Quote from Augustlovex3
I have a BA from SUNY Stony Brook, graduating with a 2.98. I know I don't have impressive grades, but I do have great work experience along with outstanding recommendations from professors and supervisors. I've been told I interview well and have great writing skills (for the essay portion of nursing school applications). I applied to 6 different BSN programs in NY for Fall 2012 and have been rejected from all of them.
Where would you advise someone in my position to go from here? :
- Should I apply to January Associate programs and spend the next 2 years working on that, eventually applying to RN-to-BSN programs afterwards?
- Should I work on getting a CNA certificate and volunteering at local hospitals in order to re-apply for next year?
- Do certain schools have different standards (that you know of) where they appreciate work experience and essays over simply a high GPA?
Any words of advice would mean the world to me at this point in my life! I am ready to start my career but it seems that the acceptance letter I am looking for is harder to attain than I could have ever imagined!
Am going to treat this like a med dose calc problem and strip out unrelated bits to get to the nitty-gritty! *LOL*
Good interview and writing skills are removed from the equation as they aren't important to the answer. (sorry).
Now your 2.98 GPA, that is the where your answer (and problems) lie.
Right now most schools have upped their miminum GPA for entry to 3.0. Even before then schools with 2.5's on paper were really taking those with GPAs >3.0 and in some cases 3.5 because the applicant pool was that strong.
If you are graduating this May/June you have two options:
Start taking the pre-reqs missing for a "second career/degree" BSN and then apply to such program.
Same as above but looking at ADN/AAS programs.
Most nursing programs
look at your culmative GPA for *all* undergraduate work. So that 2.98 must be brought up some how north, well north to at least 3.0 if not 3.5 to stand a chance at any nursing program at the moment.
My standard explanation applies:
All nursing programs have a finite number of slots for each new class. Applicants whom have met the pre-reqs with the proper mimium GPA along with any testing scores (NLN, SAT, TEAS) are grouped and ranked using criteria the program has decided. It seems many now many take a portion of one's GPA and test scores to come up with a number. Those numbers are used (normally from high to low) to fill the incoming class.
Your other alternative is to find a program where demand for entry isn't quite so competitive (is there such a place?), that maybe will take a 2.98 or if you can get it up to 3.0 that will do as well.