GPA in ADN program

  1. I am almost finished with school and currently have a 2.5 GPA in my ADN program. I am getting worried since my goal is to go on to get my MSN and NP someday. From what I have seen most of the distance education classes require a GPA of 3.0 for nursing classes. What can I do at this point? Do I take the nursing classes again after I graduate to get a higher grade? Please help!
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Moogie
    I don't think you'll have to repeat anything in your AD program to increase your GPA but...

    make sure you kick some backside in your BSN program. Although a lower GPA could have an effect on getting into a master's program (and might mean that an RN-MSN bridge would be tough to get into) if you do well in a BSN program, you will prove that you can handle an academic challenge.

    Start getting some academic references together now and ask your instructors for advice on choosing a good BSN program for you. Ask them what they think your learning strengths and deficits are and how you can work to do well in the next step.

    I hope this works for you and I think you are wise to be thinking about your future now.
  4. by   CrazierThanYou
    I am going to school with a girl right now who finished her nursing degree with low grades. She is now interested in moving on to her MSN and is having to retake EVERYTHING in order to meet the grade/GPA requirements. That might not be the case everywhere but its the case here, at least.
  5. by   Scrubmouse RN
    An ADN-MSN bridge program may not be for you. But as PP, said, get a RN-BSN and kick some butt and then apply to the MSN program. Good luck!
  6. by   netglow
    I didn't know it was possible to repeat any core nursing classes randomly just for a higher GPA. The program I was in, you got what you got - no finessing allowed. If you did not pass, you might be able to drop back and repeat a semester but only with a lot of KA and hazing.
  7. by   netglow
    Oh, and I should add that this was only allowed if they had room for another student, in with the new group taking the classes you want to redo. So, someone would have to have dropped out of the program in the group benind you for there to even possibly be room to consider you, out of sequence. You would be subject to all the same petitioning for entry to the program all over again to repeat from the beginning. My class, the cut-off for the NLN entrance exam was like 97% or something, this changes per group of entrants.
  8. by   ShannonRN2010
    Enroll in a BSN program and do well in it, that should help bring up your GPA.
    I graduated with a 3.14 from my ADN program. I started the BSN program at the same college that I took my ADN at. I got on the merit list this semester with a 3.54 and it brought my overall GPA up to a 3.26.
    My goal is to get it up to a 3.5 before graduation in May 2012.
  9. by   GeneralJinjur
    All the state schools I have looked at have lower GPA requirements for their MSN programs. Maybe you should shoot for one of the RN-BSN programs that allow you to take just one class at a time. With more time to focus, you should be able to get better grades. Also, make use of their writing center or whatever they call it to get your papers looked at before you turn them in. It's a great way to beef up your paper grades.
  10. by   irenekui
    Its not possible to repeat nursing core classes for the purposes of increasing one's GPA. Most colleges would view this as a waste of resources. Nursing programs are in high demand and there's usually waiting lists of students trying to get in. If you struggled with your ADN then MSN would be quite hard to do. I would not rush it. First do your BSN then hopefully you could try the MSN. If its a MSN with a particular speciality like ARNP then you definately need to visit the department within the school you want to go and ask them what to do about your grades because they require atleast a 3.0 GPA in your core nursing classes and we all know an ADN program has all the core nursing classes while a BSN has the extra management classes and research classes that are not considered core thats why both are RN's at the same level. Even if the nursing program was to accept you what about the graduate school, grad schools require atleast a 3.0 GPA and a GRE