I am in California, and am looking into virtually every Associates RN program available in-state. I am willing to go out of state. I don't mind re-taking classes, but many colleges just flat out say they allow only one science repeat, and if you were to repeat again, even if it is for recency and/or a better grade, they will not count it. This means I am disqualified permanently. I did not obtain excellent grades my first time going to college. Microbiology - C, Physiology - B-, Anatomy - D (1st attempt), C (2nd). The majority of schools
require either a 2.5 or a 3.0 GPA in science pre-reqs, and only one repeat. If possible, I would want to apply to schools that I do qualify for, and study my past classes on my own as a refresher.
I am unsure how to proceed. Should I re-take all of these classes, and submit that to schools I apply to? Ask for permission to apply as an exception? I do not want to give false information, but if I do repeat all the science coursework, then I still technically do not qualify.
There is one RN program here. I do not qualify for. I would have to move my entire family near the college I am accepted. I am also unsure if I would be able to get financial aid, as I quit school as a senior at a state college, so I am far over the unit limit. If anyone has any experience with my situation, please let me know. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Feb 8, '13
If it was 7-10 years ago since you took classes, and you do not have a degree (Associates, Bachelors), then most likely it does not count for transfers, so "retakes" don't apply, so to speak, because the course has "expired" so by default, you would take it over because the course in itself has evolved...so it would be a clean slate.
In my area, that was how it was explained to me. I had an AA, the classes I took at another university were not counted because they were 10 years old when I went back for my nursing degree, so I had to take over my "arts" in order to complete my degree, and they did not transfer over.
As far as my science classes, I needed to get an A and a B in at least 3 of my classes, so I was recommended a CLEP-like process through Excelsior college. I self studied and took a test to get a passing grade. I did A&P parts I & II (one test) and Microbiology (I). I got an A and B respectively.
Find out from the schools
directly, be upfront about your situation. If you were a dependent (under 24) when you first went to school, and are above 24, you are an independent student, and the qualifications may change. Ask each program to clarify. If it matches up, you have a chance for a "clean slate." Most places have no issue for giving in the information, and pointing you in the right direction, financial aid waivers, etc. when you explain you situation, provide clarity, and have a plan to follow out your goals. Good luck!!!
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Feb 8, '13