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Yesuba has 7 years experience and specializes in NICU, PICU, Family Medicine.

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ok so did not get into UTH SON this fall 09, what did y'all do to get in. i have a 3.7 gpa, 90 net score, application was ontime and all pre-reqs completed...what and where at all did i do/go wrong?? please help

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Lilywhite,

Nothing you listed is an obvious reason you didn't get in. Your scores sound good to me. Did you get an interview? If I were you I would try to contact someone on the admissions department and see if they have any suggestions on what you can try to improve upon incase you want to reapply for the Spring. Only the admissions committee can answer why they chose one person over another. With that being said- I would suggest trying to get some experience in the medical field (if you don't have any)- like take a CNA class. I also took Medical Terminology as an elective as well.

Good luck and don't give up!

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Hey guys, For those of you who applied to TWU and UT houston fall o9.. could you tell me what your overall gpa was? and what your total science gpa was? I am trying to apply for the spring semester in 2010... and i am freaking out!.. I need some help and advice!! Please help me!!!!!!!!

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it's already been posted in this forum; go to the previous posts or search the thread

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I haven't taken a Math yet- I'm taking psychology of Statistics for that reason, Do what you feel you can handle and still come out with a good GPA- Math is not my best subject and apparently UT didn't mind I hadn't taken one... BTW Biogrl84- I think my overall GPA is 3.9 and science is 3.7

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Yesuba has 7 years experience and specializes in NICU, PICU, Family Medicine.

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Cailex,

I have already taken Medical Terminology course. I working on getting some medical experience. I just cant get hold of anyone over there in admissions. I'm always leaving messages and nobody has reached me so far!

Thanks anyways.

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I did quite a bit of nurse shadowing and it seemed to help me in the interview. Did you say what your NET scores were? If you read back through this thread, there were some people with high GPA's that did not get an interview because they didn't have at least a 70 on the reading portion of the NET.

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Hey you guys I had a question, do you think that i should retake some of my science at HCC im currently at HBU but i really dont want to take them there? so you guys think that the Admin @ UT would think that Im just trying to go somewhere easier?

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I dont really think it matters as to where you take your pre-req's, as long as it is at an accredited school and the course work transfers...

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AdrianLU specializes in Critical Care.

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Hi guys,

I'm currently in the general BSN program at UTSCH. It has been super crazy but half-way in I feel it is totally worth it. You will soon feel the same if Nursing is your true calling. Just kind of wanted to give you guys my perspective on Nursing school at UT-H.

I started last Fall with very moderate GPA's (mid 3's) with a 98% on NET. I initially was wait listed but then accepted. I have a prior Bachelors as nearly half of our class does. I think being persistent about calling after being wait listed letting them know I still wanted my spot may have helped me. Also having all of your prereqs done by interview time probably helps, so does having a prior degree and health care experience.

The program itself has been nuts. We are the first group to go through this 4 semester program and kind of have been guinea pigs, so hopefully it will be a lot more organized for you guys. I'm glad I didn't go for the Accelerated program this one is fast enough. The program is tough we lost about 20-30 people out of 120 the first semester. You need to know your A & P and Math on the first day. The will be a Dosages test in the first few weeks. Start familiarizing yourself with NCLEX style questions, understanding how to answer these types of questions is your bread and butter. Its always assess, prioritize, and being able to choose the BEST answer b/c most of the time 2-3 of the answer choices are correct. Start studying for pharm and learning about the nursing process now. Not knowing the nursing process and being able to critically think like a nurse is what causes even the best and the brightest to fail. And yes, failing is below 74.5. Notice I say critically thinking like a NURSE, because its definitely a different frame of mind. You have to know the underlying concepts and rationales behind everything you do, memorizing facts other than Labs and Meds won't help you.

Most of the instructors are personable and generally friendly. Everyone is treated the same until you do something to "stick out" in bad way, then you will be the target/scapegoat. Certain instructors feed on the weak. They all will be so friendly and excited to see you in the first few weeks. The key is to stay on their good side, you do this by demonstrating you are competent, doing what is required, being honest, on-time, prepared, and not expecting preferential treatment. This can save you a lot of heartbreak and being used by them as an example (this has happened). Yes, they are watching everything you do in class and clinicals. They aren't trying to fail you, they are trying to see who will be able to pass NCLEX and be a safe and responsible RN.

Clinicals are good but, you have to make your own opportunities to learn skills. Clinical prep and write ups totally suck it. Clinicals will show them if you are learning anything. It's easy to pass clinicals and check offs unless you cheat or do something totally unsafe so don't stress about it. If your care plan sucks you will just have to redo it. No biggie. Check offs become easier and easier and if you fail you always get a second chance if not more.

Learn as much as you can and take some time for yourself when you get it. Study your NCLEX books!!! Knowing the general concepts and critically thinking will get you a better grade than knowing every fact in the textbooks. Yes, there will be times where you won't sleep, you will likely cry at some point, your family and friends may be concerned about you, you will live off coffee/Redbull/French Corner, and you will have nightmares about nursing school and dream about test material. Eventually, you will look down at your planner (buy one!) and realize you have 2 tests, a paper, a presentation, two clinical days, and a clinical write up due in one week, take a deep breath and be able to cope.

You will talk like a nurse, think like a nurse, and act like a nurse and if the UT-SON God's say it should be so, you will eventually be a Nurse. The thing that's up to you is how great of a Nurse you will be.:nurse::w00t:

I know I have droned on but, if anyone has any questions feel free to pm me. Good luck everyone!

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AdrianLU, thank you so much!! That was very helpful!!

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Yesuba has 7 years experience and specializes in NICU, PICU, Family Medicine.

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Thanks for the insight! I am more than motivated to get into nursing school....I love challenges. Good luck to all of us

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