Nursing is a popular major and growing field. Nursing is a limited enrollment program, whether the student applies going into their freshman year (direct admit) or applies after completing their pre-nursing curriculum (typically after sophomore year). Here are the differences:
Direct Admit is a more selective program, and typically the academic profile of the student should be in the school's 75th percentile range for grades and test scores. Students also should have completed 3 lab sciences - biology, chemistry, and physics with strong grades in these courses. Some schools such as the University of Connecticut's nursing program requires the lab sciences on the transcript or they won't consider the application.
Pre-Nursing applications are not yet giving the student a spot in their nursing program. Students need to complete the pre-nursing curriculum with strong grades and then apply to the school of nursing. Admit to the school as a pre-nursing major is typically the same range of scores of all other students.
Masters in Nursing - Many students have goals to complete their B.S. in nursing and then go on to receive their masters. It is helpful to understand if an M.N is the goal so the family can evaluate their budget for undergrad. Tracks include:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
We are here to guide students to ensure they have what they need course-wise, find the right-fit school, and present their best selves on their applications. Want more info? Schedule a no-obligation conversation.