VCU 2013 hopefuls for accelerated program
- 2Feb 15, '12 by nursingbound2013Hey, everybody!! I'm new to this site. I was wondering if anyone is applying for vcu's accelerated program this year for the summer of 2013? I'm currently a junior at VCU, finishing up a gen.science degree w/minor in psy. I'm taking micro this semester(my last prereq for the program) I think the only thing holding me back is my test scores. I've taken the sats(3x) and act(2x). I know they accept sat, act, or gre. But how closely are they really gonna look at those test scores?? My gpa is 3.7 now and im hoping to pull off a least 3.8 this semester. Anyone else having trouble with test/classes?
- 0Mar 17, '12 by ZenLoverI was accepted and am waiting to start this May. Your gpa is great. I took the GRE and even though my scores were above the minimum I was afraid they were not really that competitive. It is really about the overall polished package. Volunteer, get work caring for people in any capacity, make sure you write your letter of intent honestly and in APA format. Your references need to be academic if the work reference is not directly related. It really is the whole package they look at. If your scores on the SAT, ACT or GRE don't meet minimum criteria it is simply a quick way to weed you out. They don't want to spend time looking at the "whole package" for EVERY application. They use scores to do the quick weed and then with what is left over take a closer look at the whole picture. At least that is the way it was explained to me.
Good luck and try not to let the process drive you nuts. I wanted it bad and the wait almost turned me batty! LOL
- 0my test scores for the ACT was 21,20,and 22. I really cant afford to keep taking all these tests,its expensive. A girl in my micro class applyed for the tradtnl program with ACT score of 21, but she also had an A in anatomy. I went to orientation, the lady never did answer the question, kinda annoying like its some "top secret society" instead of nursing school
- 0Were all of your references academic? I volunteer at Chippenham now, been there for a little over 2 years. Minmum ACT was 19, i scored 21,20,and 22. But I also got a C in anatomy but a B in phis lec and A in the lab(I took these at VCU, theres no a&p I-II) But the rest of my sci courses are A's and a few B's and no repeats or W. I've applied for the tradintl 3 times so now i'm aimming for acclerated.
- 0Jun 5, '12 by jt43How are you doing in Micro? The C will hurt you a little. I think the test scores are really a "did you meet the minimum requirement" checkoff. I think your overall gpa is way more important than test scores. If you take an exam again, I recommend taking the gre and not the act again. Gre is basic math and language skills and you may do better on it. My references were all either academic or work related. A supervisor at Chipp would be an excellent source for a recommendation imo. The program is big on communication/patient interaction imo. Good luck!
- 0Jun 5, '12 by nursingbound2013I ended up with 85 in micro lecture and 83 in the lab part.
Bio 101 lec-B
Bio 101 lab-A
I think thats it for the pre-reqs. I am really debating whether to retake anatomy this summer(5 spots open at vcu) They said at orientation that they avg all the courses so, even if I got an A, A and C would still avg to be a B and the person that did great the first time in the class would still get in over me. My gpa did fall a little for VCU this spring semester from 3.6 to 3.5. But mcv avgs my john tyler and reynolds gpa with vcu's so it about 3.7. Im taking ite 115 and sdv 100 now at reynolds, so i can apply for their lpn and rn program. Those are the last two classes i need for them. So now i have some options, hopefully someone lets me in