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My GPA is completely shot. Do I have a chance of getting into any school?

  1. 0 Currently I have a extremely low GPA. It is at 2.3 and I am really of ashamed of myself. But I want to pull myself up out of the mud and become a nurse.

    I am going to a super expensive private university in NY, and this semester I will transfer to a community college in order to fulfill prerequisites.(Will they see me going from a 4 year to a 2 year to a nursing school harm me?) A large problem is I don't know if even if I take all the prerequisites will my GPA still be so rough that no school will accept me. I have taken multiple sciences course already but I don't know if that gonna help. The best I have is Bio 1000 and Chem 1000 with a B and b-.

    I have a strong preference to New York or Georgia Schools but does anyone know any colleges that would look at only my prerequisites?

    Have you or anyone else you know ever been in a worse position, and how long did it take you to pull yourself out of the hole?

    Does anyone have any general advice or words of wisdom?
  2. Visit  MorningStars profile page

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  3. Visit  BoxingRN profile page
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    Are there any private nursing schools in your area? They usually only require that you pass an entrance test.
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  4. Visit  applesxoranges profile page
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    You could try an LPN to RN school. The route this way may be more expensive though. The LPN to RN routes usually have slightly shorter waiting lists. You could also try a school in the middle of nowhere.
  5. Visit  DadStudentPerhaps profile page
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    Also, another path is Paramedic to RN....
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  6. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    Don't want to be a downer here - but success in pre-requisites is a reflection of how you would perform in nursing courses as well. Even students with very high GPA in pre-requisites can end up struggling in Nursing courses. Maybe this area is just not your 'thing'. I would suggest that you seek out the services of a career counselor who can help you look at a field that may be better suited to your own strengths.
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  7. Visit  MorningStars profile page
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    The reason my grade are low are due to non science courses. I researched nursing and talked to family member who is a nurse and I realized how much I wanted to be one.
  8. Visit  liberated847 profile page
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    Quote from MorningStars
    The reason my grade are low are due to non science courses. I researched nursing and talked to family member who is a nurse and I realized how much I wanted to be one.
    Don't let anyone discourage you, nursing school is doable just like any other area of study is if you apply yourself.
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  9. Visit  AndreasW14 profile page
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    Thats Exactly, How I felt at now the end of the year is coming up I wasn't able to get into a GREAT nursing school but the school I was accepted to is accredited so that is a huge plus. Just stay positive and try your best and don't give up !
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  10. Visit  MorningStars profile page
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    Thanks for your kind words. I will make sure I do my best!
  11. Visit  LaraW90 profile page
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    When I was younger and had first started going to community college, I had no idea what I wanted to do! I didn’t take school very seriously and it reflected in my GPA. After realizing how much I was interested in the medical field and what it took to get into a good nursing school, I buckled down. I retook some courses and turned my C’s into A’s. I am now currently enrolled in nursing school and loving it. I start my second semester in a few weeks and couldn’t be more excited. I know it may sound tedious, time consuming and costly, but maybe retaking a couple of courses to beef up your GPA would help? If you’re determined and know for sure that this is truly what you want to do, then you can make it!
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  12. Visit  malenurse69 profile page
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    My advice? Retake your courses and get As, or dont bother as you will rack up debt and have no degree to show for it. Get serious or stop while you're ahead.
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  13. Visit  NursingStoodent profile page
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    Quote from MorningStars
    Currently I have a extremely low GPA. It is at 2.3 and I am really of ashamed of myself. But I want to pull myself up out of the mud and become a nurse.

    (Will they see me going from a 4 year to a 2 year to a nursing school harm me?) A large problem is I don't know if even if I take all the prerequisites will my GPA still be so rough that no school will accept me. I have taken multiple sciences course already but I don't know if that gonna help. The best I have is Bio 1000 and Chem 1000 with a B and b-.

    Have you or anyone else you know ever been in a worse position, and how long did it take you to pull yourself out of the hole?

    Does anyone have any general advice or words of wisdom?
    Early on in my academic career due to unforeseen circumstances, I fell in the hole with a VERY VERY Low GPA 0.9! I pulled myself out by retaking those courses and doing exceptionally well and over a span of just one year, I raised my GPA to 3.2.
    I was also very ashamed and embarrassed and I am still embarrassed talking about it but I taught myself to get over it.
    My advise to you is take all the required pre-requisite courses and do well on those. Most private universities look at your science or pre-requisite GPA more than the overall GPA. Do well in your classes from now on and when you apply to nursing schools, explain to the schools that you have improved since your prior rough patch at school. State universities would be harder to get into though because of the large number of qualified applications they receive.

    Bottom line... if you work hard and show the schools you have improved you do have a fair chance of getting in to any school you want to!

    Schools care about how you progress and how well you do in the classes you are taking now. Nobody cares about if the classes were taken at a community college or a university. They do care about if all the pre-requisites are completed or not and the grades you receive in those pre-requisites.
  14. Visit  misssarab.5 profile page
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    Your hopes are definitely not shot!!! I went to a community college on and off for a few years before I realized what I wanted to do so I wasn't trying my hardest. When I found out what I wanted to do and which classes I needed then I did very well. It makes a huge deference when you find out what you want to do and how hard you have to work to achieve it! Plus, nursing programs focus in on certain classes, not your whole GPA from all of your classes. You said you haven't taken your pre reqs yet so that very good because nursing programs put a lot of emphasis on those, and then your core reqs. Just find nursing programs your are interested in and find out what classes they require you to take to apply. Take them and do your absolute best, if you've already taken some of the classes then you can retake them(I had to re-take a psychology class that I previously got a D in). It really just depends on the program and what they require to get in. Most go off of a point system. My program would give you points as long as you made a C or better on some classes, and then for the pre reqs(mostly science classes) they would give maybe 4pts for an A 3pts for a B and so on, the more points the better...As long as you have determination, it can happen...hope this made sense! and good luck!


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