Applying into a traditional BSN program this Fall 2012!

U.S.A. Michigan



This is my first post on here so hopefully this is posted in the correct area. I'm applying into MSU's traditional BSN program this fall and needless to say I am beyond nervous. I can't help but contemplate the possibility that I won't get in. I don't have a backup plan, besides for applying again. I've read a few similar posts to this but none seem to be recent.

Currently I'm enrolled in a Pathophys class and I'm estimating finishing it with a 3.5 or a 4.0. This means that my overall GPA will be between a 3.42 and a 3.5 by the time I apply.

During high school, I trained as a CNA for a year and was eligible for certification, but I didn't take the exam. I don't know if it will be helpful to mention this experience.

I'm also volunteering at McLaren Hospital in the surgical lounge. I plan on asking the service chair for a letter of recommendation. I need one more but I am unsure on who to ask. I'm leaning towards asking my Pathophys instructor, even though it is an online course.

Based on your experience, what do you think my chances are of getting in? I understand that MSU's website says the average accepted GPA into the program last year was a 3.67. This is very distressing, as I don't believe a 3.4 would be competitive. Besides for volunteering I have limited healthcare experience. MSU doesn't have an entrance exam. Do you guys have any suggestions to make myself more attractive as an applicant? I would love to hear from some other students who are about to apply into the program. It would also be helpful if anyone who was recently admitted into a traditional program could chime in. I'm sure you know who stressful this part of the journey can be, thank you for understanding.

Specializes in Forensic Psych.

Well, if the average GPA accepted is a 3.6, that means people have been accepted with GPAs higher AND lower than that. So don't lose hope :)

Specializes in Complex pedi to LTC/SA & now a manager.

Moving to MI Nursing programs to elicit further response. Best of luck in your endeavors.

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