how many tries? - page 3

I was wondering, for those of you who are in nursing school - how many times did you apply to the nursing program before you got accepted? I was wondering because I applied for the fall but was... Read More

  1. by   KristinWW
    RNNURSE2BE, moved to FL or Wash to finish???? Implication is that it is easier to get in??? The hamster fell asleep at the wheel - can you enlighten me? Thanks!
  2. by   NurseDixie
    I also got in on the first try, but I had 18 yrs of nursing assistant experience and had all the pre-reqs except Micro out of the way. I am also a non-traditional student (46 y.o.). I will graduate in December.
    When I first applied, a girl that I was taking A&P with said 'you'll never get in on the first try, no one ever does', I guess she'd tried 3 times and was still trying.
    Good Luck to you and if you don't get in on the first try, don't give up, try other schools or keep trying at the one you applied to.
  3. by   maire
    I got accepted the first time around, but I had EVERYTHING done except the nursing classes and I applied almost a year ahead of time.
  4. by   PSUNURS05
    i tried transferring into the nursing program and got into the fall review for summer 2003 but was rejected. I did not have my anatomy/physiology and micro completed and I think that is the major reason I was rejected. I took said courses in the fall 2002. I was put in for the spring review and was accepted into the BSN program. I will see my first pt in a week.
  5. by   pedi-RN
    I got in on my first try, though just barely. At my school, there were over 400 applicants for what was supposed to be 130 spots. Due to funding cuts, so they said, they cut it to 110 spots. You can't even apply here unless you have all of your pre-req's finished (not in progress). And, they strongly suggest that you finish your support classes, too. This semester, the first round picks were those who had at least a 3.54 GPA AND 11 (out of 17 I think) hours of support finished. I had a 3.54 with 9 hours of support finished, and 4 more in progress and was told I was next in line if anyone didn't claim their spot. So, I missed the first cut due to them cutting 20 spots. They opened up those spots last month and LET ME IN!!! I am starting this fall, after I finish my last support class, A&P II, in July.

  6. by   lissagirl
    At my CC you must have all pre reqs finished and you MUST pass the NET. I failed the math unfortunatly.
    Truthfully if you pass the NET thats your ticket. They send you a number and it puts you in line for admission. Its very difficult here too, they are already full for the fall and spring semesters for both LPN and RN programs.
    However if you have your prereqs for the University BSN program I believe there is no waiting list, there is however an interview and a min GPA requirement.
    I am still trying, maybe one day...
  7. by   rnnurse2be
    Originally posted by KristinWW
    RNNURSE2BE, moved to FL or Wash to finish???? Implication is that it is easier to get in??? The hamster fell asleep at the wheel - can you enlighten me? Thanks!
    Honestly Kristin, Im not to sure. One of the gals who dropped her placement here and decided to move to Washington so she could get a LPN instead of RN. She decided she didn't want to go to school for that long. Which, was fine because my friend got her spot here!

    Another 2 that I know are moving to Fl, they are young and just dont want to be on a waiting list.

    I have no idea if it is actuallt easier to get in or what, it was just their choice.

    I think that the waiting list scares A LOT of people. No guarantee of how long you'll be on it!
  8. by   KristinWW
    Thanks Connie! I think many people associate FL with sun-n-fun, and equate that to easy classes? I'll admit, I was a Northeast snob who used to think going to school in FL was a joke Gee, if they knew how difficult it is to get into the nursing programs here ...........
  9. by   straba
    I was rejected by two community colleges, but I kept plugging away at pre-req's and got accepted to two BSN programs for Summer entry!! Don't give up!!
  10. by   Catherine's mom
    I was accepted the first time around, will start this fall. For the fall 2003 year my school had over 400 applicants for 60 openings, and they had a lottery system. I was lucky and got the first alternate position!

    I have since heard that they have changed the requirements and have abandoned the lottery system.
  11. by   ggfifirn05
    I'm also a Florida student, and I've noticed there a number of us on the board, and I think the others will attest to the fact that it isn't that easy to be accepted here. Applicants at my CC are given this handout titled "Steps to applying to the ADN-RN Program", which states the following courses must be completed before applying: A & P 1 & II, College Algebra (or higher) and Chemistry (one full year of high school Chemistry with a "C" or better is accepted), as well as completion or current enrollment in Microbiology. You can take English Comp, Gen'l Psych, Sociology, a Humanites course and Human Growth and Development while attending the nursing program. However, since your admittance to the program is based upon points earned by your GPA (# of credit hours x grade value, i.e, an "A" equals 4 points) and your PSB-NAT scores, its foolish to apply until you've completed most of your prereqs, because the students that you are competing against for a spot have done the same thing.

    But since I was taking Micro this spring, I went ahead and applied for the Summer term. The only other prereqs I lacked were Sociology and Humanities. I had scored pretty well on the PSB-NAT (so I thought), had completed my CPR certification, and had a 3.88 GPA...but because there are only 60 spots available for the summer program, the point cutoff was around 175. I only had about 150. Needless to say, I was rejected because they were taking students that had completed more of their prereqs by the deadline than I had, and who had a higher point value than me. I heard there were over 300 applicants for the Summer term.

    I've applied again for the Fall term, retaken the PSB-NAT (and scored higher this time), plus have finished up Micro and Sociology. That gave me quite a few more points (I think it was just over 200) so hopefully I will be accepted this time. I believe they take 120 students for the fall term. I was disappointed I didn't get in for the summer term, but in the long run it has worked out better for me and my family.

    I've talked with several of my classmates who were also rejected, and they ran into the same problem. The main reason seems to be that either they had applied while still taking Micro, or had a low grade in one or more of their classes, so their point value was knocked down. I don't think my school makes it very clear that you really stand a better chance of being accepted if you apply after you've completed Micro and most of your science prereqs. They just sort of set you up for disappoinment. Maybe that's their way of preparing you for the tough road ahead...I'm not sure.

    Best of luck to you!
  12. by   Cynthiann
    Susan, I'm just curious - what part of Florida do you live? Just wondering since I grew up there.
  13. by   seewhiterabbit
    I will be applying for my third time to a BS-RN program this September for the Spring 2004 semester. The first time I applied I applied with a 3.2 and got on a waiting list. The second time I applied I had a 3.39 and all my pre-reqs were done and again I got on a waiting list. Now, I have retaken 7 classes that I got B's in and I have made straight A's in the 7 classes I retook and now I have a 3.7 GPA. I will be reapplying with a 3.7 and hopefully that will be good enough since a 3.39 was not good enough. I know other people that have had to retake a whole year's worth of classes to get into the program they want. Some people think I am wasting time. I personally do not. I want what I want and I will get it. Some BS-RN progrgams are just very competitive even though I don't think it should be, considering the shortage. Some people think I should just go for my AS in nursing instead of BS-RN, but they just don't get it! I already have 2 years of pre-req's behind me. I am willing to put in another 2 years to get my BS-RN and YES I know I will get paid the SAME as the AS-RN's but I can eventually go into administration if I choose to and I have my heart set on going to graduate school and I can't do that without my bachelor's. So anyway, there's my little story on getting into nursing school. I have worked really hard to get to the point I am at and I really hope a 3.7 will get me in. When I do get in, it will feel taht much better. I'm not going to give up on my goals just because of some stumbling blocks. I will reach my goals and set new ones as well.