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On 8/13/2020 at 12:51 PM, kc_FNPtobe said:

@Psychmeout2 I rewrote my SOP completely about 10 times. Then, I knew it was perfect. You'll know when it is. They love YOUR story. Start with a story - grab them in the first couple of sentences to keep their attention and intrigue them. They read the same regurgitated stuff in many applications and they like something different. I started mine by painting a picture of a certain race (I use to race cars) and tied it into a health issue, then from there went with the prompts in a cohesive manner. Obviously, it stood out because it's the first thing my interviewer asked me about, haha. Also, my GRE scores were atrocious, but my work experience, essay, and undergrad GPA made up for it. I also told a story in the "better health for all people" question which had to do with the innocent mind of my toddler.

In short, tell your story. Paint a picture of who you are and prove you belong at Yale because you're unique.

thank you for sharing this! And its nice to hear you got in with atrocious GREs; I have to take it next month and I cannot summon the will to study for it. I’m still frosty that they don't waive it for people with an advanced degree. I used up my energy for this on the LSAT years ago. 🤪 Rest of my application is strong so I’m hoping its not a huge factor. Yale is my dream school (and this is my dream career) 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽

Hi! You can get a waiver I believe!

You have to have both UG GPA>3.20 and a Grad degree with a GPA>3.5

On the admissions website:

GRE Waiver

Applicants must hold both bachelor degree in any field and a minimum 3.2 GPA and master of science degree with a minimum 3.5 GPA to be exempt from testing.

I hope that helps!

Maybe they would accept your LSAT scores?

Good luck!!

2 minutes ago, CPMtoCNM said:

Hi! You can get a waiver I believe!

You have to have both UG GPA>3.20 and a Grad degree with a GPA>3.5

On the admissions website:

GRE Waiver

Applicants must hold both bachelor degree in any field and a minimum 3.2 GPA and master of science degree with a minimum 3.5 GPA to be exempt from testing.

I hope that helps!

Maybe they would accept your LSAT scores?

Good luck!!

I thought so too, but the waiver is only for people with a master of science. I didn't notice this either, as every other school waives the GRE for people with an advanced degree, until I reached out for details on the waiver process. So I definitely have to take the GRE :( Pretty bummed about it. I'm kind of hoping it won't be given too much weight; I think it will be clear from my resume I can handle the work. But I'm still nervous about it. I have three kids, Covid homeschooling with no childcare, etc, I just don't have time (or energy) to spend a lot of time studying GRE.

Ah shoot I hadn't seen the fine print about an MSc. I have an MS but with a 3.3 GPA...an MPH with 4.00, but not an MS with >3.5

I think this means I am not applying to be honest.

I hear you about the bummer that this constitutes with all your responsibilities.. ihave 2 kids one of whom with special needs, Homeschooling full-time with Covid-19, working part time and finishing my MPH, I think this is not a school for me....

Kuddos to those who can, though!!

14 minutes ago, CPMtoCNM said:

Ah shoot I hadn't seen the fine print about an MSc. I have an MS but with a 3.3 GPA...an MPH with 4.00, but not an MS with >3.5

I think this means I am not applying to be honest.

I hear you about the bummer that this constitutes with all your responsibilities.. ihave 2 kids one of whom with special needs, Homeschooling full-time with Covid-19, working part time and finishing my MPH, I think this is not a school for me....

Kuddos to those who can, though!!

Solidarity on all the homeschooling covid madness. These are crazy times!

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kc_FNPtobe

Has 9 years experience.

Random late night thought that I wanted to share with everyone in this application cycle. I would STRONGLY encourage you to shadow a nurse practitioner in your specialty of interest for about a week. You can have that NP write you a LOR and email it to JB to be unofficially attached to your application (as to not overshadow your "official" LORs in your application dashboard). Also, add it to your resume. They will be impressed with your initiative and it would be advantageous come interviews because there is a famous question "why NP in X specialty if you have never worked along side one?" - along those lines. You want to be as prepared as possible to prove that is what you want. 

MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

Thank you so much for that. Unfortunately, my work schedule will not permit me to shadow a NP. Though, I do have two different NP in my faculty that have two different work ethics and two different specialities, they only come in once a week and aren’t there for more than 1/2 hour. But, I’m pretty sure my observation in what she does, is more than enough for me to determine why I want be a NP and the speciality I’ve chosen. 

MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

Hello everyone,

So I received an email about application tips and reminders. So, there are tips for style notes and generic application notes. I know it was previously said in the previous comment to shadow a NP and get a “LOR”, It would said in the tips that “essay should include your experience/observations of the advance nurse practitioner role.” “Don’t forget to pick a speciality and address that choice in your essay - tell us a story”. If this helps anyone. I know it does for me because I can observe the NP in my building and elaborate more on my essay. 

kc_FNPtobe

Has 9 years experience.

@MC__3 All but 1 person in my study group was asked if they shadowed an NP during their interview (even though we had it written in our resumes if we did). The one that was not asked actually had similar interactions as you with NPs so that may be why they didn't ask that individual (this person did not shadow because their work experience sufficed). I hope that is encouraging for you. The above recommendation was a word of caution that they typically ask you face to face about shadow experiences and it's wise to be as prepared as possible. You can email an extra LOR or two, not a handful, and must be extremely relevant. Anything to augment your application. This is something I did a lot of digging about last year and is not information that is readily available. I hope that helps.

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MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

There is definitely nothing wrong with additional information to help in the application process. But, fortunately our outside contractors come in and I am able to observe. I wouldn’t be able to ask for a “LOR” as supplement material, if I did it really wouldn’t be relevant. You as well as I, have been speaking with  others and seeking helpful tips and advice on the application process and interview. Good luck to everyone applying for Fall 2021. 

21 hours ago, kc_FNPtobe said:

@MC__3 All but 1 person in my study group was asked if they shadowed an NP during their interview (even though we had it written in our resumes if we did). The one that was not asked actually had similar interactions as you with NPs so that may be why they didn't ask that individual (this person did not shadow because their work experience sufficed). I hope that is encouraging for you. The above recommendation was a word of caution that they typically ask you face to face about shadow experiences and it's wise to be as prepared as possible. You can email an extra LOR or two, not a handful, and must be extremely relevant. Anything to augment your application. This is something I did a lot of digging about last year and is not information that is readily available. I hope that helps.

Thanks for the input!

We can email extra letters? I saw it said in the application that they claimed the commitee will not read more than the three they require, even if you send more. 

MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

I am not aware of additional “LOR” as supplemental documentation. I am sticking to the guidelines of the application and the tips given. From the tips/guidelines... this is per the email I received. 

Essay should include your experience/observations of the advanced nurse practitioner role.

Don't forget to pick a specialty and address that choice in your essay - tell us a story!

 

hope this helps 😁

2 minutes ago, MC__3 said:

I am not aware of additional “LOR” as supplemental documentation. I am sticking to the guidelines of the application and the tips given. From the tips/guidelines... this is per the email I received. 

Essay should include your experience/observations of the advanced nurse practitioner role.

Don't forget to pick a specialty and address that choice in your essay - tell us a story!

 

hope this helps 😁

I saw that email too! I thought you were suggesting to email additional LOR outside of the three required, my mistake! Unfortunately, restrictions in my state are making it so people cannot shadow in person. I've just been reaching out to do virtual interviews.  The story part is what's getting to me 😩. I wrote a good story for my first draft and since those circumstances haven't changed, I'm afraid of repeating myself . 

MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

That actually didn’t come from me, but from someone else in the thread. I just was responding to her and what I had plan to do. 

MC__3

Has 11 years experience.

The essay part is just telling who you are and why you want to be an APRN. Follow the questions they ask while incorporating who you are. I’m hoping this helps. 

Hi Everyone! I am applying for GEPN 2021 and wanted to ask others who are applying again about GRE scores. Are they looking at only the Verbal and Quantitative scores, or also the writing portion? I did fine on the Verbal and Quantitative, but my writing score is not as great. I wasn't sure how important this score was. Thanks in advance if anyone knows!

@ad202 I am applying again. They mostly focused on verbal and quant.  They also only focused on the quant and verbal scores during the info session I attended over the Summer.  I think as long as it's not below a 3 it should be OK. Plus, you have a chance to make up for via quality essays from your application. That way, it'll show you can produce quality writing. I know multiple people have mentioned getting in with no so hot gre scores.