10 years ago I left school with a 2.0 GPA. I was 2 credits short of graduating with a history degree. My GPA doesn't indicate this, but I'm quite smart and I'm very capable of handling the course material. I had several academic full-rides to colleges out of high school, went to the number one private college in my state, but my GPA is low because I foolishly ran a recording studio out of my apartment all through school and never went to class. I was young and terribly naive and believed I'd be a big music producer one day.
I've since grown up - a LOT.
I know through some life experiences that I'd be a good nurse. And I want to be one very badly. Do I have any chance? Can anyone give me some advice on how to achieve this with my past GPA?
Should I finish my history degree, and then start a second bachelor's in pre-nursing? Are there nursing schools that will only look at my newest grades? Or will every school also factor in the GPA from my first bachelor's? (I thought I heard there were schools that may look ONLY at your last 60 credits... or was this to mean rather they look MOSTLY at the last 60 credits?)
Or should I go right into pre-nursing and plan for a dual major with a history/BSN? I could bring up my GPA some, but I don't imagine that 2 years of school could bring it up substantially.
Is there a better option than either of the two I've proposed? My biggest concern is clearly the GPA i had 10 years ago. I'm a completely new student now, and I will show that with my new grades. But if they average my old grades in with the new... If so, no matter how well do, I'm afraid I won't be able to pull it up to a 3.0 in just 2 years.
Keep in mind that I'm willing to get certifications and work in whatever capacity is necessary to make getting into nursing school possible. As a CNA, EMT, or whatever other suggested occupation could improve my chances of being looked upon favorably.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I greatly appreciate any and all advice!