Lower GPA student, having trouble getting into a school for my RN

  1. I ask here for advice on what to do with my situation. I applied to 3 community colleges in Oregon this year and got rejected to all of them. I wasn't surprised much since my GPA is not as competitive as a 4.0

    I've worked as a CNA for 3 years -and loving my job and the people I help-I want to continue my dream to become an RN. I personally believe that I have the competency skills and heart to work as an RN. It saddens me when I see people who SHOULDN'T be nurses with the RN badge on their uniform - and trust me, I've met plenty. Even lazy CNAs that are terrible with patients, yet still got into nursing school. Feels like a kick to the face!

    Anywho, I am a hopeless-scholar. My gpa of 3.3 did not land me anywhere, and I will have to take my pre-reqs all over (I got pretty much all B's, and 5 A's).

    I am skipping the LPN --- RN bridge since I'm afraid I'd get stuck to being an LPN (which isn't bad at all, but I skipped that chance 3 years ago).

    Is there any advice for someone in my position?

    Edit : I forgot to add something important. Upon taking classes in my younger years, I did not take school seriously. I have a history of bad grades, but the improvement is obvious and visible. So, my transcript looks a little scary at first...
    Last edit by RustlingJimmiez on May 16, '13
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  3. by   samist
    Apply to BSN programs or to private institutions were they look not just at your grades but what you've done with your life.

  4. by   Wendilee
    I don't think a 3.3 is a terrible GPA
  5. by   Alisonisayoshi
    Gpacalculator.net will tell you exactly what you need to do to raise your GPA. Try some programs that give points for experience. Your GPA is not terrible. I too have GPA issues. I suffered from an eating disorder in my younger years and I have a FAILED semester in my past. I've worked my butt off to grade replace. Taking 20 unit semesters. (My core prerequisite classes plus 1 grade replacement). I did it! I am rocking a 3.67 now! You can fix it!