- 0I am currently working on my pre-reqs at community college and planning on starting the pre-licensure (basic BSN) program at Western Illinois University in the fall of 2014. After this semester I will only need 7 more classes and my GPA is currently 2.8. To get into the nursing program here they require a 3.0. I know I can get it up to a 3.0 but I feel that that will not be good enough. The thought of not getting accepted is giving me awful anxiety, there is nothing I want more in life than to become a nurse. I don't want to say that I feel like I'm not smart enough to complete nursing school but every time i tell someone I'm going for nursing they call me crazy because of how hard it is. So basically I would like to know how do-able the nursing program is.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from alihoff93It depends on your previous academic preparation, study skills, and how quickly you understand new and novel information. Keep in mind that each student brings a different ability level to the table.So basically I would like to know how do-able the nursing program is.
There are more than 3.5 million registered nurses in the United States, so obviously the nursing program has been 'doable' for millions.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by maddiemThe average GPA of a student accepted to nursing school is 3.4 and above. Not sure what the stats are for your school. I would talk to a counselor at your school to find out more about the average GPA for accepted students at your school. You could also retake some courses you did not so well in and bring up your GPA. This would bet be done at a community college because it would cost less. Also keep in mind that you need to do well on your admissions exam.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by ♪♫ in my ♥I don't know who's been telling you how hard is nursing school but I will say that it really wasn't that bad.
The pace was unrelenting and the stakes were very high (ours was cohort based so failure in any class meant disenrollment from the program) for each test and each class but the material wasn't that difficult.
- 1Feb 27, '13 by BlindsidedTrue story. I dropped out of high school in my senior year. Later got my GED. Entered college as a "probationary student" having to take a certain amount of classes to "prove" myself. Finally could apply and was accepted into nursing school. Really struggled with three young children, very poor, working 24-32 hours a week while in school. Here I am many, many years later with my masters in nursing. Stay focused on the goal. Take one semester at a time, finish that, and press on. It was hard and it is hard, but you can do it. I want to wish you the best luck ever
- 0Thank you so much for the encouragement! It seems like anyone I tell I'm going to school for nursing tells me I'm crazy. It's nice to finally hear someone say that it is possible with determination! How long did it take you to complete the program? I am in my second year of college and I know I will be in for at least 3-4 more.
- 0Feb 27, '13 by BlindsidedLet's see. I first got my associates degree, but it took about four years. Then I got my BS a few years later in 1982. It was not a BSN, so I had to take a couple bridge courses before I could get into the masters program. I was about 32 when I got my first degree, so kind of a late bloomer. I've had a long career, and have done lots of different nursing jobs. Currently I'm "considering" retiring and/or doing something completely different. You are just starting out, but determination is the exact word I would use to get you through. I once had a professor say to me, "how in the hell did you even get in this class!" Well, I did have to take it twice. I chose a different professor and got through it that time. That was my only double take though. Toward the end, I just had to focus on one small step at a time; pass this test, finish this project, etc. All these years later, I still remember how hard it was. Well, we need some young newcomers to take care of us boomers, so I hope you make it in. Maybe I'll look up and see your smiling face some day if I have to be in the hospital.