Worried. 3.0GPA after 2 terms RPN @ Centennial College

  1. 0 I'm trying to bridge right after, but after first 2 terms, I'm only getting a 3.0 cumulative GPA. I have basically 1 term left since last terms is just full time clinical. I'm really worried that I won't have a high enough GPA to bridge. Anyone had similar experience or know if 3rd term is harder than 2nd? A lot of people was failing Theory 2 heading into the final exam, and sometimes I think I should just feel lucky that I passed it.
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  3. Visit  toronto_nurse profile page
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    I'm trying to bridge right after, but after first 2 terms, I'm only getting a 3.0 cumulative GPA. I have basically 1 term left since last terms is just full time clinical. I'm really worried that I won't have a high enough GPA to bridge. Anyone had similar experience or know if 3rd term is harder than 2nd? A lot of people was failing Theory 2 heading into the final exam, and sometimes I think I should just feel lucky that I passed it.
    Semester 3 courses are more challenging than semester 2. In my opinion I felt Theory 2 was easier than Theory 3 and Patho 1 was easier than Patho 2 thereby it makes sense since the content gets more challenging. Semester 4 pre-grad consolidation is worth 40 credit hours so if you score less than a B than it will pull down your GPA and vice versa. Quite a few of my classmates failed to make it into bridging because of 1) failing a course; 2) pre-grad consolidation brought down their GPA. See your program coordinator for advice or suggestions.
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    Semester 4 pre-grad consolidation is worth 40 credit hours so if you score less than a B than it will pull down your GPA and vice versa.
    Can you explain why it would pull down my GPA?

    And, anyone took Centennial College's 3rd semester RPN that have the course outline for theory 2 and patho 2? I want to prepare myself.
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    Can you explain why it would pull down my GPA?

    And, anyone took Centennial College's 3rd semester RPN that have the course outline for theory 2 and patho 2? I want to prepare myself.
    Pre-grad consolidation is worth 40 credit hours where as for example your Patho course is worth 3 credit hours so your pre-grad consolidation GPA is worth almost half the program's GPA. There are 4 exams more or less in the pre-grad consolidation that tests everything hence why some students may struggle with it. They make it challenging to prepare students for the CPNRE!
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    Pre-grad consolidation is worth 40 credit hours where as for example your Patho course is worth 3 credit hours so your pre-grad consolidation GPA is worth almost half the program's GPA. There are 4 exams more or less in the pre-grad consolidation that tests everything hence why some students may struggle with it. They make it challenging to prepare students for the CPNRE!
    Ohh, I've never read about the last year of Pre-grad. Always thought its just a pass/fail semester and no mark will be given. I guess not.
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    Ohh, I've never read about the last year of Pre-grad. Always thought its just a pass/fail semester and no mark will be given. I guess not.
    So I wouldn't worry about semester 3 since pre-grad is a lot more challenging with your fulltime placement and preparations for the exams. Pre-grad can make you or break you depending on how you perform. I have to be honest because If you are struggling with practical nursing than the chances of you surving bridging is slim.
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    I'm trying to bridge right after, but after first 2 terms, I'm only getting a 3.0 cumulative GPA. I have basically 1 term left since last terms is just full time clinical. I'm really worried that I won't have a high enough GPA to bridge. Anyone had similar experience or know if 3rd term is harder than 2nd? A lot of people was failing Theory 2 heading into the final exam, and sometimes I think I should just feel lucky that I passed it.
    Just wondering: What exactly do you do if you can't bridge to RN? Are we then only PN for the rest of our life?
    Also, are you working while going to school?
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    Just wondering: What exactly do you do if you can't bridge to RN? Are we then only PN for the rest of our life?
    Also, are you working while going to school?
    Wow. Why are you even becoming a PN if this is your attitude?

    Do you realize that in the rest of Canada to go from LPN to RN there is a required number of paid employed hours for admission to the degree programme.

    If you want to be an RN, why didn't you apply straight to a university programme?
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    Wow. Why are you even becoming a PN if this is your attitude?

    Do you realize that in the rest of Canada to go from LPN to RN there is a required number of paid employed hours for admission to the degree programme.

    If you want to be an RN, why didn't you apply straight to a university programme?
    I guess I worded myself incorrectly! I don't have a poor attitude nor was I tryin to be rude.
    I should've said: what other options are there to bridge to RN if I can't at Centennial?

    And I'm wondering if you find it difficult to go to school while working?

    Sorry!
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    I guess I worded myself incorrectly! I don't have a poor attitude nor was I tryin to be rude.
    I should've said: what other options are there to bridge to RN if I can't at Centennial?

    And I'm wondering if you find it difficult to go to school while working?

    Sorry!
    If your heart is set on the PN program now, you should just focus and do the best you can before thinking of other options.

    There is other options that you could take if you do not qualify or accepted in a bridging program. Athabasca has to online LPN to RN program that only requires 1 full year of PN work hours before starting.

    As for work, I wouldn't say it's difficult if you're in flex, but at times, I do want to just stay home and study, and I could've done way better than what the title of this thread is suggesting. I'm not too sure of your background, I work as a Pharmacy Technician for couple of years now, and although I did not find some of the stuff as difficult as other people (Patho and Theory in particular), it is still quite intense compared to other college programs.

    You should aim for (at least) an A in: Psychology, PPG1, PPG2; B in Anatomy, English, Patho, Health Assessment; C+ in Theory. This is a realistic mark you should aim for if you're planning to bridge IMO.

    I do have peers who's an international student, who would read every chance they get, and still ends up failing or barely passing patho and/or theory. Young adult who think they could breeze through it who failed, and people who studies way more than I do, but still find themselves around the pass/fail territory still.

    I guess I threw in a little bit more than you're expecting, but what I'm trying to say is if you're planning to bridge, depending on your study habits, depending on your knowledge base, you should really weigh how much 'work' you can fit into your schedule without sacrificing marks here and there that could jeopardize your chance.
    Last edit by jl2002 on Jul 29, '13
  12. Visit  MizzMo profile page
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    I find this all very interesting and thanks to the OP for posting this topic

    I START RPN flex at centennial in September and am excited about pursuing RPN but I'd like to leave as many options available to me in the future. I keep hearing its a very challenging program (though the flex helps a bit).

    My personal view is that I want to make it through RPN doing the best I can and ideally leave the option to bridge open. I don't necessarily plan on bridging at this point in time. I may love RPN and decide to just do that but I really like the idea of leaving as many options available for my future.

    For the bridging program, would you say that it's less competitive than RPN? I had high grades in pre-health (90+) and I still was wait listed at many schools (centennial FT, Durham, GBC) and was only accepted at centennial flex.
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    I took my RPN program at Centennial. IMO they really test you hard, make you work hard, but in the end it basically guarantees you a pass for the CPNRE test - if you work hard. I struggled with Theory, because no matte rhow much you study and read the book they will test you on something completely different than what you read, what I mean is that youll never recognize the same wording from the textbook because they want to see how you apply it - scenerios, which is what you'll see on the CPNRE test.

    Also, the fact that you are worried about your GPA is actually a good sign. Some anxiety is good and normal. It means that if you work hard you'll get good marks. Teachers there want to see students ask questions.

    As for bridging, try to maintain at least a 3.0GPA there are other ways to bridge, for instance Nipissing University is an online RPN to RN bridging course that is offered to RPN's that are working at certain hospitals. You need to be working in these institutions and get permission from your employer to apply. Check out www.nipissingu.ca for info (just look up RPN to RN).

    Nursing school is not easy. But keep working at it, don't stress yourself out - a little anxiety helps, and don't be afraid to ask questions and seek assistance from your professors, that's what they're paid to do and that's why they are there!

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