50 Nursing majors get accepted into program out of 97 students

Students discuss process of being an applicant

By Sophia Gravatt
On November 30, 2018

Contributed by the Marketing and Communications Department. Nursing students take part in a simulation exercise.

In order to be considered for ASU’s nursing program, applicants must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and take many prerequisites including microbiology, pathophysiology and anatomy and physiology. They are also required to write an essay and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills, also known as the ATI TEAS.

Out of the 97 students who applied to the program this semester, only 50 were accepted.

Junior Brooke Sherman said she felt pure relief when she found out she had been accepted into the program. All her hard work had paid off and her dream had come true, she said.

"I was in the car with my dad and my phone was on the dash," she said. "We both saw the email and started crying and laughing. It was the most memorable moment."

Sherman said her mom and sister inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

"When my sister was in nursing school, I would sit in the living room and she would teach me what she was learning about to learn it herself," she said. "My mom is also a nurse, and I used to get to go to work with her and see what it was really like."

Kamryn Hendly, sophomore, was also accepted into the nursing program. She said she chose this career path because she loves serving people and is fascinated by medicine and the human body.

"I find everything incredibly interesting," she said. "I get to combine the two things I love in one profession."

Hendly said she experienced anxiety and had to possess a large amount of patience in order to get into the program.

"I had to definitely work hard and stay motivated," she said. "I never could slack off."

She said she was overcome with emotion when she found out she was accepted and immediately called her mom to share the news.

"It was the biggest relief in the world to finally see my hard work pay off," Hendly said.

Faith Bannerman, junior, said during the application process, she had to explain why she wanted to be a nurse and what she thought that she had to offer to the program.

"I am fascinated by human anatomy and physiology and enjoy learning about it," Bannerman said. "Also, I am a compassionate person and do my best to take care of others, so I can bring this to the nursing field. Lastly, my mom and grandma were nurses, so they have been an inspiration to me."

Bannerman said she was excited to learn she had been accepted into the program.

"When I found out I got in, I was relieved because this is the only thing I’ve seen myself doing long term," she said. "I really wanted to get started, so I was happy to get in my first time applying," she said.

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