Hi All! I will be returning to my home state of NC to TRY and attending nursing school. I currently live in CA and it's way to expensive to go to school here so I will be moving back to the Charlotte area. However, I am perpetually worried that I don't stand a chance of ever getting accepted to a school. I graduated from ECU in 2006 with a BA in Communication and my GPA was less than stellar. It was ruined due to struggling through four required levels of foreign language and also due to several hardships that occurred in three years (death of parent, death of friend, two broken bones at different times). All in all I ended up with a GPA of 2.28. I decided I wanted to go into the medical field and nursing around my junior year of college so I had no time to switch majors or tracks at ECU. I am totally committed to becoming a nurse and glad that I have found my calling. I just have no idea if it will ever happen for me!
My plan is to move back to NC this fall take a CNA course and work as a CNA while I take science prereqs to try and bring my GPA up. I barely had any science in my undergrad since it wasn't required. I just feel like it is going to take forever to bring my GPA up. I am hoping that I can do very well in my science prereqs and that the schools might look more at those since they are the most relevant and current. My undergrad GPA doesn't even begin to show my academic ability and desire to be a nurse. I know I'm not even close to being competitive with other applicants.
The schools I am interested in are Mercy, Cabarrus college of health sciences and carolinas college of health sciences. I will be taking prereqs at CPCC. I have been really drawn to the private programs due to the small class size and no waiting list.
Any advice? I welcome any tales,opinions, or experiences you may have.
I know there is always a way but it's hard to see the light when there is a big giant rock called an undergrad GPA blocking it!