Laguardia LPN program

  1. I'm starting to apply to all the LPN Programs in the metropolitan area that I can AFFORD lol. I'm currently attending Queensborough C.C. in bayside, and I wanted to transfer to Laguardia for their LPN program; however, my GPA is pretty low because i have 2 unofficial withdrawals. I tried appealing it, but it didn't go so well.

    So my question is... Is it competitive to get into their LPN program, because I know their RN program definitely is. I was hoping since its a certificate program it might be easier to get into...?

    Any students or ppl who know, please reply, and help a girl out

    Thanks.
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  3. by   tiarageek
    All I really know is that it's less competitive than the RN program. LAG really pushes the people who don't get into the RN program into LPN, from what I've heard, so it might be Kind of competitive.

    Oh! I remembered, talking to an advisor the other day, that the GPA cutoff for those who get accepted into the LPN program is about.. 3.4? A little lower or higher, I'm not sure, but around there somewhere. The minimum for the RN hovers around 3.7, if that helps. But if the LPN program works like the RN program, only the GPA from classes required by the nursing program matters.
    Last edit by tiarageek on Dec 2, '07
  4. by   Dee2bnRN
    hi wi5eguy,

    i currently attend laguardia's rn program and i was in the same position you are in. i'd gotten an incomplete in a class ( from another college) that later turned into an f. i was terrified that it would follow me forever and i'd never be able to get into nursing school. i went to laguardia and when i was admitted into the college they did not accept that credit so the grade was not computed into my gpa at laguardia. i felt like i had been given a second chance. laguardia asks sudents interested in the lpn program to take key courses and then they will be ranked based on their score in those key course inaddition to any other course taken. it's a weird calculation that they created (i think just to frustrate students). this info should be available to you if you go to the nursing department at the school. the good news is that laguardia accepts credits from other colleges (as long as you have passed the class) without the grade attached. the bad news is that if you took any of the key courses at another school and didn't do so hot (like a c) it gets counted when they rank you. you do have the option to decide which courses you want transfered in when you get accepted to the school so you can retake a class at laguardia, for a better grade, if you think you won't be a strong candidate with that particular class.

    this was my case about a year ago so i'm assuming that everything is the same but don't take my word for it. before you make any moves go down to laguardia and ask, ask, and then ask some more. save your credit transfer questions for admissions and then head to the nursing department to inquire about admission into the lpn progam because you have to be a student in the college before you can apply for candidacy into the lpn program.
    i hope that this info was helpful
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I graduated from the first class of LaGuardia's LPN program in 2006. It was not competitive then, but I am hearing that it is, now. It is best to acquire as high of a GPA as possible in order to gain a seat, especially if you intend to apply for their LPN to RN bridge program-which, I am hearing only has 20 seats at this time. Most of the pre and co-requisites are the same, but for the LPN program, you will not need English 102, Urban Sociology, BioChemistry, or Microbiology.

    A word of advice, whether you apply for the LPN or RN program; get rid of all of your sciences BEFORE entering into their nursing programs. Once you are accepted, it is full speed ahead. They tell you that you can take Anatomy 2 along with Fundamentals of Nursing, but, what they will not say is how difficult it will be to schedule this class along with the nursing courses and that if you pass the nursing portion but fail Anatomy 2, you will lose your seat. Also, some students take the co-requisites during their short 6 week semesters. Those semesters are much more intense, because they are cramming in the same information taught in 12 weeks in 6, and they are getting exams (especially in Anatomy) every few days. If you are not strong in sciences the 6 week semesters are NOT wise.

    A great deal of my friends (as well as myself) have taken ALL of the pre and co-requisites BEFORE applying for candidacy, so that by the time they were accepted, the total focus was nursing. Good luck!

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