I have been an Army wife for a few years now, bouncing from duty station to duty station. Without thinking about the long-term consequences, I put my husband's military career before my schooling. For that reason, I went to three different schools during the last four years.
At my first school, I was faced with my husband's first deployment. I was working, raising our daughter, going to school, and trying to keep our lives together with my husband fighting a war. It was hard. My freshman year at Drexel University was horrible. I left with a 1.59 GPA.
After my husband came home, we received his first duty station in Fort Benning, GA. I attended a community college in Georgia for one semester. We expected to be there for a while, but it didn't work out that way. We stayed just four months. One week before finals, the Army moved us to Fort Riley, KS. I was taking four classes at the community college in Georgia at the time. Two of my professors let me take the final early. I got an A in both of those courses. The other two professors wanted me to wait until the rest of the class took the final to take it. I couldn't want. The Army was moving our household goods and I had to go. So, I never took the final. I got an F in both of those classes and left that school after one semester with a 1.85 GPA.
After getting to our duty station at Fort Riley, KS, I started to go to another community college there. With working and my family, I took 28 credits as a part-time student. I got an A in every class and left there with a 4.0 GPA. I retook some classes that I failed at both Drexel and the community college in Georgia. Then, I took additional classes that would follow a pre-nursing curriculum, such as Anatomy and Physiology I and II, English 101, Sociology 101, etc. My accumulative GPA from the three schools that I attended is a 2.48. Horrible, I know.
My husband is now retiring and we are going back home to Montgomery County, in Conshohocken. I am having such a difficult time trying to find either an ASN/ADN or BSN program that would accept me with such a frightening GPA. Our community college is Montco. I was on their website and if I am not mistaken, they accept people into their nursing program based on a point scale. If people have the same amount of points and there are still spots open, then they resort to your GPA. The student with the higher GPA has priority.
I was on Montco's website and it said that for admission to the Fall of 2010 ADN Program, students who were accepted had a total of points varying from 58.75 to 84.75. I wish that it were more recent than three years, but it is better than nothing.
Montco gives points based on three categories...
1. If you took the course at Montco, itself, you get 0.25 points.
2. If you completed the course on the first try and never had to retake it, then you get either 1 or 2 points. It is different for different courses/subjects.
3. Then, you get points for your grades. This varies by course/subject too. For example, if you got an A in A & P I, then you get 8 points. If you got a B in Eng 101, then you get 3 points. Etc.
If I were to try to get into Montco, I would need to take additional classes before applying to their nursing program. I need Nur 106, Bio 140, Core Goal 7, and Psy 136. Without having ANY of those courses complete and without getting any points for any of them, I already have 49.50 points. That leaves me only 9 points away from those who were accepted in 2010.
With the four additional courses that I need to take, I can get a total of 3.75 points just for taking the courses at Montco and passing on the first try. Then, I would get even more points for getting an A, B, or C in each of those courses. For example, if I get an A in Bio 140, that adds 8 points to my score! I got very luck that GPA only plays a factor after this point system.
However, I am not sure if the point-scale is still the same and if students between 58.75-84.75 points are still accepted. I know that that scale is three years old and things may have changed. So, does anyone have any updated information on Montco's point system and their nursing program, in general?
Thank you for any feedback that you may provide!