Question about nursing school?

  1. Hello everyone! This is my first time posting a thread so please bare with me. Here goes... I want to apply to a nursing school but got horrible grades in biologly (D) in High school. Will that affect my chances on getting accepted? Or will I just have to take it over in the school? Also I currently am in a Community College and I had to take a Algebra Pre-req course last year in which I failed. However, I just finished retaking the course and I got a A! (yippee!):spin: Just out of curiousity, will this affect my chances also? I know I should talk to someone at the admissions office but I just wondered if anyone has been in my situation and can give me advice. My DREAM is to be a nurse ever since I was little and this would be so HEARTBREAKING if I am not accepted. Thanks for your time.
    Last edit by Coffee Addict on Oct 27, '07
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Welcome to the site

    Sure someone will be along to answer your questions but good luck
  4. by   Soup Turtle
    It will all depend on the admission requirements for the program(s) you're hoping to get into. My program only looked at college level, science course GPA and number of courses/hours completed. Everyone who got in had at least a 3.5 GPA. There was no penalty for dropping or retaking courses, but for some programs, there may be.

    Some programs interview prospective students and some just have a waiting list for anyone who meets the lowest, most basic requirements. Some programs even have a lottery and accept students who just happen to get lucky.

    Maybe you could post a question about a specific school on your state forum board and get in touch with a current student who could point you in the right direction.
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. Welcome!
  6. by   justme1972
    Who you need to talk to is not admissions, but an academic advisor...that is their job to tell you what you need to take. You also need to get an appointment with an advisor in the nursing department so that they may advise you on what goals you need to accomplish, in order for your application to be competitive. Generally, once you have so-many college credits, your high school GPA (at most schools) is no longer a factor, but you need to check.

    The concern I have for you, is that you won't be able to just take one class at a time once you are admitted to the program, and you have to learn how to carry a full-course load or just near it.

    You also need to review your study habits...I can understand someone not getting a "C", but it's very difficult to fail a regular class if you are putting forth any effort at all.

    Nursing classes are easy to fail b/c the criteria for passing is "bumped up" and it higher for normal college classes....that also makes it very difficult.
  7. by   LeavingTeaching4RN
    My program, which is at a community college only considers the grades in the following courses:
    Anatomy & Physiology I and II and the Labs
    Chemistry
    English (ENC 1101)

    You may want to read the admissions criteria for the school you are interested in applying to on their website.
  8. by   Kiren
    it all depends on the schools admission requirements. some schools with a lot of applicants may be more selective than others. in my part of the country lpn programs tend to be much more lenient concerning grades than rn programs are.
  9. by   southernbelle08
    Like everyone else has pointed out - it just depends.

    My program only looked at the college grades. They did look at everything though and I believe we had to at least have 2.5, but I believe most who were accepted had well over that. HS grades didn't factor into it, ACT score did. I would check and see what all they are looking at before you apply. GL!
  10. by   futurecnm
    Quote from Cutiebaby23
    Hello everyone! This is my first time posting a thread so please bare with me. Here goes... I want to apply to a nursing school but got horrible grades in biologly (D) in High school. Will that affect my chances on getting accepted? Or will I just have to take it over in the school? Also I currently am in a Community College and I had to take a Algebra Pre-req course last year in which I failed. However, I just finished retaking the course and I got a A! (yippee!):spin: Just out of curiousity, will this affect my chances also? I know I should talk to someone at the admissions office but I just wondered if anyone has been in my situation and can give me advice. My DREAM is to be a nurse ever since I was little and this would be so HEARTBREAKING if I am not accepted. Thanks for your time.
    I haven't been in your situation but yes, it depends on the school you want to go to. I don't think they usually look at high school grades. You will have to take a biology in college most likely. I know all the community colleges here require college biology. I know my community college looked at all the required couses and the grades for all of them for admission. the science classes had more weight than the other classes. The average grade to get into nursing school is usually over 3.5 around me. It is pretty competitive.
  11. by   LMRN10
    I agree, it depends on your school, but I did HORRIBLE in high-school as well, but have done very well in college! You'd be surprised!! Hang in there and keep at it - you'll make it!

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