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

Sonja Jensen

sonja.jensen@nurs.utah.edu

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

Nicole Brandt

nicole.brandt@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, Gerontology MS

Jennifer Van Cott –

Director

jennifer.vancott@nurs.utah.edu

Deidre Schoenfeld

deidre.schoenfeld@nurs.utah.edu

Funding & Scholarships

Carrie Radmall

carrie.radmall@nurs.utah.edu

Associate Director Student Services , PhD Program Manager

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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

–Getting prepared academically

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Meet the Faculty

Break Out Sessions

7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

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 (counted back from the start of your graduate program).

• B grade or better • No exception

• Any basic statistics course will fulfill the requirement

• NURS 5550 Nursing Statistics

Upper Division Physiology

• Must be within the last 5 years or newer (counted back from the start of your graduate program).

• Recent ( within the last 5 years )BNS graduates who took the upper division Physiology course are exempt.

• B grade or better

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

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The Online Apply Yourself (AY)

Application

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Make your application

Stand Out

Graduate Advisors:

Arminka Zeljkovic, Sonja Jensen &

Nicole Brandt

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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

Deidre Schoenfeld

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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, 2014

• 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 Carrie Radmall

carrie.radmall@nurs.utah.edu

Associate Director Student Services , PhD Program Manager

Deidre Schoenfeld

deidre.schoenfeld@nurs.utah.edu

Funding & Scholarships

Nicole Brandt

nicole.brandt@nurs.utah.edu

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

Sonja Jensen

sonja.jensen@nurs.utah.edu

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

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Meet the Faculty

Break Out Sessions 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Rm 2300- Intro & Funding Rm 2400- Primary Care DNP

Rm 2600- Nursing Informatics, Care Management, Nursing Education MS Rm 2505- Midwifery & Women’s Health DNP

Rm 2510- Acute Care DNP

Rm 2515- Psych Mental Health DNP Rm 2525- MS-DNP

Rm 2520- Gerontology MS Rm 2530- Neonatal NP

Student Conference Room- PhD Nursing in Research

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