Quote from chikichiki17
(I am posting this on the MD,VA, and NY forums... I hope that is ok!!)
Hi, I have a question for you all... hopefully someone can give me some advice. I'm debating whether or not I should apply to 2 year RN programs or first doing an LPN program and then go to an RN program after graduating.
Here's a little bit about myself. I have already graduated with a BA in Spanish from George Mason University, my gpa was a 3.16. While at GMU I took Developmental Psyc, English Composition I&II, Calculus, Communications, Intro to Psyc, 8 Credits of General Biology among other classes. I have taken NAS 161 and 162 (should transfer as A&P I and II and Microbiology) and Bio-medical Ethics at Northern Virginia CC. My gpa at NVCC is a 3.0. So I believe I currently have all the non-nursing classes for both RN and LPN programs out of the way (except for the ones that require chemistry).
I'm determined to get accepted SOMEWHERE for Fall 2007. From what I understand, an LPN program would take me 1 year (since I already have several classes out of the way) and I would need to study an extra year (possibly 2) to become an RN. If this is the case I have no preference over going to an LPN or RN program, all that matters to me is getting into a decent program where I have a reasonable chance of being accepted. I am not even considereing BA programs because I don't believe my gpa is high enough. I've only recently started looking into programs in NY so I am not too familiar with them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
There are many second degree accelerated BSN programs in the NY/NJ area. It doesn't make sense to waste your time on an LPN, then go back for the RN if you can get into a second BSN accel. program.
Your GPA is not bad, and not all schools ask for a super high GPA. They look at other factors, and also your average grade for the pre reqs counts too. A person can have a 3.7 on their BA GPA, but less than 2.75 on the science pre reqs GPA, and that's not that great.
I had below 3.4 GPA and got into PACE university which is supposed to be competitive. They have a 1 yr accelerate BSN program. But it's a combined MSN, so they require the GRE test.
But I also got into other schools. I just preferred Pace since it was only 1 yr and they have a good nursing school reputation.
I know other classmates had below 3.1, and they got in. They also look at reference letters, essay, etc.