Nursing Schools

  1. Hi, I just finished all of my pre-requisites for nursing school, but I'm having a hard time finding a school. My GPA is about 2.6, but I have alot of W's. Does anyone know of some programs that are not too competetive.
    Thank You
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Right now they are all quite competitive, especially for state universities. You may have better luck with some of the more higher priced programs.....

    Good luck...............
  4. by   jae82301
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Thanks for your reply. If anyone has similar grades and has gotten in to a school, PLEEEEEEASE let me know which one
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    They are all competitive since there are long waiting lists--limited slots and seemingly unlimited numbers of people wanting them.

    Have you considered retaking some of your courses where you received a lower grade? Raising that GPA would help you, and redeeming the W's with a letter grade couldn't hurt either.

    Hate to say this, but you must be aware that nursing school will be highly competitive once you are admitted also. Your competition will basically be with yourself--you will have to work hard to keep up, all of us do. There's a lot of material to be covered in a short amount of time, and a very different way of looking at learning that goes along with it. And no "W's." You stay all the way in for the duration, or you are out and at least have to repeat from that semester on, but some schools may not even take you back.

    If you had this difficulty with the pre-reqs, you might want to see if there are other related professions that might be less challenging, or check out the LVN/LPN schools first..... Just a thought.
  6. by   jae82301
    I have retaken my classes and have gotten all A's & B's. The classes havent been difficult at all. What happened was the I got pregnant in the middle of my pre-reqs. So it was very difficult for me to get on track and find someone who would watch my baby while I went to school. For the last year all of my grades have been B's or higher. Any single moms out there must feel my pain.
    But, I have to see he has been my biggest blessing & inspiration. I didnt know what I wanted to do in college until I gave birth and I saw how important a L & D nurse is.
  7. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Well that's a horse of a different flea, as one of my less well educated clients used to say!

    Sounds like you could do nursing school just fine.

    Why not pay a visit to the schools in your area and address the GPA issue straight out? Obviously it does not reflect your abilities or intellectual gifts, and there is a good reason for that.

    Good luck--let us know what you do and how it turns out!!!
  8. by   jae82301
    Thank You, I think may be freeking out a little early because I havent actually applied anywhere yet! But we'll see I'll be applying for the Spring so I will keep you posted. Thanks for your advice!
  9. by   raynefall
    Check your pm.
  10. by   Deb123j
    I sympathize completely!!! I screwed around a lot when I was younger and had several W's and 3 F's so my gpa is 2.08. I had also taken a lot of classes so in order for me to raise it to an acceptable level would be darn near impossible. When speaking with the nursing school I'm going to be going to we figured that I should take 1 year at the nursing school taking general classes (like A&P, PE, etc.) - to establish a new gpa (then they won't even look at the old one). After that (fall '04) then I'll apply for the nursing program and hopefully :uhoh21: get into the nursing program fall '05. This might work for you also!!!


    Good luck!!!
  11. by   jae82301
    If you dont mind telling me what school is that? Most schools wouldnt do that. That's a great idea thank you!
  12. by   Deb123j
    Quote from jae82301
    If you dont mind telling me what school is that? Most schools wouldnt do that. That's a great idea thank you!
    Kettering College of Medical Arts (Kettering, Ohio)
    Students can go there to take just general courses if they want - so it works out great for me. They have numerous medical programs there. I've just got to work my rear end off to make all A's the first year, so that I'll pretty much be guaranteed a spot next year. Also they told me that since I'd already be a current student, they would look more favorably towards me if it's between me and a non-student with the same gpa.
  13. by   CNMtobe2012
    Quote from jae82301
    I have retaken my classes and have gotten all A's & B's. The classes havent been difficult at all. What happened was the I got pregnant in the middle of my pre-reqs. So it was very difficult for me to get on track and find someone who would watch my baby while I went to school. For the last year all of my grades have been B's or higher. Any single moms out there must feel my pain.
    But, I have to see he has been my biggest blessing & inspiration. I didnt know what I wanted to do in college until I gave birth and I saw how important a L & D nurse is.
    I am also a single mom. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter name Niya. I was not until I had her I realized what I wanted to do with my life. I have been in college for 5 years as an undergrad full- time student. I start out as a computer science major in 1999 and have been making changes ever since. For what ever reason I had a strong passion for biology but did not what to major in it. Then I had my daughter and I have been passionate about L&D ever since. I don't think I have been more sure about anything.
  14. by   Megsd
    If I remember right, when I applied to college, it asked for GPA and had a space to explain why your GPA is as is, if necessary. I think if there's an opportunity for you to explain your circumstances on the application, that would be a boon for you. Plus I've heard that places look for improvement in GPA in addition to the numbers, so if you've gotten better grades as time went on, that will probably look good for you too!

    Meghan

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