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Vanderbilt Fall 2011 MSN For Non-Nurses Program

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Anyone applying to the Vanderbilt Fall 2011 MSN program for the non-nurse? Im wondering how long the interview questions should be, goal statements, etc? Also, anyone know how competitive it is with GPAs, GRE? I just want to know if its a long shot for me! ANY advice would be great. thank you!!

Hi! I'm applying to Vanderbilt as well. I plan on writing at least 1 page (double space) for the statement and a solid paragraph or two for each interview question. I think you need to answer the questions thoroughly, but not write an essay for each of them. I'm a bit behind on the process myself just having moved to another state, but those are my thoughts. On how competitive the program is, I really don't know. I have a 3.3 undergrad, 4.0 pre-req, and a 1220 GRE. Vanderbilt doesn't seem to get as much talk as the other schools, perhaps they get less applicants as well? Better odds? Haha, who knows! I guess we'll find out with time!

Don't know, I live near Vandy, but seeing as they are in the top 5 most expensive schools IN THE ENTIRE US I won't be going there anytime soon. There are many colleges near by for less than half the cost if you are interested in nursing, just an FYI. Good luck to you!

Hi everyone,

I have a Bachelor's degree in business but am going back to school for nursing and begin taking my pre-reqs in January. I find it to be intersting that Vanderbilt's program allows you to apply to the pre-specialty year without having completed any pre-reqs, as long as you finish them before classes begin.

I was wondering if anyone has done this/is it actually possible to get in that way or should I just wait to apply next year after I am done with the pre-reqs? I would love to be able to apply this year, and not have to wait til Fall '12 to start, but I don't know what my chances of getting in would be. Thanks for any help!

Thanks for the replies! My gpa is a bit below yours lola and same with GRE but both above the stated "minimum." I seriously need to start the essays NOW and those lengths sound perfect.

As far as prereqs, I need to do 3 more by the time the program starts and the admissions person I spoke with said its totally fine as long as they are done by the start date. Which is pretty great! So I would worry about getting them done and waiting to apply until 2012.

I really havent heard ANYTHING about this program, how competitive it is, etc. Could mean less applicants?? I hope so!

Hi all!

I also applied for the fall 2011 non nurses cohort! My written interview responses really varied in length. Some were quite short, because I felt like I had covered the information in other questions, (and I didn't want to be too boring) but one was actually longer than my personal statement. I wasn't sure what was standard, so I just had to do the best I could.

I am very excited about the program, but as a California girl I have never even been to Tennessee, so I plan to visit while I am on winter break in January.

Klandel - I also have a couple more pre-reqs to take during spring semester, so we are in the same boat. :)

Good Luck to everyone!

Ok I think 1-2 paragraphs is plenty then. An admissions person told me goal stmts range from a Paragraph to 1 page. Evaamber-I'm from California too and have never been to TN! I want to try and squeeze in a visit but hard with work right now. I live and work in SF so I'm excited to check it out at some point and hopefully end up there for school!

I have a 3.15 and a 1070 gre and the same person said that's below average but above the min so not to worry because they obviously take ppl below the avg. Good luck!

Does Vanderbilt grant a BSN along the way? I'm having trouble coming up with that info from their website. I know some non-nurse advanced practice nursing programs do and some don't... does Vanderbilt?

Does anyone know when Vanderbilt notifies about interviews? Or do they even interview in person? I was a little confused by that part of the application...

Hey All - I think the reason this thread is so quiet is because there is a similar one going on elsewhere. It's called "Vanderbilt Pre-specialty Fall 2011". Maybe some questions could get answered there. :)

Partera - I don't think there is a BSN along the way. I think by the end we get BSN equivalence or something.

BabyMidWife- I think only psych specialty gets an interview. Those written interview questions were it for the rest of us.

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I had looked at Vandy - but could not justify the cost of either the school or move when I could do the BSN @a school near where i live in 2 years and then do my MS after that, even though Vandy is one of the few schools that do my desired MS field. Maybe i'll reconsider them for the MS.

Hi all!

I also applied for the fall 2011 non nurses cohort! My written interview responses really varied in length. Some were quite short, because I felt like I had covered the information in other questions, (and I didn't want to be too boring) but one was actually longer than my personal statement. I wasn't sure what was standard, so I just had to do the best I could.

I am very excited about the program, but as a California girl I have never even been to Tennessee, so I plan to visit while I am on winter break in January.

Klandel - I also have a couple more pre-reqs to take during spring semester, so we are in the same boat. :)

Good Luck to everyone!

Hey evaamber!

I moved from California to Nashville this past January (Jan 2010)... it is definitely a change (weather... be prepared for almost anything. and don't think because it's the south that it will be warm... right now it is SUPER cold, and I know cold...I went to school in Maine!)

But, seriously, it is SUCH a great city, everyone is super friendly, and if you're planning on living very close to Vanderbilt, be prepared to pay a little extra than if you lived, say, about 2 miles away from campus.. however, I definitely have found that in the end, convenience is key and you can walk to and from the hospital. If you do plan on living a bit further away, you need a car, and parking on campus/in the hospital lots can be $$$. Just some pointers :)

Hey All - I think the reason this thread is so quiet is because there is a similar one going on elsewhere. It's called "Vanderbilt Pre-specialty Fall 2011". Maybe some questions could get answered there. :)

Partera - I don't think there is a BSN along the way. I think by the end we get BSN equivalence or something.

BabyMidWife- I think only psych specialty gets an interview. Those written interview questions were it for the rest of us.

partera and evaamber- at the end of the program you get a MSN.. there is no BSN component. I guess you can consider the pre-specialty year what people do in their BSN, but at the end of the pre-specialty year, you just sit for the NCLEX exam.. no official undergraduate degree in nursing.

Thanks for the great info Nikki. Are you currently a student or working? I would love to be able to manage without a car. To be honest, the cold weather doesn't scare me, but driving in rain and sleet and snow sure does! I am coming out next month, and I can't wait to check out the city. Any advice on what not to miss?

Hi Everyone -- The wait is killing me. We're not going to hear until early March, right?

Hey Everyone.... I applied for the FNP /CNM dual degree..... I'm just curious if anyone knows around about when we should find out? The wait is terrible... good luck to everyone

silent - did you interview with them? where are you located? I am dying to find out as well. Unfortunately, I don't think we will find out for a while....