Hey all, thanks for taking the time to read this. I'll give you some background first.
I graduated from a state university a couple years ago with a BS in Biological Sciences. During my years as an undergraduate, I had to work 30 hours per week in order to put myself through school due to lack of funds/federal loans. As a result, my GPA suffered a little bit. I finished my undergraduate degree with a 2.9 GPA. Definitely not great, I'm not super proud of it and it absolutely could have been better if I didn't have to work so much. That being said, I applied to ASU's post-bacc BSN program and was rejected due to low GPA. Their minimum requirement is a 3.5. The admissions rep emailed me the rejection saying that I should choose another degree program. The problem is this: I spent 4 years in college, I have a ridiculous amount of debt, and I frankly can not afford to do another 4 years in college. It is not financially possible for me and actually quite redundant in my opinion.
My plan (when applying to the post-bacc BSN program) was to do a year in the BSN program, then apply to ASU's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program. Is there a way to still achieve this without going through a full four year program? Is there a way to raise my GPA enough to be a viable applicant into the program? I am absolutely okay with going to school for a year to raise my GPA enough, but I'm unsure if it actually works that way.
I'm in a much better place in my life now than I was when I graduated from college the first time. It is definitely not that I'm unintelligent, or not dedicated. My low GPA is due solely to the fact that I had to work a lot of hours during college. I am now married and able to focus only on education, but is it too late? Relocating is not an option, as my husband is in the military, we just got married a few months ago, and I am not willing to leave him to go to school.
Any opinions, advice, etc would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you for taking time to read this.
Sep 14, '12
Can you clarify your location? I am in Arizona with a friend in the ASU post-bacc program and I am in the accelerated BSN program at Grand Canyon University. If you are in Arizona too, I would highly recommend speaking to one of the Maricopa Community College nursing counselors. They have a concurrent enrollment program between MCCCD campuses and a university, such as NAU or UoP. You get a BSN and it isn't as competitive as ASU and GCU programs. I have friends that were rejected by GCU with 3.3+. Also, many of these programs only let you retake one to two classes, making it harder to bump up your GPA. I know someone in the current enrollment program at GCC/NAU. All she had to do was get onto the MCCCD Nursing wait list, which is simple once you have the pre-reqs. After you are on that list, you can attend the next scheduled CEP info session and apply into a CEP program. She bypassed the ADN wait list and went right into the CEP program. You will also find that the CEP program (at least the one between MCCCD and NAU) is remarkably cost effective at around $12,000 total cost.
Good luck in your journey!
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