worried aout my grades to get inot nursing school, i have questions

  1. i am a prospective nursing student, to tennessee state university and some other local nursing programs, i know that getting into nursing school is EXTREMLY competitive, and i have been trying my best to make sure my grades are the best it could be, ya know that 4.0. however due to many family stresses and so forth i am looking at a 3.5 maye even a 3.0, i would appreciate it if someone were to tell me if they had this low of a GPA and was admitted into a really good nursing program,? should i just take all the classes over again and get my grades up before i apply to the nursing program, ? I am very worried, it is my dream to be a nurse and i feel like every obstacle possible is gonna try it's best to make sure the process is as difficult as possible. Am I over reacting? Someone please get back to me soon i have been crying all day, but still be honest with me i need to hear the truth what are my chances of getting into a good nursing program with this GPA?
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  3. by   jenrninmi
    I had a 3.0 when I was admitted into my program. I feel my program CAN admit students with a B average because my program admits 192 students each year. (64 each semester). It's also an expensive school so people that can't afford it or whatever may choose to go the ADN route instead. (I wasn't willing to wait the 5 years it takes to get in ). Check out the schools you're interested in, find out what their minimum gpa requirements are. Unless you're willing to relocate to West Michigan . But I know there are schools all over the country that will accept you with your gpa.
  4. by   twinmommy+2
    I go to an ADN program where the minimum is a 2.5 to get in. But as we all know you need more than that to beat out the others. A friend of mine who I take classes with had a 2.9 and got in.

    A 3.5 is pretty competitive here. If you have that then you're probably a ringer to get in. A 3.0 is cutting it close I think but you still stand a chance at getting in.

    Hunny, please don't cry! If you are worried about it then apply to other colleges/universities in the area and see what comes up.
  5. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Apply to a number of schools--

    My daughter is a HS senior and has a 2.99 (though, if you counted just her Jr and Sr years, it'd be a 3.8--she realized in Jr year she needed to work harder if she wanted to get somewhere professionally--my point being, her grades "arced" in the right direction for admissions purposes)--she wrote a kick-a$$ essay to go along with her college aps and had great letters of reference.

    She has applied to seven BSN programs--results so far:

    accepted at two (one her "safety" school--just about anybody can get accepted there, but one is a "name" school--what a thrill to get accepted there!)
    wait listed at one
    rejected by one
    still waiting to hear from three

    So, you *can* find a place in a program with a 3.0, but try to maximize your chances--apply at a number of places and really "sell" yourself to the admissions staff--have a good essay, choose your references carefully, and get a face-to-face interview if you can.

    And don't cry (((hugs)))--you will find a "fit" with a program! Best of luck!
  6. by   vcannon
    Don't cry. I was admitted into nursing school with a 3.2. I believe the most important thing is retaining what you have learned from the classes that you have already taken.

    As my fellow nursing students and I have said.....in twenty years no one is going to stand up and say.....you were only a B student in nursing school. What matters is what you do in the field.

    :chuckle Smile....it will work out for you!


    Quote from chocolate_eyes585
    i am a prospective nursing student, to tennessee state university and some other local nursing programs, i know that getting into nursing school is EXTREMLY competitive, and i have been trying my best to make sure my grades are the best it could be, ya know that 4.0. however due to many family stresses and so forth i am looking at a 3.5 maye even a 3.0, i would appreciate it if someone were to tell me if they had this low of a GPA and was admitted into a really good nursing program,? should i just take all the classes over again and get my grades up before i apply to the nursing program, ? I am very worried, it is my dream to be a nurse and i feel like every obstacle possible is gonna try it's best to make sure the process is as difficult as possible. Am I over reacting? Someone please get back to me soon i have been crying all day, but still be honest with me i need to hear the truth what are my chances of getting into a good nursing program with this GPA?
  7. by   kirbi
    Five years ago, I flunked out of Electrical Engineering school and so have two semesters of F's on an otherwise healthy looking transcript, but my overall GPA was 2.3. Guess what? I got into nursing school my first try!

    My ADN program goes by a pre-requisite GPA and a point system. Since that GPA was a 3.5 and all courses in the last 5 years were A's and B's, my points were very competitive.

    When I get done with this program, I plan to go to a RN to BSN Program, so I am working my behind off to make sure I keep getting the grades... I think it requires a 3.0, so I really need the A's here in my program.

    Find out what schools you are interested in and find out what criteria they use... some of them only use science GPA's, pre-requisite GPA's and some of them use overall GPA's. It varies widely, especially between ADN and BSN programs. Shop around and keep a positive outlook. Of course, it can be done!

    kirbi
  8. by   LauraLou
    You need a 3.75 to get into my ADN program, but the BSN programs have a lower GPA requirement. Not as many people want to spend the time/money for a BSN, so it's easier to get in.

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