Direct Entry MSN programs for non-nurses

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    I just recently graduated with a BS in Animal Science from Cornell. I am interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner. How competitive are Direct Entry MSN programs? I decided that getting into a direct entry program would be more beneficial versus a ABSN program. Any thoughts? I am particularly interested in UMASS Worcester GEP program if anyone knows how competitive that school is to get into.
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    These MEPN type programs are *very* competitive. The downside with the specialty that you're interested is it's one of the most competitive specialties for a nurse practitioner because you can effectively work for any practice (pediatric-gerontology). I say go for it. You can do it!
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    Competitive is relative. It depends on your GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, writing ability, volunteer and work experience, etc.
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    The schools I applied to were competitive in the sense that acceptance rates were typically between 10-20%. Like StephenAndrews said, FNP is definitely the most popular and therefore most competitive. Without any insight into one's "stats"--GPA, GRE, letters of rec, it is hard to say how competitive an applicant is. If you look at previous threads about DE-MSN programs you can usually gain an understanding of the background applicants had. (Look at my post history and you'll find threads for the past application cycle.)
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    Direct entry programs are competitive but certainly not impossible to get into. It is definitely worth applying. Some direct entry programs even have acceptance rates above 50%.
    Last edit by DidiRN on Oct 2, '13
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    Well I was originally pre-nurse, so I have most of the prereqs schools are looking for. I was actually taking A&P I/II and Microbiology my freshman year of college and didn't do that great because I received a B in all of those courses So out of all the prereqs required, those are the courses that I got B's in (which I would presume to be the most important prereqs as a pre-nurse). However, I took a lot of upper level Biology courses and did a lot better. I have no patient contact experience either. All my experience has been with animals and I'm not sure that will looked highly upon. In addition, I was wondering if GPAs can be combined. I went to a CC for two years and received my AA then transferred to a four year school. My GPA is not stellar, but I would say somewhat decent. I received a 3.71 from CC and a 3.42 with my B.S. degree (and Cornell is definitely not a walk in the park). I have not taken my GRE's yet. I think it may be possible get in to some programs, but it's also very important that I save a lot of money. I am particularly interested in UMASS because it's a state school and I wouldn't have to pay for housing since I will be able to commute to campus. I appreciate all the feedback that's been given to me so far. Does anyone know if minorities have any preference in these programs?
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    I got into Azusa Pacific University's direct entry FNP program in California with a 3.15 GPA , 1 yr of EMT, and a lot of volunteer experience, so I'm sure you'll be ok. APU was the only program I applied to. I was also informed by the interviewer that because I was a minority (male), that it gave me a better chance at getting in.
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    That's great news, congrats! Did you say that you were bilingual? In my case, I'm half caucasian and half hispanic. Not sure if that gives me some sort of an edge being only 50% hispanic.
    Last edit by lavender19 on Oct 9, '13
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    MEPN programs are very competitive, BUT in the end, if you know you want that route... do it! Now.

    It is the most effective and immersive type of nursing education, imo. I am in a program now. While it is a hard, the rate of information isn't baffling. In fact, I prefer it that way.

    You are a smart cookie coming from Cornell. I would guess (knowing nothing about you) that you may want a program that is challenging and gets you where you want to be (as fast as you can get there).
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    Where do you go to school sfwhitney? I think I have a chance, I just need to do well on the GRE and interview. Do you know how your friends are doing in regards to getting jobs? The program I'm interested in makes you work as an RN for 1000 hours before completing the master's portion. From what I've been researching it's very difficult to obtain an RN job as a new grad without experience. That's what I'm mostly concerned about. I know that there is a shortage of NPs, but was curious on how the job market looks at MEPN graduates. My assumption is they would prefer a student with a BSN with experience before becoming an NP. However, if I do the ABSN first and work before there's no guarantee that I will get a job right away because right now the health care field is oversaturated with RNs. I've heard that new grad BSNs haven't been able to find jobs for 1-2 years. So even though NP seems like something I would enjoy, I'm just afraid of not being employed.


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