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Duke ABSN Fall 2015

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Hi All,

Just wanted to get a thread going for those who are applying to the Fall 2015 ABSN program. What are some of your degrees in? Is anyone applying to other schools? Also, is anyone planning on moving to North Carolina to attend?

Hey warriortac and others who will be reading this eventually,

I am planning to apply to Duke ABSN Program for Fall 2015. I have B.S. in Biology and is a resident of NC. I have started to apply to WSSU ABSN Program but wasn't sure if WSSU is a great school to attend. The reviews that I've read on internet about the school and the area is kind of low.

Anyway, I am curious about the GPA requirement for the ABSN Program at Duke. I have a GPA of 3.353. Is that still considered as 3.4? I know some schools do not round GPAs... But I also have 3.783 on my transfer associate degree, but I've noticed that some schools tend to use only the GPA from the most recent school and they do not average GPAs from all schools attended. Anybody knows if Duke SON will average the GPAs and about whether if they will round the GPA?

Hi beckerz002!

I have a B.A. in Anthropology and an Associates in Science. My undergrad GPA is a 3.3 and my associates GPA is a 3.6 or 3.7 (can't remember lol). I am interested to know too if they combine these?? I won't have time to prep for and take the GRE before the Dec. 1st deadline. So, I am hoping they mesh the two together.

I currently live in Michigan, so I would definitely have to move upon acceptance. I am also applying to a few other schools that are out-of-state. Do you have all the prerequisites completed? This is stressful applying to all of these schools!

I have met all the prerequistes required for Duke ABSN Program. I am trying to decide whether I should take other classes that are required for a few other ABSN programs offered in NC such as Nutrition and Ethics. I hate to think I would waste my time taking these classes when I might be rejected by the programs that require those. What are other schools have you applied to? I am going to try UNC-Chapel Hill too when the application cycle opens again.

I still have to take Statistics for Duke. I already took Nutrition and I have taken Medical Ethics. I am applying to Villanova in Pennsylvania. A friend of mine went there and she is now at UPENN for her Masters. She loved it and I heard their program is amazing. Villanova requires some religion credits so I taking a class now. I will also apply here in Michigan; I am applying to UDM and Wayne State. I was also looking at University of Tennessee. Though, Duke and Villanova are actually my top choices. I just need to get into a program next year, so I am open to move as long as its within 8-9 hours of Michigan as a drive….

Hey!

I have applied to Duke for the Fall semester. I'm living in Seattle. My undergraduate degree was in Political Science, with a GPA of 3.91. My GPA for my science prerequisites is 3.95. I'm very keen to hear from Duke, but I've also applied to Johns Hopkins, MGH in Boston, University of Washington, OHSU in Portland, and a few other schools. The hardest part of applying was the introspection required for writing the essays needed for the application. Once you apply, Duke responds with an email that provides access to a fantastic portal that allows you to view the status of your application and to see whether the transcripts and other supporting documents have been received. I've just ordered my transcripts to be delivered to Duke.

Good luck to my fellow applicants!

For those like me who are wondering if Duke will combine the grades from all schools and if the GPA will be rounded, I got the response to an email from Duke SON:

"Thank you for your interest in the Duke School of Nursing. When the GPA's are calculated we do not round up. It is a cumulative GPA from all schools attended. Hope this helps. Have a great day!"

You should be fine then beckerz002!

Hi you guys. I am actually in my first semester here at Duke. It is crazy to think that i was where you where like a year ago. I don't know how much help I can be but I am here if you need anything. :)

Hi all,

I'm in the process of applying to the Duke ABSN program for Fall 2015. The personal statements are killing me! I feel so much pressure to get them perfect. Any advice, MzJazBerri?

I had a similar anxiety about the personal statements. I haven't yet been accepted, so the weight of my advice is only as a fellow applicant. Take a few days to reflect on each of the essays, to make sure that they are sincere and, most importantly, that they thoroughly answer the questions. The Admissions Committee would like to know the events that motivate you to join the profession, the things that you have learnt about yourself and about nursing, your ability to think critically and assertively and what about YOU would make you a great fit for the specific program at Duke University. Overthinking it does not help. Write it bit by bit over the course of a few days as ideas come to you, and make sure it's natural and genuine.

I am a male student applying Fall 2015. My undergraduate GPA is a 3.4 in Human Development. My GRE score was a 153 Verb (59th percentile) and 153 Quant (50th percentile), and this equates to an 1180 total score using their old scoring methods. Vanderbilt is my first choice, but Duke is my second and I'm anxious thinking about it!

Hi all. I am applying for Fall 2015. I have a rather low GPA but did pretty well in the pre-req's, well on the GREs, and have lots of volunteer experience. So I'm hoping that helps me tremendously!

I would be relocating to NC from CA. Quite a change. So far, I have applied to UCSF, Hopkins, and UVa...

Hey all!

I am a Spring 2015 cohort and would like to offer some advice on the personal statements. They are what gave me the most anxiety in my application!

Please note that in cohorts past Duke did interviews with candidates at Duke Days. Starting with my cohort and yours, and beyond, this is not the case. Therefore, it is imperative that you include all pertinent information concisely in your personal statements, as well as delineate other pertinent info in your resume. I highly recommend EVERYONE upload a resume attachment; this can be as many pages as you want. I included my professional and my job resumes to show to Duke what I have been doing since undergrad to fill in the holes.

Some tips

- Don't get ahead of yourself in your essays. Duke already knows why you're applying to Duke vs. a community college. They know you want to be a leader in the health field. There's no need to jump ahead and discuss how you want to become a NP. Talk first and foremost about your passion for NURSING. If you wish, vaguely, and I mean at most in a sentence, discuss how you are open to exploring furthering your nursing career.

- DO add personality and flair. Since admissions officers don't do interviews anymore, this is important. Tap into your voice. Sound stoic and professional but also add in some solid word choices and/or narratives that illustrate who you are. Ex) "When my adorable morkie Teddy and I aren't being avid Netflix and Pinterest junkies, I concentrate my time on volunteering with the local boys & girls club."

- Be concise. The character limit is very binding. I edited my essays 4-5 times, submitted them to all my friends who are pursuing Master's, and then edited them even further. In fact, upon getting friends' advice, I completely changed up two of my essays. I am so grateful for their guidance

- Don't be cheesy. All admissions officers know that ABSN candidates had some kind of life changing moment where nursing was spelled out to them. Unless this story is very close to you (i.e. a family member's health has depreciated and you've been caring for them, a health issue of your own), avoid the dramatics and instead just state that you want to advance your biology degree by serving others.

- Do stress patient contact. It's what nursing is all about! You may come from a research background but what about your background and personality would make you excel with patients?

- GRE scores are not the end all, be all. GPA, work experience, volunteer and research experience are more credible. Having patient experience via research or CNA is invaluable in your chances of admissions!

Hey everyone,

I am currently a senior in college and in the process of filling out applications to 4 accelerated nursing programs; Duke, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, MUSC, and VCU. My number one choice out of these 4 schools is Duke. I do have one concern, and that is my GPA. I currently have a little over a 3.0 and I know that this is rather low but I do have a reasoning for this. When I was a senior in high school I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent a very dangerous surgery to remove this tumor at UVa. When I first started college I didn't notice any side effects from this tumor that were affecting my school work because at first my classes were somewhat of a review. However, as time went on I began to notice that something wasn't right and went back to UVa to receive strenuous testing. They found that the traumatic surgery had indeed caused me to suffer from side effects and they put in place special accommodations and prescribed me medicine to help with the effects. Since receiving help from UVa, I have been on the dean's list for consecutive semesters and my grades are great. However, I am worried that my grades before these changes, although none below a C, will affect me getting into Duke's program! I have great recommendations as well as wonderful shadowing experiences at St. Jude Children's research hospital with their number one neurosurgeon, as well as shadowing with nurses and doctors in other clinics. Does anyone have any advice to offer?

Hey everyone,

I am currently a senior in college and in the process of filling out applications to 4 accelerated nursing programs; Duke, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, MUSC, and VCU. My number one choice out of these 4 schools is Duke. I do have one concern, and that is my GPA. I currently have a little over a 3.0 and I know that this is rather low but I do have a reasoning for this. When I was a senior in high school I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent a very dangerous surgery to remove this tumor at UVa. When I first started college I didn't notice any side effects from this tumor that were affecting my school work because at first my classes were somewhat of a review. However, as time went on I began to notice that something wasn't right and went back to UVa to receive strenuous testing. They found that the traumatic surgery had indeed caused me to suffer from side effects and they put in place special accommodations and prescribed me medicine to help with the effects. Since receiving help from UVa, I have been on the dean's list for consecutive semesters and my grades are great. However, I am worried that my grades before these changes, although none below a C, will affect me getting into Duke's program! I have great recommendations as well as wonderful shadowing experiences at St. Jude Children's research hospital with their number one neurosurgeon, as well as shadowing with nurses and doctors in other clinics. Does anyone have any advice to offer?

Wow! I'm glad to hear you're doing much better. I think the info you provided, along with settling your anxiety, would be perfect in submitting to Duke. I forgot the actual email address, maybe son-documents@duke.edu?, but call up DUSON and ask how you would go about submitting further information critical for admissions officers to know in making their decision on your behalf. I submitted something similar just to cover my tail and to settle my anxiety. Nora or Tia, whoever answers the phone when you call, will point you in the right direction as far as what email you can send this info to. Just make sure this is submitted before the full application deadline. I submitted the same thing to UNC and they claimed that they can only take what's submitted at time of deadline, NOT any updates or other info afterwards.

It sounds like you have a compelling background and grades already, but this will help you even further!

hope this helps.

Hey everyone,

I am currently a senior in college and in the process of filling out applications to 4 accelerated nursing programs; Duke, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, MUSC, and VCU. My number one choice out of these 4 schools is Duke. I do have one concern, and that is my GPA. I currently have a little over a 3.0 and I know that this is rather low but I do have a reasoning for this. When I was a senior in high school I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent a very dangerous surgery to remove this tumor at UVa. When I first started college I didn't notice any side effects from this tumor that were affecting my school work because at first my classes were somewhat of a review. However, as time went on I began to notice that something wasn't right and went back to UVa to receive strenuous testing. They found that the traumatic surgery had indeed caused me to suffer from side effects and they put in place special accommodations and prescribed me medicine to help with the effects. Since receiving help from UVa, I have been on the dean's list for consecutive semesters and my grades are great. However, I am worried that my grades before these changes, although none below a C, will affect me getting into Duke's program! I have great recommendations as well as wonderful shadowing experiences at St. Jude Children's research hospital with their number one neurosurgeon, as well as shadowing with nurses and doctors in other clinics. Does anyone have any advice to offer?

Current student here... In the past I would say the GPA wouldn't necessarily be a problem. Duke looks at applications holistically. However, I have heard information that the admissions committee does seem more focused on GPA than in the past. How accurate this is I have no idea, I didn't hear it directly. I would try to acknowledge it in your essays. You won't know unless you apply.

I would say like what has already been said. Make sure you take your time with your essays. I would have someone proofread to make sure that there are no grammatical mistakes. But most importantly, let your personality shine through. This is their way of getting to know you, so let them see "you" shine through. I was nervous about my essays but when I started to write, i let my passion and my love for nursing take over. I am sure you will do a great job.