RN pre req GPA

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    I live in CA and the schools around my area require at least a 2.5 and some require a 2.6 for the community colleges. I think I will barely have a 2.4 when my pre reqs are done. Does this mean I can never apply to a nursing school in my life or what do I do?
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    You can still apply, they just might not accept you. You might be able to retake some classes and get your GPA up.
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    Quote from GivingLove
    I live in CA and the schools around my area require at least a 2.5 and some require a 2.6 for the community colleges. I think I will barely have a 2.4 when my pre reqs are done. Does this mean I can never apply to a nursing school in my life or what do I do?
    What classes did you not do so well in?
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    The minimum is the minimum required to apply, but is NOT the cut-off. Almost no student ever makes it into a nursing school with just the minimum pre-req GPA. My college has a minimum of a 2.8, but the cut-off is around 3.7 - 3.8. The director told me in her 10 years at the school, she's never seen anyone with less than a 3.3 make it into the ADN program at my community college.

    If your pre-req GPA is only a 2.4, no you will likely not be accepted to any RN program, that's just the facts. Your best bet is to re-take any of the classes that you did poorly in, work for a better grade, and try to raise your GPA to a more competitive number (at least somewhere in the 3.0 range).
    Last edit by x_factor on Dec 9, '12 : Reason: grammar mistake
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    Thanks everyone. I got a C in anatomy, a B in physio and Im registered to take math and micro in the spring semester. I dont think we're allowed to retake a class as long as we got a C in the class.
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    Are there any other schools you could possibly apply to? Maybe you could look for one that has a more lenient retake policy. Does your school just look at pre-requisite GPA, or the GPA from all of your classes?

    I agree with x_factor; unfortunately... this is no longer the 1990's, when one could apply to a nursing school and be admitted just by meeting the minimum GPA or declaring nursing as a major. Nursing schools can be very competitive, but IMO it's the luck of the draw. It really depends how many other people apply with you and what their grades are, but your chances would be much better if the GPA was in the 3's or higher.
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    Your pre-req GPA is a 2.4 just from those 2 classes? What other pre-reqs have you completed? As nguyency suggested, look into other community colleges that have a different repeat policy if you plan to repeat the classes. Otherwise, do your best to get all A's in your remaining pre-reqs, and that may help raise your GPA. My school allows you to re-take classes, whether you failed or not, and replaces the old grade with the new grade (as opposed to averaging out the two grades).
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    Get A's in the rest, and then retake classes that you got a C and get an A if you must. Get it done.

    You want that good job? It's time to start making sacrifices. It's called read the textbook and then read it again. Quit partying, quit your part-time job, take out loans, and do your job. Your job is to get A's and beat everyone else out of that nursing school spot.

    No complaints, no regrets. Nursing is like the marines of college majors, toughen up and overcome.
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    BlueEyedGuy, for your information, I do read the textbook and I do not party. You have no clue who I am. How can you sit there and judge someone and call yourself a RN? Thanks for your opinion but no thanks. And everyone else, thank you all very much! I am going to look into retaking one of the classes. My school does only look at the gpa of the 5 req'd classes and not your overall gpa. And we are allowed one retake.
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    [QUOTE=GivingLove;7065653]BlueEyedGuy, for your information, I do read the textbook and I do not party. You have no clue who I am. How can you sit there and judge someone and call yourself a RN? Thanks for your opinion but no thanks. And everyone else, thank you all very much! I am going to look into retaking one of the classes. My school does only look at the gpa of the 5 req'd classes and not your overall gpa. And we are allowed one retake.[/QUOTE]

    of what all the classes or your science classes? what exact schools are you applying to. I applied to 3 and got accepted into two.. u must get an A in micro though to get a 3.00 in your sciences or a B to get a 2.6. message me if you want to know about the schools your trying to get into. I may know about them.


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