I am new to this site, and I came looking to get some advise. I am wondering which program would be better suited for me. I am a junior in college right now, and I am graduating in the spring. I have a mediocre GPA of 3.5. I was pre-med so that effed me up. I am looking to become an NP, but most grad entry programs begin in the summer, but I have found a few ABSN programs that start in the spring. I am trying to get my schooling done in the quickest route. I am in the midwest and I would like to stay there, but UIC's app is closed and Depaul requires a year of work before returning from the Generalist. Loyola requires all prereqs to have a "B" and I got a B- in orgo... I was wondering if anyone could give me any advise or even if I am competitive.
I have 1.5 years working as a Pharmacy tech
2 semesters of working at free clinic
1 semester educational policies committee
2 semesters tutoring refugee children
3 semesters health professions club member
3 month summer medical records internship
3 months medical mission to Ghana
Jewel Osco Scholarship
I have not taken the GRE so that is coming up. I know I don't look very competitive, but I will be applying to Johns Hopkins, Penn, Boston College, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke (ABSN) and Marquette. Does it help being a male when applying to these programs? Any schools I should add to the list or even take off the list?
My recommendations will be coming from a theology professor, Abnormal and Developmental Professor, and My mentor who is the pharmacy manager where I work.