Is it easy to get into nursing school anywhere???

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    Just wondering if it’s easy to get into a nursing program anywhere (ASN)? Is it super competitive nationwide? Or are there programs in “less desirable” areas that are looking for students. I have now been rejected 3 times (1.5yrs) and they are telling most likely another 1.5yrs before I get in. So I guess my question is, are there programs anywhere looking for students. Where I could just apply and get in. I am more than happy (well not really but willing) to move anywhere in the US if it would get me in now. Do any of you have any ideas how to get me into school NOW?



    I have a 4.0 on the sciences and a good TEAS score but these lotteries just aren’t working for me.

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    Almost all ASN programs are competitive, because of the nature of the job that comes with the degree. If you are having trouble with schools that run off a lottery system, just look for schools that are grades and score based. There's many out there that go by your pre-req and/or cumulative GPA and HESI or TEAS score as factors for admission instead of a lottery system.
    Nurse2b7337 and fromtheseaRN like this.
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    My suggestion: take as many transferrable (pre-requisite) courses at a city or state college, then transfer to a private college. The waiting lists where I am are too crazy. It seems like the situation right now is such that you have to spend the extra money.
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    Try Arkansas, Little Rock
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    maybe try to search for admissions that will look at your best achievements. if you have a really strong GPA, find a program thats admissions are only based on that. If you did great on an entrance exam, find a program that's most concerned with that. But if you can find a private school (not necessarily for profit because those are really pricy), that may help you get in sooner.
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    I want to say my school, UNM because it's ALL GPA, no waitlist, no TEAS, no interview.
    The catch is that if you aren't a New Mexico resident, you're at a disadvantage. How much, I'm not sure. You could try?
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    Quote from NorCalKid
    Just wondering if it’s easy to get into a nursing program anywhere (ASN)? Is it super competitive nationwide? Or are there programs in “less desirable” areas that are looking for students. I have now been rejected 3 times (1.5yrs) and they are telling most likely another 1.5yrs before I get in. So I guess my question is, are there programs anywhere looking for students. Where I could just apply and get in. I am more than happy (well not really but willing) to move anywhere in the US if it would get me in now. Do any of you have any ideas how to get me into school NOW?



    I have a 4.0 on the sciences and a good TEAS score but these lotteries just aren’t working for me.
    I was in your boat at the begining of last year. I am a veteran and I am using education benefits to go to school but I didn't want them to expire so I moved 1900 miles to a location that has two excellent colleges, one with a BSN program (excellent program reviews!) and a community college that has an ADN program. I am applying to the BSN program in the spring (gotta get the most out of my benefits!). The program rarley has enough people sign up for admissions to the Nursing program they have a 100% NCLEX pass rate for the last two years. There ten year recored is between 95-98%

    It took me about six months of cold-calling nursing departments around the country to find this little gem. So they are out there. You just need to be willing to move to the midwest....hint...hint....I moved from Dallas.
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    I to am a veteran using education benefits i would say checkout florence darlington tech in florence sc no wait list at all u summit your packet for the fall admission in march and for the spring in sept so good luck to you
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    I'm going to a very affordable community college in the Kansas City area. It is based on a combo of GPA, ACT scores and interview.

    I would hate the lottery system. I want to be acknowledged for my hard work and go to school with other students who work hard, not just people who got lucky.
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    I refuse to apply to lottery programs. Why should someone making the bare minimum requirements get in over someone who has a 4.0 GPA, HCE hours, etc.? There are several programs out there that have points-based admissions. Look for them and apply to those schools. I am currently applying to the ASN program at my local CC because they have a points-based system. If I don't get accepted (I'll know in April!), then I'm going straight to a BSN program at the university in town. While the university is much more expensive, they don't have a waiting list. Yes, I could probably apply right now to go there, but I'm paying out-of-pocket for my education, so I'd like to go the ASN-to-BSN route to save some money. Plus, the ASN program here is actually more highly regarded for skilled nurses than the BSN program (they focus on administration more than clinical skills).

    Just be careful you don't choose a school simply because you can get in. ITT is a good example. Sure, you can get in if you're willing to cough up over $40K for their program. Then you find out when you're done that you can't pass the NCLEX and they withhold your degree. Plus, their credits rarely transfer to other institutions. I almost fell for their "you can get in right now!" spiel. I'm so glad I did my research.

    Best of luck to you!
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