astronomia 2,001 Views
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I live in the Atlanta area and, while I have not applied to nursing school quite yet, I can safely tell you all schools are different. I currently attend Georgia State University, where it's all about having that magic number they're looking for as far as GPA and TEAS score. Some private schools look at you holistically and will factor in other information, or even interview applicants for seats. I'm fairly sure GPC is a bit like GSU, after speaking to other students who attended there. One of the pharm techs at the hospital I volunteer at just applied to GPC a second time after being rejected and was accepted because she raised her GPA 0.2 points.
The material isn't hard--it's the volume of material being thrown at you that is challenging. Each school is different, but lecture was physiology and lab was anatomy for me. I aced physiology with minimal studying, but lab was a rough. It's all visual learning, which I'm bad at, and we were expected to memorize hundreds of structures, but would only be tested on thirty.Everyone is different though, and every school is different. Just expect to devote most of your study time to A&P the semester you take it, and start studying early in to keep ahead.
I go to Georgia State University. We require pathophysiology, but not until you've been accepted to the nursing program. For the traditional track, you take bio/chem/or physics + labs, microbiology + lab, statistics, college algebra, English 1 and 2, and anatomy 1 and 2. It's pretty standard, and tuition here is cheaper than the other 2 colleges I attended.
There are no programs like the one you are describing in my state, but I know what you are talking about! I know a girl who took a route like that in Massachusetts and she had a 1770 on her SAT and a 4.0 high school GPA, but I don't know much else about the school or anything.
It varies between schools and programs. In my area, associate degree nursing programs would accept your GPA, especially with volunteer hours under your belt, but at my current school, the B.S. nursing program says my 3.8 is not competitive enough and they aren't interested in my hundreds of volunteer hours. Which type of program are you interested in? Some schools that use a points system for acceptance also give additional points on your application if you already hold some type of degree.
Generally, A&P I and II, microbiology with a public health component + lab, English I and II, college algebra, statistics, human health span and development, abnormal psychology, and either Bio I and II or chem I and II.
Astronomia,If you don't mind me asking, what did you use to make digital flash cards?
I have had many professors who did this, including a microbiology professor. Don't let it affect your integrity and just keep studying the material to build it long-term. You will be the one who has the advantage later on when you can critically apply the concepts, while they can only regurgitate a single answer to a specifically-worded question. One of the guys I took microbiology with last semester is failing the lab this semester for this exact same reason.
My school is primarily a commuter school with students from all over, so a classmate and I made a closed Facebook group to help each other out. We posted about it on the grade management system our school uses (each class section has their own forum) and just started inviting classmates we knew, and they'd invite others, and we all communicated through that group. It worked out really well! It was for A&P, so we would all make digital flash cards and share them with each other, study guides, ask each other questions, share what would be on exams, etc.
What about apps for iPhone? Any good ones out there that you guys recommend?
I took A&P with neurobiology, nutrition, microbiology lab, A&P lab, and a bio lab. It is very doable, you just have to manage your time properly. A&P requires tons of hours of study time.
GSU's ACE ace program actually accepts a lower GPA than the traditional! Good luck.
According to their website, 83% of their students accepted this year were from out of state.
Admission Statistics | Emory College | Atlanta, GA
Most of them, yes. I just have A&P II left for my traditional program pre-reqs and abnormal psych and communications/cultural development for the ACE program. I'm just too nervous to apply to either because my GPA is only a 3.76.
Why not get your associate's, work whatever job you can get with it, and work on an online RN-BSN bridge to get your BSN? It's only a few more classes. It depends on your area, really, but I live in the Atlanta Metro area and ADNs usually have no problem finding a job (aside from high-tier hospitals like Piedmont, Emory, etc).
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