First off let me give a little background of myself. I'm 18 years old and had a very difficult childhood. I was in Special Education for 8 years. The only time I ever had any type of schooling was 10th,11th,12th which I am a senior now. The truth is when I entered 10th Grade I had an extremely hard time. In Special Education they have very little emphasis on academics and focus all on behavior problems. I stuck it out and took basic classes. My whole life I have always wanted to be a nurse. My mother was a nurse. I would consider myself very smart for what I have endured in life. I don't want to brag or anything but 3 years ago I had no idea what an essay was. These last two years I have truly challenged myself. My senior year is by far the best. I am trying my best to take classes to show colleges how much I care. Im currently in: Honors Chem, AP English Lit&Comp, Ap Us Govn, Ib physc, And very basic math because I do struggle with math a lot but I am doing good in Chemistry. So I am in a math class for seniors called College prep math . The moral of the story is, when I set my mind to do something I can achieve anything. I am truly set on being an RN. Im faced with a really huge problem. I'm afraid with my history I will find it really hard to get into a Nursing Program. I already am accepted to a college called "Augsburg" but they don't offer Nursing. I plan to take my pre Req there and then transfer to a Nursing school. My question is honestly How hard is it to become a RN? Not the work load, but actually getting into a Nursing program. My GPA in high school is 2.7 but the reason I got accepted into Augsburg is because of what I have overcome. My ACT is only a 22. Im really stuck on being a Nurse. If I go to Augsburg and maintain a 3.5+ which I know I can. I have all A's in Advanced classes, will It be to hard to get into a Nursing program these days? I want to ask people with knowledge in this area so please give me advice on what steps I should take in order to be successful in being an RN. Thank you so much.
Nov 9, '12
Congratulations on your achievements in a challenging situation. I also admire your fortitude.
I think your questions should be asked to your counselors.. on each step of your journey.Make sure you get a complete answer. Most counselors are overworked and will blow you off..with minimal assistance .
Nursing is VERY DIFFICULT to get into.. and the field is currently glutted.Do research regarding future nursing opportunities. Analyze your desire to become a nurse. Is it because your mother was? Do you see yourself at the bedside providing comfort?
I have a genius IQ, a 3.9 GPA in high school, and a fantastic short term memory (biggest thing you need in nursing school).
Because of that, it was not difficult for me to get into nursing school. It took everything I had to get through it.
Good luck, keep us posted. Feel free to PM me.
Nov 9, '12
Why not apply to a regular college nursing program? If you're doing well in that list of classes, there's no reason you wouldn't be admitted. Nobody asks about your grade school or junior high on college apps.
Nov 11, '12
It depends on where you live and the schools in your area. I read on here that some people are on waiting lists and some get turned down because of not having perfect GPAs. Where I live it wasn't that hard. I did my prereqs for a year and started the nursing program the following semester. Good job on doing so well so far! Good luck!!
Nov 12, '12
Being in a nursing program or being a nurse both are very stressful, and please make sure that you can handle the stress. I do not think you will have a problem to get into the program since you can manage your GPA to 3.5. I believe there are some schools take you in, the only matter is when.
Nov 12, '12
You went from Special Education to Honors/AP classes. Look how far you've come! Try to focus on where you are now, and stay on the track that you're on academically. If you want straightforward, unbiased data on your chances of being admitted to a nursing program, here ya go: 39.5% of 255,671 applicants were accepted for admission to BSN programs during the 2010-2011 school year in the United States. American Association of Colleges of Nursing | New AACN Data Show an Enrollment Surge in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs Amid Calls for More Highly Educated Nurses
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