I have a few questions about the 14 month program to recieve a bachelors in nursing if you already have a beachelors degree in another field.
I have 2 1/2 more semesters left before I recieve my bachelors degree in exercise science. I have debated between nursing and physical therapy. I decided I wanted to go onto school to become a doctor of physical therapy, which would take me an additional 4 years. Thennn I found out how much they get paid, and its around the same starting out on average as a nurse! So I decided now to do nursing hopefully in an additonal 14 months (instead of 4 years!). I felt like that ammount of schooling was way too much. And I think I will really love nursing also.
I was wondering how difficult getting into the program is? Or those of you who are in the program, what was your gpa, prerequisite gpa, experience etc.
A little about myself:
I'm planning on applying for the program in February 2010 at UMass Boston. I will still have a few months of school left before I recieve my bachelors, but I will have all my prerequisites done by that time.
I had about a 3.36 GPA from a community college where I recieved my associates degree, and about a 3.7
GPA now at my current school. So far I haven't gotten below an A-in my prerequisites for the program, so about a 3.8 in that area (hopefully it won't lower with the 3 I have left to take). I have a good background in Mathematics (which was my intended major upon entering college), including up to Calculus II.
I went to a vocational high school studying health careers in my shop where I recieved certifications in First aid, CPR, Home Health Aid,
CNA, and Pharmacy Technician. I worked as a Pharmacy Tech part time for 3 years. I am currently working as a PCA in a group home in my
second year there, so I have experience working under nurses.
Let me know if you have any suggestions on things I could do to help my chances in getting into the program (community service, certain extra classes, etc.)
Thank you all in advance =)