Want to know more about the application process straight from the coordinators themselves? Read on for advice and tips to help you sail through the process with ease.
1. Don't hesitate to ask for our help.
Oftentimes, admissions coordinators are perceived as gatekeepers looking for a reason not to accept students, but that is exactly the opposite of our goals. We approach our work asking the question, “What is best for the student?” and we want to help each person individually. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us - we are here to help make the application process less complicated.
2. We are your advocates – please tell us the truth!
If your freshman year of college didn't go as planned, it’s okay, but tell us. We can only help you based on the information that you provide. If you decide to apply, we need all college transcripts, even if you didn’t take anything that would transfer or it was 10 years ago. We need to know everything about your previous college experience (well, not everything… but grades are non-negotiable).
3. We can evaluate your credits to save you time and money.
We are happy to evaluate your transfer credits or even help you strategically choose your dual enrollment courses, so you have the best chance at transferring. We want your hard work to have value here.
4. Put your name on your written statement. (Yes, really!)
I know it sounds simple, but you would be surprised how often we play detective to match statements to files.
5. Don't ghost. Leave a message when you call.
We are often meeting with students or on the phone, so we may miss your call. The best way to make sure we know you need us is by leaving a voicemail with your name and information. We will return every phone call, and most of the time it’s the same day.
6. Please make sure your voicemail is not FULL.
We try to call you back promptly, but we're unable to connect sometimes if your voicemail is full. Same goes for your email inbox!
7. Get a feel for your school by visiting campus.
We love to meet one-on-one with prospective students, their families and support system. We can help you decide between programs and even let you tour the lab of the program you're considering.
When you visit campus, you'll get a feel of the culture of the school and meet with the instructors and peers you'll be working with throughout your program. You can't get that feel from photos on a website.
Our favorite opportunities are when we catch the current students getting involved in the tour, showing off their program of study and sharing their tips for success. If you'd rather visit in a group, most campuses offer visit days throughout the year.
8. It’s ideal for us to work directly with the student.
As wonderful as it is to have support from family, taking on an important role in healthcare is a very independent endeavor, and it starts with the admissions process. Professional communication is essential to success in healthcare, so demonstration of your ability to manage the application and admissions process impresses the admissions committee!
9. Take math and science courses.
If you're going in a healthcare profession, you need to have a good grasp of math and science basics. We recommend taking Algebra, Medical Terminology and Biology to build a good foundation.
Fun fact: Most undergraduate students jump straight into Anatomy & Physiology and College Algebra at NMC; we want you to be prepared!
10. Shadow the profession you're interested in pursuing. We can help arrange that.
Particularly if you are interested in an undergraduate Allied Health program (Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant, Sonography, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care), we have connections in the Omaha Metro area where you can have the opportunity of job shadowing. There’s nothing quite like seeing the “behind the scenes” to help you in either A) confirming your decision on a specific field, or B) encouraging you to look into other areas of healthcare. Either way, it’s best to know now before you start the program.
11. This one is big: Don’t doubt yourself!
The only FOR SURE way not to be accepted is not to apply.
12. You are making a great career choice in healthcare.
With healthcare professions, you'll find an in-demand job market, good salaries, growth opportunities and personally fulfilling roles (just to name a few reasons!).