Long story short, I am a graduate of UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in music, who was originally looking to become an occupational therapist. However, in the last few months, I came to the conclusion that OT is really not for me and I want to become a family nurse practitioner. Thankfully, most of the pre-requisite classes that I took for OT overlap with the pre-requisite requirements for direct entry-level MSN programs, and I just have to take one or two more classes in order to be able to apply. My GPA from UCI is 3.19 (Ouch!) due to me not being mature enough in the first two years of college & also having to deal with family issues. However, I took all of my pre-requisites separately at a community college and received A's in all of them except anatomy (I got a B). Both of my GRE section scores are in the high 150s & my writing score is 4.0. I have 150 volunteer hours at an outpatient early intervention center that provides physical, occupational & speech therapy for kids with disabilities & developmental delays. I also have 100 hours at a private physical & occupational therapy clinic. I also volunteered at a hospital abroad for approximately 50 hours, and planning to go on a medical mission trip to Honduras next month. Realistically speaking, do I have a shot at any of the direct-entry level MSN programs? I know that my major is completely unrelated to nursing (it's not even one of the natural sciences like bio/chem/etc) and my GPA is really low. I'm hoping that my healthcare experiences will make up for it but my experiences are not exactly relevant to nursing and they were all "volunteer experiences," not as paid employees. My dream is to get into the program at Vanderbilt and specialize in FNP, but really, I'd be happy to get into any program. Please provide me with any input!