I work for the School of Nursing so let me say a few things - 1. Our number is 786-4550, not the other one that is posted. 2. Yes it is VERY competitive to get in to the program, the last ranking had about 3 students for every opening there in Fairbanks. It is based on your overall point total, and unless your GPA is high, your score on the PAX-RN is high (the PAX-RN is the new entrance test, they don't use the NET anymore) and unless you have completed all those core classes (biology, english, communications, lifespan, etc ) your chances of getting in are NOT good. I don't want to discourage anyone, but we get a lot of calls at the office from people saying "oh I'll just start out with the associate's degree for now", like that will be the easiest route to be an RN. Let me be very frank, that's not necessarily so. The work is just as hard, and it's harder to get in there than the Bachelor's program. I think people are put off by the wait for the Bachelor's program, but honestly, if your grades aren't as high, I'd try for that one vs the Bachelors. Yes you do have to maintain the GPA of 2.7 in the pre-reqs, and you can't repeat classes a bunch of times to get a good grade (you can only repeat 1 time to get that C or higher), but at least you're in.
Honestly though, the nursing profession is one that is very intolerant of mistakes. I mean, you literally have people's lives in your hands, so you really really don't want to be shaky in anything before going on.
Also, the information we put out on our website and on our info sheets is very serious when we say to get started on the process 6 months ahead of the deadline. ESPECIALLY if you are out of state and looking to transfer. Here's why. 1 - if you apply to UAA and submit transcripts, they will NOT evaulate ANY OF THEM for transfer credit until ALL of your classes are done at your current school and you are not enrolled in anything current or future. 2. You have to be FULLY admitted and have transfer credit evaluations done before you can apply. That's how they determine if you met the pre-reqs or not. 3. If any classes need to be petitioned/challenged, etc. you have to allow time for that. That can actually take several weeks to even a couple months. NO JOKE. So that now takes you up through 2-3 months easy right there. Then you can begin to gather the recommendations and take your PAX test and apply.
Also, it's a good idea to apply to UAA WELL IN ADVANCE of the semester you want to begin. That way, when registration opens up, you can actually get into the classes you need. We get SO MANY people calling the day classes start or a few days before who just apparently woke up that morning and said "i want to go to college and I want to go now!" Sorry folks, it ain't happening. The classes are all full and have been for months. Try again later.
Thanks for listening!!
PS can you tell I get a tad frustrated sometimes??? But if I help someone out with this then it will be all worth it!