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2020 Spring SMU ABSN program

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Hey guys! wanted to start a tread for SMU ABSN program! Feel free to post any questions, updates or vent as this is a stressful time for all of us! Best of luck to you all! 

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Hey Lety86! Looks like we’re back for another round!

I forget, are you Sacramento or San Mateo?

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@MamaKat916 I’m Sacramento! Did you move any on the waitlist? I went from #27 to #20! 

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Hello! I applied to a few programs so I thought I would hop over to this thread from the original BSN thread! Im not really expecting to get in this time around since I have zero healthcare experience and a few pre-reqs still outstanding but the application process has been very educational. 

Applied to ABSN and ELMSN programs:

HESI 92.5%

GPA (last 60) 2.69 (long story but I'm one of the academic renewal people that got screwed over by nursingCAS calcs)

Science GPA 3.3

Pre-req GPA 3.35

I just started to volunteer with two different organizations so hopefully that boosts my chances for next time! 

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Thank you @lety86 for starting this thread for the ABSN group!

Hi everyone! I also applied for the Sac ABSN cohort.  

HESI 94%, Science 3.6 (w/o micro - taking in fall), Last 60 3.9.  Have 1 year volunteer experience at a local hospital, and 13 years in biotech in manufacturing and training.

I'm so nervous and yet also excited.  Good luck to everyone! 🙂

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@kbena i wouldn’t worry too much about your last 60 unit GPA. SMU does their own  calculation  a part from NursingCAS ! NursingCAS just calculates your total academic GPA. Mine was lower on NursingCAS but SMU gave me a 3.4 last 60 unit GPA! I asked (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME) and she said they have their own calculation system! 

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2 hours ago, Lety86 said:

@MamaKat916 I’m Sacramento! Did you move any on the waitlist? I went from #27 to #20! 

Not that I know of! I haven’t seen any email saying I moved. But I was pretty high in the numbers, so it won’t make a difference for me this time. But congrats on your move to #20! That should put me at #34. 

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On 7/11/2019 at 2:08 PM, Lety86 said:

@kbena i wouldn’t worry too much about your last 60 unit GPA. SMU does their own  calculation  a part from NursingCAS ! NursingCAS just calculates your total academic GPA. Mine was lower on NursingCAS but SMU gave me a 3.4 last 60 unit GPA! I asked (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME) and she said they have their own calculation system! 

That’s good to know. When I asked (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME) a year ago, she literally could not tell me how the last 60 was calculated. I asked because back then, my 60 units hit mid semester and I wanted to know if they took the best grades, worst grades, all of the grades, or how they figured it. She said she didn’t know, to ask Nursing CAS. I did, and THEY couldn’t tell me. It led to several classes being taken just to get out of that low GPA semester. 

This is round 3 for me and I’m just tired of the process. ☹️

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@MamaKat916 I bet it’s very discouraging! From what I was told , they take your last 60units. So that would include all grades not just your best. NursingCAS gives you a total GPA of all your classes ever taken . For instants , according to NursingCAS my total GPA from all of my schooling  ( 10 years and 3 different schools) is a 2.6 ( didn’t do very well my first two years at my JC). But my last 60 units GPA is a 3.4 according to SMU which included my lowest grades of 3 Cs. So yes if you take more classes and receive higher grades then that could potentially  eliminate lower grades and upping your last 60unit GPA! Keep your head up, keeping pushing forward!!! I once heard this quote that really  resonated  With me “ keep fighting for your dreams, one day your dreams will fight for you !” This is a long process. I am impressed  and  applaud your  tenacity ! 🤗🤞🏼

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12 minutes ago, Lety86 said:

@MamaKat916 I bet it’s very discouraging! From what I was told , they take your last 60units. So that would include all grades not just your best. NursingCAS gives you a total GPA of all your classes ever taken . For instants , according to NursingCAS my total GPA from all of my schooling  ( 10 years and 3 different schools) is a 2.6 ( didn’t do very well my first two years at my JC). But my last 60 units GPA is a 3.4 according to SMU which included my lowest grades of 3 Cs. So yes if you take more classes and receive higher grades then that could potentially  eliminate lower grades and upping your last 60unit GPA! Keep your head up, keeping pushing forward!!! I once heard this quote that really  resonated  With me “ keep fighting for your dreams, one day your dreams will fight for you !” This is a long process. I am impressed  and  applaud your  tenacity ! 🤗🤞🏼

Thanks Lety86! It’s really hard to keep getting waitlisted in the 40’s when I know I’ve met (and exceeded) a lot of their criteria. But I have to trust that there’s a plan that I’m not privy to and it’ll all make sense once I see it in the rear view mirror. I refuse to quit. I’ll eventually get accepted (if for no other reason than they’re tired of seeing my name on their application list! 😂)

And I did eventually decide to just go back and retake classes to up my overall and pre-req GPA. If they couldn’t tell me how they calculated when you had 54 units and the next batch of grades fell in a 15 unit semester. I know there are so many of us that didn’t do well the first time through school. Probably because none of us felt a passion for our original careers. (If we did, we wouldn’t be here, right?! 😉)

I’ll track down my current stats and I’ll post them along with my previous two apps so everyone can see. It really is a HUGE mystery to me as to why they take some and not others. I’m sure everyone is a great candidate and I just wish I knew what that special *something* is that they look for. I’ve seen people with much lower GPA’s and HESI scores get taken without waitlisting and others who have very high numbers get waitlisted. Who knows?!

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@MamaKat916 so true, I do think that the essays play a big part! Have you tried signing up for their nursing   Seminar They have ? I heard they also give  priority to students that have attended. You have to apply to that as well and submit an application 😑. They do it twice a year I believe .

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My issue with the last 60 credits is that my first bachelors came from a school called WGU that grades pass/fail. They state on the transcript that all passing grades are equal to a B / 3.0. NursingCAS does not calculate these B’s into your GPA since they are pass/fail. So I am stuck with the 1.89gpa I had in community college before I started at WGU and my second Bachelors gpa of 3.4. 

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