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This is a discussion on Masters degree then FNP/DNP? in Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry, part of Advanced Practice Nursing ... My BSN GPA is not the best and I am having a hard time getting into an FNP program due to the tough...by LadyEJ BSN, RN Jun 5, '11My BSN GPA is not the best and I am having a hard time getting into an FNP program due to the tough competition. What are your thoughts on getting a Masters degree in something other than NP and then applying to a DNP program...assuming I will get excellent grades in grad school Is it worth it? Does this make sense? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm not really sure where to go from here!
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- Jun 5, '11 by danapjmsnMy bsn gpa was a 2.9 ...I did a msn at Loyola new Orleans with a concentration in healthcare systems management and finished with a 4.0. I have applied to USA, uab, and slu for a post masters in adult/gero np. I have been accepted so far by USA and slu...still waiting on uab, which should come out at the end of the month or early July. I feel it's a good plan to achieve your goals if you gap isn't high.also my professors wrote wonderful recs for me!
- Jun 5, '11 by gettingbsn2msnSometimes (my school) they will waive the gpa if your GRE score is high. In my case I had a 2.9, however, my GRE score was high compared to the other applicants. It ended up being a wash. Either high GPA or high GRE.
- Jun 5, '11 by danapjmsnSince I earned a msn, the gre was waived... so I took my chances and did not take the gre.
- Jun 5, '11 by LadyEJ BSN, RNThanks for the input! I'm considering earning a MPH through a distance learning program and then applying for an FNP program. Although, if I get a MSN such as Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) then I could earn a post-MSN certificate in FNP. So many options/decisions.
- Jun 11, '11 by NAURNYou will probably be talking a lot more money and time in order to go from one master's to another. I would just take some undergrad or grad courses to increase your overall GPA, then once your GPA is up to par, go straight into the FNP program. I guess it all depends on how low your GPA is. 3.0 should be your goal.
- Jun 11, '11 by danapjmsnI think it will cost me approximately $ 11,000 to do a post masters. I would also recommend taking pathology, pharm., and adv. Assessment if you can while doingthe MSN ...then you would finish quicker. It would have saved me a year.
- Jul 13, '11 by mandyr220dana.... I too am post-master's... Have you heard anything from UAB yet? I have not. I am FNP however.
- Jul 13, '11 by danapjmsnmandyr220, I thought UAB called me about 2 weeks ago. I was distracted when I received the call and now think it was USA. I have not received any communication from UAB about my application. Curious about why we have not heard anything yet. If it's a "NO" then lets get it over with already. I have decided to go to USA, and have already turned in my acceptance packet. Have you applied anywhere else?