Thanks! & i did work my butt of to get there. Basically here is a run down of exactly my steps I took to try and get accepted. (warning this is going to be an essay lol)
Basically I had already known in High School that I wanted to become a nurse. So, my senior year i started looking online for all the different school options around my area ( i didn't want to move far from the bay area) After looking at all of my options I decided that going to a community college, then transferring to Sac State was the route I wanted to take (My father is a widow who supports both me and my older brother who attends college at Sac... so money was def. a factor)
Early in the summer before my first semester of college I met with a transfer counselor to set up an Educational plan to follow. The next step I had to take was to make sure that I was online to register for my classes the very second i was able to register (because classes fill up quick) For nursing, the sciences are like a chain reaction... for example you have to take human bio to get into anatomy and chem to get into physio and physio to get into micro... etc so if you miss your chance to register for the first class in that series, it can push you back a entire semester. So with good planning, I was able to finish my GE & pre-reqs and all but 2 of my co-reqs in only 4 semesters.
Those four semesters I dedicated myself to my classes. Yes, i had a social life- but not at all like the relationship i had with my books lol. I received all A's in pre-reqs and a 91.8% on my Teas Test. I also qualified for 3 points for taking 3 years of high school Spanish... and that is what got me accepted into Sac State! & just think, there were many people that had better statistics then me!
The statistics for my class are not up yet, but for Fall 2009 these were the statistics (some requirements have changed since)
387 Generic applicants (60 enrolled, 16 declined, 107 ineligible, 204 qualified alternates)
Point cut off - 79 points
Statistics for 60 enrolled students:
Average GPA - 3.857 (range 3.569 - 4.0)
Average TEAS test score - 91.9% (range 87.1% - 95.9%)
Average points earned for Optional Criteria - 9.7
I hope this helps! Set up an educational plan asap, STUDY HARD HARD HARD & it'll all pay off :)