I'm a junior nursing student at RIC (taking Psych and Maternity in the fall) and was a transfer also (in 2007). I was accepted on my second try with just over a 3.3 GPA. I would suggest that you try as hard as possible to get A's in your courses, because RIC's nursing program is extremely competitive to get admitted to.
Just the nursing portion of the program is 3 years long
, not including prereqs. I transferred to RIC in Jan of 2007 and will be graduating in May 2011 (I had no idea it would take this long)! You can only take 2 nursing courses per semester, and there are a total of 6 semesters worth of nursing classes to fulfill. So, it doesn't matter if you take 15 credits per semester, what matters ultimately is your acceptance to the program.
Transfer students are the last students chosen for admission to the program, which is why I had to wait an extra semester to be admitted (I actually know someone who was also a transfer and is on her fifth application right now
). My prerequisite grades were all A's and B's. The program takes about 90 students for the Fall semesters, and 60 for Spring. My advisor told me there were 600 applicants for this coming Fall.
As for when to apply: you need to complete both of your chem courses, along with psych, bio 108 and anatomy before you can fill out an application. Your GPA has to be a minimum of a 2.7, but should be well above that!!!
You will need to have physiology and micro done in your first year of actualy nursing courses, but many students (including myself) get these done well before starting the nursing program.
You should also make sure to get some gen-eds completed before applying, such as Core 1 and 2, etc... (The more courses you have completed at RIC, the better)
There is no waiting list at RIC.....you either get in or you don't. Students who started at RIC in their freshman year of college are given priority into the program, while transfers and second degree students are last pick.
I hope I've answered some of your questions, and please feel free to ask if you have more. Try to get high grades in the science classes, and keep your overall GPA high to give yourself the best chance. Also, a healthy dose of patience is required with this program.....it's been a long haul for me but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Good luck and work hard!!