Is the universe trying to tell me that nursing is not for me? I have applied to 3 nursing programs
over the past 2 years only to be denied each time. I have great grades, lots of science pre-reqs, and really good entrance exam scores, yet I keep getting denied b/c of stupid reasons. The first school denied me b/c I had not taken any classes there. I was told that I would never be accepted there b/c I did not take any classes at their school, and that I could not re-take my pre-reqs b/c I had already got A's. The second school denied me b/c I got a D twice in a general english course. I got the two D's in 1997, stayed out of school for a while, went back and ended up with a 4.0, but that doesn't matter b/c the two D's make me ineligible for admission indefinitely. The third school denied me b/c I am 5 points short on my profile score. I scored a 50 when I needed a 55. I am missing 5 points because I was unable to enroll in A&P II lab b/c all of the labs were full. There is a serious lack of science lab availabilities at the school that I attend. The worst part is that I have already taken both A&P's with the labs (and got A's and B's), but they are 5 1/2 and 6 years old; therefore, they will not count into my admission score. I feel like it's one thing after another, and there are people getting into these schools ahead of me who have low GPA's and low test scores. I talked to someone who was just accepted at the last school to deny me, she has a 2.7 GPA and got a 72 on the entrance exam. I have a 3.75 and got a 92 on the entrance exam, but b/c of those A&P's being 5 1/2 and 6 years old I didn't get accepted. I could understand if I didn't have the grades, but I do. I feel like something is telling me to pursue other career options. Thanks for listening.
Dec 2, '10
I'm sorry to hear the bad luck you are having with nursing schools. It is always important to know ahead of time what certain nursing schools require because each program can differ on their criteria. I would do another round of research on what's required in each nursing program you would be able to attend in your area and hopefully have better luck and be better prepared for next round of admissions. I think you should still consider going to nursing school if that is what your heart is telling you and hopefully you can find a nursing program that appreciates your hard work you have done already and is consistent with their nursing school admissions. I remember having a hard time finding the right nursing program too and it was crazy how each program required something different!
p.s. Unfortunately many schools don't look at gpa alone. The one I did go to was based only on GPA, but I was at a disadvantage because you get a .5 bonus boost to your GPA during the nursing admissions process if you had completed so many hours already at that school (which I didn't have). Other nursing progams just asked for a minimum of 3.0 gpa, but decided mostly based on an essay about why you wanted to do nursing and an interview. Another one wanted students to complete pharmacology at their school first before applying. Another one did it based on a minimum gpa and a lottery system. So basically every school has different criteria, not just great grades.
Last edit by rockabye on Dec 2, '10