What should I take in the meantime?

  1. I just finished up my pre-reqs for nursing school and submitted an application for the spring semester. So far, I've heard nothing back, a bad sign. It seems the cut off was 3.351 and I missed it by 18 hundredths of a point!! I may still be accepted but I'm wondering what courses to take next semester if I'm not accepted. After eventually receiving my BSN I'd like to go on to CRNA school. I've followed many of the threads on this board and know that chemistry and physics are important. I have already signed up for physics and pathophysiology for the spring (couldn't register for organic chemistry because of it was offered at the same time as physics). What else should I take? Are there any other science courses I should take? So far, I've received all A's in all my science courses. I do have 3 C's in govt, literature and art appreciation (from when I went to school 14 yrs ago.) Should I consider re-taking these courses to improve my GPA for when I do apply to CRNA school? I just don't want to waste a whole semester waiting to get into the nursing program.
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  3. by   2banurse
    Nafsaldal, I'm not sure why you are taking physics, unless that is an interest to you. Have you given any thought to taking a CNA course? it'll give you some clinical exposure while you wait for next Fall. With a CNA, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to do bedside care, but some hospital jobs (such as an ER tech in my state) look for some medical training.

    In regards to your classes from 14 years ago...I wouldn't stress about them, they are not the grades that nursing schools are going to give as heavy attention to.

    Good luck!
    Kris
  4. by   ctbsurf
    if you don't get in, don't get discouraged. i agree in taking more science classes, if you eventually want to apply for crna. I took bio 1,2 w/ lab, chem 1,2 w/lab, physics 1,2 w/ lab, and a&p. i don't think taking physics helps at all, but i found it interesting. try taking the upper level bio and chem if possible, b/c the chem they usually require for nursing is for non-majors. i never took organic chem but i know it would look impressive on your transcript (provided you got an A or B).

    don't worry about taking the classes you received Cs in over again, it doesn' matter. just concentrate on building your science base.

    let us know if you got in
    good luck
    -chris
  5. by   New CCU RN
    I agree about taking some sciences. Try A&P or Chem or even Bio or Micro. Whatever you can get into. This will help boost up your GPA if you can get a good grade and also make you look more appealing. Physics..well totally not needed but may be able to help in the future you never know.

    Good luck to you. Another good idea is try and get some sort of health care related job. Whether it is as a CNA or a volunteer (rescue squads sometimes are volunteer and love the help... u can start off just riding), something along those lines which give you good experience and also make you look more interesting in health care in general.

    I would also talk to the Nursing Admissions Director who ever that may be and ask what kept you from being accepted this term. They are the ones to ask. Dont be shy..it will show your maturity and dedication as well as put you on track with what you need to do for next fall. Good luck

    By the way, I wouldnt repeat those classes you mentioned...they are 14 years old and probably wont be able to be counted as transfer credits anyway. They are totally not science based and really probably didnt take any deciding factor at all.

    Good luck to you.... you'll get there...
  6. by   smogmatt
    I agree with the other 2. CNA looks great to committees, and it will help you see some of the healthcare world.

    as far as classes go... Stats is is another one. I wish I would have taken Cell Bio, some advanced Phys, and a gross anatomy/disection.

    matt
  7. by   nfsaldal
    Originally posted by New CCU RN
    I agree about taking some sciences. Try A&P or Chem or even Bio or Micro.

    Another good idea is try and get some sort of health care related job. Whether it is as a CNA or a volunteer

    I would also talk to the Nursing Admissions Director who ever that may be and ask what kept you from being accepted this term.
    I've already taken all the lower level science courses, A&P I&II, microbiology, chemistry. I've also taken statistics already. Cell biology would probably be something to look into.

    Becoming a CNA is a great idea that I had never thought of!


    It was strictly my GPA that kept me out this semester. Everyone is ranked according to GPA and all the slots are filled accordingly. No other criteria is used, no interviews, no entrance exam, nothing. Everyone else just had higher GPAs
  8. by   nilepoc
    I would suggest taking a biochemistry course, and the organic chemistry and the physics would hold equal weight in my opinion.

    Don't stress to much, build up the sciences, but don't go overrboard.

    Good luck.

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