ACCELERATED BSN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PREREQUISITES 1. Q: Can I apply with prerequisites in progress? A: Yes, as long as the prerequisites will be done by the program start date. On the application, there is a place to list the courses that you are currently taking, or will take to complete the prerequisites. Please list the courses there. 2. Q: What are the start dates for the 2009 terms? A: The Summer start May 11, 2009. The Fall starts August 24, 2009. 3. Q: Can I take pre-requisites in the Spring semester if I am applying for the Summer term? A: You may only take pre-requisites in the spring if the institution where you are taking the courses has a spring term that ends by May 10th. If your school has a spring session that ends in June, you cannot take courses at that institution since you will not have the pre-requisites completed by the start date of the Accelerated BSN program. If you are applying for the Fall term, you may take pre-requisites in the Spring and Summer preceding the start of the Fall. 4. Q: Are there any pre-requisites that can be taken concurrently with the program? A: There is only one pre-requisite that we will allow students to take concurrent to the program. It is the Bioethics class. This class must be taken at the Mount, if it is to be taken during the program. In order to take this Bioethics class, you will need to have previously taken an Ethics (Philosophy) class. The Ethics class can count as 3 units of Philosophy. 5. Q: Do I have to take 2 religion classes? A: For the Philosophy and Religion pre-requisite, we require that students take 3 units of Philosophy, 3 units of Bioethics (at the upper division level), and 6 units of Religion. However, we will also accept this combination of courses: 6 units of Philosophy, 3 units of Bioethics (at the upper division level) and 3 units of Religion. 6. Q: Do I still need to take Religion classes if I went to a Catholic high school? A: Yes, you will need to take the religion classes at a college because in order for a class to count as a pre-requisite, it needs to be an undergraduate college course. 7. Q: What if I took the science courses more than 5 years ago? A: If your sciences are older than 5 years, you will need to repeat them. There is one alternative option that we will accept if you previously have taken Anatomy with lab and Physiology with lab or Microbiology outside the 5-year timeframe. Excelsior College offers college credit exams for Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology. You can find out more information about these tests by going to www.excelsior.edu. We will only accept Excelsior College science tests as proof of recency, so you will need to have previously taken the respective course with a lab. The challenge exam we accept for proof of recency for Chemistry is offered through Collegeboard. It is the Chemistry CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) exam. Information about that test is available at www.collegeboard.com. 8. Q: Can I take the pre-requisites at your school? A: Most applicants take the pre-requisites at community colleges. We do offer the courses that make up our pre-requisite list. If you take the courses through our traditional format (in the day time) the courses would be $1012 per unit. The science courses are 4 units and the non-sciences are 3 units. We even offer a few of the courses in a non-traditional format (in the evenings and weekends) at a cost of $658 per unit. Please note that when you take those individual courses, you would be considered a non-matriculating student and would not be able to eligible for financial aid for those classes. Where you take the pre-requisites does not affect your admissibility into the program, as long as you they are completed by the program start date. 9. Q: I took some of the pre-requisites as part of my Masters degree. Will they count? A: No, we do not accept Masters courses. In order for a course to count as a prerequisite, it will need to be a course that is designated as an undergraduate course. 10. Q: I took some of the pre-requisites as part of my massage course. Will they count? A: No, those courses will not count. Pre-requisite courses need to be taken at an institution that is regionally accredited. Most massage programs are offered through vocational schools that are not regionally accredited. Also, pre-requisite courses need to be designated as undergraduate courses. 11. Q: Does it matter how long ago I completed my Bachelors Degree? A: It does not matter how long ago you completed your Bachelors degree. The only thing that is time sensitive are the science pre-requisites; they need to have been completed within 5 years of starting the program. If you took the sciences more than 5 years ago, and still remember the content of the classes that you took, please see question #7. 12. Q: Can I take courses through my University Continuing Education Program to meet the pre-requisites? A: No, we will not accept courses that are considered as continuing education courses. We do accept University of California, extension courses that have a course number that designate them as an undergraduate college course. GRADE POINT AVERAGE 1. Q: How do you calculate the GPA? Do you look at just the grades received in the prerequisite courses? Do you look at just the grades earned towards the Bachelors Degree? Do you just look at the last 60 units? A: We look at all the transferable, undergraduate courses that you have taken before, during and after your Bachelors Degree Program. Most transcripts have a summary of units and grade points listed at the end of the transcript. We add together the total number of undergraduate grade points that you have earned and divide that by the total number of units you have completed to get the cumulative GPA. 2. Q: My GPA is below a 3.0, what can I do to raise it? What are my options? A: You can take additional undergraduate courses in order to try to pull up your GPA. You may need to give yourself a full year to take courses, and then you would apply for one of the future start terms. If your GPA is below a 2.7, you may want to consider applying for the A.D.N program because our GPA requirements for that program are more attainable: 2.5 overall with a 2.5 in the sciences. The A.D.N program is an evening and weekend program. 3. Q: What if I have a low GPA, but have had a lot of work experience within the health care sector? A: Though you can describe in your personal statement how your work experience has influenced your desire to pursue nursing, we do not quantify your work experience. We will still look at your academic history and our 3.0 GPA minimum. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 1. Q: Do I need to send you a transcript for a college where I only took one class, a class that doesn’t pertain to nursing? A: Yes, we require applicants to submit transcripts from each college they have attended regardless of the number of courses they took there. We do not consider your application complete until we receive transcripts from each college. 2. Q: Do I need to send you transcript for a college that I attended over 10 years ago? A: Yes, we require applicants to submit transcripts from each college they have attended regardless of how long ago you took courses there. We do not consider your application complete until we receive transcripts from each college. 3. Q: Do I need to send you transcripts from my massage/C.N.A course? A: Yes, we require applicants to submit transcripts from each college they have attended. We do not consider your application complete until we receive transcripts from each college. 4. Q: Should I have the people that are writing the recommendations, fill out the nursing reference form instead of having them write a letter on letterhead? A: For the Accelerated BSN program, we will only accept recommendations that are written on institutional letterhead, we will not accept the nursing reference form. 5. Q: Will you accept admission documents that are postmarked by the deadline? Or do the documents have to be received in your office by the deadline? A: The application deadline is a postmark deadline, so we will accept a postmark of November 1st for summer applicants and March 15th for fall applicant. But it is to your advantage to apply and submit all of your application documents well before the deadline in order to give yourself time to check your status online to see if we have received all your documents and whether your application is complete. ADMISSION STATISTICS 1. Q: How many applicants did you have last year for how many spaces? A: For May 2008, we received 145 applications for 40 spaces. We offered admission to 49 students to fill those 40 spaces; so the admission rate was 33% of the applications. For Fall 2008, we received 185 applications and admitted 50 students; so the admission rate was 27% of the applications. 2. Q: How many spaces do you have for this year? A: We have space for 40 students each start term. We admit 44 students each term. 3. Q: Was there a waitlist last year? How many students from the waitlist were offered admission? A: We sometimes select students to put on a waitlist so that in the event that a space opens up prior to the start of the program, we can go to that waitlist and offer that space to a student. Sometimes we do not create a waitlist. For May 2008, there was no waitlist. For Fall 2008, there were 17 on the waitlist. 4. Q: If I am put on the waitlist, does that give me priority for a space in the program next year? A: Students that are not offered admission off of the waitlist will need to reactivate their application in order to be considered for the following start term. There is no guarantee that a student that was previously waitlisted will be granted admission for the following term because they will be competing against a new pool of applicants for a space in the program. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 1. Q: Will we accept a Bachelors Degree that was earned in another country? A: We require students that have taken foreign courses to submit an international evaluation of their transcripts. If this international evaluation states that your degree earned is equivalent to a Bachelors degree in the United States, then we will accept it towards the Bachelors degree requirement. If the degree is equivalent to a professional degree, it will not meet the degree requirement. We do not accept English or Speech from foreign countries. 2. Q: Where can I have an international evaluation done? A: You will need to contact a transcript evaluation service. The company that we recommend is Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute. Their contact information is www.acei1.com or (310) 275-3530. You will need to have a comprehensive (or detailed) report done of your transcripts. Please submit an original international evaluation to us. We will also need you to submit original transcripts to us as part of your application. 3. Q: It is difficult to get an original transcript from my foreign institution, can I just submit a copy of it to you? A: We require official transcripts in order to consider an application complete. If it takes a long time to obtain a transcript, you should begin the process of obtaining the transcript well before the application deadline, in order to give it a chance to arrive on time. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS 1. Q: Why do I need to submit a transcript from the institution that I attended when I participated in a study abroad program? Can I just have my study abroad coordinator write a letter on my behalf to waive the international transcript? A: We require that you submit transcripts from each institution that you have attended; the transcript states the courses that you took at that institution. Though your degree granting school will list the courses that you took while studying abroad, you were literally taking the courses at another institution. We will still need the international transcript from the college that you took classes through, while outside the country. We will not accept a letter from the study abroad coordinator in lieu of the foreign transcript 2. Q: Do I need to have an international transcript evaluation done of my foreign transcripts from my study abroad program? A: No, we will waive the international evaluation if your degree granting institution sanctioned the study abroad program and lists the course equivalence of the foreign courses.