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I have just started looking into applying to Nursing Schools. I have a long way to go but I wanted to get the process started as soon as possible. I am VERY interested in NYU Accelerated Nursing Program for Fall 2010 and I have a few questions. I would love feedback from anyone who was accepted into the program or planning on applying.
1. I graduated undergrad in business with a mere 2.8 GPA. If I get A's in all my prerequisites what are my chances of getting into NYU Accelerated Program? (My first year of college before I transferred I had a 3.3 GPA- don't know if this even makes a difference). What else can I do to increase my chances of getting accepted?
I didn't do the NYU Accel program (I went to U of Cincinnati's), but also had a lousy undergrad GPA. My Chemical Engineering GPA was an impressive (OK, maybe not) 2.59. At that point in my life, I was just looking to pass, not excel.
Even though I had held a 4.0 GPA in a bunch of courses taken in the 20+ years since my ChE degree (Paramedic coursework, Paramedic refreshers, foreign language classes), I still needed to provide additional references from some of my prereq professors.
Contact the NYU program director directly - explain your situation & ask what you can do to PROVE that you are capable of doing the work at an accelerated pace. Empathize with him/her (OK - grovel, brown nose, whatever) about any concerns he/she may have about your academic background, but once again - ask directly how you can prove
that you are more than capable of doing the job.
I was asked to get references from my A&P and Microbiology profs. I did that, and also got a solid reference from my Psychology prof (this was for a distance learning based, accelerated Psych course). In your prereq courses, you will not just need to get A's, you will need to try & be at the top of the class. Give your prereq Professors the ammunition they need to write a kick-butt recommendation letter for you.
When taking your prereq courses, see if you're eligible to join a honor society at your school. This may require a certain number of quarter hours with a GPA over 3.5 or whatever. If you can do this, also put that on your application.
It is possible!