Is a 3.52 GPA too low!? - page 2

Over the past week or so I have become very discouraged. I graduated with what I though was a good GPA, and have been looking at schools like JHU, UVA, and Duke for accelerated programs (UVA's direct entry). I'm reading... Read More

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    Bah, I had a 2.9 something before getting my bachelor's program. I'm in a city with some of the best nursing schools, and who compete with each other for who has the most graduates with jobs. I would've KILLED for a 3.52 GPA.

    What everyone said about looking in your area because yes, at the end of the day, it means nothing unless you pass boards. See what schools around you have high NCLEX pass rates (admittedly those stats can be misleading) and who can retain their students for the entirety of their programs. That information can be found on a state's BON website. I'd also look at how those programs are run. If you fail a class, is it possible for you to catch up, will you be stuck a year, etc (some nursing schools go in yearly cycles rather than biannual).
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    Im currently lost. I went to college for 2years doing a certificate program in Accounting while i was living in Jamaica. Now im living in the US, where Nursing is in high demand. In HS i mostly get C in both Math and Science as well as English. I love helping people, as well as i have great customer service skills, i also love being in an office. But Nursing has great job security than any other jobs. Please any advice. I greatly appreciate it.
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    Once you are a nurse, no one cares where you went to school. All they care about is whether or not you are good at your job. If going to a top rated school is a personal thing, then I understand, but nursing school is nursing school. One of the reasons you may hear of people not getting into community college is because there are tons and tons of applicants. I wouldn't be surprised if there were hundreds of students applying to one ADN program. It also depends on the area too. There are more applicants in major city areas compared to rural CC, so everyone has a different obstacle. A 3.5 is great. But how many people are applying to the JHU program? That's a big factor. You will have decide what is more important... becoming a nurse or wanting a specific school name on your diploma? Fellow nurses are going to judge your competence, not your alma mater.
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    Quote from nekozuki
    Depends. 3.5 cumulative gpa, but what about your science classes? If it is lower, who knows? Nursing schools can be selective, especially top notch universities. Honestly though, I'd hit the local cc or cheap public universities, because school name recognition doesn't carry much weight for nurses in the way it does for doctors or lawyers.

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