Guide for getting into nursing school. - page 2

It is important to make straight A's. One or two B's is alright, depending upon your program, is okay, but to be safe, make all A's. If you are having problems with your school work, ask you... Read More

  1. Visit  willowLA profile page
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    Quote from Bobmo88
    HesterPrynne,

    I don't think the B+ and B are going to prevent you from getting into nursing school but some programs are super competitive. For example, the school where I'm finishing my BA (non-nursing but I'm starting a BSN program at a different school in the fall) has an average pre-req GPA of 3.9 for the accelerated BSN program and they only accept 36 students each year. Even though your grades are certainly better than mine, there is a chance that even you might not get into ultra competitive programs like this. Despite this, you have a good cumulative and pre-req GPA and I don't think you'll have trouble getting into a program.
    Bobmo,

    That really sounds like CSUN, am I wrong?
  2. Visit  Bobmo88 profile page
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    willowLA,

    You are correct ! I am finishing my BA in Spanish at CSUN right now and will be starting the BSN program at CSUCI this fall. As much as I love CSUN (and the new student recreation center they just opened), I don't think I would've been able to get into the program because of how competitive it is. After I had applied to ADN programs, I wanted to get my BA so I could start applying to ELM and Accelerated BSN programs just in case things didn't work out. Nice observation
  3. Visit  jocy_anne profile page
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    Great guide, Brian!!! One additional thing I can think of is to make sure you write down all the deadline dates for your school(s). I've heard that organizational skills are EXTREMELY important in Nursing school, so this is an area that can help you develop organizational skills prior to Nursing school if that is an area in which you struggle. I only applied to one school, but still made sure to put all the deadline dates in my calendar with reminders so I wouldn't overlook something. I also checked the school's website constantly to make sure there were no changes with dates or requirements. If you're applying to several schools, then I think doing all that would be even more important, since different schools have different requirements. It would be awful to put a lot of work into applying for a program, only to find out that you missed a test deadline or didn't meet the registration deadline for a pre-req.

    Also, research your school(s) and be sure that they're a good fit for you. This is important if your school requires an interview prior to making admissions decisions. I applied to an ABSN-MSN program, so I was required to go in for an interview, and they did ask me what it was about Jefferson that drew me to the school. Just as it is important to go into the Nursing field for the right reasons, it is also important to choose your school for the right reasons. You are the only one who can decide what school is right for you!

    On a personal note, I just finished up my Gen Chem II class last night, and will start Microbiology on May 21st. That will be my last prereq, and I will start the full-time Nursing program at Jefferson on September 5th! I'm so excited!!!

    Good luck to everyone!!!
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  4. Visit  willowLA profile page
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    Quote from Bobmo88
    willowLA,

    You are correct ! I am finishing my BA in Spanish at CSUN right now and will be starting the BSN program at CSUCI this fall. As much as I love CSUN (and the new student recreation center they just opened), I don't think I would've been able to get into the program because of how competitive it is. After I had applied to ADN programs, I wanted to get my BA so I could start applying to ELM and Accelerated BSN programs just in case things didn't work out. Nice observation
    Bobmo88,


    Haha That is too funny CSUN's info is deep in my heart and blood. Yep, very competitive.
    I am glad you like CSUN, the campus looked like a peaceful big park to me, I really liked it when I saw it. Congrats to you on the program start in the Fall!!!
  5. Visit  Nurse2b7337 profile page
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    Great post!! I agree with a poster who stated that even with a difficult hot instructor getting a B is good! This is a good example even though you do you best an try some instructors are extremely difficult to pass.
  6. Visit  tbrown234 profile page
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    Does anyone know of any books to help me with the admission process into nursing school? I want to increase my chances of getting in, but would love to find a book on it.
  7. Visit  gummi bear profile page
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    My college doesn't even go by a point system or have a waiting list. Everything depends on the NLN and only the top 60 scores get in (out of 400+ applicants). I'm so nervous, but ready for the challenge as well!
  8. Visit  LaSarah profile page
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    This article makes me a little frustrated when it says, "it is important to make straight A's. One or two B's is alright, depending upon your program, is okay, but to be safe, make all A's." I mean really? I have to get straight A's to get into a nursing program? Is that a joke? Don't get me wrong I understand you have to get good grades, but getting straight A's is something most people can't do. I have good grades but I do have one C in chemistry and B's in my Nutrition and Sociology (I don't have the grades for anatomy, micro, physiology or O Chem, I'm in progress of taking them). But just because I have a C doesn't mean I don't have good grades. I still have a 3.5 GPA, last time I checked that was considered good, but this article is making me think otherwise. I don't know maybe it's just me, but I just feel like it's ridiculous if Nursing schools really expect you to make all A's. Just because I got a C in one class doesn't mean I won't be a good nurse.
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  9. Visit  violetgirl profile page
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    Love this!!!! Thank you so much!!! Very positive.
  10. Visit  x_factor profile page
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    Quote from LaSarah
    This article makes me a little frustrated when it says, "it is important to make straight A’s. One or two B’s is alright, depending upon your program, is okay, but to be safe, make all A’s." I mean really? I have to get straight A's to get into a nursing program? Is that a joke? Don't get me wrong I understand you have to get good grades, but getting straight A's is something most people can't do. I have good grades but I do have one C in chemistry and B's in my Nutrition and Sociology (I don't have the grades for anatomy, micro, physiology or O Chem, I'm in progress of taking them). But just because I have a C doesn't mean I don't have good grades. I still have a 3.5 GPA, last time I checked that was considered good, but this article is making me think otherwise. I don't know maybe it's just me, but I just feel like it's ridiculous if Nursing schools really expect you to make all A's. Just because I got a C in one class doesn't mean I won't be a good nurse.
    No one said just because you got a C you won't be a good nurse. The article, however, is an accuate representation of how many nursing schools are. They are competitive, GPA is everything at many schools, that's just how it is. C's drop the GPA down, which can hurt students when many programs have cut off's for GPA sitting way up at 3.7 or 3.8. Frustrating? Maybe. But all A's with maybe a couple B's is very doable if a student is focused and really puts in the effort required for those grades. Many students struggle to keep their GPA's near perfect in hopes of getting accepted into the nursing program of their choice. Competition is firece for nursing schools, that's just the facts.
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  11. Visit  nguyency77 profile page
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    Quote from x_factor
    No one said just because you got a C you won't be a good nurse. The article, however, is an accuate representation of how many nursing schools are. They are competitive, GPA is everything at many schools, that's just how it is. C's drop the GPA down, which can hurt students when many programs have cut off's for GPA sitting way up at 3.7 or 3.8. Frustrating? Maybe. But all A's with maybe a couple B's is very doable if a student is focused and really puts in the effort required for those grades. Many students struggle to keep their GPA's near perfect in hopes of getting accepted into the nursing program of their choice. Competition is firece for nursing schools, that's just the facts.
    Exactly. I think the OP was just trying to express that most nursing schools now are a lot more competitive than they were in the past. My BSN program took students the past several semesters with an average GPA of 3.6 or better. Some terms, it was as high as 3.8. My cohort's average was like... a 3.3? It can vary, and sometimes it comes down to luck in terms of how many straight-A folks apply at the same time as you.

    EDIT: Thank you for the positive article! I'm sure others will appreciate the tips you've provided.
  12. Visit  queserasera profile page
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    Glad this article made it back to the front of the forum again. Great advice!


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