BSN at UT-Austin

  1. Hey guys, I'm trying to get into the upper division for fall 2012 and I was wondering if anyone has any helpful info. they can give me on anything related to getting in! Thanks
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   hopefulprayers1
    Do you know the length of this program?
  4. by   meownur
    yes, it's 2 years for upper division bsn
  5. by   MikeJones
    yea I have some advice for you, hopefully not too late. Get some hospital experience; do some volunteering at Brackenridge or St. David's. It's important, trust me.

    Also, keep that GPA up, obviously. And keep applying if you don't get into upper division 1st time.
  6. by   meownur
    how much do you think is enough? I am just now getting into a hospital so I'll have about 7 months of experience volunteering there by the time I apply for upper division . Are you at UT?
  7. by   MikeJones
    i just graduated and got a job (although some ppl still haven't, due to the economy and competition). I think that 7 months should be enough, it sounds more then what mine was (like 40 hrs in ER), hehe. I started off in the gift shop, they let me have some of the snacks + popcorn, it was awesome.

    GL! The SoN is awesome!
  8. by   meownur
    Thanks!! Do you mind if I ask you more questions? Like what my GPA range should be to get into upper division and how did you survive pharmacology (was it really hard?).
  9. by   MikeJones
    Yeah my gpa was a 3.8 the 1st time i applied but with 0 hospital volunteering. The 2nd time i applied, it was around 3.6 but with 40 hrs volunteering. Weird, huh. I would keep it above 3.5 if I were u. I got into the spring class instead of the fall class, so who knows, fall class may be more competitive.

    Pharm is taught by one guy, in a huge auditorium in jester, it usually weeds out a lot of people. He goes over a crapload of drugs/day, so the # of drugs to memorize is crazy. You will find mnemonics to be very helpful. I barely made a B, but i remember after tests, he showed us a bell curve where a lot of people made C's, less B's, and very few A's.

    I would suggest find a partner and study drugs with them. You could also do the S.H.I.N.E. volunteering in the SoN on top of the hospital volunteering to get a good letter of rec from faculty.
  10. by   meownur
    Aaah, I'm trying to improve my GPA. It's a 3.4 right now and I'm planning to apply this fall to get in for spring 2013. I looked into the shine program... thanks! Did you get your other letters of rec. from other sci. professors?
  11. by   MikeJones
    yea i got one from the volunteering lady at Brack, a Microbio professor, and I think my SHINE lady. I may be wrong, it's been a while.

    your GPA is not bad, but if u can, turn in ur completed app SOON AS YOU CAN b/c if your at the top of the stack, u always have an advantage.