Strategies to Improve Your Chances NEXT TIME
(These apply to Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing only.
Comments by Leslie Hunter, Admissions Director, are in italics.)
1. Fix what you can
- If you were missing pre-reqs, take them
- If you had a C- in a pre-req, repeat it
- Anything you repeat – YOU SHOULD MAKE AN “A”
LH: “We want to see evidence that they are still growing as a student. Are they working to improve their GPA? Do they continue to show a pattern of poor grades and withdrawals?”
- TEAS (Version V – harder w/ more science)
- If you didn’t take Version V and do reasonably well (75 or higher??), take it again.
LH: “I believe that the TEAS is a good indicator of someone’s academic abilities. . . . a person’s score will not go up more than a few points, even with study. The exception to that would be students who are actively on the academic upswing and still taking their courses for the first time.”
- Write a new one. If it didn’t work before, why re-use it??
- Have someone else read it for clarity – and use SPELLCHECK!
LH: “Students with ESL should be diligent about communicating clearly – in their correspondence and essay. A vital part of their student life will involve writing up clinical observations and communicating with patients.”
- Only one new reference letter is required for reapplication, but three new references - even better.
- Provide a fact-sheet to people who agree to write your letters of reference – the things about your life history you are most proud of, so they can incorporate some of these facts into their letters.
LH: “Encourage them to do some volunteer work between applications and get a reference letter relative to that.”
- LH: “And the obvious advice – submit a neat and organized application package. Include ALL the required documentation and don’t wait until the end of January.”
LH: “In closing . . . we understand that you can’t change the past. But it’s important to show that they have learned from their mistakes. Instead of hoping we won’t notice a couple of bad semesters or their high school grades, address the issue (either in the essay or in a letter attached to your application).”
You have a big advantage the next time you apply – you’ve done it once already. This time around, do it as soon after September 1 as possible, so your application will really stand out.
The following points will help you decide what to do if you have decided to consider other goals besides a nursing degree at Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing.
2. Broaden your scope
- St. Vincent’s – part time and evening program
(Joe Marrone from St. V’s will be at HCC on Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 in C229, and on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 in C207. Or attend one of St. Vincent’s information sessions at their facility.)
- CCNP – 25% of class comes from applicants that meet the bare minimum:
53.3 on TEAS, 2.7 GPA, C+ in A&P I taken within past five years of application.
(Gayle Barrett from the CCNP will be at HCC on Thursday, April 28 at 4 p.m. in BH135.)
3. How do I spend another year waiting??
- Take courses towards an associate’s degree in general studies
- Take courses you know you will need for your eventual BSN
- Take a course in the medical field you can finish quickly – such as CNA, medical assistant, patient care technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, emergency medical technician.
- Do some volunteer work – aim for something in the type of field or facility that is your ultimate goal.
4. What if I’m ready to give up on nursing?
- Get what you need for the associate’s degree in general studies. It will probably be:
One fine arts, two social sciences, and one more humanities. Run a “graduation evaluation” to see more specifically where your deficiencies for graduation are.
- Look into other programs that will use a lot of these “pre-nursing courses” such as: Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Exercise Science.