Thank you for your comments, I sincerely appreciate your insight and encouragement. I was feeling so discouraged, but after reading your comments I realized what I needed most was a bit of positivity. After doing some more research and speaking with admissions counselors, I have found some viable options. (and was thrilled to discover that a few classes I took through a Comm College boosted GPA to 3.0! Yay!)
If I might bend your ear once more, does anyone have thoughts on how important the NP program reputation/brand recognition is in regards to employment prospects? I am looking at two private non-profit online programs, and two mid-sized (one public, one private) universities with larger recognition. Tuition is similar among all, and course formats are the same. The two private programs have a simple admission process, whereas the other two require more items & a recent statistics class pre-admission. Obviously the up-front admission "hassle" is well worth it if it means I am more employable, but if it doesn't ultimately matter then I would be inclined to go the simpler route. I cold-called a nurse recruiter to pick her brain but she hesitated to make any generalizations because so many variables are considered (experience, research, etc.). when considering applicants.
TIA for your thoughts. I am truly grateful.