Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission FAQ

Q: How do you decide who is admitted?
A:  Review of applications is a complex process. Initially, the Office of Admission will review applications for academic qualifications: GPAs, test scores, prerequisites, etc. Following this initial review, the School of Nursing will review applications in a holistic manner to identify students who best fit the mission and values of the BSN program. The faculty review will consider letter of recommendation, written statements, volunteer and work experience, as well as your academic qualifications to make a decision about the applicants suitability for the University as well as the field of nursing.

Q: Do you have a point system?
A:  We do not use a point system in our admission process.

Q:  Why is the GPA so important?
A:  If you’re not admitted on your first application, we recommend you meet with one of our counselors to review your file and identify areas for improvement for a following admission cycle.

Q:  If I don’t get admitted, what can I do to improve my chances for admission in the future?
A:  If not admitted we recommend you meet with one of our counselors to review your file and identify areas for improvement for a following admission cycle.

Q:  What are the minimum scores required for the HESI?
A:  Successful applicants will have achieved a score of 80 percent or higher on each of the above exams in the areas of English Language, Math and Science. The Learner Profile exams will be used to understand more about your learning style and personality and there is no minimum score.

Q:  Do you have an ongoing waitlist?
A:  We do not maintain an ongoing waitlist.  If waitlisted and not offered admission the applicant is denied and will need to reapply.

Q:  What happens once I am admitted?
A:  Once admitted you need to pay your $350 nonrefundable tuition deposit to hold your seat in the class.  You then become a ‘student’ and will begin to receive information by email regarding registration, orientation, etc.  Do not change your email account during this time to assure you receive all of the important information.

Q: What will make my application stand out?
A:  It is important to meet and/or exceed all of our admission and prerequisite requirements.  Your application then is reviewed both by the admission staff and faculty.  If all of these requirements are not met, it is unlikely that your application will be reviewed by faculty for a spot in the class.

Q:  Do you have an LVN to BSN bridge program?
A:  We do not offer an LVN to BSN bridge program.  LVN candidates apply as a direct entry transfer student and need to meet all the same admission requirements as any other applicant.  They need to be prepared to complete the entire 2 year curriculum as outlined on our website at http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/nursing/bs_nursing/curriculum

Q. Do you have an RN to BSN program?
A. Yes, we do. Information about the RN to BSN program can be found at http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/admission/rnbsn.

Q:  How long does the decision take from application to notification?
A:  All fall applicants will have their final admission decision by mid-April.  Spring applicants will have their final admission decision by mid-November.  We endeavor to get all decisions out though as soon as possible, but the process generally takes 2-3 months.

Q:  How many seats do you have each semester?
A:  We generally have 64 seats each spring and fall semester. 

Q:  I’ve heard that you have a partnership program with other universities?
A:  We no longer offer this option.

Q:  Can I work while in the program?
A:  The nursing program is quite rigorous and requires a lot of study and prep time out of the classroom to be successful.  We understand that students sometimes need to work but strongly recommend that you work no more than 20 hours a week. If you are work study eligible, there are many on campus job opportunities that accommodate the student’s class schedule and currently pay $12/hour. 

Q:  Do you offer a part time or evening option?
A:  Our BSN program is only offered full time and only on the Oakland campus.  We do not offer an evening, weekend or online option.

Q:  How long is the program?
A:  Our program is 4 semesters or two traditional academic years.  We admit for both the spring and fall terms.

Q:  What does a typical schedule look like?
A:  While there is no typical schedule because of the different structure of the courses that have clinical components, you can expect to have lectures and seminars in class on campus two days of the week.  Clinicals take place at a variety of health care agencies in the Bay Area.  You may be at the clinical site 1-2 days a week.  Clinicals occur on both the day and evening shifts.  Students also have to plan for many hours of preparation time for classes and clinicals.

Q:  Where are the clinical rotations?
A:  We affiliate with many health care settings throughout the Bay Area.  Students on our Oakland campus though will complete the majority of their clinical rotations in East Bay facilities.

Q:  How do I get to my clinical rotations?  Are they all accessible by public transportation?
A:  We are not able to guarantee that all clinical sites will be accessible by public transportation so it is important to have access to a car.  Setting up carpools in your clinical groups is always helpful.

 

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