Nursing programs that take low gpa students

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    I was just wondering if anyone can give me any nursing programs that they have got accepted into that take students with lower GPAs. My current GPA is 3.0 but I am currently enrolled in classes for the fall to raise my GPA. I am having a hard time getting accepted into nursing programs in NC. I don't care where the school is at or anything I just need a couple of suggestions.
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    Well it’s kind of hard to think of one school that accept low GPA since nursing for the past years has become very competitive. I understand the situation you’re in and how frustrating it can be. I would recommend you to invest some money…meaning choose 20 to 30 schools and send your application. Some ask for entrance test (Teas, HESI ect) study for the test really hard. Some school, although your GPA might be low; as long as you get a strong score on the test you’re good. Others rely on GPA only yet ask you to write an essay for why you choose nursing. Take time to write a good essay because it will stand out. Now you might read my post and say she must be crazy to advice me to apply to 20-30 school. Does she know how much that cost? Well I know. But when it comes to investing in your education it is never a lost…always a gain. I’ve done the same thing in the past since South Florida is full of people trying to do nursing and although I have a strong GPA, there are very limited seat.
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    1. ITT Technical Institute: an expensive, for-profit trade school that lacks NLNAC accreditation with locations in multiple states. Look them up on the internet if you want more information.

    2. Brown Mackie - another expensive, for-profit trade school with multiple locations in the Midwestern U.S.

    3. West Coast University - extremely expensive ($132,000 for a BSN degree) with several locations in California.

    4. Platt College - very expensive, for-profit school in Colorado.
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    There are some schools in NY that accept students with a GPA lower than a 3.0, but they are also expensive.
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    I would look for programs that will weigh your last 60 credits and prerequisites more heavily than cumulative GPA. My Alma mater does that and I'm sure other schools do too. I would not send out dozens of applications blindly- research the schools and find ones that will look for academic improvement, volunteer work, work experience, etc.
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    Well I got into nursing school with a lower gpa but my very high ACT score is what really got me in. Because I had a C in speech from a long time ago it brought my gpa down. I'm half way through and going strong The highest GPA isn't everything. I go to a non-profit nursing school and tuition is only 1700 a semester, not counting extras and books.
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    http://www.washingtonhospital.org/schools/nursing/

    28 months if you have no college. 24 months year 'round for just the nursing. If you have a BS/BA degree, you don't take the NLN PAX. If you have not completed a degree, then take the NLN PAX and you'll need a score of 70. You can transfer in college credits w/ grade C or better. The best part is: They fill the class 1st come, 1st served. So if you meet the minimum requirements, you just pay the fee and submit the app and you are in. No waiting. No essay. No interview. No cutthroat rankings system.

    But two caveats: 1. Rental housing is Washington, PA is expensive & hard to find. The area is a big Marcellus shale gas extraction area and workmen keep coming in droves for that. 2. The program is non-standard sequencing, and an integrated curriculum. Expect to work your tail off like you never have had to do before.
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    Around Georgia and South Carolina, many state technical schools don't look at your overall GPA. They consider your nursing prerequisite grades and an entrance exam. I was accepted to both schools I applied to and my GPA is lower than yours. I just worked hard to get an A in all of my prereqs.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    1. ITT Technical Institute: an expensive, for-profit trade school that lacks NLNAC accreditation with locations in multiple states. Look them up on the internet if you want more information.

    2. Brown Mackie - another expensive, for-profit trade school with multiple locations in the Midwestern U.S.

    3. West Coast University - extremely expensive ($132,000 for a BSN degree) with several locations in California.

    4. Platt College - very expensive, for-profit school in Colorado.

    I concur! You will notice that many of the private for-profit schools are more lenient with admission criteria. While they are more expensive, it may be your only option. Community colleges are a popular choice because of the cost. They also turn thousands of students away each semester due to lack of clinical placement. I personally donít see anything wrong with a 3.0GPA, but I am also not on the admissions board. What kinds of programs are you looking at? ASN, BSN, accelerated BSN for those who hold undergraduate degrees?
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    Where do you go to school?


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