UNIVERSITY OF UTAH COLLEGE OF NURSING GRADUATE APPLICATION & ADMISSION INFORMATION SESSION

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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

COLLEGE OF NURSING

GRADUATE APPLICATION &

ADMISSION

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Student Services Advising Team

Renée Mixco

renee.mixco@nurs.utah.edu

Acute Adult-Gerontology Acute Care DNP & Neonatal DNP, Women’s Health & Nurse Midwifery DNP

Anthony Shirley

a.shirley@nurs.utah.edu

Care Management, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Education, RN- MS Cynthia Weatbrook cynthia.weatbrook@nurs.utah.edu MS-DNP Arminka Zeljkovic arminka.zeljkovic@nurs.utah.edu

Primary Care (FNP, A/GNP, PNP) DNP, Psych Mental Health DNP

Jennifer Van Cott – Director

jennifer.vancott@nurs.utah.edu

Carol Bergstrom

carol.bergstrom@nurs.utah.edu

Funding & Scholarships Carrie Radmall

carrie.radmall@nurs.utah.edu PhD, Recruitment & Outreach

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Common Distinctions

Undergraduate

• Learn an entry-level role • Answer questions

• Learn common ways to solve problems and make decisions

• Learn new skills and knowledge

• Learn common answers and mistakes Graduate • Learn to lead • Ask questions • Increase problem-solving or decision-making skills

• Build on, learn new, and make changes to skills and knowledge

• Strengthen your voice • Tolerate ambiguity

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Why Graduate Education?

Why this Specialty Area?

Why the U’s College of Nursing?

Why this Degree?

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Admissions

What is the process?

What can you expect?

How can you prepare?

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Graduate School is an Investment

Making the time commitment

Planning to fund your education

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Meet the Faculty

Tuesday, November 21

st

, 2013

6:00pm

College of Nursing Building

The faculty will speak about program curriculum

and academics as well as the profession.

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Your Application

DETAILS

Graduate Advisors:

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Required Prerequisite Courses

Elementary Statistics

• Must be within the last 3 years or newer.

• B grade or better • No exception

• Any basic statistics course will fulfill the requirement

Upper Division Physiology

• Must be within the last 5 years or newer.

• B grade or better

• Recent (within the last 5 years) BSN graduates are exempt.

• NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology was created as THE prerequisite to for the graduate programs‘ Pathophysiology courses

Prerequisites are not so much about getting in as they are

about getting through.

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The Online Apply Yourself (AY)

Application

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Make your application

POP

Graduate Advisors:

Renée Mixco, Arminka Zeljkovic &

Anthony Shirley

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Share your story …

Professional Goal Statement

Understanding and passion

Role

Profession

Quality of your writing

Style Ability

Contribution to the profession Goal(s)

Professional Personal

Answer all the WHYs

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Questions to Get You Started:

Inspiration: What/who inspires you?

Achievements: What are your accomplishments?

Unique: What is unique about you?

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Letters of Recommendation

Acts as a professional and academic endorsement

Leadership abilities Organizational skills Commitment Motivation

Analytical thinking Intellectual independence Communication skills

Who should you ask?

•Mom? Grandpa? Great aunt Sally?

•Past/present professors and supervisors

•3 required; make a list of 4 to 5 and prioritize

When should you ask?

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Letters of Recommendation

How should you ask?

•Ask if they would be able to write a FAVORABLE letter •Be willing to graciously take “no” for an answer

•In person (1st pref) By phone (2nd pref) By email (3rd pref)

Explain the process

•Online submission

•Provide a personal statement draft & CV/resume

Follow up

•Say “thank you”

•Check your application for completion •If needed, send reminder

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Résumé

Work History

List Awards and activities

Leadership

Relevant Experience

Commitment

Area of interest

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General Advice

What to do

• Start Early • Tell your story

– Show why you are good fit – Illustrate why the program

needs you

– Demonstrate who you are and what kinds of

student/practitioner you will be

• Use your own voice

– Maintain your humility

• Remember your audience • Edit often

What to Avoid

• Clichés, slang, and jargon • Acronyms, spell everything

out

• Unexplained

gaps/discrepancies in your academic record

• Controversial, religious or political issues if possible • Late submissions

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Funding Opportunities for Graduate

Nursing and Gerontology Students

Carol Bergstrom

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CoN Funding Opportunities

Annual Application Process

Scholarships

Fellowships

Traineeships

Fall/Spring awards

Availability varies each year

Specific criteria

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CoN Funding Opportunities

How To Apply

Application available online in October

• Includes submission of funding essay

Must submit by January 15, 2013

Separate from the program application

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student

Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible (plan to do your

taxes early this year)

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Work at the CoN

• Work 10-20 hours/week

• Paycheck

• Teaching Assistant

– Assist CoN faculty

– Application available each spring

• Research Assistant

– Conduct research with faculty/research teams

– Availability varies

• Graduate Assistant

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Graduate Tuition Benefit Program

CoN Funding and Graduate Student Job Opportunities

qualify students for additional benefits

Reduced tuition & fees

TAs & RAs may qualify for subsidized student health

insurance

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University-Wide Opportunities

Graduate School

Graduate Student Travel Award Assistance

Scholarships

Most applications due in January/February

See Graduate School website

Western Regional Graduate Program

WRGP/WICHE

Resident tuition rates for students whose

residence is in a state other than Utah (specific

states qualify)

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

• Up to 85% of NFLP loans are forgiven in exchange for teaching full-time in an accredited nursing education program for 4 years post-graduation

• Funding is not automatically guaranteed – must meet strict eligibility requirements

• Must be a US Citizen

• Must have a current FAFSA on file

• Must take 3-course sequence (9 credits) in nursing education

• NURS 6010, 6015 and one elective

• Funds may be used for educational-related expenses only

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Have You Thought About…

Your personalized plan of action

CoN funding should be your plan “B”

Employer tuition reimbursement options

Student loans

Professional Associations

Talk to program faculty

What financial sacrifices can you afford to make

in other areas – it’s just a few years!

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Thank you for attending!

Please contact a Graduate

Advisor with any questions.

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Student Services Advising Team

Jennifer Van Cott – Director

jennifer.vancott@nurs.utah.edu Carol Bergstrom

carol.bergstrom@nurs.utah.edu

Funding & Scholarships

Renée Mixco

renee.mixco@nurs.utah.edu

Acute Adult-Gerontology Acute Care DNP &

Neonatal DNP, Women’s Health & Nurse Midwifery DNP

Anthony Shirley

a.shirley@nurs.utah.edu

Care Management, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Education, RN- MS

Carrie Radmall

carrie.radmall@nurs.utah.edu

PhD, Recruitment & Outreach

Cynthia Weatbrook

cynthia.weatbrook@nurs.utah.edu MS-DNP

Arminka Zeljkovic

arminka.zeljkovic@nurs.utah.edu

Primary Care (FNP, A/GNP, PNP) DNP, Psych Mental Health DNP

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