2013 UPenn BSN/MSN Applicants

Hi Everyone! This topic thread is for those applying to UPENN BSN/MSN program summer 2013. I hope we can create a support network here!

I will be applying to the nurse-midwifery and WHNP program and have begun writing my personal statement. Their application should be completely available July 15th but you should be able to create an account. Good luck everyone!

Also, were you deciding between other schools during this time?

Okay - Thanks!!

kdiem, I like that question! Yes, were you choosing between other schools at this time, and if so, which ones?

Waitlisted, looks like I will be going to Emory unless I get off the waitlist!!!

Waitlisted but just found out I got into Marquette so I feel good knowing that I'm going somewhere and that I'll be a PNP-AC no matter what! Now I must go kill my interview at Duke!

kdiem, I like that question! Yes, were you choosing between other schools at this time, and if so, which ones?
And to add to this, what made Penn stand out to you? Was it an obvious choice or did you struggle with the decision? What are your favorite things about Penn thus far?

@kconkling, yes i received that response as well.

To those who were denied, keep your chin up! You are all amazing applicants who have a lot to offer ANY school that you choose to attend. I know we will all end up where we belong.

For those of you accepted. Did any of your responses say: If you are a BSN/MSN applicant, the Graduate Division of the School of Nursing will contact you directly regarding your MSN decision.....?
Yeah. it did. that kinda scares me.

What do you think is the advantage of getting a BSN vs. and RN-MSN? I am applying to both type of programs and am willing to go to either. Do you think there is much of an advantage? Is there a difference in the cirriculum? Do you get more clinical hours? Thanks for sharing all your input!
I think the BSN is a valuable asset, especially if bedside nursing is something you might consider doing before the MSN (which I never thought I wanted to until I started clinical, becuase I've always been so focused on the NP portion). Many hospitals are requiring BSN educated nurses now, and to be honest I'm not sure what the major differences are aside from just the degree title. I think we do more classes in the 18 months instead of what we would be doing if it was a 12 month RN program (as part of the MSN). I will think on this more - but the BSN appealed to me in the case that I maybe would want to work as an RN at some point.

Waitlisted but just found out I got into Marquette so I feel good knowing that I'm going somewhere and that I'll be a PNP-AC no matter what! Now I must go kill my interview at Duke!
hey @hopefulnurse24! i'm interviewing at Duke too! what interview date did you select? if we're there at the same time we should meet up.

Yeah. I thought it would be over and we would know. But now it seems like more waiting.

Got the email for an interview yesterday morning, too, for Adult/Gero primary NP. Am trying to decide if I should fly out or do it remotely.

Congrats everyone!

Also, were you deciding between other schools during this time?
I also applied to Seattle University for their FNP program and picked between the two. It was a hard one because all my fam is in Seattle. Still very happy I picked Penn!

I spoke with someone in admissions and they told me that approximately 75% of the applicant pool is interviewed.

Does anyone have any information how how many people per specialty are admitted?

And to add to this, what made Penn stand out to you? Was it an obvious choice or did you struggle with the decision? What are your favorite things about Penn thus far?
Penn stood out because of the BSN, and I wanted to take more time doing the BSN (not 12 months... that seems so insanely fast to me. 18 months is way more manageable!) and because the women's health NP program has INCREDIBLE faculty. The director of the program and I spoke while I was trying to pick schools and her words really resonated with me and why I want to go into health care. I wanted to focus in women's health and so few programs across the country have specific WHNP programs that aren't coupled with midwifery. love midwifery, but I don't want to deliver babies. So these are the top reasons why I picked Penn.

Favorite things so far... being surrounded by highly educated women who have master's and PhDs; that my desire to broaden abortion access and sexual/reproductive healthcare is something that is respected, not shunned; my amazing cohort who I just totally adore; discovering Philadelphia and trying to tease out the cultural differences between west and east coast... gosh what else? It's just a fab city, way interesting, with a great school in it! Also the clinical placements have been very conducive to learning. Hospital of UPenn is a teaching institution, which means the nurses are all great instructors and not the least bit hostile towards us slow and steady student nurses. At least in my experience.

Do you know of those 75%, how many are admitted on average? Thanks for the info!

I think I remember hearing that they do not keep specific numbers on acceptance rates per specialty.

I agree with you that the BSN makes it easier for you to find a job, but I truly don't think that the cirriculum is different. I work at a large academic medical center now and they still hire associate degree nurses if they feel they are right for the position. Many hospitals want the Magnet recognition and it looks better when you have BSN prepared nurses. I think that is one of the reasons its harder to find a job without a BSN. Also, the employer doesn't want to hire direct-entry nurses when they know they are only going to be working part-time and this is not their final job when the job market in many big cities is saturated with other RN/BSN's looking for full-time work. I hate that this is true because I would really like to work during the Master's portion..Sorry for ranting!! haha

Penn seems like such an amazing program and everytime I read comments on here or from the previous years it makes me what to get in badly!! Did you start clinicals the first semester?? Also, are you going to have an ICU rotation, some of my friends that were in a direct-entry did not do an ICU rotation which I thought was very strange!

Wow, I'm REALLY nervous. 75% is a lot... if I'm not part of that 75%, I'm going to feel pretty terrible..

Has anyone checked their Penn Portal yet?

I'm getting anxious I want to know if I will be getting an interview or not!

Don't worry hopeful, we're in this together! I just don't think this constant checking is healthy anymore haha =p

Nothing new on my Penn Portal.

Hey guys! Good news! I just called and found out that they will be sending us an email on Friday (2/8) with information on when specifically admissions decisions will be released. The admissions office rep told me that decisions would be available sometime next week, but wasn't able to let me know a specific day to expect something. At least we'll know on Friday though!

Random question, maybe a current student might have heard something about this. I won't be able to apply for the program til Fall of 2014 (for class of 2015) due to work commitments and needing to do prereqs. Has anyone heard any inklings about whether there is a plan to stop offering a master's direct-entry program as of 2015 (I know DNP is just a suggestion, not a requirement for 2015, but wasn't sure how it will influence these programs....).

I can't stop! Haha but I know you're right.

Awesome! Thanks Sarah! =)

My pleasure! Sincerely hoping for good news for all!

Hi everyone. Quick question about the Midterm Grade Report. The form asks for an "ApplyYourself ID Number". Is this the same as the the PIN we used to sign into our application? I'm confused!

Congrats to everyone with an interview! I have one for the Pediatrics Specialty, but I can't decide if I should fly in for the interview or do it over the phone

thanks sarah!!

Is yours for regular peds?

Thanks Sarah! Now I can stop obsessively checking my inbox until at least Friday.

Hi everyone. Quick question about the Midterm Grade Report. The form asks for an "ApplyYourself ID Number". Is this the same as the the PIN we used to sign into our application? I'm confused!
Cjacobs, you can leave this line blank! That's what they told me when I called and asked

Hi kd! I am going for pediatric primary care and im going to fly in! I feel like it might not make a difference on our decision from the school, but could make a difference if we do get admitted with regards to our choice of program! Where are you located? I'm in Boston and have never been to Philly so I think it will be good for me. Let me know what you decide!

Wow, that's exciting! Surprisingly, I'm not nervous at all. Applying to all of these schools has been such a roller coaster ride, and I'm exhausted! Of course, I want to get in, but if I don't, I will just pray that I get into another school that will be the right place for me! Here's hoping everyone gets the news they want to hear next week!

Hopeful, my specialty is regular PNP. Best of luck

Wow, that's exciting! Surprisingly, I'm not nervous at all. Applying to all of these schools has been such a roller coaster ride, and I'm exhausted! Of course, I want to get in, but if I don't, I will just pray that I get into another school that will be the right place for me! Here's hoping everyone gets the news they want to hear next week!
I wish I could say the same. I found out I got into Columbia yesterday and that calmed my nerves... for a whole 10 hours. Haha. Now I'm back to fretting over Penn. At least I know I have a back up now. Quite a load off my shoulders.

Thank you so much adt913! Also do you know if we should be reporting grades only for courses which satisfy a prerequisite? Or do we need to report grades for all Fall 2012 courses?

Someone on here asked about last names and notifications. My last name starts with an A, and I received an email invite yesterday morning. So it's possible...
Good luck!
I'll be flying out for the interview. I'm in Southern California. I figured it would be good to see the campus.

Hopefulnurse, that is a wonderful attitude Wherever we end up will be the right place for us. We will all make the best of it and reach our dreams one way or another!

Feminista, congrats on your Columbia acceptance! I actually got a rejection from which I was surprisingly not at all bummed out about. I guess my heart has just been with Penn all along. I'm still here hoping for the best and trying to take things one step at a time.

Hoping for the best for all of us!

Mine is the regular PNP as well, I'm coming from California though so that's why I'm hesitant and if they offer the phone option, why not?...still undecided though

Did you guys see Penn Portal? Here's the message I saw when I logged in just now:

"Admissions decisions for Accelerated Nursing Program applicants have been completed and the Office of Admissions has discontinued the tracking of application materials. All necessary documents were available for review by the Admissions Committee or you would have been contacted directly."

Hey everyone! I'm flying in for the interview from California...I thought I'd stay for the weekend and check out the area. Does anyone have recommendations on places to stay/visit?

i have had the same message since last night. i am going crazy in anticipation!!!!

Cjacobs,

I am not sure... I would guess if you are still earning your first bachelors that you would fill out the report for all classes. If you are just taking these classes on your own, I doubt they care too much. If it were me and I was doing really well in a class that wasn't a prerequisite, I may still include it as it wouldn't do anything but help your applicant/overall gpa! Sorry I can't help more! This is just what I would do!

Did you guys get an email directing you to log in? Will we get our decision through the portal or through a direct email?

Hi mz_marit! I just applied to the WHNP program and it sounds like I am interested in a lot of the same things you are. I have no idea if I will be asked for an interview (the wait is killing me!) but to be proactive, I was wondering if I could email with you about the program and any advice you may have. Thanks for letting me know!

just got an email "Thank you for applying to the University of Pennsylvania. We will post your admission decision for the Accelerated Nursing Program online Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. E.S.T."

Yup, just read that email too. All we can do now is enjoy the weekend worry free and continue to hope for the best =)

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