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TRADITIONAL 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 is the start date for the 2009 term? A: August 25, 2009. 3. Q: Can I take pre-requisites in the Summer semester? A: Yes, you may take pre-requisites in the spring and the summer in order to complete the pre-requisites by the start date of the Traditional BSN program. 4. Q: Are there any pre-requisites that can be taken concurrently with the program? A: No, all pre-requisites must be completed by the start date of the program. 5. 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. We will only accept Excelsior College science tests if you have previously taken the respective course. Excelsior does not offer a Chemistry or Physics exam, so there is no option to challenge out of these two courses. For more information about that test, please go to www.excelsior.edu. 6. Q: Can I take the pre-requisites at your school? A: We do allow students that option. If you want to take the pre-requisites at Mount St. Mary’s, then you can apply to the Mount to be a Pre-nursing student. 7. Q: Can I apply for this program even if I already have a Bachelors Degree in another discipline? A: Yes, you may participate in this program even if you already have a Bachelors Degree. Please note: the program will still take you three years to complete, even if you have completed all the general education classes, because the nursing classes are arranged in a three- year sequence. Students cannot take the junior-level nursing courses until after you complete the sophomore-level nursing courses, etc. 8. Q: Can I take courses through my Master’s program or University Continuing Education Program to meet the pre-requisites? A: No, we will not accept courses that are considered as continuing education courses. GRADE POINT AVERAGE 1. Q: How do you calculate the GPA? Do you look at just the grades received in the pre- requisite courses? A: We look at all the transferable, undergraduate courses that you have taken before. 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. If you repeat a class that you previously failed, we will only count the second attempt. However, there is a repeat rule for this program that states that if you fail more than one prerequisite, you are no longer admissible to this program. 2. Q: Are you strict about the 2.7 overall GPA and 2.5 science GPA requirement? A: Yes, we are strict about the fact that we only consider candidates that have at least a 2.7 overall and 2.5 science GPA to be considered for admission. 3. Q: My GPA is below a 2.7. 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. We only include courses that you complete before the application deadline in our GPA calculation, so the last term that you can take courses that will affect your admission GPA is Fall 2008. If you won’t be able to raise your GPA by the end of that term, you will need to give yourself another year to take courses, and then apply for the Fall 2010 term. If your GPA is below a 2.5, you may want to consider applying for the A.D.N program because our GPA requirements for that program are 2.5 overall with a 2.5 in the sciences. The A.D.N program is an evening and weekend program. 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 5 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, write a letter on letterhead instead of having them fill out the nursing reference form? A: For the Traditional BSN program, we require students to submit the reference form. If the person that filled out the form has more comments for us, they can attach a letter to the form. Reference forms can be downloaded from our website at www.msmc.la.edu. 5. Q: Will you accept admission documents that are postmarked by February 1st? Or do the documents have to be received in your office by February 1st? A: We will accept a postmark of February 1st. But it is to your advantage to apply submit all of your application documents at least one month prior to the February 1st deadline because this gives you adequate time to check your application status online to see what documents we have received and the documents are still needed in order for your application to be complete. ADMISSION STATISTICS 1. Q: How many applicants did you have last year for how many spaces? A: For Fall 2008 we had 219 applicants for the Bachelors Degree in Nursing program. This applicant pool included those that wanted entry into the nursing program or entry as a pre- nursing student. Out of those applicants, 75 completed the application process by the deadline and met the admission criteria for the BSN program. We expect to offer admission to 14 transfer students directly into the nursing program. We expect to have a waitlist in case more spaces became available. 2. Q: How many spaces do you have for this year? A: The number of Pre-Nursing students that maintain their eligibility to advance into the nursing program influences the number of spaces we have for students that want to transfer directly into the BSN program. So we initially we start off with 10 spaces for transfer BSN students, but during the summer, we may have additional spaces become available. These additional spaces will go to transfer students. 3. Q: Was there a waitlist last year? How many students from the waitlist were offered admission? A: We did have a waitlist for Fall 2007. We admitted 8 people off of the waitlist. We expect that we will have a waitlist for Fall 2008 also. 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. 5. Q: What times are the classes and clinicals for this program? A: The classes are two weekdays from about 7:00am –3:30pm. The clinicals are two weekdays from around 6:30am- 2:00pm. The classes take place at the Chalon campus and the clinicals are conducted at hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Los Angeles area. 6. Q: Will I get to choose where I do my clinicals? A: BSN students are assigned to clinical groups. Geographic location is taken into account when the clinical group assignments are being made. You are also able to request a carpool group, and the clinical instructors to their best to accommodate. 7. Q: If I start as a pre-nursing student, do I have a guaranteed space in the nursing program for my second year? A: There is not a guaranteed nursing space for students that start with us as pre-nursing students. However, priority is given to those students who complete at least one year of prerequisites at Mount St. Mary’s College. If you start with us this year as a pre-nursing student, you will be considered in this priority population for a space in the nursing program next Fall. During your second semester, you will need to apply for a nursing space through the nursing department. 8. Q: Do I have to take religion classes? A: Since we are a Catholic institution, we require our students to take Religion and Philosophy classes as part of our general studies requirements. 9. Q: Do I still need to take Religion classes if I went to a Catholic high school? A: Yes, you will need to take college-level religion classes to meet that part of the general studies requirements INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 1. Q: What do I need to submit if I took courses at a university in another country? A: Applicants that have attended institutions outside the US are required to have an international evaluation done of their transcripts. You will need to submit an official detailed report of the international evaluation as well as transcripts from the university you attended. 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.
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