Thank You Note to GPC's Nursing Program - page 4

I can’t neglect to thank the faculty and staff of the GPC nursing program for my experience while enrolled. The reason it is important for me to say thanks is because my plethora of negative... Read More

  1. by   PreRN Katie
    Same here! I definitely deleted GPC off my list of schools to apply to even though it's probably the closest to me. SO not worth throwing away my chance to be a nurse no matter how far I have to drive. Well, that's assuming I even get in anywhere, but here's hoping! God bless y'all for the heads up, otherwise I may have ruined my chance to follow my dream!
  2. by   msw2rn
    I finished all of my science prereqs at GPC, but also decided not to apply there. I too heard all of the horror stories and poor retention rates. SO I applied to Kennesaw, got in and graduated in July. We had one student from GPC who did transfer in with us. She got out EARLY! She said KSU was a "blessing" and was absolutely wonderful! She told us there was no comparison, and that GPC was a nightmare and purposefully tried to fail as many people as they could.

    Point being stay away from GPC; it apparently is truly worse than any other program I have heard of. Good luck with Gordon College! THe drive will be worth it, as the drive to KSU was worth it to me.
  3. by   WorriedStudent
    After reading this thread, are we sure the nursing program is that bad over there, or is it just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice but to go to Perimeter that are complaining?

    Me: 1200 SAT score out of 9th grade
    Compass: Reading/Writing/Math (out of 9th): 99/99/63
    NET: 90th percentile with no prep or studying.
    GPA: 3.75 Biology, 3.35 Nursing program, 3.8 overall since starting back to school.
    Gifted program since first grade.

    I guess I am wondering if I will personally have a hard time with the program...
  4. by   fruitandveggiegirl
    Quote from WorriedStudent
    After reading this thread, are we sure the nursing program is that bad over there, or is it just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice but to go to Perimeter that are complaining?

    Me: 1200 SAT score out of 9th grade
    Compass: Reading/Writing/Math (out of 9th): 99/99/63
    NET: 90th percentile with no prep or studying.
    GPA: 3.75 Biology, 3.35 Nursing program, 3.8 overall since starting back to school.
    Gifted program since first grade.

    I guess I am wondering if I will personally have a hard time with the program...
    Obviously none of us can predict your future and what your personal experience would be if you decide to go the GPC nursing program route. It seems as if you may be very misinformed though about what it takes to be accepted into GPC's nursing program or any other for that matter. Today to get into many of the nursing programs (including GPC's) generally one would have had to work their butts off to prove that they have what it takes. Their transcripts and test scores need to show that hard work. There are many, many others with transcripts and test scores like yours and better. Mediocrity usually is not your friend if you're trying to apply to get into any nursing program these days.

    Having said that - you are not on an island to yourself since you have decent grades and scores. Many former and current GPC students are on that island with you. There are also people that test very well that quite honestly don't make great nurses. An employer simply wants to know if you have an RN behind your name - not all of that other stuff. I know quite a few people that started GPCs program with high GPAs whose GPAs were butchered when we were all finished. I also know some that had a higher GPA than mine (3.75) when we started that weren't able to finish the program. Believe me when I say things change once you get in.

    I wish you the best. :wink2:
  5. by   jb2u
    Quote from WorriedStudent
    After reading this thread, are we sure the nursing program is that bad over there, or is it just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice but to go to Perimeter that are complaining?

    Me: 1200 SAT score out of 9th grade
    Compass: Reading/Writing/Math (out of 9th): 99/99/63
    NET: 90th percentile with no prep or studying.
    GPA: 3.75 Biology, 3.35 Nursing program, 3.8 overall since starting back to school.
    Gifted program since first grade.

    I guess I am wondering if I will personally have a hard time with the program...
    Some may take offense to this post; although, it is a valid question. I have no experience with GPC!! That being said, we must all remember that this is a message board where anyone may post, good students, bad students, and NO students!!! I've always found it best to investigate for myself. Visit the campus and ask many questions. I am not sure what my thoughts are about GPC. It WOULD appear there is something going on there, but I just can't say for sure.

    STAFF NOTE: please do not respond to WorriedStudent negatively. I am sure some will post that GPC is bad and being a genius will not help you graduate. I am just as sure someone that had mediocre grades has graduated from GPC.
  6. by   abmsam
    Quote from WorriedStudent
    After reading this thread, are we sure the nursing program is that bad over there, or is it just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice but to go to Perimeter that are complaining?

    Me: 1200 SAT score out of 9th grade
    Compass: Reading/Writing/Math (out of 9th): 99/99/63
    NET: 90th percentile with no prep or studying.
    GPA: 3.75 Biology, 3.35 Nursing program, 3.8 overall since starting back to school.
    Gifted program since first grade.

    I guess I am wondering if I will personally have a hard time with the program...
    Me: 1280 SAT as a sophomore in high school
    NET: 96th percentile
    GPA: Currently 3.86, even when considering the C I brought home from GPC's nursing program my first semester
    Advanced and AP courses throughout
    Accepted into a major prestigious university as a JUNIOR in high school
    99th percentile on the NLN nursing entrance test at another nursing school
    Graduating MAGNA CUM LAUDE from another major university in three months

    And I'm proud to say that I withdrew from GPC's nursing program halfway through my second semester. I've moved on to better things. Read my previous posts if you care to know my story regarding GPC...I'll won't go through it all again here.

    GPC was simply a ridiculous program full of instructors who could not have cared less about our futures. My hat is off to any graduate of the program. This University honors grad couldn't hack it.
    Last edit by jb2u on Jan 30, '08 : Reason: TOS Violation
  7. by   Georgia28
    ABMSAM,
    I couldn't have replied to WORRIEDSTUDENT, any better than that, and with that type of attitude I guess they should be a "worried student" . And for WORRIEDSTUDENT, just in case you haven't looked at what the requirements were to get into the program at GPC, I wouldn't assume that everyone who has (not-so-pleasant) things to say about GPC, is mediocre. You are not the first one to come in with great scores and won't be the last, but it does take way more than good grades to be a great nurse. Like my instructor told me, I would rather have a nurse that possesed good clinical skills and used critical thinking than one who was just book smart and could make an "A" on a test. So to answer your question about personally having a hard time at GPC, is just that, personal. Only you know your personal strengths and weaknesses, and the time you would have to dedicate towards the program. The question is will you be able to deal with all the unneccesary things that go along with GPC's program. It's not hard academically (the tests) but how about getting lecture on what you're actually going to be tested on. How about encouraging instructors,that want to see people that have dreamed of being nurses all their lives, go on to do so. That's all we are saying. I have friends who are in the program right now, that are in their last semester..( that means they are passing right now), and they would tell you the same thing. It's not impossible, and one thing I can say, is if you graduate from that program, you will definitely pass your boards. So just do your research and goodluck!
    Last edit by jb2u on Jan 30, '08 : Reason: TOS violation
  8. by   rollie
    I graduated from GPC in 2006. I was not an honors student and only got in because I tested really well on the NET. I worked my tail off and got 3 C's and a B. throughout the program, but I passed, graduated and am a RN now. That being said we started out with 140 students our 1st semester and I was one of 22 who graduated. And many of those who graduated failed a semester.

    But if you want to give GPC a try, I have heard that it's a lot more fair now, many of the ridiculously unfair teachers are gone, there is a new dean of nursing and after numerous complaints to the BON and visits by the BON it sounds like they've cleaned up their act a little. I think in May of 2007 they graduated something like 60 + people.

    They couldn't go on like they were going and the BON was investigating them my final 2 semesters there. I think they knew they had to relax the ridiculous standards a bit to keep their accredidation. I know a few people in their final semester now and it seems much more doable than 2 years ago.

    So yes, we students who went to GPC during that nightmarish time have nothing good to say about the program and it's unfairness. Many of my classmates who had 4.0's going in had their GPA's ruined and were rejected by nursing schools after that because of it.
  9. by   jb2u
    Once again, no negative comments towards members of allnurses.

    1) WorriedStudent's post IS a valid question.

    2) WorriedStudent did not say GPC students that did not make it are mediocre. WorriedStudent was only asking IF it is mediocre students OR is the school really that difficult. Again, a valid question. One that can be answered by stating. "Many well qualified students have not made it through GPC's program." Without calling him/her condescending or lacking common sense.

    3) WorriedStudent posted his/her academic qualifications and asked if you think he/she would do ok at GPC. He/she did not post that he/she has a 25,000 sq.ft. mansion and drives a BMW, "do you think I'd do ok in GPC?" No, he/she appropriately posted his/her academic record to say, "I am an above average student. Will I be ok?". I do not believe that this was to be condescending.

    Again, please mind the terms of service.
  10. by   outdoorsgirl
    I don't see where anyone is bashing anyone who has posted here. To say "have at it" is not being negative. In fact, we are simply answering the question asked....

    Nursing is not for everyone. We need good compassionate nurses who can handle reality and think on their feet. So let's all just try to accept the advise that is posted here without malice....we are sharing our stories and trying to bring to light what to expect.
  11. by   jb2u
    Quote from outdoorsgirl
    I don't see where anyone is bashing anyone who has posted here. To say "have at it" is not being negative. In fact, we are simply answering the question asked....

    Nursing is not for everyone. We need good compassionate nurses who can handle reality and think on their feet. So let's all just try to accept the advise that is posted here without malice....we are sharing our stories and trying to bring to light what to expect.
    The posts in question were edited. There is nothing wrong with saying "have at it" that is why I did not ask anyone to not say "have at it." I stated that calling WorriedStudent "condescending" or to say "should have common sense....." is against the terms of service for this website. I hope that this is clear enough for everyone. If there are any questions, please feel free to pm me. I am here to help.

    Sincerely,
    Jay
  12. by   realitychecktime
    Quote from WorriedStudent
    After reading this thread, are we sure the nursing program is that bad over there, or is it just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice but to go to Perimeter that are complaining?

    Me: 1200 SAT score out of 9th grade
    Compass: Reading/Writing/Math (out of 9th): 99/99/63
    NET: 90th percentile with no prep or studying.
    GPA: 3.75 Biology, 3.35 Nursing program, 3.8 overall since starting back to school.
    Gifted program since first grade.

    I guess I am wondering if I will personally have a hard time with the program...

    Hi Worriedstudent,

    You seem to be focused on the wrong thing here. The question is whether you will even have the opportunity to become a nurse considering your personal situation.

    I noticed that you posted in November '07 regarding your concern since you have had a series of DUIs in the past (very recent past at that). If I were you I would not be questioning at all whether other people could or could not cut it in GPC's program. You need to make sure you will even have a chance of becoming a nurse with those DUIs on your record. Your WHOLE PAST is looked at - not just your grades and exam scores.

    Your focus should be whether you're even going to be eligible to go to clinicals because of the required background checks. Thereafter, even if you do get through any nursing program it's an issue of whether you will you even be able to sit for the boards with your type of record. You've got some MAJOR issues going on. That's where my focus would be if I were you - YOUR ELIGIBILITY NOT OTHER PEOPLE'S ABILITIES.
    Last edit by realitychecktime on Feb 1, '08
  13. by   Georgia28
    But it's okay to think (or question) that people are " just a bunch of mediocre students who had no choice" because they were not above average students in school. It's funny to me that many people ask questions about what's posted, and on one takes offense, but usually if more than one person takes offense to something, it's probably because it was offensive. I could've thought of many ways to ask a question without making a negative accusation along with it. Just ask the question, there's no need to put your opinion, definitely it it's negative, of the people who are subscribing to this post, let's not forget what this post is about. There are over 5 pages of comments about this same school, and most of the posts are negative comments. A valid way of asking this question is " These are my scores...etc..., I see all the things that people are saying about GPC, do you think that I will personally have a hard time with the program...?"
    Last edit by jb2u on Feb 1, '08 : Reason: TOS Violation

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