What are my acceptance chances? ABSN program

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    I have applied to Duke ABSN, UNC-CH BSN (2yr), John Hopkins Fall ABSN, MUSC ABSN.I want to know if I have a good chance or any chance of getting in. I was planning on going to PA school but decided that it way not the way I wanted to go. My heart is set on nursing.I graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Biology/pre-med curriculum and minor in psychology. GPA 3.11. I worked almost full time (32hrs) during the school year and full time during the holiday breaks at a rural family care practice as a CNA. I had to help support my mom who is disabled and younger brother. I also helped co-coordinate the farmworker program at my job, which we saw migrant farmworkers at our practice on thursdays and we would go to the camps and do bp checks and immunize. Also do part time volunteer work (100 hrs/yr) with SPCA, Komen Foundation and USO. I now work at a private family practice as a CNA/med tech. I have logged over 14000 clinic hours. Anybody have any insight or suggestions on my chances?
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    Honestly if I were to look at your GPA alone I would say not that good. A 3.1 just isn't really that competitive for most schools in general, and I see you applied to some highly competitive ones. The minimum is usually around a 3.0 but you may go up against people with 3.5's -4.0's.

    How does your pre-req GPA look itself? Do those schools look at pre-req GPA and overall GPA separately? (I know a lot of ASBN programs do.)
    If so this may help you if you did really well in your pre-reqs needed for nursing.

    Your other stuff, as far as experience sounds good. Did you put any of that in your essay to kind of explain your GPA? If so they may take this into consideration. With some schools it's strictly about GPA, with others they look at everything, including experience and circumstances.

    All you can do now is hope for the best. I'm a firm believer in at least trying, the worse that can happen is they say no.

    No one can definitively say what your chances are for being accepted because you never know what the application pool looks like for the year you apply. One year you may get a pool where many applicants have GPA's higher than a 3.8, so the bar is set higher. Another year the GPA's could all be around a 3.4. Sometimes someone doesn't measure up as far as GPA to everyone else but they are let in because of other strong areas they had. It can vary year to year.

    To answer your question there is always a chance in getting in somewhere. I have seen the "impossible" happen when it comes to getting into school.

    GOOD LUCK
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    Those are excellent schools you are applying to, if I am not mistaken. My friend had a 3.8 and didn't get into John's Hopkins. Nobody can tell you whether or not you will get in. However, I hate to say it but a 3.1 GPA is not a strong GPA for any nursing program. Most of them start looking at the 4.0's and then move down the list. The schools with more seats are the easiest to get into. I dont know how many seats Duke or JH has, but they are great schools and they can be very picky. Apply to the schools of your choice and if you dont get in try other schools.

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    I have applied to Duke ABSN, UNC-CH BSN (2yr), John Hopkins Fall ABSN, MUSC ABSN.I want to know if I have a good chance or any chance of getting in. I was planning on going to PA school but decided that it way not the way I wanted to go. My heart is set on nursing.I graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Biology/pre-med curriculum and minor in psychology. GPA 3.11. I worked almost full time (32hrs) during the school year and full time during the holiday breaks at a rural family care practice as a CNA. I had to help support my mom who is disabled and younger brother. I also helped co-coordinate the farmworker program at my job, which we saw migrant farmworkers at our practice on thursdays and we would go to the camps and do bp checks and immunize. Also do part time volunteer work (100 hrs/yr) with SPCA, Komen Foundation and USO. I now work at a private family practice as a CNA/med tech. I have logged over 14000 clinic hours. Anybody have any insight or suggestions on my chances?
    Last edit by sirI on Dec 29, '12


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