I need help!

  1. Hello my name is Ishani and I am a pre-nursing student. I want to be a Family Nurse practitioner. so here is my story.

    I went to Stony Brook for 4 years thinking I wanted to be a dentist because both of my parents are dentists and they really pushed me. I had no interest and because of this I was not motivated at all. I left Stony Brook with a GPA of 2.21. After I came back home and started working at a front desk in a urgent care clinic. I became great friends with the Nurse Practitioner on duty and I began to shadow her. I immediately fell in love with the field and I knew I needed to get my act together. I needed to finish my bachelors, so I enrolled at SUNY Purchase and I've been here for the past three years, taking science classes ( re-taking classes I did poorly in) and taking other pre-reqs and upper level sciences. So far I have a 3.2 gpa but I want to raise it to a 3.4 before I graduate. I will apply to an accelerated BSN program in New York. And after I will apply to a Family Nurse Practitioner program. My question is that will the Nurse Practitioner programs look at my Stony Brook GPA ? Or will they just look at the gpa I recieved from my Accelerated BSN program ? I am confused

    And another question, should I enroll in a FNP-MSN or FNP-DNP program ? I want to be a Family Nurse Practitioner and work in a medical office.
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  3. by   Cat365
    What the school looks at for admission depends on the school. Every school has their own requirements.

    You can be a FNP with either a masters or a doctorate. I would worry about getting your RN first, just make sure it's at an accredited college.
  4. by   cleback
    There are a few schools that will take whomever with a pulse. NP schools are not known for being choosy. However, best to aim for a reputable school. Also, please work before attending graduate school. Most programs are predicated on students having some relevant clinical background. If working as a nurse does not appeal to you, there are PA programs that do not require clinical work experience and "start from scratch" so to speak, with their students. Best of luck.
  5. by   idave19
    Yea but I wanna know, what gpa will they look at, on SUNY Downstate NP program it says you need a cumulative of a 3.0. Is that just your accelerated bsn degree ? Or will they also include the Stony Brook grades ?
  6. by   idave19
    I defiantly want to be an NP ?
  7. by   idave19
    Yea but I am so worried about my Stony Brook gpa holding me back
  8. by   Been there,done that
    NO, you do not defiantly want to be a NP. You definitely want to be a NP. Completely different words. Using the wrong words, will not get you into or through your NP education. Pay attention to details.
    Your previous GPA is out there.. it will be what it is, and you can't change it.
    Best wishes .
  9. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to general student discussions
  10. by   FullGlass
    When you apply to a BSN program, they are going to care most about your prereq GPA. What is your nursing pre req GPA? A lot of us didn't great in undergrad first time around, so don't agonize over that. Focus on doing well from now on. You can address your previous poor grades in your application essay. GPA is only one admissions factors. Good luck.
  11. by   idave19
    What about when I apply to the NP program ? Will they look at my stony brook grades?
  12. by   idave19
    thanks for the encouragement.
  13. by   Cat365
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    What about when I apply to the NP program ? Will they look at my stony brook grades?
    Call the school. They are the only ones who can answer that. Asking the same question over and over isn't going to get you another answer.
  14. by   Destin293
    Quote from idave19
    Yea but I wanna know, what gpa will they look at, on SUNY Downstate NP program it says you need a cumulative of a 3.0. Is that just your accelerated bsn degree ? Or will they also include the Stony Brook grades ?
    If it's SUNY Downstate, I can almost guarantee that is cumulative (including your SB GPA). Downstate has very tough admission standards.

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