George Mason Accelerated BSN Fall 2011 - page 7

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Hi all, I'm applying to GMU's accelerated BSN program for fall 2011 admission, and I have a few questions... First of all, I know that they don't require letters of recommendation, but will they accept them and read them if... Read More


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    Yeah, I dont expect those that got accepted to the nursing program to not get into the university. It's easier to get into the university than nursing program. Speaking of which, I got accepted to the university, but not nursing. I'm assuming there's no benefit to accepting it? (Does anyone know if they're trying to start a Spring program soon? I remember seeing that they were considering it but I dont know if there's official word if they'll start programs that don't start just in Fall)

    Nonetheless, this is your warning to check your mail today and tomorrow. You might get your university acceptance letters.
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    I find it weird that they haven't yet accepted you to the university- i applied back in sept and go accepted right away- within maybe like 3 weeks or so... maybe something happened to your application- i would def. call them and ask about it
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    I finally got my letter and got in! Now I just have to decide whether to go to GMU, Georgetown, or Marymount... Decisions, decisions.
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    ealikhani,
    I did get accepted to the school and not the program as well, but did get on the waiting list. Did you get on the waiting list? Have you heard anything about spring program yet? I am not counting on getting in from the waiting list, but just wondering if anyone else has heard anything...
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    For those who got in, would you be willing to share your stats? Undergrad GPA, pre-req GPA, and what in your background you think made you stand out? I am about to go start my pre-reqs at NOVA in the fall and am planning to apply to only GMU and GT (would only be able to afford GT with the scholarship). I NEED to make this happen for myself. So exciting!
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    Quote from LawyerRN2b
    For those who got in, would you be willing to share your stats? Undergrad GPA, pre-req GPA, and what in your background you think made you stand out? I am about to go start my pre-reqs at NOVA in the fall and am planning to apply to only GMU and GT (would only be able to afford GT with the scholarship). I NEED to make this happen for myself. So exciting!
    Undergrad GPA: 3.7 (Vanderbilt)
    Prereq GPA: 4.0 (NOVA)
    HESI: 94%

    As far as background goes, I think my biggest asset was having worked in health care policy. With health care reform (and more recently, the regulatory phase of HCR) being such a hot-button issue in the industry, I think GMU, and other schools (including Gtown), liked the fact that I had a strong understanding of the policy issues that affect our health care delivery system. Also, I think that writing strong essays is an important key to success in your applications. Lastly, I'd say that some volunteering in a health care facility is an important facet of anyone's application. Let me know if you have any more questions! Best of luck!!!
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    Thank you! I really appreciate it. It's so hard to find info like this and I want to make sure I keep my expectations in check. I, too, have a 3.7 undergrad gpa from a liberal arts school, but I also have a law degree. I did terrible in law school (2.6 GPA), but passed the PA bar the first time. I don't have any healthcare experience except that I (hopefully- if they take me) will start volunteering 4 hours a week at a local hospital in DC. I've worked for two national non-profits doing fundraising and now with the law degree, program management. I have a very strong service background....just not healthcare. I hope the law school gpa does not hurt me---I just found it very boring and had trouble engaging. I'm very much looking forward to my science pre-reqs---it will be a nice change!!
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    Quote from LawyerRN2b
    Thank you! I really appreciate it. It's so hard to find info like this and I want to make sure I keep my expectations in check. I, too, have a 3.7 undergrad gpa from a liberal arts school, but I also have a law degree. I did terrible in law school (2.6 GPA), but passed the PA bar the first time. I don't have any healthcare experience except that I (hopefully- if they take me) will start volunteering 4 hours a week at a local hospital in DC. I've worked for two national non-profits doing fundraising and now with the law degree, program management. I have a very strong service background....just not healthcare. I hope the law school gpa does not hurt me---I just found it very boring and had trouble engaging. I'm very much looking forward to my science pre-reqs---it will be a nice change!!
    I'm sure the law school grades won't matter too much! I'm sure they'll be impressed by the fact that you have a legal background. I would definitely start volunteering at a hospital as soon as possible. That will show them that you've seen firsthand what nursing is all about, and that you know, based on those experiences, that it is the right career for you. It will also provide some great material to draw from when writing your essays! I would also suggest shadowing in a physician's office or hospital. Do you have a good relationship with anyone who practices medicine (a friend, or even a personal physician)? If so, contact them and see if it would be possible to shadow a nurse in his or her office. It's a quick, fun, and easy way to beef up your health care experience! Good luck, and let me know if I can be of anymore help!
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    I actually think you have enough experience and a good enough GPA that you shouldn't need to volunteer anywhere.
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    Thanks for all of your feedback!

    I know volunteering is not a requirement, but I want to just so I can get a real feel for it/ watch exactly what nurses do. I'd also like the experience to beef my essays up (glad the one poster mentioned that) as I feel I am stuck at- "I enjoy learning about medical related issues and dealing directly with people. I have a strong nurturing side and patience made of steel". All true- but I do need something to back this all up. It couldn't hurt...and I really do enjoy my service time. It will be hours well spent regardless.

    Looking forward to reading all about everyone's experiences as they start this program!


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