RN to BSN with a low GPA?

  1. Hi! I'm currently in a associates RN program, but once I finish up I would like to go into RN to BSN. My problem is my GPA is not that high- it's around a 2.6. I have been getting B- in my nursing classes, is it going to be hard to find a program to be accepted into with this GPA? All of my sciences are A/B so far but one is going to end up being a C this semester. If I take a couple classes at the school I want to go to before I apply for the RN to BSN would they base my acceptance off that GPA or the one from this program? Any help is appreciated !
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  3. by   Nurse_
    Cal. State Dominguez Hills accepts students with GPA of at least 2.0.

    It's just a matter of finding the school. There are a lot of programs who accepts low GPA.
  4. by   emtb2rn
    Online programs want minimum "c" on transfer credits, so a flat 2.0 will get you in.
  5. by   ClassyChristina
    Most RN-BSN programs require at least a 2.5 and some are at least a 2.0. I think you should be fine... the acceptance into RN-BSN programs is way less competitive than traditional nursing programs because applicants have already passed the NCLEX and are practicing nurses.
  6. by   Stephalump
    I don't think I've ever met anyone who couldn't get into an RN-BSN program...if they couldn't hang, they didn't get the "RN" part to begin with :-)

    There are a few in my area that require >3.0 but there are plenty that accept below that.
  7. by   hodgieRN
    Many school like lower the GPA for RN-BSN students. Where I live, it's 2.5. You are already a nurse..there's nothing to prove at the bedside. They know you have what it takes and if you are wanting to get a BSN, you are more likely to finish it than a pre-nursing student. You are basically extending it, so they can be more flexible. Many of the classes are online and there's a lot of money for the university to make. If they turned away anyone with less than a 3.0, they would lose a lot of prospects. Returning students have families or they went to school years ago, so they like getting students into the program because if you finish it, that means more money for the school.

    Where I live, there isn't even a selection process. There's no wait list and you don't have to beat out other student with better GPA's. If you meet the minimum requirements, you are automatically accepted. The only limitation is if the class is full. Many of the classes are for RN-BSN students only. Your classmates are all RN's too, so instructors don't have to spend lots of time teaching the basics. I think you are in a pretty good spot. See what university will enroll you with your requirements. You may find it easier than you think. It's nothing like getting into nursing school for the first time.