Vanderbilt Grad Entry 2013 - page 9

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. by   hi616
    FYI, something I forgot to mention about my information session is that applications won't even be ready for faculty review for another week most likely. They are still busy putting everything together. Just wanted to mention that in case anyone needed some peace of mind over the holiday haha.
  2. by   hi616
    Also for Amandy,

    Can you tell us a little bit about what you can do to get involved in the school? Are there any student nursing associations?
  3. by   jasonmstone82

    Did you receive your acceptance letter in the mail or on their webisite?
  4. by   nurserobyn89
    good luck to everyone! I applied for Direct Entry to the FNP program. I have been a registered nurse for 2 years.
  5. by   sprint880324
    Glad to help sarahdukie! As amandy pointed out, pre-specialty year actually begins in August in the "fall" semester and we do have patho and pharm for each of the three semesters of pre-specialty year. I was really intimidated by pharm at the beginning of the semester because out of all the classes we had, it was the one I had had no previous experience with the subject matter, but it ended up being the course I loved the most!

    For me, choosing Vanderbilt was not difficult. I graduated as an undergrad a few years prior, so I was very familiar with the overall academic environment and rigor of the university. I did apply to and consider other schools, but when it came down to it, several of the other programs were longer in duration, requiring that I earn a BSN or MN before moving on to the MSN. These programs were 3-5 years long and cost as much or more than Vanderbilt. It was a bit a bit scary realizing how accelerated the program would be, just being 2 years long, but speaking with several students and healthcare providers unassociated with Vanderbilt helped me realize that it was the right choice for me!

    As far as juggling my personal life with school, it can be a real struggle at times, but as long as you make it priority to have balance you won't feel burned out all the time. Having lived in Nashville previously, then lived in St. Louis for two years to complete a certificate program before returning to Nashville, I have become more appreciative of all that Nashville has to offer and make it a point to go out with friends or find something new to do in town at least a few times each month!

    I have given a LOT of thought about loan-repayment after graduation. I was fortunate to have very few loans as an undergrad, but picked up quite a few during my certificate program. I realized that whichever school I attended would have a pretty hefty price tag attached to it so I began looking at avenues for debt repayment as I applied to schools. I found quite a few options on my own and I'll dig deeper during the break between pre-specialty and specialty year.
  6. by   sarahdukie
    Thanks Sprint!! Very helpful. I'd love to hear more about covering the cost of tuition--do most students have to take out private loans, or are federal loans sufficient? Do you know anyone who had trouble getting loans to cover the costs? I feel pretty confident in the ability to pay them back, but I've never taken out a large private loan before and I know lending is more difficult now than it was before 2008. Any advice on that?
  7. by   sprint880324
    I personally took out federal loans and did not have to apply for additional outside private loans. I was fortunate to receive one of VUSN's several scholarships offered to incoming students in addition to two smaller outside scholarships (around $1,000 a piece). I don't know anyone who has had any issues covering the costs of school and living. A friend of mine attending a nursing school in MO did apply for one large private loan to cover all of her costs, and the only setback she had was to have a family member co-sign even though she had great established credit.

    There are a wide array of scholarships available to MSN students, the key is to begin your search early and commit to writing the essays now, since many of the deadlines coincide in March and April. Hope this helps!
  8. by   sarahdukie
    Very much, thanks!! Will receive scholarship information with our financial aid packet, or is that something we can begin working on now?
  9. by   jenny.j
    Thanks for the info about the scholarships! Has anyone heard anything about anything!? What about for FNP? Darn this waiting game is terrible :/
  10. by   sprint880324
    You will get information in the financial aid packet, but I did some searching on my own!
  11. by   amandy45
    Quote from jasonmstone82

    Did you receive your acceptance letter in the mail or on their webisite?
    I received my initial notification of acceptance via e-mail, and then received a letter in the mail a week or two later
  12. by   jb30
    I got an email on Jan. 8th to setup up my PMHNP interview. Its scheduled for the 11th and I'm super nervous!
  13. by   jb30
    Just finished my phone interview. i feel pretty good about it, but i guess i'll see when they send out acceptance letters. they just asked a few questions and talked about the program. they told me that they were finishing up interviews and that accceptance letters would go out the first of March. Good luck to everyone!