Low GPA, should I get it up or go for LPN? - page 2

I did college for a year after high school, I never went to class and failed some classes and didn't get good grades in most of the ones I passed. That was just over 10 years ago now. I planned to go to nursing school and do... Read More

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    Quote from MierKat
    Stephanie, you could also take some classes online and get a Bachelors degree while you are getting LPN experience, or complete Excelsiors's LPN to RN program instead of commuting so far. Good luck! You'll get there.
    I looked into it and I see some benefits. I am not sure it works for my situation though. My husband is military and since we move around so I don't think it will work. Not all states recognize it and some that do have preceptorships. I don't want to have to worry every time we move if I can practice. Jobs on base are really competitive and until I get some experience there is no way I can land one. I will keep it in mind though, it is a very interesting option. Probably depends are where we are living and planning on doing at the time. I did read the forum here about it, most people has great things to say.

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    Talk to other people in your state. There may be options that you don't know about. Here, in North CA, the community colleges can't, by law, be competitive, although there are minimum GPA requirements, but they are only applicable to nursing classes. In my area, GPA isn't as much a factor at private schools--which are also shorter in duration.

    Also, if your husband is military and hasn't used his GI bill, he can transfer it to you to pay for trade school. I know of a woman who became a dental hygeinist this way.
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    How are the students chosen at the ADN program?

    In my area, ADN programs have a minimum set of criteria and they'll throw everyone who meets that criteria into a lottery. So a 2.5 GPA student could be accepted over a 4.0 student if their number gets picked. So find out how exactly the ADN program in your area picks the students. You may not have to go head to head on grades alone. And if you don't have to pay much for the application process, just throw your hat into the ring anyway. You have a 0% chance of acceptance if you don't even apply.
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    No lottery. they rank you on a system of 50% GPA and 50% HESSI, highest down gets in until full.
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    Quote from vintagemother
    Talk to other people in your state. There may be options that you don't know about. Here, in North CA, the community colleges can't, by law, be competitive, although there are minimum GPA requirements, but they are only applicable to nursing classes. In my area, GPA isn't as much a factor at private schools--which are also shorter in duration.

    Also, if your husband is military and hasn't used his GI bill, he can transfer it to you to pay for trade school. I know of a woman who became a dental hygeinist this way.
    Sadly we live literally in the middle of no where. There are only 3 options. 1 BSN program that is not very good, 1 ADN that is very good and 1 LPN program that is good. The ADN program is already 1 hour away and the other 2 are about 45 min. The only other options are over 2 hours away.
    I know I can use his GI bill, but we have 5 kids and will need it for them more. All programs here are competitive. We won't live here for more than few more years though, so that is why I figure just do the LPN. It gets me somewhere and I can do more as I can.
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    Do the math to calculate your GPA for the bsn program, since that's your ultimate goal. There are online excel spreadsheets you can use to plug in your GPA. I have 2 of these I use, 1 for my "nursing GPA" and I for my "overall GPA"

    Figure out how long it will take you to bring up your overall GPA to get into the bsn program. If that's not feasible for you, apply to the lpn with the distinct and clear goal of bridging afterwards.

    HTH!
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    I think for my overall it will take like 90 credit hours maintaining a 3.5 to get it up. The BSN program here is not good anyway. I really screwed up my GPA! My friend at church is going through the LPN program right now. She said the school is working on an RN program right now, and depending on when it starts and the requirements I may go for that. We will move from here in 2-3 more years, so that is a factor too. I would like to make enough to get my kids out of public school. We are homeschooling now and I will have to put them in public school to go to nursing school, if I do the LPN program I can work enough to pay for their school and they will only have to be in public school for 2 years.

    Quote from vintagemother
    Do the math to calculate your GPA for the bsn program, since that's your ultimate goal. There are online excel spreadsheets you can use to plug in your GPA. I have 2 of these I use, 1 for my "nursing GPA" and I for my "overall GPA"

    Figure out how long it will take you to bring up your overall GPA to get into the bsn program. If that's not feasible for you, apply to the lpn with the distinct and clear goal of bridging afterwards.

    HTH!
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    I just found out that the school that has the LPN program is starting an RN program for Fall 2014. I have most of it done. They only require the GPA from the prereqs not an overall GPA! I am still going to apply to the LPN program, but I will go ahead and apply to the RN program too. They are not really advertising it too much yet, so I don't know how many will apply...but there is a chance I could get in!

    Thanks for helping me figure it all out!
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    I think the LPN route is your best alternative, like most have suggested. I know community colleges have a very competitive program because the tuition is low and so a 2.50 GPA will not be good enough to get you in the RN program directly - of course I am sure this varies according to where you live. Private institutions tend to not have a long wait list and some do not have such strict GPA requirements, but of course you pay for this by paying a much higher tuition.
    Also, please take out of the equation that you are too old (if that is what I understood), 30 is young. I am 49 and I just got my ADN last year and now working on my last pre-requisites to start the BSN in the fall.
    Best wishes.
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    Quote from SENSUALBLISSINFL
    I think the LPN route is your best alternative, like most have suggested. I know community colleges have a very competitive program because the tuition is low and so a 2.50 GPA will not be good enough to get you in the RN program directly - of course I am sure this varies according to where you live. Private institutions tend to not have a long wait list and some do not have such strict GPA requirements, but of course you pay for this by paying a much higher tuition.
    Also, please take out of the equation that you are too old (if that is what I understood), 30 is young. I am 49 and I just got my ADN last year and now working on my last pre-requisites to start the BSN in the fall.
    Best wishes.
    I could have almost a 4.0 for the RN program that is just starting. They do a point system and only go by GPA in the prereqs and HESSI score. They don't have an overall GPA requirement, just a prereq GPA of 3.0. I am going to apply for that one and the LPN. (I just found out about it. It is staring Fall 2014) I will be happy if I get in either one.

    I know I am not too old, though it does feel like that sometimes. Thanks for the encouragement! I do know many others that went into nursing at my age or older.


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