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by S3682 S3682 Member

Typically after the deadline how long does it take to hear anything? Anybody know?

FlyMurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN-BC, CCRN, TCRN, CEN. Has 8 years experience.

On 4/13/2020 at 7:47 PM, S3682 said:

I’m concerned about my GPA. I meet The minimum and my science is a 3.2-3.3 😔

I was also concerned, but they calculated it different this year. They included a whole bunch of classes that were not typical science courses so my science GPA is up to a 3.4 from 3.1 at most other schools🤞

On 6/1/2020 at 7:35 AM, S3682 said:

Typically after the deadline how long does it take to hear anything? Anybody know?

I'm going to venture to say it'll be a little bit longer this year with everything happening in Minneapolis😞😞

confusedstudent_88, BSN, RN

Specializes in CVICU. Has 6 years experience.

Has anyone heard anything yet? I applied as well :)

I emailed And was told it would be end of Summer before we knew anything. Probably end of July with interviews in August.

confusedstudent_88, BSN, RN

Specializes in CVICU. Has 6 years experience.

2 hours ago, S3682 said:

I emailed And was told it would be end of Summer before we knew anything. Probably end of July with interviews in August.

So they are interviewing? This school doesn’t interview. That’s why the essay is anonymous. Hmmm okay

I think They previously did not interview and the decision was made off the objective interview. I think This has changed in the last year or so according to the handbook. The email I got Stated that also. Hope this helps

confusedstudent_88, BSN, RN

Specializes in CVICU. Has 6 years experience.

2 minutes ago, S3682 said:

I think They previously did not interview and the decision was made off the objective interview. I think This has changed in the last year or so according to the handbook. The email I got Stated that also. Hope this helps

Oh okay! Thanks!

Dr. Gordon

Specializes in Nurse Anesthesia. Has 16 years experience.

Hi everyone!

This is Leah Gordon, Director at St. Mary's

We are going to be completing our application review in August 2020. We have a deadline for our DNP application of August 1 with the Council on Accreditation, so I am knee deep in that work.

Our PLAN is to start our final cohort of MS in May 2021. THEN we will start a smaller cohort of DNP students in September 2021. How that will play out is yet to be determined. Interestingly COVID has made life challenging, as all SRNA students have been in and out of clinical based on liability as well as PPE availability. So that might impact if we can start this fall because clinical sites are finite.

In terms of interviews, we did stop doing those a few years back under the direction of Dr. Moody. We do not think this is a good practice, as our students must spend 2000 hours at the bedside training to be a CRNA. We have 40 clinical sites that we use for our program, and personality is truly everything. We need to know if our students are able to not only be self-motivated, bright, and hard working, but we also want to know if we can send them several hours away without having to worry about their maturity level.

In addition, without meeting our prospective students, we were really doing them a disservice. For example, I was not the best student when I was in undergrad. Fortunately, I am well spoken (or so I think!) and my interview to go to MSA 12 years ago went well... and they selected me! Without them meeting me, I don't know if that would have happened. So we want to know you as the whole package! 🙂

We are still blinding the essays and that is a part of our selection in addition to your overall academic profile.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them here and I will try to answer them so the whole group can see my responses!

Thank you for considering St. Mary's! Happy 4th!

Dr. Gordon

TNICU-RN

Specializes in trauma neuro surgical ICU. Has 3 years experience.

Dr. Gordon, are you able to provide information about how many people applied and how many candidates the program will plan to interview and admit for the DNP vs MS?

Dr. Gordon

Specializes in Nurse Anesthesia. Has 16 years experience.

Hi there! Great question.

We admit 32 students each M.S. cohort. So we will admit 32 M.S. students in Spring. As for fall, provided the DNP is approved we COULD admit 30 additional students. Honestly COVID might impact that number if clinical spots are still in Flux

I don't know how many complete files we have yet. Because so many institutions were online since March we are still waiting for some documentation that is taking a while. I think it is over 200 applicants, which is on par for us and other local schools.

In terms of interviewing we have not officially decided yet how many applicants we will meet. We won't start really going through applications until after August 1. I have a few major deadlines that I must meet, then we will be ready to work on applications full throttle.

Thank you! Have a good week!

Dr. Gordon

RNICU4523, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/CCRN. Has 7 years experience.

Dr. Gordon:

Hello! Hope your Summer is going well.

It is my understanding that prospective candidates who were placed on the wait list for admission last year (after applying for admission to the 2019 class) are guaranteed a position in the 2020 class should they choose to wait for a spot in that cohort. Do you have any information regarding how many previously wait-listed applicants may be following this path, and if so, how this effects the number of available positions in the 2020 cohort for new applicants?

Thank you so much for any insight you can provide on this topic!

Dr. Gordon

Specializes in Nurse Anesthesia. Has 16 years experience.

Hi Amanda,

In years past we have had a waiting list with which we guaranteed admission. As I was 'new' one year ago I maintained this tradition. As I have grown in my role as a program director, I have realized that is not a very good process. For each person on the waiting list, unforeseen issues have come up that have made it difficult for us to maintain that guarantee. Now that we are going to be moving to a DNP, there are simply too many moving parts. We might go back to a waiting list with a guarantee someday, but for right now it is not something we want to continue.

That being said, we will maintain a waiting list. I am unsure how public it will be.

Thank you for the great question!