I had a 3.67 overall GPA (private schools
) at the time of applications and about 3.8 pre req gpa (this is what the OCNE schools look at) my CNA (but no working hours, volunteer experience nor prior degree).
I took all my pre req's MHCC.
The best thing you can do is get your CNA now. Work part time(or full time if you can) while taking your pre req's so you can build up experience. It will not only help you with the school's points system but give you a better understanding of being a nurse which will also help with future school interviews and essays.
Also get as many A's as you can in your pre reqs. Anatomy/science classes especially.
If you don't get an A in the first A&P then you may as well pay out of pocket to retake it. (You get 5 points for that A alone for the OCNE schools)
It's important to LEARN/understand and retain the information and not to be a "crammer" (I unfortunately was for the most part and I just know that this will bite me in the butt come fall) Study a bit each day.
Take a look at the immunization requirements and get started on them now if you can. There are clinics that will do them at a cheaper cost. (don't worry about the TB unless you're getting your CNA-you'll do that once per year)
Lastly, don't bother applying to the OCNE schools if you don't have all the pre reqs complete before fall term. (fall classes will count towards your application) You're basically throwing away your money (application fee) because not having the classes complete hurt your overall score and isn't enough points to get an interview.
That's about it.
This was my first year applying and I got waitlisted at Linfield and MHCC (should have been in w/all the points I had but my nerves got to me at my interview and I totally choked)
I got called off the waitlist at MHCC and I start in the fall.
My friend just graduated from Clackamas CC and she got in her first year of applications as well as 2 other friends I have (one in at Linfield and the other Walla Walla-PDX campus)
so it's totally possible.
Just do your research for each school, map out what you need to do to get accepted and plan your courses wisely.
(Take most if not all your anatomy classes before nutrition-it'll help)