MUSC ABSN Fall 2013 - page 12

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I recently applied for priority admission to the Fall 2013 Accelerated Nursing Program at MUSC. I started this thread to makej contact with anyone else that may have applied priority or is planning on applying regular admission... Read More


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    For those worried their GPA isn't high enough, I want to let you know that I think they really do look at the applicant as a whole. My cumulative GPA was on the lower end (just above a 3.1), prereq GPA around 3.4, and science GPA a little below a 3.0 (I started out pre-med and did terrible in organic and biochem classes). I graduated last May with my BS in Health Sciences from Furman University and took a year off volunteering at MUSC Children's Hospital and a local Free Medical Clinic, while gaining hands on experience as a Patient Care Tech at Roper Hospital and MUSC Pediatric Emergency. I would definitely recommend a job in patient care before nursing school and wouldn't trade this experience for the world - I really feel like it has prepared me for most of what's to come in the clinical aspect of nursing school. Anyway, I wanted to share my stats because I see that so many people are concerned about their GPAs not being high enough, and I think its just as important to be well-rounded in your application (work experience, volunteer, good recs) because it just might compensate for a lower GPA.
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    Congrats to all of you have been accepted, or alternates. Good luck future nurses!
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    Just got home and still nothing.... Has anyone from out of state received a letter ? Whether that's acceptance or rejection?
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    Congrats to all who got in! I did not but I am almost 100% certain it was purely my lack of volunteer hours.

    For those of you who did volunteer hours, where did you volunteer at? What was the time commitment? I ask that because my husband is military and gone a lot and I have to be available to let our dog out.

    Any and all suggestions are appreciated!! Hopefully I get in this spring
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    @ml52789, My grades weren't the best, cumulative wise. It was around a 3.2 something, but I had a high science and pre-req GPA. I will agree with what furmangal said about they look at the applicant as a whole. I have applied three times and each time I improved my application. I couldn't do a thing about my grades, but really turned out a better essay than my first one, I did volunteering for almost a year with the Mayo clinic, got really good recommendations, and what I think helped, was got my CNA certification once I got here. I think they like seeing repeat applicants show they have tried to improve on their packages. Also, my hubby is military as well like yours!
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    In addressing the stats and the experience inquiries.......My overall GPA was a 3.6 and my science/pre-requisites a 3.7. I served in AmeriCorps (the health corps) for two years as a radiologist assistant while in undergrad. I am concluding my seventh year as a 5th grade math and science teacher. I had actually given up hope on getting in because I felt as if my health care experience wasn't as extensive as other individuals who had applied. In addition, it was so long ago. In my essay, I spoke in reference to my teaching experience and the various skills that I've acquired from it because I felt that alone is what diversified me from so many others.
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    @wall0509- where did you get your CNA certification? Is your husband AF?
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    I got my certification with Trident Tech's continuing education. I didn't go through the other program they have where you take classes. Mine was a little over a month long and one week clinicals. Mine is Navy.
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    What did you major in? Thanks for the info- I don't think I want to do all the classes for the CNA (obviously none of us really want to, that's why we're applying for the BSN program ) so I'm glad trident has the option to bypass that
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    I just received my rejection letter from MUSC. Again congrats to everyone who got into a program whether it was MUSC, Trident or another school of your choice. @babygyrl guess we'll be classmates this Fall at Trident. My email address is ms.jlawrence@gmail.com let's keep in touch. If anyone else got accepted to Trident for this Fall lets keep in touch as well.


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