Bad Student!

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    Question:

    Is it possible to be a D/F student in highschool, and be an
    A or B student in Nursing school?


    I'm afraid what the nursing school will say when they see my transcript and call myself applying for the prereqs to get me started.


    (FYI: I'm 27 years old.......growing up 10 years ago was hard for me )
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    You may have to take some classes over. When I started nursing school in order to even get in you had to have at least a 3.5 GPA and be in the top third of your graduating class. It may be differnt now. Have you met with anyone yet?

    renerian
  4. by   SusanRN2004
    Were you a D/F student because the work was too hard or because you did not apply yourself in High school? I made every grade in high school...grades depended on if I liked the class or not....Take the pre-recs, they will look at those grades, not the High School ones....

    I returned to school at 42, so far I have made all "A's"
  5. by   renerian
    Good for you Susan! I was 44 when I got my BS and am working on my MS at 45. I figure I should be 50 when and if I decide to get my PHD. Not sure if I want to do that or not......................I want to teach so I may have to.....

    renerian
  6. by   Lacey
    Kudos for all you "adult students"! I agree with the others, Tooty. Go talk to a guidance counselor and see what they advise. I know in my area, (Western Pa), they have been widening their applicant pool. This is a nice way of saying that some of the standards have been relaxed! Just remember not to let anyone tell you that you can't do it, be resourceful and determined!
    Good Luck-Lacey
    Last edit by Lacey on Sep 7, '02
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    susan asked the question i was going to ask. all the best to you.
  8. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    In highschool I never got an "A", not even P.E.!

    My GPA(if you can call it that)was below a 2.0 in highschool and I got out with a G.E.D. and joined the Navy(and I screwed that up too). Through 19 credits of prereqs and into my first year of clinical I have a 3.96. All that was required to enroll and start earning the pre and core requisites,even before applying to the nursing program,was a G.E.D. or diploma.
    By the time I had completed the pre-course work, and applied for the program, I had removed all doubt.

    Do your pre-course work and prove yourself.......to yourself,then YOU get to choose.
    You can do it.
  9. by   Vsummer1
    I wasn't exactly a great student in HS either! I managed to graduate and when I went to college years later all they cared about was the diploma. I was much better in college -- I was paying for it and I chose to go!

    I had to start at the bottom of the science classes, and work my way up to the pre-reqs. It was hard, but my maturity level was nowhere near where it was in HS. It was such a boost to know I could PASS college courses!

    Don't worry -- from all the posts I have read, you are in good company!
  10. by   Neon8
    At the three-year nursing program I attended, only those with the best grades got in. These were the grades in college - not high school.
  11. by   LoisJean
    Know what they call a med student who got all Ds? DOCTOR.

    Peace,

    Lois Jean
  12. by   caliotter3
    My best friend in nursing school did not go to high school at all b/c she ran away from home at 15 and b/c emancipated at 17. Eventually she got a GED. In our state you do not even have to have a GED to go to community college if you are a certain age (I believe at least 25). My friend was able to pull very near a 4.0 average in college, taking her prereqs for nursing and graduated with high honors. The point is: (like Peeps and others say) it is what you do in community college with your prereqs that counts. Investigage the programs you are interested in, see the counselors for those schools, and find out the reqs and when you are to apply to the program. Very few programs accept people right out of high school. Usually you have several units of college prerequisites before you apply (like micro, anat, physio, socio, psych, freshman English). These are the grades they look at. If you are unsure of yourself try this: take the entrance exams (almost all cc require you to take English and math placement exams). Even if the placement exams say you are at the "freshman" level, try a lower level class first, just to get used to the idea. These different levels of classes are clearly outlined in the college catalog and class schedules. The guidance counselor can also help make sure you are signing up for what you need and want. It won't hurt, and will go a long way to help you get over your doubts. Also make sure you take a class in study skills if it is offered. Your hard work will make your success. Don't worry about high school anymore. Good luck!
  13. by   nursecheryl
    I was going to say that a community college will let you take the prerequisites and if you do good in that they may let you into the nursing program. I know the community college I went to didn't let just anyone into the nursing program and you had to have at least 3.5 to get into the program, but if you proved yourself doing the prereq's they'd let you in to give it a try. But, still only let the top students in. Only one third of the class that started finished and graduated.
  14. by   Mkue
    As a non-traditional student I worked my way up through math, science and chemistry, it seems to take forever but it's worth it in the end.

    I think most colleges require a Skills Test, series of Math, English/writing, Science testing so they know where your strengths and weaknesses are.

    You can do it, if I can do it you can do it, I was an average student in H.S. and didn't want to take college prep courses because I knew my parents didn't have the money for college ! Counselors back then didn't talk about Financial aid and I didn't ask !

    Go For It !! and Good Luck !!

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