I'm hoping to get some help or advice out there regarding my applications for Master's Entry Nurse programs. i'm 42 years old and have applied to a number of Master's Entry Programs as well as California Community Colleges. Over the last year, I have taken all the science pre-requisites required and have a 4.0 GPA. In addition, I have a 99th percentile for the TEAS test including 100% on the math section. I have a BS in Biological Sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara and considerable experience as a research chemist, analytical chemist, and considerable leadership roles in the biotech field.
The problem is that some of my undergraduate grades from 20 years ago are not so hot. All the schools I have applied to insist on using those old grades to determine whether or not I am qualified to enter graduate school. My denial letters have started rolling in, and there's no way I can change those 20 year old grades. I have retaken all these classes and received A's in every science class that is required, and I have amazing letters of recommendation from my current professors and Volunteer coordinators.
How do I get a school to give me a chance and convince them that I am qualified and prepared for graduate school when nobody will let me escape from my youth? I'll take any suggestions I can get about how I can get into nursing school, because it seems no matter how good my grades are or how many classes I can take, I'm continuously judged for who I was 20 years ago, and not who I am today. I'm starting to feel like this is age discrimination. I am preparing appeals for various schools, and would also like to know if anyone out there has ever been accepted into a program based on appeal after being rejected.