very discourage, what should i do at this point?

  1. Hi guys i'm very discourage right now. i really want to be a nurse, but i'm in a situation that just make thing seem hopeless. i took all my Perquisite. my gpa for my science class are only 2.0 and most ADN program want at least 2.5. my mistake was not changing school to do my perquisite, where its easier. i just bite the bullet and tell my self i can do it, but i didn't.

    I have already recieved a Ds in anathomy, physiology and microbiology the first time i took it. the second time i took those class again i recieve B,B, &C. Averaging out all the grade i took the first time and the second time my science gpa grade doesn't add up to 2.5. i'm feeling very discourage and stupid. what other option do i have at this point. should i keep on retaking those class until my science gpa hit 2.5?

    info: im in california

    i need help!
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  3. by   Irene joy
    I hate to say it but I don't think you have any other options other than retaking the classes. Most applicants for the nursing programs have at least a 3.5, this would be hard to compete against with your gpa. mabey switch gears a little, and take a cna class, get certified, then one by one retake those classes while your working as a nursing assistant. Good luck to you, if this is truly your passion, stick with it!
  4. by   lizmatt
    Or you could try other schools, for as long as it takes you to retake classes to get your gpa up enough to get in to the CC program, it might be possible to get your BSN at a private school (depending of course on thier entry requirements - look around you might find something else)
  5. by   jbdang
    i went to check out a private school and there requirement are the same (science class 2.5). ok, let say i do retake those class to raise my GPA and let say i did manage to bring it up to 2.5 will that even make me competive against other student? or will it only make me look pathetic that it took me 3 times to even get a 2.5 and i'm sure that the repititon of classes will go against me.

    i really don't know at this point...help me out
  6. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from jbdang
    i went to check out a private school and there requirement are the same (science class 2.5). ok, let say i do retake those class to raise my gpa and let say i did manage to bring it up to 2.5 will that even make me competive against other student? or will it only make me look pathetic that it took me 3 times to even get a 2.5 and i'm sure that the repititon of classes will go against me.

    i really don't know at this point...help me out
    not all schools average the science gpa or penalize for taking them multiple times. in fact some schools would take your new grades and replace them with your old without thinking twice. so the real question is not whether or not they will think you are pathetic. the real questions you should ask yourself is do you know the material and/or have you improved your study habits?

    many have posted that students who take courses multiple times usually do not do well in the nursing program. my guess is study habits and lack of understanding of the basics (a&p and micro are basics). in any case i am not an advocate for quitting so i wish you luck whatever you choose. :spin:
  7. by   GardenDove
    From the way the original post was written, I wonder if English is your second language. If it is, I wonder what resources might be available for you, or if you should wait until you are more comfortable with English.
  8. by   NaomieRN
    From reading your post, I know deeply in your heart, you really want to be a nurse. This is what you should do next time you take A&P and Microbiology: Change your study habits, record the lectures, rewrite your notes, go for tutoring, talk to an advisor, find a good study partner and read. The first time I took A&P, I received a D, that was over 10 years ago. When I took A&P last year, I got an A- because I changed my study habits. Good luck to you.
  9. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from GardenDove
    From the way the original post was written, I wonder if English is your second language. If it is, I wonder what resources might be available for you, or if you should wait until you are more comfortable with English.
    :yeahthat:
    I thought the same thing. Maybe the poster can talk to a school advisor and ask to attend English as a Second language classes.
    English is my second language and I know first hand how challenging and frustrating it can be to succeed in college with limited English skills, particularly in prenursing classes.
    Don't give up, get help !
  10. by   catzy5
    Quote from jbdang
    Hi guys i'm very discourage right now. i really want to be a nurse, but i'm in a situation that just make thing seem hopeless. i took all my Perquisite. my gpa for my science class are only 2.0 and most ADN program want at least 2.5. my mistake was not changing school to do my perquisite, where its easier. i just bite the bullet and tell my self i can do it, but i didn't.

    I have already recieved a Ds in anathomy, physiology and microbiology the first time i took it. the second time i took those class again i recieve B,B, &C. Averaging out all the grade i took the first time and the second time my science gpa grade doesn't add up to 2.5. i'm feeling very discourage and stupid. what other option do i have at this point. should i keep on retaking those class until my science gpa hit 2.5?

    info: im in california

    i need help!

    Well your right many places look at your GPA however not all and I can think of a couple other options you might want to consider.

    first of all look at discovernursing.com they have a list of all schools all programs for your area look and find out what they all want, talk to your advisor at school see if they have any options for you there.

    If all that doesn't pan out to anything, maybe try doing a "step" program.

    Have you considered doing an LVN course? LVN's do many of the samethings as RN's but have a smaller scope of practice and not as much responsibility as the RN, you might find it something you could do until you got the grades worked out. Also there is slightly less competition (although that seems to be changing in many places) for the LVN-RN route. Also from the LVN stand point you could go on to do Diploma nursing its an RN withouth the Associate degree there for no sciences needed however I believe its very limited we actually have this option at our school they highly discourage it and there is no wait right now, but you do have to have your LVN. The big clincher is you can't work anywhere but Ca not sure what other states have it, however in my search I am noticing many schools offering programs for diploma nurses to get their BSN or MSN.

    So there are a few more options left don't get discouraged, however you are going to need to change somethings to do better in the courses you take lighten your load improve study habits etc...

    good luck.
  11. by   catzy5
    Quote from jbdang
    i went to check out a private school and there requirement are the same (science class 2.5). ok, let say i do retake those class to raise my GPA and let say i did manage to bring it up to 2.5 will that even make me competive against other student? or will it only make me look pathetic that it took me 3 times to even get a 2.5 and i'm sure that the repititon of classes will go against me.

    i really don't know at this point...help me out

    It will depend on your school many schools won't even let you retake classes we can't unless we got a d or an F and then its a one time option. Also call and actually talk to someone at the schools you are looking at, my website at my school says you need a minimum GPA however there is so much competition that a 3.8 is pretty much the cut off. Also you should try and get on some wait lists some schools strictly go by waits so if you have the 2.5 atleast you qualify and your in, however they may have LONG waits some 3 years plus. But maybe get certified as a CNA and work while you wait. Don't give up there are options.
  12. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from catzy5
    It will depend on your school many schools won't even let you retake classes we can't unless we got a d or an F and then its a one time option. Also call and actually talk to someone at the schools you are looking at, my website at my school says you need a minimum GPA however there is so much competition that a 3.8 is pretty much the cut off. Also you should try and get on some wait lists some schools strictly go by waits so if you have the 2.5 atleast you qualify and your in, however they may have LONG waits some 3 years plus. But maybe get certified as a CNA and work while you wait. Don't give up there are options.
    We have a nursing school at one of the hospitals in our city that offers a certificate program and they accept students who don't have high GPA'S. Maybe something similar is available in the posters area. She should definitely find out all options available before throwing in the towel.
  13. by   carol72
    Have you thought of attending an LVN program? I don't know what part of Cali you are in, but there are LVN programs where, I believe, these grades would not hold you back. Best wishes
  14. by   collegebound
    Quote from jbdang
    my mistake was not changing school to do my perquisite, where its easier. i just bite the bullet and tell my self i can do it, but i didn't.
    My advice would be to retake the classes until you are able to get a competitive GPA. I would under no circumstances take an "easier" class at another school. Nursing school is extremely hard. Taking the "easier" road now will only make it that much harder when you are excepted to a RN program. Take this time, while you are retaking these classes, to adjust your study methods and look for new studying techniques. It will help you in the long run. Don't give up and best wishes!!!

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