Has anyone gotten into nursing school with a low gpa? - page 3

I really goofed in school when I first started out and the community college here wont let students retake classes. So I have a couple of c's in my prereq's for nursing school. I was just wondering... Read More

  1. by   maverickemt
    I dont know where you are located but ETSU (East Tennessee State University) in TN accepts students with a 2.6 GPA min. Might want to try them. this school is for an Accelerated BSN program.

    Mav

    Quote from Butterfly3001
    I really goofed in school when I first started out and the community college here wont let students retake classes. So I have a couple of c's in my prereq's for nursing school. I was just wondering if somone knew of anyone that got in a nursing program at a community college with a gpa of 3.0 or below. Right now I have a 3.0 just in case you wanted to know. Thanks
  2. by   Dreamer-RN
    Yes, it is possible to have a low GPA and get into Nursing school. My overall GPA was 2.8 (had a tough undergrad major). I found out today I was accepted into an accelerated BSN/MSN program.

    I work full-time and attended school full-time since Fall 2005 (have one more class to finish in the Spring). Not only I was trying to bang out the pre-reqs quickly, but I also hoped this proved to the Adcoms I can manage a full load, my time, and stress (maintained at least 3.5 GPA). I also volunteered at a local ER department and hospice. I think having good recommendations and my essays have contributed to my success.

    I want to encourage low GPA-ers have a chance too!
  3. by   maverickemt
    Hi...I have the same credentials as you do.. A 2.76 GPA for my first undergrad degree and a 3.54 GPA for my pre-reqs. I got great recommendations ( one from a RN for 17 years and another one from my professor (both of them are great) but I think I have an average essay!!! I am applying to a Accelerated BSN program. So, basically all i wanted to say is I still have a chance.


    Quote from tbd75
    Yes, it is possible to have a low GPA and get into Nursing school. My overall GPA was 2.8 (had a tough undergrad major). I found out today I was accepted into an accelerated BSN/MSN program.

    I work full-time and attended school full-time since Fall 2005 (have one more class to finish in the Spring). Not only I was trying to bang out the pre-reqs quickly, but I also hoped this proved to the Adcoms I can manage a full load, my time, and stress (maintained at least 3.5 GPA). I also volunteered at a local ER department and hospice. I think having good recommendations and my essays have contributed to my success.

    I want to encourage low GPA-ers have a chance too!
  4. by   maverickemt
    I wanted to follow up also.. i also have worked for Pfizer and Novartis doing clinical research and drug safety but i took my time with the pre-reqs. This was advice from a counselor from the number 17 school. But i have experience that this school wants nurses to have.
  5. by   Dreamer-RN
    maverickemt,

    Yes, you do have a chance! Best wishes on your application(s) and getting that acceptance letter!
  6. by   trepinCT
    As someone who has had to re take a couple of classes, I dont want anyone to give up hope of getting into a nursing prigram. But here in Ct, it is highly competetive. One program had over 500 applicants for only about 90 openings, my CC has over 400 applicamts for about 100 positions. after being rejected from these 2 programs last year, I rearranged my focus and I no longer worry about what the minimum standards are because there are too many applicants that are higher than that standard. My wise brother in law(an accomplished RN) told me something important "dont worry about the competition, BE the competition".It sounds terrible, but aim high, so no matter where the bar is set, you wont have to sweat it out if you just eeked by. Do your best, push yourself. If you are faced with the type of competition that is in Ct, as good as a 3.0 is, isint good enough when you are one of 400 applicants.Good luck to everyone. I hope I was not too harsh, I just learned the hard way not to accept anything less than my best.
  7. by   KungFuFtr
    Quote from trepinCT
    As someone who has had to re take a couple of classes, I dont want anyone to give up hope of getting into a nursing prigram. But here in Ct, it is highly competetive. One program had over 500 applicants for only about 90 openings, my CC has over 400 applicamts for about 100 positions. after being rejected from these 2 programs last year, I rearranged my focus and I no longer worry about what the minimum standards are because there are too many applicants that are higher than that standard. My wise brother in law(an accomplished RN) told me something important "dont worry about the competition, BE the competition".It sounds terrible, but aim high, so no matter where the bar is set, you wont have to sweat it out if you just eeked by. Do your best, push yourself. If you are faced with the type of competition that is in Ct, as good as a 3.0 is, isint good enough when you are one of 400 applicants.Good luck to everyone. I hope I was not too harsh, I just learned the hard way not to accept anything less than my best.
    Only 400 applications for 100 spots? Those are pretty good odds actually.
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from KungFuFtr
    Only 400 applications for 100 spots? Those are pretty good odds actually.
    Beats 1500
  9. by   catzy5
    Quote from Melina
    Your school won't even let you take the class again, or they just won't replace the grade? You should be able to take any class as many times as you want. Can you request some kind of admin. review or something? I would be more concerned about not doing well in nursing school if you did so poorly in your pre-reqs. You are going to need all that science background. What about retaking the classes at another school as non-degree seeking student?

    ~Mel'

    This happened to me at my school you can not retake a class unless you got a D or and F I got a C 20 years ago in Enlgish 101 my first class out of high school. Heck I would still get a C english is not my subject at all LOL. However after actually quitting school for a semester and having a hissy fit, my transcripts were reviewed and come to find out they won't let you repeat it but they will take a course work from a higher level, I took many other levels of English and they took my A in 102 as my pre req for the nursing program. Not really an option for the sciences but if some of your lower grades are in a Math or English that could be an option.
  10. by   shippoRN
    I am so glad you posted this. I don't feel so alone.
    Let me tell you while my A.S transcript from my A.S degree is stellar, my Bacc degree transcript is a nightmare. I can't even begin to tell you. Every letter in the alphabet is on it, I swear. I went to alot of the CC's here in NY to inquire about nursing programs, i got "I suggest you repeat the classes you got B's in for A's) I was totally discouraged about applying, even the accelerated programs were discouraging. Then I found the private school I applied too, that looks at my total history and just not grades and GPA. THe biggest factor to my application is the NLN which i take in less than 2 months and am studying my butt off for. My application has an essay portion which I was able to use to explain breifly what happened in undergrad. For example, my grandmother relapsed with cancer after being in remission for 7 years. It matastasized into bone cancer. Gran went into a coma the night before my bio finial, and died the day after school was done. Needless to say I flunked Bio, big fat F along with my other classes that semester and got suspended. While i didn't go into such detail, I was able to summarize that I suffered personal losses and able to also point out that even though I had such a tough time I was still able to make the dean's list the following year and I made the dean' list at my old CC as well. All this being said, I want to say to the OP, don't give up. It can be done. There is a program out there for you, you just have to find it. Im terrified that I won't get apcepted myself, but I keep trying to remind myself that in the end that there is still hope for me with the NLN, that I wrote the best personal statement that I could, well planned and thought out, and I have 3 yrs of experience WITH NURSES at one of the top, if not #1 specialty hospitals in the US with references from this hospital. Keep your chin up, anything thing is possible with faith and determination.
    Last edit by shippoRN on Dec 15, '06
  11. by   Wsmith16
    This post is great. I'm in the same boat but I'm trying to remain positive. It;s sad that your past can come back to haunt u , never thought my old Bachelors grade would bite me and I'd never thought that I would one day want to become a nurse. All you can do is keep applying and hopefully a program will acceopt you. If you are truly doing your research you will find a program that has no gp requirement or that focus on your current pre reqs. They do exist. Just do some research.
  12. by   Emt_aspiring
    Quote from catzy5
    This happened to me at my school you can not retake a class unless you got a D or and F I got a C 20 years ago in Enlgish 101 my first class out of high school. Heck I would still get a C english is not my subject at all LOL. However after actually quitting school for a semester and having a hissy fit, my transcripts were reviewed and come to find out they won't let you repeat it but they will take a course work from a higher level, I took many other levels of English and they took my A in 102 as my pre req for the nursing program. Not really an option for the sciences but if some of your lower grades are in a Math or English that could be an option.
    My school is similiar, you can only get a minimum of a c in the introductory courses and can repeate only 1 class once to meet the 2.5 gpa..my mistake was trying to take on to much at once now i gotta retake math..and my A&P grade isnt all that appealing..i think i'll still ask to see if they will accept A&P 2 instead of A&P 1 for my introductory science course..if not i'll repeat that course and take a higher math. seems like there may be hope for me yet.....Thanks 4 the advice...
    You said as far as science classes go thats not really an option..is that what you where told or speculation?
    Last edit by Emt_aspiring on Dec 15, '06
  13. by   manofcare
    I'm a second semester ADN student. The CC that I go to is really competitive for GPA and NET requirements. Only 60 (day/night) slots for the program, total. GPA is a BIG deal here for admission. They pretty well say up-front that if you can't generate good grades in the pre-req.s, you can't pass the ADN program. They use GPA to weed out what they consider weaker students. We lost 7 students (day) the first semester r/t grades. I have found most of the instructors to be very approachable, you might make an appointment and ask for their advice. Please, please don't let this discourage you from pursuing your dreams, but the program is no cake walk either. You need a plan

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