Hi everybody! I just graduated from University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Romance Languages. I'm interested in going to nursing school in Georgia, but my gpa isn't very high. I took all the prerequisites for nursing school and volunteered in a hospital. Is there anything else I can do to make myself a better candidate for nursing school? Do nursing schools look at extracurricular activities a lot? Help please! Thank you..
Last edit by Pleasepickme on Aug 9, '12
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Aug 9, '12
What is your undergrad GPA and pre req GPA?
Aug 9, '12
Some schools ask for your resume and a list of awards/activities you have received or taken part in over the last x number of years. Schools is your area might also require an entrance exam like the TEAs or HESI. But if your GPA is low then maybe retake a couple classes? Because GPA is always a big factor.
Aug 13, '12
You do have options but honestly, it won't be easy depending on what you choose to do. You could go a community college route (ASN) that would only look at a few pre-req's and an entrance test score (that's how mine works). Then you could just retake those pre-req's if you already took them and didn't score an A previously. If you want to go for a BSN I would recommend again retaking classes you did not do well in to raise your GPA, as well as doing excellently on any new pre-req's you have to take for nursing. It may not be easy but if you want to make it happen, it will be worth it.
Aug 13, '12
I am kind of in the same boat, low GPA first time around, but now I have like a 3.65 or so in my pre-reqs. How were your grades in these? If they are pretty good, you might be able to find a school that weighs these more heavily. A school that I am applying to only counts your last 45 credits for their ABSN program, plus, weighs your pre-reqs more heavily. The lowest GPA they took last semester was a 3.5 I think, but again the scale is different. There might be a program like this for you as well. Also, if you didn't do too well in your pre-reqs, you can often re-take them and use a forgiveness policy if your school offers it. Check out prospective schools' nursing pages for their admissions pre-reqs, and maybe visit or call a program adviser. They will be honest with you.
Like someone else mentioned you can definitely go the route of getting your ADN first, then getting a BSN down the road, or maybe find a program that will run con-currently. Good luck!
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