i need some help and some creative ideas from you all. i am currently a pre-nursing student as a small college with an adn program in the midwest. i was admitted into an introductory nursing class this spring, but unfortunately not the actual nursing school/sequence.
the average gpa of the students admitted to the program was a 3.44 with an average teas (version 4) score of 83%. my gpa is a 3.16 with a teas (version 4) score of 80.6%. there were 45 applicants to the school. they ranked us and took the first 34 applicants. unfortunately, i was number 38 on the list.
i really, really want to start my sequence this spring. like, desperately.
i'm pushing 25 y/o and i have yet to start a real professional job because i've been in one or another school forever. (already have a journalism degree). i already had to sit out last semester because of transcript/financial issues. i can't afford to wait another 6 months and reapply to the fall semester because i am financially, emotionally and physically drained.
since it's such a small program do you think it's possible to appeal their admissions decision? i want to make an appointment with the program director and lay out my case. i am retaking the teas in february (and planning on acing it), and i have an excellent grade in our introductory class (just scored a 92 on the first test).
i am more than qualified for the program, but the issue is that everyone is. everyone is my class either already has a bachelor's or better in an unrelated field or has prior medical experience.
what kinds of things can i present to the director in a meeting to get her to add another seat to the class? is this even possible? i just feel like such a failure for not getting into this program. i know that medicine is a competitive field right now because it's the only field that's has some semblance of stability, but it's an adn program! it should have been a piece of cake for me to have gotten in. i feel too old to be stuck in limbo like this ...
any advice or recommendations? words of encouragement? slaps in the face?
Jan 26, '11
Does your school list health care experience as a must or does it give points for experience? My school does not consider experience. It only looks at GPA and TEASV scores. So whether you should get a spot or the person with the disability should get the spot based on experience, depends on the policy of your program. As far as her disability, there are laws against discriminating against the disabled. She can't be counted out because of her disability unless it would affect her performance in nursing school and in the clinical setting. I've had classes with people with disabilities, anxiety, depression, or other learning disabilities. I don't think I deserved a spot more than they do.
To The OP, I know this is not what you want to hear, but I don't think its worth the time and effort to plead your case. The school in all fairness, would have to open spots for the people that were ahead of you. Keep trying. Do what you can to prepare for the next application cycle. I got in on my first try but my friend got in on her 3rd attempt. I know it sucks, but keep trying if this is something you really want.
Last edit by mangopeach on Jan 26, '11
Jan 27, '11
You will stories of students who "finagled" their way into programs, but the reality is...you cannot. Nor can programs add slots on a whim.
At 42, I finagled my way into my community college program by getting a 4.0 in the prerequisites and scoring in the 99th percentile on the entrance exam.
I guess those ADN PROGRAMS are a little more competitive than you thought?
Last edit by 2ndyearstudent on Jan 27, '11
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