One thing that sets the Misericordia University ABSN program apart from other nursing programs is that we don’t require prospective students to complete an official nursing school interview as part of our admissions process. Instead, we like to get an idea of your compatibility with our ABSN program through an initial admissions call.
Don’t stress too much about this appointment. It’s more of a casual, “get-to-know-each-other” call to determine if our ABSN program is a good fit for you. Nonetheless, you’re still probably wondering how to prepare, including what questions to ask in a nursing school interview. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this call below.
Who will be conducting the interview?
Your first admissions appointment takes place with an assigned admissions counselor, who will review how the Misericordia ABSN program works, answer any questions you have and provide you with information on next steps. This person will also help you create a pre-enrollment plan targeted toward your desired program start date — in January, May or August — and be your go-to point of contact. He or she will offer you personalized support and guidance throughout the entire admissions process.
What types of questions can I expect my admissions counselor to ask me?
While each call with an admissions counselor may vary, in general you can expect him or her to ask you any of the following nursing school interview questions:
- Why do you want to be a nurse?
- What makes you a good fit for our ABSN program?
- Background information. For example, how many children do you have? These questions help determine if you have the right support resources in place to be successful throughout the program.
- Do you plan to work while in the program? You might need to commit up to 60 hours a week to your studies, making the program a full-time job in itself.
- Where do you plan to live while enrolled in our program? While you’ll complete much of the ABSN program online, we still require you to come to our nursing education center in Pittsburgh and/or health care partner sites a few times a week to participate in nursing labs and clinical rotations.
- How are you planning to manage your time throughout nursing school?
- How will earning a BSN help you reach your future career goals?
How important are my answers to these questions?
Your answers to the questions above help your counselor get to know you and determine if the Misericordia University ABSN program aligns with your goals, so it’s important you answer their nursing school interview questions honestly. After all, while they’re not responsible for determining if you’re accepted into the program, it’s their job to help you submit the most competitive application possible.
For that reason, you’ll want to tell your counselor about any discrepancies with your transcripts sooner rather than later. For example, let him or her know if you let a class slip in a previous program or have a less than desirable grade on your transcript. He or she can discuss with you ways to steer the scenario to ensure your success.
If your admissions counselor deems you a good fit for the Misericordia ABSN program, he or she will confirm your eligibility (which includes at least 60 college credits or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA) and do everything in their power to ensure you have or are working toward all the application requirements.
What is the best way for me to prepare?
This is your time to learn more about the program and for your admissions counselor to get to know you. While these preliminary talks are more informal, to make the most of your conversation with him or her it’s still important to do your homework before the call.
- Research the school: Learn as much about the program and school as you can. Doing so will allow you to ask thoughtful questions rather than about easy-to-find information.
- Have access to your transcripts: These can be unofficial at this point. What’s important is that you can use them to discuss your GPA and existing course history with your admissions counselor.
- Come with questions! Here are some suggestions of questions to ask after a nursing school interview to get you started:
- What are the advantages of earning a BSN?
- How quickly can I start? (Note: While the answer to this question will vary from student to student, it will likely depend upon your previous academic background and how quickly you complete prerequisites.)
- What does nursing school cost?
What are the next steps after the interview?
After your initial interview, your counselor will follow up with you regularly to see how things are going and make sure you’re staying on track to start our ABSN program on your desired timeline. He or she will check in on your progress in completing the following steps required to enroll in the Misericordia University ABSN program:
- Complete any necessary prerequisite courses and work on boosting your GPA, if needed.
- Gather your official transcripts from each regionally accredited school you attended.
- Submit your application to the university online (your admissions counselor will provide you with a link to the application.) The deadline for applications is approximately two weeks before the start of the semester; check with your admissions counselor for exact deadlines. Please note that to apply to our nursing program you DO NOT need to submit a separate letter of intent, professional resume or letters of recommendation. You also DO NOT have to take the GRE or GMAT as a condition of admission.
- Stay in touch with your admissions counselor with any follow-up questions you might have.
How do I schedule an interview with an admissions counselor?
Are you ready to jumpstart your nursing future? It all starts with an initial nursing school interview with one of our dedicated ABSN admissions counselors, who would love to help you determine if you and our ABSN program are a match. Get started today by connecting with them via the chat feature on the Misericordia University ABSN website or submitting your contact information via a form. Shortly after submitting your information, someone will be in touch with you to schedule a call.