Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 52

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   arciedee
    Quote from SoxFan
    UNH (University of New Hampshire) just started a Direct Entry program last year. I don't think I saw this program mentioned yet in this thread, so I thought I'd let you all know about it!
    First post on this thread, though I've been following along and want to congratulate everyone on their successes... It's nice to see all talk about Boston-area schools, these are some great insights.

    I actually just met w/ someone at UNH yesterday regarding their program... it might appeal to people who are unsure of specialty since it is an MSN in clinical nurse leadership (the AACN website has some info on this role). It's a two and a half year program, but it's scheduled so that people can start working as nurses after the first year, which sounds great to me since I'm single and have a mortgage and car payments and the idea of living off loans for three years is quite scary. I'll probably be applying this summer for January.
  2. by   surfer betty crocker
    hi all first time posting here.. i am awaiting word back on schools in the ny area...judging by all the GRE scores posted here I am very concerned about my chances of being accepted to a direct entry program-at all. I graduated with a BA in English literature and did FAR better on the verbal /analytical writing section than the "math" section, which would factor heavily in the decision I would suppose.
    I, too am nervous about living off of loans for years, but find solace in the fact that most/some hospitals will offer tuition reimbursement for undergrad. Does anyone know if this is still the trend?

    Good luck those of us who are still waiting for our letters with baited breath! :uhoh21:
    Last edit by surfer betty crocker on Apr 6, '05
  3. by   SoxFan
    Quote from arciedee
    First post on this thread, though I've been following along and want to congratulate everyone on their successes... It's nice to see all talk about Boston-area schools, these are some great insights.

    I actually just met w/ someone at UNH yesterday regarding their program... it might appeal to people who are unsure of specialty since it is an MSN in clinical nurse leadership (the AACN website has some info on this role). It's a two and a half year program, but it's scheduled so that people can start working as nurses after the first year, which sounds great to me since I'm single and have a mortgage and car payments and the idea of living off loans for three years is quite scary. I'll probably be applying this summer for January.
    I'm in the UNH program (Just started in January) and am really enjoying it. Let me know if you have any questions!
  4. by   Jess RN
    Quote from hillflower
    hi all first time posting here.. i am awaiting word back on schools in the ny area...judging by all the GRE scores posted here I am very concerned about my chances of being accepted to a direct entry program-at all. I graduated with a BA in English literature and did FAR better on the verbal /analytical writing section than the "math" section, which would factor heavily in the decision I would suppose.
    I, too am nervous about living off of loans for years, but find solace in the fact that most/some hospitals will offer tuition reimbursement for undergrad. Does anyone know if this is still the trend?

    Good luck those of us who are still waiting for our letters with baited breath! :uhoh21:
    My math GRE scores weren't great. 42nd percentile I think. I think for grad school where you will do lots of reading and writing- verbal scores are pretty important. How did you do on the writing piece? GREs are just one aspect of your application too- hang in there- you will probably be pleasantly surprized.

    -Jess
  5. by   PdxDreamer
    Oh, don't worry about the GRE's! That is only one factor in the whole equation. I actually did better in math than the other areas, and I pretty much bombed the writing part I thought that my writing skills were really good, so I didn't bother practicing - bad idea.

    Hopefully your recommendations are good and your essays are insightful. From my experience, and from reading the boards, I've learned that there's no rhyme or reason to the selections made by many of these schools. Maybe they're picking from hats or throwing darts?! :chuckle

    Good luck! Just when I was at my lowest, I got in. So hold your head up!
  6. by   surfer betty crocker
    Thanks all for the kind words of encouragement! I did well on the writing piece--I think 96 %-tile, which amazed me but I bombed the math part terribly!

    I am a bit worried that I have not heard anything from any of the schools I applied to. From reading former posts, it seems like a bunch of people found out last week. I am trying NOT to get discouraged but Im thinking that it cannot be a good sign that I have not heard a word--any ideas/feedback would be greatly appreciated. Should I contact each school and find out when they are mailing decisions?

    Also, for those of you who are making a career switch, what prompted you to chose your NP/MS concentration? I have a few interests, but I am not sure if should be highly specialized or more 'marketable". I have enjoyed reading the posts and advice in this particular forum; very enlightening. Thank you!!
  7. by   smile123
    Quote from hillflower
    Thanks all for the kind words of encouragement! I did well on the writing piece--I think 96 %-tile, which amazed me but I bombed the math part terribly!

    I am a bit worried that I have not heard anything from any of the schools I applied to. From reading former posts, it seems like a bunch of people found out last week. I am trying NOT to get discouraged but Im thinking that it cannot be a good sign that I have not heard a word--any ideas/feedback would be greatly appreciated. Should I contact each school and find out when they are mailing decisions?

    Also, for those of you who are making a career switch, what prompted you to chose your NP/MS concentration? I have a few interests, but I am not sure if should be highly specialized or more 'marketable". I have enjoyed reading the posts and advice in this particular forum; very enlightening. Thank you!!
    It really depends on what school you applied to as to when you will hear back. I have heard from all my schools except for one; they won't send anything out until mid-April! So if your school has a website that talks about the application process (deadlines, etc) that would be good to check. If you want, tell us the schools you applied to and we can chime in whether we heard already.

    In terms of the career switch, what areas are you considering for your specialty? Hopefully you have some volunteer or paid health care experience to pick an area you are interested in. You can also talk to other NP/MS's, read Nursing mag articles, etc. The area you choose should be something you are interested in, not just one that's more "marketable". Otherwise, you could be very frustrated if you go into a field you don't really want to be in! Plus, trends can change. What was "marketable" one year may be overloaded 3 years from now! Hope that helps.

    Smile123
  8. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from hillflower
    Thanks all for the kind words of encouragement! I did well on the writing piece--I think 96 %-tile, which amazed me but I bombed the math part terribly!

    I am a bit worried that I have not heard anything from any of the schools I applied to. From reading former posts, it seems like a bunch of people found out last week. I am trying NOT to get discouraged but Im thinking that it cannot be a good sign that I have not heard a word--any ideas/feedback would be greatly appreciated. Should I contact each school and find out when they are mailing decisions?

    Also, for those of you who are making a career switch, what prompted you to chose your NP/MS concentration? I have a few interests, but I am not sure if should be highly specialized or more 'marketable". I have enjoyed reading the posts and advice in this particular forum; very enlightening. Thank you!!
    Hi Hillflower -

    Hang in there! I know it's so easy to second guess and over analyze everything during the long, anxious wait. But you'll only drive yourself crazy. It's out of your hands now. Try to just take it as it comes (i know, easier said than done)

    What schools did you apply to?

    Deciding on a track is tough w/out healthcare experience. I tried to find a happy medium between 'specializing' but remaining 'marketable.' I think what you mean by marketable is having a broad enough focus in order to serve many populations and thus be qualified for more jobs ... correct me if I'm wrong?!?!?! I am hopeing to do a dual adult/women's health track. I think that my primary interest is in women's health but I also want to have the broader knowledge base to treat adults of all genders, etc.

    Just my two cents

    Good luck and hang in there !!

    -Jen
  9. by   elizabells
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Deciding on a track is tough w/out healthcare experience. I tried to find a happy medium between 'specializing' but remaining 'marketable.' I think what you mean by marketable is having a broad enough focus in order to serve many populations and thus be qualified for more jobs ... correct me if I'm wrong?!?!?! -Jen
    I agree with this on a certain level, but at the same time if you have a passion you should go with it. I researched specialties pretty carefully before I decided on neonatalogy. It was just really the only thing that interested me. It's about the most narrow, least marketable specialty there is, but it's what I want to do, so there you have it.
  10. by   Jess RN
    Quote from elizabells
    I agree with this on a certain level, but at the same time if you have a passion you should go with it. I researched specialties pretty carefully before I decided on neonatalogy. It was just really the only thing that interested me. It's about the most narrow, least marketable specialty there is, but it's what I want to do, so there you have it.
    I totally agree elizabells. I struggled with my specialty being too narrow and spending all this time and money only to be unemployed at the end of it all. But my interest and passion is women's health. I think it will be easier actually to be employable when you are totally interested and jazzed about your specialty- that will come through in all you do- externships, interviews, networking, etc. I can also see the flip side though, wanting to be a generalist for a bit to see what specialties really draw you in and then decide. I just think from a logistics standpoint that would be hard on schools who need to plan faculty staffing, preceptors and clinicals by specialty and in advance.

    -Jess
  11. by   Gennaver
    Quote from future nurse jess
    I totally agree elizabells. I struggled with my specialty being too narrow and spending all this time and money only to be unemployed at the end of it all. But my interest and passion is women's health. I think it will be easier actually to be employable when you are totally interested and jazzed about your specialty- that will come through in all you do- externships, interviews, networking, etc. I can also see the flip side though, wanting to be a generalist for a bit to see what specialties really draw you in and then decide. I just think from a logistics standpoint that would be hard on schools who need to plan faculty staffing, preceptors and clinicals by specialty and in advance.

    -Jess
    I guess I must already aim to be a 'lifer'! If I get in I am planning on going right away upon completion of the Adult NP for my Colposcopist certificate, then go for a post masters Family NP certificate, followed by more or else maybe by then go for the Ph.D.

    Okay, but, I think that I am a little different, because I don't want to really ever stop.

    Oy, this does look like a lifer situation to me :chuckle Hopefully I will live to be really old, (knock on wood) so that I can have enough time to put this all to practice!!

    Fingers crossed.
    Gen
  12. by   NP-to-be
    Quote from elizabells
    I agree with this on a certain level, but at the same time if you have a passion you should go with it. I researched specialties pretty carefully before I decided on neonatalogy. It was just really the only thing that interested me. It's about the most narrow, least marketable specialty there is, but it's what I want to do, so there you have it.
    Absolutely !! I in no way was suggesting that people not follow their passion. That was just my personal way of looking at my options

    I agree w/ Jess that your passion about a specific population/specialty will open doors for you !!
  13. by   elizabells
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Absolutely !! I in no way was suggesting that people not follow their passion. That was just my personal way of looking at my options

    I agree w/ Jess that your passion about a specific population/specialty will open doors for you !!
    I know, pumpkin! I was just giving another perspective, that's all!! :icon_hug:

close