Vanderbilt Grad Entry 2013 - page 29

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Hey everyone! This thread is for all of those out there who are planning on applying to one of Vanderbilt's MSN programs for Fall 2013. I'm starting to get my application packet together. I haven't started my interview... Read More


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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm in for the AGPCNP program, part-time distance. I'm live in the Baltimore area, and would love to hear any good advice about where to stay while in town during blocks. Is the driving horrendous in Nashville? I'm considering staying in a cheaper hotel and renting a car versus staying in the nearby hotels...

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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    Hi!

    I'm planning to apply VU for upcoming fall semester. I havent decided whether I should go for FNP or for NMW/FNP course.

    I've heard that the average GPA of accepted students for the program was 3.8 but mine is 3.57. Do you think my application looks dull because of the GPA?
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    I'm starting in August and my undergraduate GPA (without nursing prerequisites) was a 3.38 or so. There are many factors that go into acceptance, including essays, experience, and GRE scores. If you feel like your GPA is low, make sure to get stellar GRE scores to offset it, and if you still have prereqs to take, go for the 4.0 - it shows you can be expected to be able to handle graduate level work.
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    Quote from bbcc
    I'm starting in August and my undergraduate GPA (without nursing prerequisites) was a 3.38 or so. There are many factors that go into acceptance, including essays, experience, and GRE scores. If you feel like your GPA is low, make sure to get stellar GRE scores to offset it, and if you still have prereqs to take, go for the 4.0 - it shows you can be expected to be able to handle graduate level work.
    @bbcc
    So, what is your speciality that you chose to do? Is it FNP? I'm trying to get into either FNP or NMW/FNP course. Did you have a good GRE score? I'm not sure if they look at the analytic writing score too. Please share your experience with the application process
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    Many previous threads about Vanderbilt admissions show a number of applicants accepted with GPAs in this range. Common themes in their applications are significant work/volunteer experience, great GRE scores, amazing essays, and a passion for the selected specialty.

    I would recommend to try to "wow" them with your analytic writing score. It's a tough area to get a high score in, and graduate education requires a significant amount of scholarly writing.

    I don't think that there is any reason your GPA would keep you from admission if you can show what a great candidate you are as a whole. Best of luck!
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    I'm doing NMW and my GRE scores are all above 95%. I don't have much medical experience (volunteering for a few months in a NICU) but I do have international volunteer experience and relevant work experience. I've heard that Vanderbilt places a high emphasis on GRE/GPA in admissions, but I didn't complete my applications with any other schools so I'm not sure how they are in comparison - but definitely your GPA alone shouldn't discourage you from applying!
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    Hi, I am a newly accepted FNP for 2013. Does anyone have any knowledge about textbooks for the first semester and what the orientation details for 3 days? I would love to get a jump start on my reading, I have heard it is a bear.
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    Quote from aritakum
    Appreciate the advice .... I will retake!
    You can retake but it's probably not necessary. I would focus more and a solid essay and great answers to the application questions; also strong letters of rec are VERY important. They asked about mine directly in my interview
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    I would love to hear more about the NMW/FNP dual track once you all get started. I just graduated with my Associate RN and will start soon as a L&D nurse and work on my BSN(I also have a BA in Sociology and worked for child protection for 5 years as well as TONS of volunteer work with foster children). Just have to take the GRE. I'm most interested in hearing more about direct entry, costs, and what sort of schedule you have.
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    I recently was informed via postal mail that I was accepted into the women's health/adult gerontological program. I must admit that my "stats" were not stellar at all; compared to most of you I look like a novice on paper. However, from colleagues/clients I've worked with in the past that have graduated from the program VU really weighs ALOT on the essays. I truly believe that my essays were my strong point as I literally dedicated two months for them.


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