Quote from DawnJ
I'm at Pima, which is private and costly. You may get in sooner with a lower GPA, but that may not be truly of benefit to you. Be really honest with yourself as to why your GPA is low. If it is because you were younger and not motivated but you now are fully committed.....OK. If you struggled to make B's in your A&P, microbiology then you are heading for trouble in nursing school. 77% is passing, so if you couldn't pull an A or B in the prereq's, you aren't likely to do well once you get in.
Nursing school is not a cakewalk, not even the ones with a more lenient admissions policy. We all have to pass the same NCLEX at the end, so the material is the same. Seriously, that is why we have a 50% attrition rate and we aren't even through the first semester. They just weren't ready for the nursing school material.
I don't see Pima doing this, but a previous un-named For Profit university I went to admitted anyone with a checkbook, front loaded the easier classes the first year (to get the $20k) and then all the tough classes kicked in second year. There were 60 students in my cohort in year one and 23 students in year two. 20 of us graduated.
Was the degree a valid program? Yes. We did get through the tough material. But the way we did it maximized the profit for the school by encouraging and taking the cash from students that were not going to be able to hack it long term. I think it would have been kinder to not accept them rather than taking their money and leaving them with nothing but a bad feeling when they were dismissed halfway through for poor academic performance. Now, I know others disagree and feel that everyone should be given a CHANCE to do well, since some will defy the odds and rock nursing school. But I think that when there are limited openings for students, those with the best chance of completing it (as predicted by previous GPA and entrance exams) should be given preference.
This is true for a lot of for-profit schools. They accept anyone that does not wish to sit on a waiting list at the community colleges and/or does not have a competitive GPA to get into state universities. HOWEVER, they have to. They cannot be as picky as the non-profit schools because they are not getting paid by the state government, they make their profit directly from their student body, which is also why their programs are far more costly than community colleges and some state universities.
With that said, I do not think it is the school's responsibility to see who will make it or not, it should be dependent on the actual would-be student. They are the ones that need to do their homework and see if they are mentally and profitably ready for a for-profit Nursing program.
Good rule of thumb: Schools are there to guide the students into their chosen career, the student is the one in charge of reaching that goal.
That is what I did. I am currently enrolled in a for-profit school that offers a BSN program and have prepared myself for it. I know it will be expensive and I know how much hard work I would have to invest into it, and I have made quite a few sacrifices to ensure I achieve my goal. Meaning, I did not want to play the waiting game or the GPA game (even though I did have quite a fair GPA of 3.5, I knew there were students out there who had 4.0's and going to school full time constantly, giving them some advantage over a working adult such as myself), because I am already 28 and I wanted to get my career started as soon as possible.
In regards to the author of this thread's case, I think you should evaluate yourself by asking questions like, what can you handle, school-wise? Do you want a career as a RN? (Really research the profession and the curriculum of nursing schools) Can you afford it(as in, can you look out of state as well for options)?
I really hope my insight helps and I wish you the best of luck either way in your new endeavor.