Vanderbilt Grad Entry 2013 - page 8

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... Read More

  1. Visit  jenny.j profile page
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    Kms673I applied for FNP. What about everyone else?
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  3. Visit  kms673 profile page
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    Quote from incher
    @kms I live in the middle Tennessee area. No moving for me but I will leave my employment. Also I have heard 50k is a reasonable expectation of cost.
    That is cool that you already live nearby. I will definitely be looking to you for advice on places to live if I am accepted.

    As far as the price tag, I can see why people are scared. It is a very personal decision to take on that kind of debt, and depends on current loan debt and how much you will gain in yearly salary. I previously looked at other grad programs (like MPH for example), and the degrees were only going to make me 3K-10K more than what I was making now. So for me, that was not a good investment.
  4. Visit  julsm14 profile page
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    I'm a little confused regarding interviews. I remember them mentioning they do for certain specialities before hitting the submit button, but cannot find any more information. Are there no interviews?
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    Quote from julsm14
    I'm a little confused regarding interviews. I remember them mentioning they do for certain specialities before hitting the submit button, but cannot find any more information. Are there no interviews?
    From my understanding only psych requires an interview. I'll be visiting the the school on Tuesday though and can confirm that for you. If anyone else has any questions they would like to be answered, let me know and I'll ask when I go!
  6. Visit  julsm14 profile page
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    Thanks so much, and have a great trip!!!!
  7. Visit  nurserobyn89 profile page
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    the popular specialties like FNP and NMW conduct over the phone interviews
  8. Visit  amandy45 profile page
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    I'm a pre-specialty NMW student and I had an over the phone interview before hearing back about a decision
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    amandy45,

    When did you have the phone interview in relation to hearing about your decision?
  10. Visit  sprint880324 profile page
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    Hello everyone!

    I just wanted to wish everyone good luck as you interview(for those who applied in specialties that require interviews) and also let you all know that I am here to help answer questions with amandy45 about pre-specialty year!
  11. Visit  sarahdukie profile page
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    Thanks so much for your offer to answer questions amandy and sprint! I have applied to pre-specialty PMHNP and am SO excited! I have tons of questions First, unlike the other programs I applied to, Vanderbilt starts in the fall rather than summer. The idea at the others school, I think, is to knock out path and pharm quickly so there is a slightly slower pace for the fall and spring. How have you managed the workload with your personal life? My significant other will likely be moving with me and I want to have an idea how much time I'll be able to spend with him... he's lived in Seattle his whole life so the move would be quite an adjustment! Also, are many students planning on seeking loan-repayment work upon graduation? Just curious how others are approaching the hefty debt load =) And finally, why did you choose Vanderbilt over other programs? Thanks so much for your help!

    Sarah
  12. Visit  amandy45 profile page
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    @jasonmstone82: I heard back about my interview during the first week of February, and then actually completed the phone interview a few days later. I heard back about my official admission decision right around Presidents Day weekend, so just a couple weeks later. I think notifications vary by specialty, so please don't count on these as "set in stone" dates. It's just to give you an idea of a general time frame
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    Quote from sarahdukie
    Thanks so much for your offer to answer questions amandy and sprint! I have applied to pre-specialty PMHNP and am SO excited! I have tons of questions First, unlike the other programs I applied to, Vanderbilt starts in the fall rather than summer. The idea at the others school, I think, is to knock out path and pharm quickly so there is a slightly slower pace for the fall and spring. How have you managed the workload with your personal life? My significant other will likely be moving with me and I want to have an idea how much time I’ll be able to spend with him… he’s lived in Seattle his whole life so the move would be quite an adjustment! Also, are many students planning on seeking loan-repayment work upon graduation? Just curious how others are approaching the hefty debt load =) And finally, why did you choose Vanderbilt over other programs? Thanks so much for your help!

    Sarah
    I'm so happy to offer any peace of mind I possibly can! This process is exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time!
    One thing I really like about the program at VUSN is that they spread out pathophysiology and pharmacology over the entire pre-specialty year. In my opinion, there is WAY too much information to try and knock it out in the beginning. The program does a great job of spreading out the course content throughout the three semesters of the pre-specialty year. That may seem like a lot, but it's a nice way to keep students from becoming overwhelmed with the amount of material they are expected to learn.
    So far, I have been able to manage the workload and my personal life pretty well. Exams and assignments are spread out so that we do have down-time here and there to go out and enjoy what Nashville has to offer! Also, I have quickly become great friends with the other students in the program...two of them are my roommates, and we all are able to support each other throughout this process. And that support means that we find time to study together, and we also find time to go out together and have fun.
    As far as loan repayment programs, I don't know many pre-specialty students who have seriously planned that far ahead yet. Right now there is a big focus to settle into a nice groove within the program. As we get closer to the end of the program, the topic of loan repayment will definitely come up more often. I'm sorry I don't have a more solid answer for you.
    And lastly, I chose Vanderbilt because it is an incredible program. I put my trust in the process, and figured that I would be accepted into a program that I was meant to be in. I'm a nurse-midwifery focus, and Vandy has a NMW program that is truly second to none. As a pre-specialty student, I am so impressed with the faculty and the support that they provide us as students and future nurses, 24/7. They are so committed to helping us become the best possible nurses and nurse practitioners. I was nervous to start this program because of its level of intensity and rigorous academic standards, but I have no doubt that I will succeed, thanks in large part to the faculty and students I am with all the time.
  14. Visit  sarahdukie profile page
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    Thank you SO much, Amandy!! That is so helpful!! A couple of other questions--do you know the average cost of the program for 6 semesters, taking living into account? And are most students able to cover costs with scholarships and federal loans, or have many of you had to go the private route? That intimidates me! It would be so sad to not be able to attend due to finances. Also, what would you say is the average age of prespecialty students? Sounds like a wonderful community!

    Sarah


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