I'm a student at University of Hawaii and I feel like I am completely stuck right now. I currently have a 3.5 GPA..but I have had between a 3.8-4.0 for the last 4 semesters (I started off college on the wrong foot) and I have a 3.9 in my nursing pre-req courses. I graduate in May with a degree in Family Resources.
I've had international medical volunteer experience in Peru and Guatemala, and have completed CNA1 training. I thought this would definitely help set me apart from other applicants but apparently, so far, it hasn't made much of a difference. I've read in a lot of these blogs that most applicants to ABSN or MEPN programs have this type of background as well...PLUS a 4.0 cumm GPA.
I applied to 4 nursing schools
this year, both MEPN and ABSN programs and have already been rejected by 2 (Oregon Health Sciences University's ABSN program and University of Hawaii Manoa's MEPN program) and am waiting to hear back from George Washington University & Union University (both ABSN programs).
I am starting to get really anxious, I feel like my GPA is just too average...I am wondering if anyone knows of any ABSN/MEPN programs out there that have a more holistic approach when reviewing their applicants. Also, I would love to hear back from anyone who is in the same boat and hear what your situation is and what you are planning to do about it...
If I don't get accepted anywhere for the 2013-14 school year, should I keep taking classes to boost my GPA? Should I do another international volunteer program? Should I just stay home and work as a full time CNA? Should I try to get into a Community College Program and bridge my way up? What would give me a leg up over other applicants?
Any advice, guidance, constructive criticism would be more than appreciated!