I am looking at applying for an ADN program at my local community college. I am confident that I will be able to score well on the TEAS, since I got a 1340/1600 on my SAT back in 2002, and am a very good test taker. I also have a new found motivation and sense of responsibility: I have a 8 month old son.
The problem is I dropped out of college in 2008. I was making pretty good grades, but the last three semesters I was depressed, distracted and unmotivated. I didn't even bother to drop any classes and didn't attend them at all. I took English 101 three times and got an F each time just because I just didn't go to class. I was lazy and thought I could afford to miss a couple of days of an "easy" class. Well that just snowballed into never going to class.
What I am needing to know is will the letter grade count? Am I doomed or do schools look at credits from other institutions as a pass/fail situation? The program I am looking is less difficult to get into than others. They only require a grade of C in the general education classes (English, Math and Science). They also have a minimum TEAS score of 75.
The admission options are:
a. Be eligible for BIO 210, ENG 101 and MAT 110 or MAT 120 and met the required score on the TEAS (Test of Essential
Academic Skills). TEAS scores are valid for 2 years from testing date. Students may retest every 3 months or;
b. Successful completer of all 9 Health Science Nursing Core Courses with a GPA of at least 2.75. (MAT and BIO time
Also do nursing programs allow you to "CLEP out" of classes? If I take the CLEP exam for English Comp and Biology will that count?
Jun 3, '12
by Stephalump, RN
Nah, I can't imagine you'd ever automatically be excluded from applying once you've retaken it and passed.
I think the most important thing you need to find out is the gpa requirement. If it's cumulative (including every attempt at your Gen Ed classes) that's going to be a bit of an uphill battle. 3 Fs is a lot to overcome. If they just take the last grade and you ace it next semester and do well in your other classes, the past Fs wouldn't even matter. Definitely the best case scenario!
I don't think I'd even attempt to CLEP out of Bio even if it was allowed. It's not an easy course, complicated, and a lot of work. Unless you've taken it before, I'm thinking the odds of anyone passing it are slim to none.
Last edit by Stephalump on Jun 3, '12
Thank you so much! That helps a lot. The required GPA for the program is 2.00, if you are trying to get accepted and you need a 2.75.
I am really hoping that they don't count the GPA from the past attempts. I spoke with someone regarding the Surgical Technology program and they said that the GPA starts from scratch so hopefully that is the case for the nursing program as well.
I just read this, so hopefully it bodes well for my situation
"Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all general education, support and nursing courses. An unsuccessful attempt of one required nursing course will result in the student being dropped from the program with eligibility for readmission. A student who has a second
unsuccessful attempt in any one of the required nursing courses may apply for readmission to the nursing program if all other criteria are met after a two-year waiting period
I haven't taken Biology since High School. I took honors Biology in 9th grade and got an A, but I am sure it will be a lot more difficult.
Even if it is an uphill battle I am pretty set on giving it 100%, so hopefully that would be enough.
Thanks again for the information, I appreciate getting some perspective on the situation.
Last edit by junecarter on Jun 3, '12