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Hey! I am currently a pre-nursing student at UWM. I am curious if anyone has any suggestions on getting in the program. I apply this summer for the Spring 2012 program and I am looking for ideas to... Read More

  1. Visit  williams84 profile page
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    Just a note: I am a white female who was able to get in on my first try. I am finishing up the 3B semester. Most of my classmates are second degree students. A large majority of my class is also white.
  2. Visit  SELnurse profile page
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    It is very difficult for those to get in on the first try, though. In my experience, I have not met anyone who has that was a traditional student, but it is not impossible. Do you mind if I ask how you got in? =) what was your GPA?
    Last edit by SELnurse on Nov 15, '12
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    Also, are you a traditional student or a returning student?
  4. Visit  williams84 profile page
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    2nd degree, veteran, science gpa was a 3.8. I can't tell you why you didn't get in, but have you calculated just your science gpa? When I was applying they said that was a big number that they took into consideration. The program is heavily science-based.

    All I can recommend is that you re-apply for the Fall. You probably won't have to change much in your application if you were waitlisted. It's definitely too late for them to have a grade for any retakes, but sometimes they like to see effort on your current class schedule. Believe me, there are still plenty of 20-21 year olds in my class to make me feel old.
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  5. Visit  Nurs23Student profile page
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    Thanks for all the information!
    I am not a second degree student. I did transfer from MATC (to cut costs), but I have received all A's and A-'s. I'm taking my final pre-reqs at UWM and so far I think I'm getting all A's as well. Hopefully being a transfer student doesn't weigh on their decision but I've maintained a high 3.8-3.9 gpa overall. I also have over hundreds of hours of volunteer work and while I do not have any healthcare related work (except for some of my volunteer experiences and CNA course), I have very good work history.

    Even though I've worked so hard, I still am quite worried about getting in. Why do you think there's more second degree students?
  6. Visit  williams84 profile page
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    I honestly think there are more 2nd degree students because UWM is one of the few schools in SE Wisconsin that will take credits from previous degrees. I know Marquette would make you start from scratch since they're a direct-entry program. Plus, once you have a bachelors in something, it doesn't make you feel as good to earn something less than that. Price is always good, too.
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  7. Visit  williams84 profile page
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    Oh, and if you have any questions about the program, just let me know. I'll do my best to answer them.
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  8. Visit  SELnurse profile page
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    Quote from Nurs23Student
    Thanks for all the information!
    I am not a second degree student. I did transfer from MATC (to cut costs), but I have received all A's and A-'s. I'm taking my final pre-reqs at UWM and so far I think I'm getting all A's as well. Hopefully being a transfer student doesn't weigh on their decision but I've maintained a high 3.8-3.9 gpa overall. I also have over hundreds of hours of volunteer work and while I do not have any healthcare related work (except for some of my volunteer experiences and CNA course), I have very good work history.

    Even though I've worked so hard, I still am quite worried about getting in. Why do you think there's more second degree students?
    You will def get in! They will not care where you got your credits. I don't think that having transfer credits will weigh their decision at all. I went to 2 other schools before UWM. Write a good essay and you are in for sure! Congrats on all of your hard work! It is sure to pay off. =)
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    To foxessb1-
    Thanks so much! and that makes sense...I had no idea that schools even allowed you to use credits from previous degrees so that's pretty cool that UWM is one of the few. If I have any questions Ill be sure to ask you. Right now I'm just waiting it out to see if I even get into the program.


    Thanks again!
  10. Visit  Nurs23Student profile page
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    SELnurse-
    Thanks for your words of encouragement! I appreciate you also sharing your own personal experiences with UWM.
    Where are you attending school now? I'm trying to look into other places in case I'm not accepted for a back-up plan. Regardless of whether or not I'm accepted into the UWM program, I will continue to work hard and earn a degree in Nursing. Hopefully, you're choosing to do the same...you sound like a great person just from reading all the volunteer work you've been involved with and of course, your willingness to respond back to my posts.
  11. Visit  SELnurse profile page
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    I am currently at UWM this semester-- I was just put on the waiting list this time around. However, I have been accepted into MSOE's nursing program. It's a bit more expensive ( about $15,000 in loans for me each year), but the education is great there! If you are looking into other programs, I would suggest MSOE. They have a direct entry program so if you are accepted into their school, you are automatically a nursing student. They also have a 100% pass rate for the NCLEX and a 97% job placement for new grads. Honestly, I feel that you should get into UWM's program without any problems, but it is good to have a plan B. =)

    Good luck to you in the future!
  12. Visit  Nurs23Student profile page
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    Thanks SELnurse!
    Before I transferred to UWM I thought about going to MSOE but like you said it's very costly. One of my friends however decided to go to MSOE. MSOE will give you a scholarship based on your gpa but of course it's still super expensive with that kind of scholarship. What you said though may make it worth it: the passing rate, job placement (although nurses are in much demand so job placements probably good with most schools), and the fact that you don't have to petition is awesome!

    I'm not sure how the waiting list works but I hope you get in as well!

    Thanks for the advice. It was nice talking to you!
  13. Visit  SELnurse profile page
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    Does anyone know the likelihood of getting into the UWM program off of the waiting list? Also, I am in my 5th year of school and my aid has run out. I deciding if it's worth it for me to get my BSN now because I was rejected. Should I just go for my ADN at a community college somewhere and go back for my BSN later? or should I keep going for my BSN even though I may not get in again and risk wasting more time and money...

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