Easiest NP school??

  1. My goal is to become a NP. I will graduate with my ADN in May with a grade point average of 3.3/3.4. However my undergradate GPA where I recieved my BA in Biology is a 2.6. I am going to give myself at least 6 months to study for GRE's because I know some schools require them.

    I want to become a NP more than anything. I don't care where I have to move or relocate to. I just want to be a NP. I know this question may not be appropriate but, What NP school is the easiest school to get into or what school would I have the best chance of getting into?


    Thank you
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Your best bet might be able to go to a private college. Other suggestions: get your BSN (and improve your GPA that way), work a couple of years (which looks good on an app), take some of your non-nursing grad courses now (and improve your gpa that way).

    Good luck.
  4. by   nellwolfe
    Many schools for the MSN/NP only require the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) which is very easy. You might want to look at some of these schools.
  5. by   Beef
    Don't undercut yourself by trying to get into the easiest NP school possible... that may not translate into good training and may affect you for your first few years professionally. Choose a safety school, but also try for some harder programs as well- perhaps even some nationally recognized schools, especially since you don't care where you move. You may be suprised- you never know what kind of response you may get.

    I agree with the rec to get your BSN (I would imagine most MSN programs require that anyways) and work for at least one year. You may even want to find a job in a hospital that has an academic affiliation- they may offer tuition reimbursement or scholarship to attend their graduate nursing programs.
  6. by   prairienp
    Quote from Beef
    Don't undercut yourself by trying to get into the easiest NP school possible... that may not translate into good training and may affect you for your first few years professionally. Choose a safety school, but also try for some harder programs as well- perhaps even some nationally recognized schools, especially since you don't care where you move. You may be suprised- you never know what kind of response you may get.

    I agree with the rec to get your BSN (I would imagine most MSN programs require that anyways) and work for at least one year. You may even want to find a job in a hospital that has an academic affiliation- they may offer tuition reimbursement or scholarship to attend their graduate nursing programs.
    Good Advice! You will need a BS before your Masters, although direct entry programs will grant the BS while in the program as you progress towards the Masters.
  7. by   nur2007sing
    Thanks for all the advice. I have my Bachelor's in biology and will have my RN so I really did not want to pay for a BSN because some NP schools will admit you with your RN with a Bachelor's in something else. However, if it makes me more competitive i will. I want to be a NP more than anything and am willing to do what it takes. Thanks for all the advice
  8. by   Psychaprn
    Sorry but I wouldn't get healthcare from an NP without nursing experience and a BSN and MSN. I certainly wouldn't want care from someone who wanted to go to the "easiest" school there is. Are you sure your motivation is honest and caring?-you will have people's lives in your hands!!! Be a real nurse with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of nusing before becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse!!! Just because NP schools will take you doesn't mean they care about you or your patients to be-they want your money.
  9. by   nur2007sing
    Psychaprn,

    An NP is a NURSE and has nursing experience. Please don't exclude an NP from having "nursing experience." I was saying it does not make sense for me to get my BSN when I will have an RN and a Bachelor's degree if NP programs accept this and they do. I am not arguing the merit on whether an NP should be a nurse in a hospital or work in for x amount of months and have a BSN and a MSN. There are other forums that have done this.


    "Be a real nurse with a thorough understanding..."

    So what is your definition of a real nurse? There are plenty of people who hold the position that a Psych nurse is not a real nurse. Do I agree? no. But I find your statement of "real nurse" appalling.

    I did not say I wanted to go to an easy school. Please reread. My statement was which school was the easiest to get into. There is a distinciton. My GPA from my undergraduate degree is a 2.6 from an elite college and I thought this may hurt my chances of getting into a NP school.

    My motivation is honest and caring. So much in fact that I want to go to this profession to help people. I Know I will make a amazing NP. I just need to get into a school and was wondering what my best route would be since my GPA from years ago at an elite college is low and if that would hurt my chances.
  10. by   prairienp
    Quote from psychaprn
    sorry but i wouldn't get healthcare from an np without nursing experience and a bsn and msn. i certainly wouldn't want care from someone who wanted to go to the "easiest" school there is. are you sure your motivation is honest and caring?-you will have people's lives in your hands!!! be a real nurse with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of nusing before becoming an advanced practice nurse!!! just because np schools will take you doesn't mean they care about you or your patients to be-they want your money.
    [font='times new roman']you are disparaging a lot of practicing nps who have been nps since the 70s and 80s. the ms was not a requirement until 1992. when i sought my np education the majority of np programs were not associated with a masters degree. i wanted the masters degree, most of the programs were set up for you to provide you with a masters degree and than you went to school another year to get your fnp education. very few had integrated the masters courses with the fnp courses. in fact, np education was not viewed as a very favorable entity in nursing. most of my graduate nursing peers (education/cns) wondered if the np role would even be around in 10 years.
    many of the older nps were diploma rn prepared and np certificates, thus no college degree at all.
    my how things have changed.
  11. by   sirI
    Quote from prairienp
    you are disparaging a lot of practicing nps who have been nps since the 70s and 80s. the ms was not a requirement until 1992. when i sought my np education the majority of np programs were not associated with a masters degree. i wanted the masters degree, most of the programs were set up for you to provide you with a masters degree and than you went to school another year to get your fnp education. very few had integrated the masters courses with the fnp courses. in fact, np education was not viewed as a very favorable entity in nursing. most of my graduate nursing peers (education/cns) wondered if the np role would even be around in 10 years.
    many of the older nps were diploma rn prepared and np certificates, thus no college degree at all.
    my how things have changed.
    i'll say, prairienp!!!!

    i was one of "those" nps. did a tough four-year preceptorship with a board certified ob-gyn (full time). then, an intense 6 month np course in ob-gyn and sat for my national boards to be certifed ob-gyn np. challenged my state bon for licensure as rnp. i was adn at the time.

    years later, msn and post-masters fnp.

    but, the original np specialty was the toughest.
  12. by   Psychaprn
    PRAIRE NP-It was not my intent to disparage anyone. I was addressing one person and her question. I have no problem with NP's that were "granfathered in" as NP's because they have nursing experience and I have alot of respect for nursing experience and NURSING Education. I just don't think a Bachelor's in biology, chemistry literature or whatever is a substitue for a BSN. I also don't think the "easiest school" to get into is admirable-and if it'd easy to get into-it's easy period!

    I think it's disparaging of NP's to imply there's an easier quicker way to be an NP. You can't get by on lesser experience or too broad an education when it comes to dealing with people's lives.
    Last edit by Psychaprn on Jan 25, '07
  13. by   PsychRNjill25
    Hi! I am a psych RN with a BA degree. I have applied to the University of South Alabama to get my Psych NP. USA is competitive but offers many of the NP degrees online where you can do clinicals in the city in which you live. This was ideal for me since my husband is in the Air Force. They also do not make you go back and get your BSN if you already have a degree in another area, and you do not have to take any entrance test. I do think that your GPA must be at least a 3.0, but averaged together you may have that. I know USA has a wonderful reputation. Hope this helps...
  14. by   BChapp3182
    Hi, I was in the same situation as you. I have a BS in Biology gpa 3.2 and an ADN. I was also an LPN for 13 years which the school did not take into consideration. I did take the Miller Test and GRE. I got into Barry University in Miami, FL without an interview or any problems. I was an office based RN for 2 years before admission, however they do not require experience.

    After ADN graduation I took some of the classes I knew most programs required like advanced health assessment, statistics and computer skills. Barry did make me take one undergrad research class before full admission to the master's program. I was able to take the undergrad class along with the masters classes so it did not delay things.

    Barry requires at least a 1000 on GRE and a 3.0 overall gpa. So far it has been a quality education and I am pleased. Although it's very expensive and we have to arrange our own clinicals.

    I do not feel at a disadvantage to my classmates with BSN degrees. However, I feel at a slight disadvantage to classmates wtih multiple years of hospital experience. They seem to know so much! Experience will definitly help. Even if you work as an RN part time while in school.

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