How competitive is it to get into grad school?

  1. Getting into my ABSN program was very competitive, as I understand most such programs are. At my school, they accepted just 8 of 45 applicants (and I was extremely fortunate to be one of the eight).

    Is it this competitive to get into an MSN/NP program? I'm not talking Ivy League, or anything like that. Just an average, state university-type grad program.

    One of the things I'm really asking is this: while I'm getting my BSN, do I need to kill myself for a 4.0 gpa? I mean, I plan to get the best grades I can, but should I cry in my beer if I get a B in some course? So far, I am really enjoying being a nursing student. I think it will take some of the joy out of the experience if I put extra stress on myself to get perfect grades.

    Oh, and for the record, I plan to return for my master's degree a year or two after I finish my BSN.

    Your advice appreciated!
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  3. by   lc3
    I think MSN programs are less competitive to get into if you already have a BSN.

    Direct-entry master programs are pretty competitive, but I actually think they are less competitive than community college 2 yr degree programs (where I think the emphasis is on grades)

    I think if you maintain atleast a 3.5 in your BSN program then your good to go.

  4. by   mvanz9999
    The state program is much harder to get into than the private university program. At least in Illinois.

    State school is quite competitive. 300+ applications for 40 seats.

    I'm not quite sure why you're asking. If you got into an ABSN program, I'm sure you can find a Master's program. I think most, if not all, are less competitive than the ABSN.