This is my first post on allnurses, and I was hoping yall could answer this question, especially for those who have already experienced this. I've scoured over the WGU forum and have read hundreds of questions and responses from fellow pre nursing students, but I could not find a definite answer for this question. When applying for admissions to the pre-licensure program and considering viable candidates, what makes the admissions process so competitive? I read one comment that the acceptance rate is around 35%, is that due to weeding out of people who just think it's going to be a breeze and aren't committed to putting the time in every week, according to the enrollment counselor's pre-screening evaluation? Or is it because people don't have a high enough GPA or enough college experience to show academic potential?
I'm trying to gauge my potential for getting accepted, maybe I should share a little bit of my background information. I already have my bachelors degree in a health science related field (Exercise Science), my academic profile over the past 5 years of schooling has consistently been around B/B+, including classes such as organic chemistry. I don't have much work experience in the health care field, but I spent six months last year volunteering in the ER at my local hospital assisting the nurses anyway I could. I have had success in a past online course, I took an introductory sociology course and finished halfway through the semester with an A, so even though it's not the same difficulty level as upper level nursing courses, I still feel confident that I have the time management skills and discipline to complete an online degree. The pre-health advisor at my university said she was more than willing to write me a solid letter of recommendation, so is there something else I'm missing here? I've done a lot of soul searching and decided that pursuing a career in nursing makes the most sense to me and my family. I'm just trying to collect as much information as humanly possible before I dive in and apply for admissions. From what I've read, WGU seems like such a great school and ties in with my lifestyle/schedule perfectly! Any positive and/or constructive feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks!