Texas Nursing School - page 2

I am currently a junior majoring in biology. I have decided that I want to go into the wonderful career of nursing. I will graduate with my degree in May 05 and have looked into second degree... Read More

  1. by   camiluvsNURSING
    I haven't applied to TWU but the main rumor that you hear is that they're very hard to get accepted to. If you don't have a 4.0 (or close to one). I know for a fact that they start from the top (4.0) and go down until they fill all the applicant spaces...If anyone knows different, or If they have changed since last year, I'd like to know!




    [QUOTE=mmartiniii]I am also curious about the negative hype that seems to be common with TWU.
  2. by   mmartiniii
    Perfect. This is great news, as I currently have a 3.943 cummulative GPA. Thank you for your response.


    [QUOTE=caminurse]I haven't applied to TWU but the main rumor that you hear is that they're very hard to get accepted to. If you don't have a 4.0 (or close to one). I know for a fact that they start from the top (4.0) and go down until they fill all the applicant spaces...If anyone knows different, or If they have changed since last year, I'd like to know!




    Quote from mmartiniii
    I am also curious about the negative hype that seems to be common with TWU.
  3. by   Princess_WannaBe
    Wow I didn't kow TWU was the hard to get into. Maybe thats why their pass rate is so high. I know now I need to do good on all my prereqs before I apply. Thanks so much for the input.
  4. by   mariessas_mom
    [QUOTE=caminurse]I haven't applied to TWU but the main rumor that you hear is that they're very hard to get accepted to. If you don't have a 4.0 (or close to one). I know for a fact that they start from the top (4.0) and go down until they fill all the applicant spaces...If anyone knows different, or If they have changed since last year, I'd like to know!




    Quote from mmartiniii
    I am also curious about the negative hype that seems to be common with TWU.
    Yes, I just got accepted to TWU for this fall. There were over 800 applicants for about 150 slots. The minumum GPA accepted was 3.70. Good thing is that there tuition rate is very reasonable in this area. They will also give you .20 added to your GPA if you take 32 hours of lower division classes at their Denton campus.
  5. by   longhorn114
    I was wondering about the gpa thing that i read up there it said that twu is looking for people with high gpas. Well i have a friend who graduated from HCC and she had a 3.9 gpa so lets say for people who went to universities and got a gpa of 3.25 wouldnt it be unfair for those students and that most of the students they accepted are from the community colleges then?

    And besides my other friend told me that they do treat them the same.. can anyone explain that to me please? thank you
  6. by   mariessas_mom
    Quote from longhorn114
    I was wondering about the gpa thing that i read up there it said that twu is looking for people with high gpas. Well i have a friend who graduated from HCC and she had a 3.9 gpa so lets say for people who went to universities and got a gpa of 3.25 wouldnt it be unfair for those students and that most of the students they accepted are from the community colleges then?

    And besides my other friend told me that they do treat them the same.. can anyone explain that to me please? thank you
    Longhorn114,

    I start TWU's BSN program this fall. Here is how it works-they look at GPA only. If someone takes at least 32 hours of core classes/prereqs at TWU they get .20 added to their GPA for admission purposes only. The cut off for this fall was 3.70. Now, some TWU people could have actually had a 3.5 but gotten in with their extra .20. But at orientation there was a mix of TWU students and transfers from community colleges. Every semester the cut off creeps up a little. This spring start was 3.68 I believe. There were 825 applicants for about 120 slots. Unfortunately, schools are facing a nursing instructor shortage because those nurses can make more money elsewhere. In clinicals, the state only allows 10 students per 1 instructor.

    I think schools should use other criteria besides GPA, a lot of us have years of medical experience already but that is not even considered. So until the rules change you just have to keep the high GPA game up. Good luck!
  7. by   mmartiniii
    But do remember, acheiving and maintaining a high GPA in a university is nothing to scoff at. Some of us really bust our tails keeping the grades up there. However, I do agree that more than GPA should be considered for admission. For example, I applied at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston for this fall and was turned away. It definitely wasn't my GPA that didn't allow me to get in. Had they have taken into account that I was able to maintain a 3.9 + GPA while juggling a full time job at one of the big 4 global accounting firms, three children (ages 8, 3, and 20 months), and still manage to build a small business (hair and nail salon) for my wife and manage the daily processes of it too, then perhaps they would have let me in. Did I gripe and wine about not getting in? YOU BET I DID!!! :angryfire But hey, it's time to move on. TWU....here I come!!!!



    Quote from mariessas_mom
    Longhorn114,

    I start TWU's BSN program this fall. Here is how it works-they look at GPA only. If someone takes at least 32 hours of core classes/prereqs at TWU they get .20 added to their GPA for admission purposes only. The cut off for this fall was 3.70. Now, some TWU people could have actually had a 3.5 but gotten in with their extra .20. But at orientation there was a mix of TWU students and transfers from community colleges. Every semester the cut off creeps up a little. This spring start was 3.68 I believe. There were 825 applicants for about 120 slots. Unfortunately, schools are facing a nursing instructor shortage because those nurses can make more money elsewhere. In clinicals, the state only allows 10 students per 1 instructor.

    I think schools should use other criteria besides GPA, a lot of us have years of medical experience already but that is not even considered. So until the rules change you just have to keep the high GPA game up. Good luck!
  8. by   mmartiniii
    When you say you haven't heard "glowing" things about TWU, what do you mean? I've heard this from three different people now but haven't seen anything concrete to back the claim up. Can you enlighten us? I'm considering going there this spring, so any information you could provide would be appreciated.

    Quote from biscuitnic
    I'm looking at TCU myself and UTA. I haven't heard glowing things about TWU. TCU is waaaay expensive, but it will get me out of school 1-2 semesters faster than UTA. Plus, as a Red Raider....I have a natural aversion to all things ut.
  9. by   Lisa Michelle
    Quote from mmartiniii
    But do remember, acheiving and maintaining a high GPA in a university is nothing to scoff at. Some of us really bust our tails keeping the grades up there. However, I do agree that more than GPA should be considered for admission. For example, I applied at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston for this fall and was turned away. It definitely wasn't my GPA that didn't allow me to get in. Had they have taken into account that I was able to maintain a 3.9 + GPA while juggling a full time job at one of the big 4 global accounting firms, three children (ages 8, 3, and 20 months), and still manage to build a small business (hair and nail salon) for my wife and manage the daily processes of it too, then perhaps they would have let me in. Did I gripe and wine about not getting in? YOU BET I DID!!! :angryfire But hey, it's time to move on. TWU....here I come!!!!
    i guess i better hop on the TWU train since i just got my acceptance letter today. i don't think i have anything going for me BESIDES gpa to get me into UTHSC. :uhoh21:
  10. by   gauge14iv
    TWU Houston and TCU both have programs for people who hold BS degrees that will put you through nursing school in 14 mos and then you will also have a BSN.

    Thats the ones I would check into if you already have a BS
  11. by   eph432girl
    Quote from gauge14iv
    twu houston and tcu both have programs for people who hold bs degrees that will put you through nursing school in 14 mos and then you will also have a bsn.

    thats the ones i would check into if you already have a bs

    i start the tcu accelerated bsn program in may 2005. it is 15 months (not 14) and you are correct in the fact that the accelerated track is only offered to people who already hold degrees..... this fact alone significantly narrows the applicant pool.

    the tuition is about $40k (private university = higher tuition) for the program which may scare some people at first - i just think about getting out of school quicker and having that much more time to work and payoff the debt (debt for school can be tax deducted [not sure about his - my hubby and the taxman work out all this $$ stuff] and the interest rate is low... plus it is not like you are not going to have to take out loans no matter which school you attend). getting out of school quicker is a benefit for some students who plan on applying to other (lengthy) graduate programs that require a year experience on top of the bsn <-- my situation.

    the class is small - only about 30 students and grades are important (duh ). one more thing about the program, if you are accepted, you sign an agreement that you will not work while in school since it is an accelerated program. they estimate the weekly time committment to school is 64 hours per week. personally, i don't have a problem with this agreement as i cannot imagine trying to juggle 64 hours of school a week and then working (scared i would make mistakes because i was tired and possibly hurt someone.... maybe i am just old and get tired easier now)

    i think there are only 2 accelerated programs in tx: tcu in fw and twu (but you cannot do it at denton - have to go to houston). i did not check programs outside the dfw area since i cannot attend them.


    hope this helps,
    christine
  12. by   landonsles
    When I went to TWU, there was an attitude amongst the teachers and the students that TWU is better than other programs. The instructors time and time again would tell us how lucky we were to be at TWU, and how, when all was said and done, we'd know so much more than even the doctors. This was several years ago, mind you, so it may be different now. But I think this attitude might be a reason why there is so much negativity toward TWU.

    Like I said, this was several years ago--things might be different. So if you go to TWU, please don't take offense; I am just speaking about my experience with their BSN program.

    In the scheme of things, it really doesn't matter where you get your education--all that matters is what you do with it!!
  13. by   gauge14iv
    Do whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?????? LOL that's funny - Iv'e been at TWU for 3 years now and I have yet to hear ANYTHING like THAT!!!!!!!! Nor have I ever even been given that impression - I'm at Parkland....

    but that's funny. As far as negativity towards TWU, I havn't really heard anything negative either before I went in or since I started other than that they are disorganized to the nth degree - THAT I can agree with, but I think thats the case in any program that is overladed and striving to keep up with the changing times.

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