Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.
So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.
If you thought applying to an accelerated nursing program and a job are two different things, think again. You should view your application to the program just as you would a job; it all comes down to how you present yourself. Maintaining your professionalism throughout the application process, from your resume to an interview (should an invitation be extended) and beyond, reflects your integrity and maturity. The program can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, so you’ll be expected to be able to function effectively under stress and adapt to changing environments.
Understand What’s Expected of You
Not understanding the requirements expected of you in the program could impact your acceptance or potentially set you up for failure later on, should you be admitted. Make sure you are able to meet the admission requirements, including the necessary documents, course prerequisites and essential skills. Acquaint yourself with the details of the program so you are prepared for the challenges of an in-class and online nursing curriculum, as well as any time and financial commitments. This will help in avoiding any surprises later on. Following instructions is a key indicator of your success as a nurse and demonstrates that you have the ability to adhere to the policies and procedures that are essential to providing safe and competent patient care. Should you have any further questions about the University’s accelerated nursing program, consult the BSN FAQ’s section, here.
It’s more than possible to translate your personality onto paper; after all, your application is all about you! Consider which academic and professional references can provide the most impressive letters of recommendation, ideally, references that can attest to your abilities and skills, and provide examples. Use this opportunity to write a personal statement that brilliantly depicts your passion for the field of nursing, addressing why you want to be a nurse and why you should be admitted into the program. Focus on any significant life experiences that have influenced your decision. Most importantly, present yourself in the most genuine and honest way, as possible - exaggerating or embellishing won’t help your application.
It’s understandable that you’re ready, excited and raring to go… but don’t hit that submit button just yet! When applying to any competitive program, take your time to prepare and gather the necessary documents that will help you submit the best application package possible. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so you can avoid making any silly mistakes in a rush to meet the deadline. And, of course, you’ll want to review your submission for any misspellings and grammatical errors.
Tailor Your Resume
A well-written, thoughtful resume can go a long way. Highlight any accomplishments and experiences that indicate how your background can better equip you as a nurse ready to meet a demanding and rigorous curriculum that includes direct patient care in a variety of clinical environments. Even adding hobbies and activities on your application, like traveling, volunteering or playing sports, communicate strong leadership qualities and an active lifestyle that can enhance your candidacy for the program.
Show a Strong GPA
Your undergraduate GPA helps the admissions committee determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the program. Ideally, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission, but if you’re GPA is less than 3.0, you can still apply and have your materials reviewed by the committee. Any additional degrees or courses you have taken are not reviewed to determine your candidacy.
Written by Thomas Edison State University