Hit rock bottom and back again

  1. Hey guys,
    I just recently joined this site after a friend recommended it to me and I was wondering if I can get some advice.
    My college history isn't all that great...
    During my first 2 years, I slacked off a lot and I really didn't have my priorities in order so my science GPA wasn't the best in the world.
    My GPA was a 2.0 (even lower sometimes) and my average grades were either C's or D's.
    I transferred to a different college and I failed the second semester of Organic Chemistry.
    I realized I hit rock bottom and I needed a change.
    Chemistry is my weak point but Biology and Psychology is my forte.
    Last semester, when I was taking Micro Bio, Genetics, Nutrition and another Psych class, I was able to pull off a semester GPA of 3.4
    What are my chances of getting into an accelerated program based on my GPA?
    Thanks again
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  3. by   mcmctalk
    Don't give up. Look for ABSN programs that only focuses on pre-req requirements instead of overal. Gpa. Also some schools like to evaluate students holistically vs direct gpa cutoff. Strong essay and a few sentences to e plain your upward trend in gpa is also helpful.

    Good luck,
  4. by   EJhox8
    thank you!
    I still have a year of pre-reqs so it should be alright if I make a strong finish right?
  5. by   CDEWannaBe
    Contact programs you are interested in and find out what is realistic. Some programs will let you include classes that you retake. Some programs look primarily at prereq classes and last 60 hours of curriculum. Some will let you submit letters of recommendation or mission statements.

    At this point your grades are not good enough to be accepted into ABSN programs in my area (Oklahoma). But every area is different.
  6. by   EJhox8
    thank you for that advice
    I realized that my GPA was low so when I transferred I re-took my class and am in the midst of doing so
    I'll make sure to check all my options
  7. by   Nurse2Bstacy123
    At this point your grades aren't where they need to be for an accelerated program in my area. Even the ADN program has a pretty high gpa standard. Keep plugging away and fixing things and eventually you will be good. However, you won't really know if yours is good enough if you don't check out schools in your area and talk to someone or apply and see what they say.
  8. by   MultiTasker33
    I dealt with a similar situation a year and a half ago. I had no idea what I wanted to do and the only thing that mattered to me was working full time and living on my own. At one point my GPA got REALLY low and seemed hopeless. Eventually I snapped out of it, job shadowed, and fell in love with nursing. As a start, I went back to school and started retaking "universal" classes that are needed for most nursing programs (Chemistry, math, english, etc). I looked into any and all nursing schools that I was interested in and found out exactly what their prerequisite list was. Some were attainable and some were not. Some nursing schools take your GPA from the school you are transferring from and don't look at anything else, while other schools take your GPA based off of ONLY their specific prerequisite list. For example, my GPA at the school I was transferring from was a 1.9, but based off of my future nursing school's prerequisite list, my GPA was a 3.75. Honestly, all programs have their own requirements and the key is going to be finding out exactly what each school needs from you. I was not eligible for an accelerated program, but I was eligible for the BSN entry level program. I am now in the midst of nursing school and obtaining my BSN. My advice would be to not get discouraged, look into an entry level BSN program rather than an accelerated program, and find a school that doesn't strictly look at your transfer GPA. It all seems so overwhelming, but take it one step at a time and it will work out faster than you think.
  9. by   Futurenurse75
    Quote from EJhox8
    thank you!
    I still have a year of pre-reqs so it should be alright if I make a strong finish right?
    You have a year of pre-reqs. Try your best to get good grades on those classes. This way you can bring up your GPA and have a much better chance. Finish strong is exactly what you need to do. Good luck, hang in there.
  10. by   HouTx
    From your post, it seems as though you don't have a degree yet, so why are you looking at ABSN programs? They are for folks with Bach degrees in another field. If you're aiming for nursing, you would probably be better off just focusing on those courses rather than getting an extraneous degree and then trying to move into an ABSN program.

    If your previous difficulties were due to lack of effort, nursing may still be an option for you. But you are going to have to figure out how to overcome your GPA issues. Best of luck to you.