Guide for getting into nursing school. - page 2

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It is important to make straight As. One or two Bs is alright, depending upon your program, is okay, but to be safe, make all As. If you are having problems with your school work, ask you teacher for tips and then form a... Read More


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    Hester,

    The idea is really to do the best you can in order to be the most competitive applicant you can be. If you ask schools, they will tell you that their entrance pre-req GPAs have a wide range but the schools I've looked at have average pre-req entrance GPAs of 3.6 to 3.8. So there will be 4.0 students to offset the non 4.0 students but the closer you are to 4.0, the more competitive you are GPA-wise.
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    Quote from HesterPrynne123
    This is really great advice! However, I thought I'd ask...I graduated with a BS in Biology with a 3.59 GPA. I have A's in A&P 1 and 2, A's in my Chemistry courses, but I have a B+ in Microbiology and a B in Statistics (a prereq for many programs around me). Can anyone offer an opinion on if they think this would hurt me in getting into nursing school? I don't understand how getting a B in something is a bad thing. Some professors are really really difficult no matter how hard you try!
    Seems good! B's are def not a bad thing....even a C in a class is not gonna hurt too much either. But try to get A's and try to get above 3.7 (pre-req) gpa.
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    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.
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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?
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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
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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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    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!!!
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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.
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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.
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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!


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