To the folks whove made it...
- 0Feb 26, '13 by JUSTanLPNFirst off I'm greeeeen with envy. Moving on..
Can u tell us how your gpa's were added when you applied. What was the actual number they used to compare to other applicants.
I know programs use cumulative, last 60 hours, last degree program completed, science grades, an surely I'm missing one or two but you get my point.
Im just curious how YOUR program did it.
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- 0Feb 26, '13 by detroitdanoGrade points are a bare minimum. Pretty much everyone has A's or B's in their science courses, if you don't, you should be retaking them for your own good. Nobody looks at a calculated GPA. Most schools require a B or better (3.0) in all prerequisities, so having at least a 3.0 doesn't do much to help you stand out. That's just what saves your application from the garbage can.
Everyone looking to apply gets caught up in this GPA nonsense. It means nothing. If you don't have good grades, yeah, you're not going to get in. Meet your school's bare minimum criteria, then do something for yourself to stand out. I did good on my GRE, had my CCRN, 3 years ICU experience, taught clinical for a college, and went in well prepared for my interview. Apparently that was enough.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by detroitdanoQuote from JUSTanLPNIf schools see that you did better as you progressed through college, it helps a lot. In your case, the BSN core courses with a higher GPA will help you stand out versus someone who had mediocre grades throughout their entire undergrad career.Appreciate the insight. I've FINALLY gotten my prospective schools on the phone and from what I can see your right. Most of them were far more concerned with my BSN gpa than cumulative or ADN gpa.
That seems to have helped me, and many others that I know. I was a know-it-all up until nursing school then I really buckled down and improved my grades, and all the courses I took post-Bach I earned A's.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by double_minorityQuote from JUSTanLPNGood to know. My pre-ADN gpa was low. Graduated ADN 3.0+, my current BSN school liked that and gave me a waiver/forgiveness for it and I will graduate BSN 3.5+ I'm sure of it!Appreciate the insight. I've FINALLY gotten my prospective schools on the phone and from what I can see your right. Most of them were far more concerned with my BSN gpa than cumulative or ADN gpa.
Looking to get into anesthesia one day too so again good to know.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by OscarRNTo be totally honest I was a complete slacker my first several years of college. When I finally decided that I wanted to entry the nursing field I pretty much went back and retook most of my classes to improve my GPA (I focused especially on doing particularly well on science courses). I busted my hump during both my ADN &BSN years and got exceptional grades. I worked hard to get into an ICU ASAP and was about to get a position 8 months after receiving my RN. I have two years of good ICU so far and just got accepted to NA school starting this coming fall. I consider myself extremely blessed and have a difficult time believing that I've gotten this far. If you want it bad enough, it's totally possible!