St. Scholastica DNP-PMHNP Admissions

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by CPEM CPEM, BSN, RN (New) New Nurse Student

Specializes in Psychiatric-Mental Health/DNP-PMHNP Student. Has 1 years experience.

Hello everyone!

I just applied to The College of St. Scholastica's DNP-PMHNP program in MN for a May 2022 start date. I just wanted to reach out and see what you thought my chances of being accepted were? They said that they will be reaching out with an admissions decision the first week of March, so needless to say I'm going to be anxiously checking my email until then.

Here are my stats: 

  • nursing GPA: 3.80
  • cGPA: 3.48
  • Years of psychiatric RN work experience: <1
  • I also have a bachelor's degree in psychology in addition to my BSN, so I'm hoping they'll take this into consideration when reviewing my experience.
  • Attended The College of St. Scholastica for my BSN as a post-baccalaureate nursing student, graduated magna cum laude.
  • I thought my personal statement and secondary essay were great, but I realize that this is completely subjective.

I wasn't sure how many applicants they accept per cycle, how competitive admission to the program was, or what the "typical" applicant looks like for this program, so that's why I wanted to get y'alls input on this.

Thanks so much!

ytooter

ytooter

50 Posts

At an info session they said they get about 1.5x more applicants than spots. I'd say that's pretty good odds. I think they still want you to have a year experience at least at the start of the program. At the end of the day they want people who can pass the boards and pay the bills.

WTFisthis

WTFisthis

Specializes in Clinic nursing/triage and pmhnp student. Has 5 years experience. 3 Posts

I applied within the first deadline and was accepted into the program. I have ~2 years psych nursing experience in the outpatient setting (administering psych meds/triaging psych patients/and care coordination. I think it all depends on how you sell yourself in the essay. When I initially spoke with admissions prior to sending in my application, I was told they care more about your character and your experience than they do your grades from 5+ years ago. I think there are 11-14 spots available and they do save space for the second wave of applicants. Best of luck and reach out to me if you want anymore info! I too just graduated from there with my BSN. 

CPEM

CPEM, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric-Mental Health/DNP-PMHNP Student. Has 1 years experience. 6 Posts

On 2/21/2022 at 3:09 PM, WTFisthis said:

I applied within the first deadline and was accepted into the program. I have ~2 years psych nursing experience in the outpatient setting (administering psych meds/triaging psych patients/and care coordination. I think it all depends on how you sell yourself in the essay. When I initially spoke with admissions prior to sending in my application, I was told they care more about your character and your experience than they do your grades from 5+ years ago. I think there are 11-14 spots available and they do save space for the second wave of applicants. Best of luck and reach out to me if you want anymore info! I too just graduated from there with my BSN. 

I just found out today that I was accepted into the program! Thank you so much for the info, I really appreciate it!

WTFisthis

WTFisthis

Specializes in Clinic nursing/triage and pmhnp student. Has 5 years experience. 3 Posts

Congratulations!

18 hours ago, CPEM said:

I just found out today that I was accepted into the program! Thank you so much for the info, I really appreciate it!

Congratulations! Looks like we will be in the same cohort together!

CPEM

CPEM, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric-Mental Health/DNP-PMHNP Student. Has 1 years experience. 6 Posts

On 3/1/2022 at 10:54 AM, WTFisthis said:

Congratulations!

Congratulations! Looks like we will be in the same cohort together!

Woohoo! That's great to hear! I'm looking forward to starting classes and meeting you, along with the rest of our classmates, very soon. 🙂