I got a total of 3 rejection letters, had one program disband AFTER we applied, one wait list that became a no, and got in on try #6 to a grad entry masters program. Here's a bit more on each attempt, all with a 3.2 undergrad GPA, BS in athletic training and a minor in healthcare management. All told, it was just shy of 3 full years from the redoing of my first pre-req to my acceptance letter.
Try #1: A's in all pre-reqs but micro (b+) and possibly a B in stat if they required it. Program takes 200 out of 1500+ applicants.
Try #2: Same school as attempt #1, but with all pre-reqs at an A and still rejected. Got bummed and began to look elsewhere because they added chemistry to their pre-reqs and I would have to repeat inorganic and take ochem for the first time.
Try #3: Hopkins. For the hell of it since I had all A's for pre-reqs and was very familiar with their medical system after doing my undergrad in Baltimore. Yeah.... At least I didn't have to worry about paying almost $80k for school.
Try #4: ADN program that required the TEAS at $200something that kept us hanging on the decision only to tell us that they ended the program and were becoming a feeder program to the school mentioned for tries 1 & 2. And they did not refund our money or TEAS fees. Said that there wasn't a demand for non-BSN nurses. (Makes sense when they became a feeder to the school that's associated with a Magnet hospital)
Try #5: ABSN that needed pathophys, so I took it and aced it. Ended up on the waiting list and never got called to join the program. Not too heartbroken because we moved clear across the country and I didn't have to figure out how to afford two apartments (hubbs would have stayed where we are now).
Try #6: Settled in the state where the hubbs is originally from, found out I immediately qualify as an in-state student because he never changed his residency while on active duty. Went back to school for a few final pre-reqs (chemistries, sociology, psychology, and a comparative religion course - As in sociology and psych, B+ and C+ in chems) so I could apply to all of the local programs and got into the first one I applied to which was the masters program.
I think going back and excelling the second time around helped me become a stronger applicant. I can't say if I was helped by additional course work in medical terminology
or phlebotomy, but I doubt they hurt me. I just kept pushing myself and I wasn't going to give up until I got in or my sciences 'expired' as I wasn't going back to earn another A when I use anatomy and physiology on a daily basis as an athletic trainer. Outside of the classroom, I attended as many of the information sessions and open houses that I could and that's where I gained a lot of insight that I was able to add into my essay.
Hope your path to nursing school
has a few less hurdles, but just wanted to let you know that I've been where you are.