Metropolitan Community College...do you absolutely have to have a 4.0 GPA?

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    My GPA is 3.798. It's definitely not a 4.0....is it worth applying to Metro anyway? I will have A&P I and II, along with other pre-req's by the time I apply. Any experiences would be helpful.
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    No, you do not have to have a 4.0 to get into Metro's nursing program. I have talked to several people who got in without a 4.0. Metro uses a point system. Grades are part of it but I do not know what the other factors are. I would think an academic advisor should be able to tell you what the other factors are. You GPA is still good so you should apply.
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    I was just accepted into their LPN program and received my acceptance letter yesterday and I had a 3.8 GPA and only had the A&P I completed I will be finished with A&PII in August which is before the LPN nursing program starts which is in September of this year for me!
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    Congrats!!! I ended up applying to Clarkson. I hope I get in!
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    I hate to burst the metro bubble... but I personally know a LPN who got straight A's in the ADN program and has now failed the NCLEX-RN three times. Just because it is hard to get into doesn't mean it is a good program.

    Also, the passing rates a very bad for metro right now:
    17. The Education Committee moves that the Board of Nursing send a letter of warning to Metropolitan Community College AD Program regarding poor pass rate on NCLEX-RNŽ licensing examination and high faculty to student ratios."

    From http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/nursi...bonminutes.pdf
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    Thanks, Christina! I have decided against the Metro program. I am very glad you are spreading the word about the program.
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    Actually the pass rates at Metro are very good right now, that link posted was based on 2010 info. That info was not for the most current graduating classes. They made changes(raising pass percentage in class to 78% and ATI testing practice and materials etc.) and pass rates have GREATLY improved. I just graduated the ADN program in May 2011 and I have kept up with our class pass rate and it is nearly 100%( I believe it's 95% last I checked). Not trying to change your mind there are lots of choices in nursing schools and ya gotta pick what is right for you but wanted to set the record straight on the pass rate. but good luck in school wherever you decided to go
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    Quote from kayrn85
    Actually the pass rates at Metro are very good right now, that link posted was based on 2010 info. That info was not for the most current graduating classes. They made changes(raising pass percentage in class to 78% and ATI testing practice and materials etc.) and pass rates have GREATLY improved. I just graduated the ADN program in May 2011 and I have kept up with our class pass rate and it is nearly 100%( I believe it's 95% last I checked). Not trying to change your mind there are lots of choices in nursing schools and ya gotta pick what is right for you but wanted to set the record straight on the pass rate. but good luck in school wherever you decided to go
    Hi, I am considering metro's adn program because it is way cheaper than methodist & clarkson. I have spoken with 3 people who graduated from metro's program. They ALL said it sucked/unorganized. Granted, they graduated in 2004, 2006, & 2007. I was told they were going through alot of different changes/instructors and revamping the nursing program at that time. My question to you is; what did you think of the program being you just graduated in may, was it good? how were the clinicals? have you found employment yet? Alot of people are saying alot of places are not hiring unless you have bsn. thanks
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    Quote from MsJrenae
    Hi, I am considering metro's adn program because it is way cheaper than methodist & clarkson. I have spoken with 3 people who graduated from metro's program. They ALL said it sucked/unorganized. Granted, they graduated in 2004, 2006, & 2007. I was told they were going through alot of different changes/instructors and revamping the nursing program at that time. My question to you is; what did you think of the program being you just graduated in may, was it good? how were the clinicals? have you found employment yet? Alot of people are saying alot of places are not hiring unless you have bsn. thanks
    Yes I was able to find employment. I liked some things about the program and disliked some things. I ended up there for the same reason it was cheaper and for the most part I am satisfied with the education I got at Metro and I feel they adequately prepared me for boards. I enjoyed clinical and most of my clinical instructors were excellent and were very knowledgeable and helpful but at times there was not opportunities to do certain things. There was some frustrations I had about the way they did things and disorganization still,but it improved over the two years I went there so I am hoping by now it is now even better. I do know that some places (mostly hospital)are now going to BSN preferred or only hiring bsn. I know someone who works at the med center who says they pretty much only hire bsn. I know for myself I am going back to school to finish my bsn. So I say if you can afford and can get into a bsn program you probably should. I like though that now I have a job as an RN it will be more affordable for me to go back for my BSN. I know this sounds very mixed review. I know people who loved the program and those who hated it which is proabably true for some other programs. My best advice is to just meet with advisors from the school you are considering and research more to find what is the right fit for you. Good luck!
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    Quote from kayrn85
    Actually the pass rates at Metro are very good right now, that link posted was based on 2010 info. That info was not for the most current graduating classes. They made changes(raising pass percentage in class to 78% and ATI testing practice and materials etc.) and pass rates have GREATLY improved. I just graduated the ADN program in May 2011 and I have kept up with our class pass rate and it is nearly 100%( I believe it's 95% last I checked). Not trying to change your mind there are lots of choices in nursing schools and ya gotta pick what is right for you but wanted to set the record straight on the pass rate. but good luck in school wherever you decided to go
    I'm glad the program has gotten better! It seems like all of the schools are using ATI testing now, which is a great supplement for the material. It definitely helps prepare for the NCLEX.


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