@Aseason4peaches - @suebeecron is exactly right, it is completely black and white and based on points. You can apply at any time, but the more points you amass before applying, the more competitive you will be. On the new point spread, English, Soc, Psy & Hum electives are worth up to 12 points each, A&P classes (168 & 169) are worth up to 32 each, and Microbiology (175) is worth up to 24. The TEAS test is worth up to 20. So the total points are now 180. If I have it right! They used to double the points for both Psychology classes & for Sociology, so they were worth up to 24, but no more. So the total points used to be 216. It is definitely challenging to figure it all out. Meeting with an advisor helps, as does attending the info session.
I got an 87% on the TEAS as well! Which was better than I thought I would do - taking it in the middle of a tough semester without prepping at all. I know, I was shocked when the administrator told me that hardly anyone got the full 20 points. Made me feel pretty good about my 12! I definitely think you'll be able to improve your score after completing 169 and studying over the break. Plus, now you know what to expect, which also helps.
I finished finals for 169 & 175 yesterday - huge relief to have them over. I finished 169 with an A, but missed an A in 175 by 1%. So, literally just a few points. But I knew that was coming, so not a huge shock. I would have had to get a 101 on the final to pull out an A, and that was not going to happen! I kind of had to choose where to focus my energy, and 169 was worth more points and an A seemed more attainable in that course - for me, anyway. But with A's in everything else and my 12 points on the TEAS, I think I'm competitive. I guess all that's left is to sit back and wait. I turned in my application a few weeks ago!
I had Dr. Nunez for 175. We were supposed to have Professor Dix but she left, and Dr. Nunez took over, which was somewhat disappointing as I'd read reviews and specifically chosen not to chance taking him. People either love his flipped classroom or can't stand it. I know it works, and I know there have been studies on it's effectiveness, but after this semester, I can say that it's definitely not for me. It's not a matter of having to be prepared for class - I've always tried to do the reading prior to lecture, it's more that I struggled with feeling like the time in lecture was valuable. Add spending a lot of time just pulling information out of a power point prior to lecture, followed by then studying that information... Anyway, just not for me. Like I said, some people love it, but unfortunately there's no way to know if it will work for you until you're in it!
That is crazy about the alternate list - I wonder what the lowest amount of points they are now accepting is? I mean, I guess it makes sense - you apply so far in advance, people apply to different programs, life situations change... Just goes to show - don't panic if you're an alternate!!
Have a great, restful break everyone! Off to finish my Christmas shopping (and START my Christmas shopping, lol - been a rough couple of weeks!!! Good thing I have an understanding family!)