low GPA, any hope for NP? - page 2

by NCcardiacNurse

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Hi everyone. I'm sure this question has come up a hundred times, but I'm going to go ahead and try again. I'm considering applying to a master's program for ANP. I recently graduated this past May with my BSN and was an LPN for... Read More


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    Hi there!

    I was in the same boat as you. My GPA at the end of my BSN was 2.66 and I thought all hope was lost of getting into grad school. But I took a chance and applied at a very competitive ACNP program and found out yesterday I was admitted on probationary status which means I have to pass stats with 3.0. I have been a cv icu nurse for 5 years, got my CCRN and TNCC, as well as work in the only two level one trauma centers in the state which I think really helped me. Good luck to you!
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    Ximena2008

    Wow, your story is inspiring! I am on the same boat as you and I'm currently taking science pre-reqs to boost my undergrad GPA. May I ask what schools accepted you? Thank you very much and best wishes to you and all your endeavors!
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    Good thread.
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    That's a tough call. Most schools required at least 3.0 GPA minimum. My GPA was 3.12 overall but I have 3.5 for nursing alone. I was admitted for DNP with great references and a goal statement. I wouldn't say never but do your homework. Research for that one school. I'm sure it exists! Good luck!
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    I'm worried about the same. I have 230 credit hours so my GPA won't go up. My cumulative is also 2.6. However, my ADN was 3.7 and RN-BSN was 4.0. I'm hoping they'll overlook my 2.1 prior to nursing school and focus on how I did well in nursing school.... Still very worried.
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    Quote from HeartNursing3
    I'm worried about the same. I have 230 credit hours so my GPA won't go up. My cumulative is also 2.6. However, my ADN was 3.7 and RN-BSN was 4.0. I'm hoping they'll overlook my 2.1 prior to nursing school and focus on how I did well in nursing school.... Still very worried.
    Can you explain why if you have a lot of credit hours your gpa will not increase by retaking classes? I've heard people mention this before but I don't quite understand why.
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    Quote from RNewbie
    Can you explain why if you have a lot of credit hours your gpa will not increase by retaking classes? I've heard people mention this before but I don't quite understand why.
    When you have that many credit hours, it takes a lot of hours to increase a GPA.

    For example, a student with 230 credit hours and a 2.6 GPA would have to take 92 credit hours and earn nothing but A's (4.0) to achieve a 3.0 GPA.
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    Quote from HeartNursing3

    When you have that many credit hours, it takes a lot of hours to increase a GPA.

    For example, a student with 230 credit hours and a 2.6 GPA would have to take 92 credit hours and earn nothing but A's (4.0) to achieve a 3.0 GPA.
    Oh ok, thanks
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    Like all the advice that has been given, do not give up. There are NP programs that will take students with low Gpa on a provisional status and you just have to increase your Gpa to a 3.0 within your first 12 units. If you can't find one out there come to Cali!
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    Quote from CrzySexyCoolRN
    Like all the advice that has been given, do not give up. There are NP programs that will take students with low Gpa on a provisional status and you just have to increase your Gpa to a 3.0 within your first 12 units. If you can't find one out there come to Cali!
    Which programs would you recommend in CA? I'm in southern Ca currently researching programs and also considering a distance learning program but my gpa is low. Just trying to figure out what my options are.


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