All about GPA's

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    Hi everyone, I have a question regarding the GPA in order to get into nursing school. I know nursing is one of the most competitive programs to get into may be primarily because of the huge number of applicants. Anyway, I already have a previous degree in Information Systems. My overall GPA was not even a 3.0 I think it was only about 2.65. But my overall GPA SO FAR for the pre-requisites for nursing that I am currently taking is a 4.0. So I am wondering do I still have a chance of getting in? I mean I am a little bit hesitant because of my mediocre GPA from my previous bachelors. Anyway insights will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    I'm not sure, but I would think A's in the subjects necessary for nursing would be looked at more closely than old grades in another unrelated degree.

    Congratulations on the great job THIS time
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    Both schools of Nursing, that I attended (ADN and BSN) did NOT have a requirement of a GPA. We had a "first on the list" with prerequisites requirement only.

    If you do find there is a requirement minimum GPA you may ask for a ruling due to the fact your previous degree, not nursing related, is bringing the GPA down. You are now, older and wiser... right? so... there is a good chance, if it is needed, they will make an exception.

    Good luck and let us know how you are doing

    night
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    Depends on the program. I was in a similar situation and found schools that would only look at your pre req GPA, GPA of your last 30 credits or your overall GPA has to be over a 2.8...I found 4 accelerated BSN programs and many traditional programs will take you as a transfer student...

    Oh yeah, one more school said they would evaluate students overall picture (gpa high in pre reqs). It was West Suburban College of Nursing in IL.
    Last edit by TLC RN on Jun 5, '04
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    The school I attended only looked at the nursing prereqs. And even for that I only had to have a C or higher in all of my classes and I'd still be guaranteed a spot since it was on a first come first serve basis.

    I really don't think you have anything to worry about. Call a nursing advisor if you are losing sleep over it.
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    Yep, that old GPA counts at my school. Luckily I have a 3.3 in my previous degree. Check out the policy of the schools you're interested in.
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    Hi ! I live in IL too.. which schools did you apply for? I am hoping to get into Loyola ABSN, NIU or UIC. Any word on these schools? I'm just a little worried because of my GPA from my previous bachelors! I am hoping that I am not wasting my time in taking the pre-reqs only to find out I am not qualified!!! Argh!!

    Quote from Tootyx121
    Depends on the program. I was in a similar situation and found schools that would only look at your pre req GPA, GPA of your last 30 credits or your overall GPA has to be over a 2.8...I found 4 accelerated BSN programs and many traditional programs will take you as a transfer student...

    Oh yeah, one more school said they would evaluate students overall picture (gpa high in pre reqs). It was West Suburban College of Nursing in IL.
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    I live in MI but my ex husband lives in IL so I had contacted WSCN because I briefly considered moving. I did not look into the other programs. What I did was contact each school and ask them about my specific situation. I had schools tell me flat out, my GPA was too low and not to apply and others welcomed my application with open arms. I tried to stick to schools that had admissions based on pre req GPA or would allow you to an essay or accepted letters of recommendation. Two accelerated programs in MI base admission on pre req GPA only.

    It is not a death sentence by any means, I have been accepted to a 4 semester (24 month) traditional BSN program and am waiting on 3 other accelerated BSN programs.


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