Samuel Merritt interview process (ABSN) - page 2

Hi! I'm scheduled in for an interview on the 25th with Samuel Merritt College for the ABSN program, and I was wondering if anyone here has any experience interviewing for this program (or knows... Read More

  1. by   pug540
    Quote from turbohound
    One thing all the panelists emphasized was that if you get into the program, you'll have to make it the center of your universe for the duration. Or you'll crash and burn.

    With so few slots, I'm concerned about my chances of getting in.
    I think it can only help that you were accepted to the program once before. If you were good enough the first time, why not this time around, right? :spin:
    This waiting might drive me crazy! I check my email about 10 times a day and check the snail mail as soon as the mail lady closes my box.
    I've spoken with Liza a few times over the last year and every time she made a point to say that students in the ABSN program eat, breathe, live nursing for 12 months straight. I say...bring it on!
  2. by   Rianna1
    Hi turbohound,
    You had mentioned one of the absn students said that the average in her cohort was a 3.5 gpa, do you know if that was all college gpa or just nursing pre-req's gpa?
    I got into Dominican University's pre-nursing program, but would rather do SMC's Oakland ABSN program since it is only one year and it is closer to home.
  3. by   turbohound
    I believe she said her cohort GPA averaged 3.5 in the pre-reqs.
    Last edit by turbohound on Oct 3, '07
  4. by   Rianna1
    i thought SMC doesn't do interviews for the ABSN program?

    Also, did you guys take Patho as an online class? I'm taking it this semester as online at Yuba College. It sounds scary..
  5. by   pug540
    Quote from turbohound
    I believe she said her cohort GPA averaged 3.5 in the pre-reqs.

    Everyday, I wait for the mail, and practically mug the mailperson. Hoping to see an envelope from Samuel Merritt granting me an interview.

    Hey Pug, how'd you do in Patho? I missed an A by 4 points (damn)
    Should've studied harder.:angryfire
    Hey turbohound! I did end up getting an A in patho but I dont feel like I retained much. Poynter had little to no input in the course. She took for ever to grade our assigments.
    I had a cruel little thing happen to me the other day. I walked out to the mailbox as soon as I got home and opened it to see an envelope from Samuel Merritt. My heart was instantly beating so fast! Of course I ripped open the envelope to see...............A dvd for Samuel Merritt. I'm on their mailing list. This waiting is killing me...
    Last edit by pug540 on Aug 12, '07
  6. by   pug540
    Quote from nathanielandarianna
    i thought SMC doesn't do interviews for the ABSN program?

    Also, did you guys take Patho as an online class? I'm taking it this semester as online at Yuba College. It sounds scary..
    SMC-Sac still does interviews for all of their programs. Only the campuses in the Bay area no longer do them.
    Who do you have for patho? I just finished the online course at Woodland with Poynter. It wasn't horribly bad. Just a lot of reading. Turbohound had Scroggins so he can tell you about her class.
  7. by   Rianna1
    pug540, well good; i'm glad there are no interviews for the ABSN program; one less thing to stress off. i'm taking patho with williams and will be bidding on the textbook on ebay; cheaper way to get books than the campus bookstores
  8. by   turbohound
    Nathanielandarianna, I took Patho through Yuba, this past summer with Scroggins and she was pretty good. Slow on grading, but fair. Keep up with the reading and you'll do fine. Also, if you get a used book, you'll still have to purchase an access code from the publisher, since they do the testing and run the website. I think its $30, maybe less. I'm keeping my Patho book, its a great reference.

    Overall, a very useful class. But like Pug says, taking it in summer made it hard to retain.

    Last edit by turbohound on Sep 14, '07
  9. by   dantr0n
    First post. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything regarding interviews for the ABSN sacramento program? I, like most of you, have been anxiously awaiting any news, whether good or bad.
  10. by   Asherah
    Would anyone be able to shed light on why SMC required interviews for Oakland and Sac but not SF? Is it not the same program, merely in a different location? I'm applying for Fall 2008 in SF (only because I'd like to start in the Fall) and I'm just surprised that there is a difference in procedure. Don't get me wrong, part of me would be glad I don't have to do an interview, but on the other hand I would definitely enjoy the ability to meet them and give them a bit of an impression of my personality.
  11. by   amzyRN
    I also chose the SF ABSN program b/c of the start date and was surprised when there was no interview. I even went out and bought a special outfit for the occasion and was a little disapointed that they don't interview. But the BSN degree is the same regardless of the campus (right?), so I don't see why they interivew is req'd in Oak and Sac. Has anyone asked?
  12. by   deann52
    Quote from pug540
    If you don't mind me asking...did you have all of the pre-req's done before you applied? I'm freaking out a bit that I applied without having finished Micro (I'll finish in 4 weeks) or Life Span Development (taking a short class this fall). My background is in human development so I'm not too worried about that pre-req. Micro is such a major component that I'm worried it'll will lower my chances of getting in. Geez...2 more months of all this worrying!!!
    You do not need your prereqs done by application time only by the deadline for your campus.
  13. by   em79
    Hi. I'm interested in applying to the ABSN program. For those of you who are waiting or have been you mind if I asked what your stats were? Do you know if they take in account ll your prereqs GPA vs. just the Science prereq gpa. I know they take an overall GPA of your last 60 or so units.

    In your opinion, did you find it "hard" to get into the program? In other it very competitive?

    Thank you for your help!