Hi there. I got into UTMB for Fall 2012. I am turning down my seat there to attend UTHSC this Fall, but I can possibly help y'all out.
UTMB puts a LOT of emphasis on the personal statement. It is suppose to be 700 words - tops, and it is your chance to explain why you want to be a nurse, and explain any lapses in education/bad grades/ etc. I can honestly say PUT YOUR HEART INTO THIS STATEMENT!!! Many a student have been called in for an interview because of their statements alone, not to mention others have been called in because their statement created a discrepancy in thier transcripts. This step is VERY IMPORTANT to them. Applicants have been known to not get interviews because they didn't put ANY effort into their statements. I really cannot emphasis enough how important this step is..... The TEAS -
STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! That test is SOOOO much harder than the HESI. It combines just about every kind of science you learned in high school. There is earth science, AP, Chem, etc. If you learned it in High School, it is a science you need to know. There are even some Physics (but not much at all). But do not forget to study the other areas as well. If you can purchase the practice tests, DO IT!! They help!! And an FYI - I made a 76. And they told me that was good! I was unhappy with that grade, but apparently they REALLY liked it! Go figure Your GPA -
They calculate ALL your classes into your GPA. Not just your pre-reqs and they do not look at individual GPA's like your sciences. It is ONE number to them. If you have a previous degree then they look at that too... They had my GPA calculated around 3.3 (I had a bad semester when I was 19 - and I explained that in my statement) NursingCas
- Get your stuff in early! They usually take up to 4 weeks or more to get all your documents input before they will send everything to UTMB. And they will not send your application over until it is complete (you can still be taking pre-reqs). I did not have to use the program, but I was told that when I went for my interview (during Spring Break - March) that they were still getting documents from the system. Try not to wait till the last minute to apply. START EARLY! Interview
- MAKE AN INPRESSION BUT BE PROPER!!!!! DRESS PROFESSIONAL!!! I bought a pencil skirt and jacket to wear. I was able to laugh with my interviewer and she was impressed with my knowledge... I had an opportunity to show her that Nursing is not something new to me.....
Please look at the posts from Fall 2012 applicants. I posted LOTS of information, as I found it out, throughout the semester. Try to go to an information seminar and be friendly with all the staff that are giving you the info. I can say that having them remember you, in a good way, would be benefitial.
If anybody has any other questions, please feel free to PM me. I will be more than willing to answer and help whenever I can. GOOD LUCK!!!