This is my first post; I am a non-traditional undergrad student attending Fordham University full-time; I was a former undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2006-2009 but took 3 years off to be my Grandmother's caregiver (I've also been a caregiver from my late Grandfather at a young age - been a caregiver since the age of 11 - I am 25 now). I was formerly pre-med but after my recent caregiving experience, I realized that Nursing matches more with what I want to do in the healthcare field (I want to be involved in the geriatric field).
I am concerned about my GPA; before officially withdrawing from UNC, I was doing long-distance caregiving (traveling back and forth from UNC to NY) - my GPA took a hit: 2.929 when I withdrew in 2009; I did take classes that are nursing pre-reqs at UNC; here are the grades:
Microbiology - C
Microbiology Lab - C
Anatomy and Physiology (one semester course) - A (taken in 2007)
Anatomy and Physiology Lab - A (taken in 2007)
General Chem I - D (retook it at Fordham and got an A in lecture and lab; also took Gen Chem II and got a B+ in the lecture and lab)
Right now at Fordham, I have a 3.68 (A's and 2 B+'s except for a C+ in Organic Chem I and a B in Organic Chem I Lab).
I know I have to re-take Microbiology Lecture and Lab and have a few more pre-reqs to do, but I am concerned since I want to apply to the accelerated programs and I want to go to schools
that have strong programs in geriatric nursing - but the ones that I researched are all very good (NYU, UPenn, Duke, University of Rochester, Drexel, etc.) and even if I get all A's from this point forward, I don't know if it will be enough to be competitive.
I know this is a long post - but any advice or encouragement would be helpful. Thank you!