I'm a soon to be graduating from UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) with a BS in kinesiology. After going back and forth with some ideas, I'm shooting for a long term goal of being an APN. My cumulative GPA is 3.95 and have A's in all my prerequ courses(I've gotten all A's with the exception of one B while at the university), but my overall GPA including my grades from community college is only 3.52 (I came out of high school smoking a lot of weed and not be very academically focused). I'm thinking about trying to apply to generalist entry masters programs in nursing--the ones that are for non-nursing applicants that have bachelors and have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites. UIC offers one, but there don't seem to be many in the country.
I've got a couple of questions:
Does being a male give me any sort of advantage (Initialy I thought it might, but it seems from what I'm reading now, not so much)?
I have no clinical medical experience,but my degree program has had me taking a ton of health science classes.
I'm taking an EMT course now, but wont have it finished by the time I apply. Will this hurt me?
Are these programs a good route to go, or should I try to do an accelerated BSN program, and then work towards NP after?
Any other comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!