't already asked for.

    Wow- 4 is a lot! That's great though that you could keep them from last year and then add a supplemental one when you re-applied. I'm so happy for you that you're in! Your program starts soon, right? June or July?

    Thanks for the congrats- I'm *very* relieved to have at least one option for the upcoming year!

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Mar 8, '05
  5. by   Jess RN
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Hi Jess - Your great news about Regis got me thinking about their program again (my mind never stops wandering when it comes to these programs ). I had originally looked into it but decided not to pursue it because I didn't think they had a women's health (or adult) specialty track. Do you know if this is the case still? Or have they broadened their offerings?

    Thanks.

    - Jen
    The other thing about Regis is that they grant you another Bachelor's after the first 16 months of the program. I wonder if you could leave the program at that point and apply to other (non-direct entry) Master's programs at other schools? I think it would be *much* easier to get into BC or MGH as a nurse than the direct entry route. I'm not sure I would even consider doing this- but I think it could be an option to pursue if Regis doesn't have the track you want after completing the generalist portion.

    Food for thought...

    -Jess
  6. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from future nurse jess
    The other thing about Regis is that they grant you another Bachelor's after the first 16 months of the program. I wonder if you could leave the program at that point and apply to other (non-direct entry) Master's programs at other schools? I think it would be *much* easier to get into BC or MGH as a nurse than the direct entry route. I'm not sure I would even consider doing this- but I think it could be an option to pursue if Regis doesn't have the track you want after completing the generalist portion.

    Food for thought...

    -Jess
    Interesting idea jess. Thanks for the feedback. I am still undecided as to specialty. I always lean towards Women's Health but I want to keep my options open. The women's health track at Simmons is actually a dual specailty (Adult/Women's health). I think I like the idea of having the broader adult qualification, just in case.

    Being accepted just brings a whole new set of decisions/worries (but we'll take it) :chuckle
  7. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Nothing from BC or MGH- but....

    I got my acceptance letter from Regis! Yay!!!! I'm so relieved!!!!

    -Jess
    Yay!!

    Wasn't this the one you really wanted?!! Congratulations Jess!

    Good for you!

    Gennaver :chuckle
  8. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Gennaver
    Yay!!

    Wasn't this the one you really wanted?!! Congratulations Jess!

    Good for you!

    Gennaver :chuckle

    Thanks Gennaver! Yes, I felt really good about the interview at Regis and I think it would be a great program for me. The only drawbacks I see are the Family specialty (vs Women's Health) and the "regional" reputation of the school. 'Course that would only really be an issue if we moved out of New England. I think it's partly because I went to a small Catholic college for undergrad that Regis felt very comfortable and homey to me.

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Mar 8, '05
  9. by   Jess RN
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Interesting idea jess. Thanks for the feedback. I am still undecided as to specialty. I always lean towards Women's Health but I want to keep my options open. The women's health track at Simmons is actually a dual specailty (Adult/Women's health). I think I like the idea of having the broader adult qualification, just in case.

    Being accepted just brings a whole new set of decisions/worries (but we'll take it) :chuckle

    I know what you're saying- MGH has a dual specialty WH/Adult too and I really like that. From what I've heard WHNPs have a harder time finding work in their specialty at least in the Northeast these days. I totally love Women's Health and always have- but I suspect we will be somewhat handicapped in our job searches because of our direct entry pathway- so I feel like having a broader specialty at least in the beginning of my career wouldn't be a bad thing.

    I love having to think thorugh this stuff with it being a reality and not just speculation!

    -Jess
  10. by   Jess RN
    Quote from Gennaver
    Yay!!

    Wasn't this the one you really wanted?!! Congratulations Jess!

    Good for you!

    Gennaver :chuckle
    Hey Gennaver- How was your wedding?!?!

    -Jess
  11. by   CAG12345
    Quote from future nurse jess
    Nothing from BC or MGH- but....

    I got my acceptance letter from Regis! Yay!!!! I'm so relieved!!!!

    -Jess
    That is so great, Jess! You're in.

    MGH and BC can eat their hearts out now. You might not even accept their offer(s) if you get them. You might just have to think it over and let them know say in a week or two, or maybe wait and send out the letter a week or two after that, or a maybe make your decision get delayed a week or so after that....

    Congratulations :hatparty: :Melody:
  12. by   Jess RN
    Quote from CAG12345
    That is so great, Jess! You're in.

    MGH and BC can eat their hearts out now. You might not even accept their offer(s) if you get them. You might just have to think it over and let them know say in a week or two, or maybe wait and send out the letter a week or two after that, or a maybe make your decision get delayed a week or so after that....

    Congratulations :hatparty: :Melody:


    I know it! You know- it's really true, though. Not the delaying the decision just 'cause I can part- but the choosing Regis anyway part.

    Regis has the option of a night/weekend track which would enable me to use less childcare and relieve a BIG part of my stress about how hard this would be on my kids. If I went to say, MGH, they would be in daycare from 8:30 till 5 or 5:30 at least. At Regis I could just get a sitter weekdays from 4 till 7:30 when my husband gets home and weekends my mom said she would help. I would probably need some extra help during the days as well so I could study- but all in all it would be far less than what I would need to enroll in a more traditional program.

    Now I just have to see if I get into either of the other programs and if I do- convince my hubby that Regis may be our best option.

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Mar 8, '05
  13. by   westcoastgirl
    Congratulations to you Jess!

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