Direct Entry Programs- How hard to get in? - page 8

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
    I also applied to BC- and both schools say they mail out letters the first week of March. A friend of mine applied last year (rejected from BC and wait listed at MGH) and he said he got both his letters like March 3rd or 4th. MGH sent out an email confirmation if you applied online and the way the email is worded made it sound like you could possibly hear from them before March. They said:

    Once the Entry-Level Nursing admissions committee has reviewed your application, you will be notified via regular mail of your status. Final decisions should be mailed in March 2005.
    I think they mean March- but you could interpret it earlier than March. We'll see. I'm also applying to Regis and they have rolling admissions. I interview there this Friday.

    The time is drawing near and I'm getting antsy! :chuckle
    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Feb 22, '05
  2. by   NP-to-be
    Hi Jess -

    I'm new to the forum but noticed you've applyed to BC and MGH. I am also from Boston and have applyed to BC, MGH and Simmons. I was recently accepted to Simmons (huge relief!) but am also waiting on BC and MGH. I have a BS in business and have worked in financial services for the last few years. I had a 3.4 undergrad GPA, 540v, 600q, 5.0a. I had volunteer experience and a few prereqs complete (w/ A's). I feel like this may be the "middle of the pack" for BC at least, but I really have no idea what to expect. I wish they would get the letters in the mail already

    A question out of curiousity ... did you apply to Simmons? If no, was there a particular reason? Was it based on ranking or reputation? Just curious and would welcome any feedback you may be able to offer.

    Good luck !!

    Jen
  3. by   Jess RN
    Quote from NP-to-be

    A question out of curiousity ... did you apply to Simmons? If no, was there a particular reason? Was it based on ranking or reputation? Just curious and would welcome any feedback you may be able to offer.
    Hi Jen! Nice to hear from another Boston area applicant! I didn't apply to Simmons. Isn't the direct entry program there pretty new? I have a friend who is getting her BSN (second bachelors) at Simmons through the Dix program and she's been a little frustrated with the organization of the program. This, and the downtown location turned me off to Simmons a bit. But really, the more I learn about nursing programs in general the more I think this "problem" isn't unique to Simmons.

    I got a little freaked out last week and put together a quick application to Regis in Weston for their direct entry program. I have an interview there this week. It is a better location for me and the clincial hours of the RN part of the program are almost triple BC's. I'm getting a little leery- both of my chances of acceptance at BC and of the pace of the RN portion. For me- I want all the clinical experience I can get as I'm coming from a totally unrelated field to healthcare (business/human resources). I also have two little ones (2 and 6 mo)- so I'm worried about childcare for them/the intensity of the program I sign on for etc, etc. Basically I'm just an anxious mess right about now! :chuckle

    This thread has been really eye opening for me. It is hard to know what these uber-competive schools are looking for and all that- but the general trend I seem to be seeing (at least for those accepted on this and other threads) is GREs over 1300, a strong GPA (over 3.5) and unique, interesting expereince either in a work or volunteer capacity. I know there are exceptions of course- but for BC, at least- I too feel like I'll be somewhere in the middle of the pack. Qualified, but not over the top outstanding. We shall see!

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Feb 22, '05
  4. by   Jess RN
    I just re- read my post and I'm sorry for being such a downer! I'm having a tough week housebound with sick kids and cold weather and I'm just starting to stress about school and the fact that we may be hearing from them next week. I'ts hard to stay positive!

    I'm really starting to think through the logistics of going to school and the effect it would have on my family too- and to be honest I'm freaking out a little. I've been a stay at home mom for almost 3 years now- and I just don't know how I'll be able to do it all, you know?

    So, in a way I'm stressed about not getting in AND about getting in. I'm a little bit of a nutcase right about now....

    -Jess
  5. by   NP-to-be
    Hi Jess -

    Thanks for your response! You are very brave doing w/ this w/ your two little one ... good for you !!! :hatparty: You'll do great and I sure you will not regret it !!

    That is interesting to know about the Simmons program. It is relatively new (I think it's in its 3rd or 4th year), but so far I have found everything to be very organized and streamlined. I hope this continues throughout the program.

    I also am concerned w/ BC's super-accelerated program. It just seems amazing to me that they are able to cram in adequate class and clinical time into only 2 years. I was originally planning to apply to Simmons, BC, MGH, Regis, Northeastern and UMASS Worcester. However, I heard from Simmons at the beginning of January and decided to hold off on the ladder three since they were not at the top of my list.

    Do you know how many people are accepted to the MGH program? Also, do you know what you'll specialize in? Sorry for all of the questons! It's great to finally have someone going through the same experience - I wish I had found this site earlier in the application process.

    - Jen
  6. by   NP-to-be
    Don't be silly ... you didn't come across as a downer at all.

    I can imagine how stressed out you are (I am stressed and I don't have a husband and two kids!) but keep the long-term goal in site !! This is obvioulsy something that is very important to you and that you've worked very hard to accomplish. In the long-run, you striving for your goals/dreams is what will be best for you and your family !!

    Keep your head up ... and GOOD LUCK !!
  7. by   Jess RN
    Hi Jen-

    Thanks for your responses. I'm glad I didn't come across as a huge :stone LOL! That's good to know about Simmons. It may well be that my friend's experience had more to do with how the Dix program is run than the school of nursing, per se. I have another friend who got her MAT at Simmons about 5 years ago. She was working FT as a teacher at the same time- so it was gruelling but she really liked the program.

    I am going to specialize in Women's Health. Regis doesn't have that track so I chose Family there. I'm not sure how many are accepted to MGH- but I think the class size is around 60 ish. I'm going to the infosession there this Sat so I'll post when I know more specifics. My general sense is that it is a tad easier to get inot than BC. A friend of mine got rejected from BC last year but was waitlisted at MGH. He's reapplied to both and also got accepted to Regis this year.

    I know going to school will totally benefit my family and me in the long run. And I've put so much work into research and volunteering and pre reqs that maybe it is just a case of cold feet now that school may actually be a reality. Silly to say but my kids being sick this past week was a real eye opener for me. What do you do with sick kids when you work or are in school/clinicals? My husband works FT too and can't really take 3 days off of work. I couldn't just not show up to clincals. They were really too sick to have gone to daycare- so what on earth do parents do in situations like that? I know it can be done and families have two parents working all the time- but it just hasn't been my reality- so I'm trying to figure it all out.

    -Jess
    Last edit by Jess RN on Feb 22, '05 : Reason: corrected an error about class size at MGH
  8. by   NP-to-be
    I know going to school will totally benefit my family and me in the long run. And I've put so much work into research and volunteering and pre reqs that maybe it is just a case of cold feet now that school may actually be a reality. Silly to say but my kids being sick this past week was a real eye opener for me. What do you do with sick kids when you work or are in school/clinicals? My husband works FT too and can't really take 3 days off of work. I couldn't just not show up to clincals. They were really too sick to have gone to daycare- so what on earth do parents do in situations like that? I know it can be done and families have two parents working all the time- but it just hasn't been my reality- so I'm trying to figure it all out.

    -Jess[/QUOTE]

    That is a tough situation - it must be difficult to be pulled in so many directions. There will be tough times but I'm sure you and your family will be able to work through it! You definitely deserve this opportunity.

    I attended and info session at MGH a couple of months ago but I can't recall of the details. It would be great to get a refresher after you go on saturday. I also have chosen Women's health but I am far from being absolutely decided - at least I stilll have time to change my mind.

    Hope everyone feels better soon !!

    - Jen
  9. by   Jess RN
    Thanks Jen for the support! I think it all will seem more manageble when there are fewer unknowns, you know? I just want those darn letters to arrive!

    That's cool that you are thinking Women's Health as well. Where did you go to undergrad? Are you from Boston originally?

    I'll definitely post to the thread after the MGH infosession on Sat. I did for the BC one too- it is a few pages back.

    -Jess
  10. by   Myethpio
    Just thought I'd pipe in and mention that I, too, am really freaked out about having to go back into the entry MSN after having been an at home mom for so long!! I've been home pretty much all the time, I have a 5 and 2 year old. And am a single mom, so going back for school wasn't even an option for me. I think in the long run we are all doing what is best for our families... as scary as it may seem! I'm sure there will be some tough times ahead but it will all be worth it in the end... or so I've kept telling myself too!
    Best of luck!!

    (and yeah, I've wodnered how these other moms can do this!!)
  11. by   NP-to-be
    Wow ... good for you both !! When I feel overwhelmed I will have to remember how lucky/easy I have it.

    Jess - I did my undergrad at Fairfield University in CT. I am originally from southern NH but moved to Boston after graduationg from Fairfield in '02. I had always thought about going into an medical field but for one reason or another I ended up w/ a BS in business (yawn!). It wasn't the career for me but, I think I am actually more excited to be doing my nursing eduation this way as opposed to the traditional BSN-MSN route. I think I will get a lot more out of my eduacation doing it as an adult. How about you ... what has brought you to advanced practice nursing?

    Another question for anyone out there ... is anyone planning on taking pre-reqs during the summer before their direct entry program starts? For example, if I go to Simmons, I will take both A&P and BioChem during the summer before actually nursing classes start in sept. As it gets closer I am getting nervous about the accelorated pace of the classes. Does anyone have any feeback on this?

    Thanks!

    Jen
  12. by   elizabells
    Quote from NP-to-be
    Another question for anyone out there ... is anyone planning on taking pre-reqs during the summer before their direct entry program starts? For example, if I go to Simmons, I will take both A&P and BioChem during the summer before actually nursing classes start in sept. As it gets closer I am getting nervous about the accelorated pace of the classes. Does anyone have any feeback on this?

    Thanks!

    Jen
    Here's the story my dad told me last week when I started to spaz about the Columbia program. When he started at Yale law school, the dean got all the students together on the first night and said this: You guys made it this far. You're good enough to be here. You're smart enough to be here, otherwise you wouldn't have been accepted. We've been doing this a long time, and we think we weed people out pretty well. You can do this. Just relax, don't try to prove anything, and do what you came here to do.

    Hope it helps!!!
  13. by   pancake
    Thank you all so much for discussing being freaked out about not getting in, and . . . getting in.

    I feel the same way. I think OMG I've worked so hard and put so much time and emotional energy into research and applying, that if I don't get in, I'll be crushed. But when I imagine getting in, I think, oh gawd I'm not so young anymore how will I ever make it through that first year. I'm 44 and I get tired a lot faster than the young ones. What if I get sick? What if my back goes out? And on and on my mind goes.

    Knowing that others are going through the same tells me that this is a normal part of the process, and also the normal result of not knowing whether we're even in or not.

    I don't have children myself, but I did have a friend who made it through the UCSF master's entry program and she had two little ones. She was older like me, and she made it through. So it may not be easy, but it can be done.

    All we can do is take it a day at a time. I try to remind myself that if I get in, and that's a big if, I'll do the best I can and if it doesn't work out I'll at least have tried. Some things are beyond our control, kids get sick we get sick, spouses act up, but we have to try. If it doesn't work, then we try again, or try something else. But at least we know in our hearts that we took a risk and tried our best.

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