Any success stories for getting in Texas BSN Program with 3.0-3.25 Science GPA?

  1. Hello all,

    I have always wanted to become a nurse, and I've been trying to get in for the longest time. I've been through rough patches in my life, like being a rebellious teenager and getting into trouble, but the thought never went away.
    I just can't seem to get my sciences above a B. I was close this semester in AP2, but my 89.3 won't round up, which had me nearly crying. I can't argue against it, but I'm losing hope in my ability to make it into a program. I'm currently enrolled here @ UTA, and I specifically wanted to apply here due to being a resident in Arlington as well as living close to my disabled father that I can visit and take care of.

    My current stats:
    Science GPA: 3.0
    Overall: 3.5
    HESI: 94
    1 consideration - took 3 science classes @ UTA.

    I realized that I took Chemistry for Allied Health, so I wonder if I can take the most basic Gen Chem and replace it if I make an A?? That'd still put me at 3.25, though.

    Has anyone had success getting into a program in Texas with similar scores? Any advice on what I should do? I know I'm mostly gonna be told to retake classes, but I'm afraid I'm close to using up all my replacements. I'm so worried.... Any reassurance would help. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Have you applied to UTA's program?
  4. by   TinyEarthling
    I have, but I don't want to sit around and wait for a highly likely rejection. I've read all over the place and talked to people, and I'm just not up to par with all of the other competitive applicants.
  5. by   TinyEarthling
    Sorry, I meant to reply directly.

    .... and again. It keeps posting separately.
    Last edit by TinyEarthling on Dec 5 : Reason: Wrong post.
  6. by   NurseyMcNurserson
    Have you considered retaking any classes at community college? I'm not saying it's easier...but you'll likely find smaller science classes and professors with more time to sit with you and explain things you're not understanding (that's been my experience). An A is an A, no matter where you earn it.
  7. by   Tprofitt
    Have you actually been denied from every program you've applied to? Or do you just assume you will be denied?
  8. by   em96
    I go to nursing school at UTA! One of my good friends was accepted with a 3.0 science GPA. I don't know what her overall GPA was but she had 2 considerations. So yes, it is possible to still be accepted here. The spring semester isn't as competitive as the fall, so you may have better luck applying then. She was denied when she applied for Fall entry (and I was waitlisted), but we were both accepted in the Spring. I wouldn't worry about retaking classes until you've received acceptance/rejection. Even then, you may still be accepted in the Spring semester with the same GPA.
  9. by   TinyEarthling
    Quote from NurseyMcNurserson
    Have you considered retaking any classes at community college? I'm not saying it's easier...but you'll likely find smaller science classes and professors with more time to sit with you and explain things you're not understanding (that's been my experience). An A is an A, no matter where you earn it.
    Yeah, I'm considering retaking my Gen Chemistry class at a community college. If that still doesn't get me in, then I'll also retake AP1 or AP2 at the cc as well. BUT! If I take Gen Chem at UTA, I'd have enough overall UTA credits to get another consideration. I don't exactly know how much the considerations matter, though.

    Quote from Tprofitt
    Have you actually been denied from every program you've applied to? Or do you just assume you will be denied?
    I've applied this semester for Fall '18, so I'm still bashing around being hopeful and worried. I do have a tendency to assume the worst, so I'm trying to weigh all my options and figure out what to do next rather than waiting a whole semester for the outcome. You know?

    Quote from em96
    I go to nursing school at UTA! One of my good friends was accepted with a 3.0 science GPA. I don't know what her overall GPA was but she had 2 considerations. So yes, it is possible to still be accepted here. The spring semester isn't as competitive as the fall, so you may have better luck applying then. She was denied when she applied for Fall entry (and I was waitlisted), but we were both accepted in the Spring. I wouldn't worry about retaking classes until you've received acceptance/rejection. Even then, you may still be accepted in the Spring semester with the same GPA.
    Congratulations to you and your friend! May I ask if you were accepted this past Spring? What were your stats? Also, I know you have to be enrolled when submitting your application, but do you have to be enrolled in classes at UTA the semester that you're waiting to see whether or not you're accepted? Sorry for bombarding you with the questions.


    Thank you for your responses!
  10. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Doesn't UTA have rolling admissions? Or is that just their online program? Maybe that's something to consider.
  11. by   TinyEarthling
    Quote from ItsThatJenGirl
    Doesn't UTA have rolling admissions? Or is that just their online program? Maybe that's something to consider.
    Does that mean your application rolls into the next semester(s) if you weren't accepted for the first round? I don't think they do that, but I will say that I will try to apply every semester. It doesn't affect me negatively, so of course it's worth it!
  12. by   Tprofitt
    Okay now I understand. Definitely try to think positive in your case because you really never know if they'll deny you or you'll be accepted. It all depends on the pool of applicants. You could apply to some other schools though just to increase your chances. I don't like putting all of my eggs in one basket.
  13. by   Eharrington8
    My stats are very similar to yours. I am able to apply now but I am waiting to apply next semester for the spring 2018 because I will then have two considerations.
    -30+ credit hours at UTA
    -3/4 natural sciences taken at UTA
    I will be taking the tease exam after finals next week and also taking nutrition in the summer so that I can apply to multiple schools. Two of my friends applied to UTA. (One was accepted: 3.2 gpa. All classes taken at UTA which gave her two considerations.)
    (My other friend-WAITLISTED. 3.8 science gpa. Transfer student. No considerations.)
    My opinion is that considerations play a big role in being accepted so try to gain as many as possible. Good luck!
  14. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Quote from TinyEarthling
    Does that mean your application rolls into the next semester(s) if you weren't accepted for the first round? I don't think they do that, but I will say that I will try to apply every semester. It doesn't affect me negatively, so of course it's worth it!
    No, for their online program (which means classes online, clinicals in person), they admit more than Spring/Fall. Here's the info: Online BSN | University of Texas at Arlington Online

    And there's a whole forum for that school on here that knows much more than I do.

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