I just graduated with an associates degree in May and have just joined the workforce as an RN. Due to bad self discipline after high school, my GPA isn't very good (2.5). But, once I went back to school (for nursing), about 7 years later, I never failed a class and did much better.
I now would like to pursue becoming a FNP through an online program but they all seem to require a higher GPA. I was wondering if anyone knew of an online ADN to FNP program that my GPA wouldn't keep me out of? Thank you for your time.
Nov 1, '13
by mzaur, APRN
Unfortunately you will have to go back to school and get that GPA up. I had to do something similar, since I also screwed around when I first went to college and failed a bunch of classes. What you should do is first learn how the GPA is calculated, then create a spreadsheet with your GPA from every college you've been to, and then calculate your overall GPA. You can't just average the GPAs together. Add up the quality points and then divide by total # of credits. Then create another column and call it your hypothetical future education. Figure out how many credits of good grades you need to get that overall GPA up to a 3.0. It may take a few years, but it'll be worth it. Your salary potential is much greater as an NP, so whatever loans you have to take out now to get that GPA up will pay dividends later with your higher salary. Also, I just want to mention that admissions do tend to look at your most recent grades first, so the fact that your bad grades are from many years ago is a huge plus. But you do need to meet the minimum, which is 3.0
Having read Tasha's post above, I do want to confirm that there are programs that only look at your last 60 credits, but I haven't seen many. I do believe that both University of Washington and Seattle University only take last 60 credits into their GPA calculations
Last edit by mzaur on Nov 1, '13