Quote from Kim05
How impacted are these entry level programs? Anybody know? I am planning to apply to an accelerated program in California, not sure whether to apply to the accelerated BSN or MSN. Anybody have suggestions? I'm currently finishing up my bachelors in psychology. My overall gpa should be around 3.2-3.3 when I'm done, but my science gpa is very low (2.7) I'm not sure if going through the entry level route is a good idea or not. Does experience matter for these el-msn programs?
Experience is a factor in the admission process, but a very small one. Most Apps go by a point system, and a majority of the admissions points are weighed toward your BS GPA, TEASE score, and Pre-req GPA. For example, here is Fullerton's ELMSN applicant point system:
Bachelor's degree GPA 20 points
Pre-requisite coursework GPA 30 points
Work or volunteer experience 10 points
Residency 10 points
Letters of Recommendation 10 points
TEAS 20 points
Total 100 points
So if you lack in a larger component, then you can pick up the slack if you can score high in ALL of the smaller sections.
I'm a little in the same boat as you, so good luck to us both!