My school does it strictly based on a point system. I think it sucks. Here is the basic break down.
*Critical thinking test: 5/10/15
*GPA for 5 out 6 pre req (they take highest 5): 5/10/15/20/25/30
*Having your final pre req finished prior to applying: 5
*Previous Application into program: 10
*There are six classes worth 2 points a piece just for completing
*Then your A&P II, Nutrition, and Dev Psych are work points based on your grade: 5/A, 4/B+, 3/B, 2/C+, 1/C
*Then work experience: 5/10/15 (In this group you can also supplement volunteer hours, NSA membership or an intro to health science class. Each are worth 5 points but in this group you max out at 15)
With that being said the 144 applicants with the highest points get admitted. I think the process they use is terrible. I think if they want to do the non-subjective application, fine, but they need to change some things around. I think the critical thinking test should be weighted just as highly as the GPA, I mean, what good is a 4.0 if you can't think critically? I mean it is great to have a really book smart nurse, but if she can't think critically, that scares me. I also think the extra 10 points for a previous application is stupid, have they gotten any smarter in the year off? Probably not, if they needed extra points then they should have taken that time to improve the other areas, taking classes they haven't, working to fill out the 15 points, etc.