I'm looking for advice on applying to nursing school
in Charlotte. I have a BA in psychology that is more than 10 years old. I have many pre-req courses, but unfortunately, most of them I have mediocre grades in. My overall GPA was 2.91. I previously worked as an IT project manager for 6 years, but have been a stay at home mom since 2003.
I'm recently divorced and have been struggling to find a way to get back into the professional world without sacrificing the quality of life I've been able to provide to my young children by being a stay at home mom. I enrolled in an online Medical Transcription program and found that I was much more interested in medicine than I would have ever imagined. I also have been fortunate enough to help take care of my cousin who was injured in a car accident in 07. She is a paraplegic & requires constant care. I am able to help one day a week at this point, and have been so rewarded by being able to help. I feel that I have truly found my calling, but am getting more and more discouraged about my chances of actually getting into nursing school.
I'm looking at Presbyterian, Mercy, CMC and CPCC. All seem to have different requirements, but I'm starting to weed through them. I will have to take the Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology courses this summer. I have heard (or read) that CCHS (CMC) will guarantee admission based on minimum required grades in pre-req courses...considering taking the courses there if they are offered in the summer term. I will be starting a CNA course next month as well. I'm looking for any advice on the application process. Should I hold off on submitting applications until I get more pre-reqs, should I re-take some of the pre-reqs I already have (most i have a "C" in)? Being older and in a situation where I will have to provide for my children, I feel that I don't have any time to waste. Only wish I had known earlier that this was the direction for me! Thanks in advance!
Aug 3, '09
Wow...haven't posted since May...Anyway, an update:
I've been accepted for this upcoming Fall semester at Guilford Tech. We start classes on the 17th. I'm both excited and nervous.
You are not required to have your pre-req's completed before being accepted into a nursing program. But at the community college level it makes you more competitive.
Do not get discouraged if you are put on a wait list at a CC because that's exactly where I was before being accepted. I was #10 on the wait list and a classmate of mine was #29. She did not have all of her sciences completed and was still accepted into the program.
Congrats to those who have already been accepted and good luck to those of you who have yet to apply!!!
BTW...my undergrad GPA was a 2.88. I got a C in both A&P 1 and 2, an A in both general and developmental psychology, a B in Micro and an A in Chemistry. I have 2 years of experience as a NA and I also took a nutrition class to be more competitive.
Last edit by MotivatedOne on Aug 3, '09
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