Is your 2nd degree program accelerated or traditional length?
I am in an accelerated BSN 2nd degree program which is 13 months long. The program is divided into 3 levels. I am finishing up level one this week and am making A's. If I make A's on the final exams I'll end up with A's for final grades; if I make below an A I'll end up with a B for final grades. At my school you must earn an average of greater than 93 to receive and A and greater than 85 to receive a B.
The accelerated program is very fast paced and it is a struggle to maintain good grades. I know that it will only be harder as the material becomes more complex. With that said, most people who graduated from the program last year graduated with around a 3.0. That's good enough for most graduate schools
, but obviously not quite up to par with the grades most crna schools are looking for.
I think a traditional length BSN program would allow more time to study and therefore make it quite possible to graduate with higher grades. Having a prior degree might even make it a little easier b/c you're not going to be trying to figure out exactly what is expected at the collegiate level in addition to the normal rigors of nursing school
Hope that helps a little.