How hard is it really to get a 4.0 in Nursing school - page 2

by BenTram

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I've switched from being a chemistry major to a chemistry minor and am now actively pursuing a BSN at UTA. I have 3/4 of the pre-reqs completed, currently hold a 4.0 and have a long term goal of becoming a CRNA in the far off... Read More


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    Depending on the school you go to, it can be extremely difficult. In the program I am in, you would literally need to get 100% on every single assignment/exam to have a 4.0. Needless to say, I'm pretty sure no one in my program has it.
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    4.0? What's that?
    I am joking.
    Yes!!! You can do it.
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    Depends on the school. I know people at other schools that have done it or come close. At LA County College of Nursing, it can't be done. I talked with one of our instructors after graduating about this -- she told me, in all seriousness, "but nobody ever gets higher than a 3.5 in any nursing school!" and I couldn't get her to believe that people in other schools do.

    We all came in with at least near-4.0 on prerequisites (had to, to get the points to be admitted) but only 3 in our graduating class finished with a GPA of over 3.0.

    It does actually make a difference to some jobs: we found that some do ask for transcripts as part of the application process, and some New Grad programs (like Cedars) require at least a 3.5. And of course going on to BSN or MSN programs, that's an issue too.

    So if this is an overall concern to you, see if you can find out what the high/average GPA of previous classes was in the school you're considering. And keep that in mind as you progress.
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    Engineering school I had a 3.0. Overall GPA 3.8. Nursing school (BSN) 3.8. If I made a 4.0 my goal, I could have, but I had too many other priorities while in nursing school.
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    I graduated as valedictorian... My final GPA was 3.9. DAMN YOU A-'s!!!!!! *sobs*

    I will say that nursing school taught me early to let go a little of my TYPE A need to succeed. Sometimes you have to just realize you really did do your best and that will have to do.
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    Out of my bsn class of approximately 100 people, there were five of us that graduated with a 4.0. It was tough but certainly doable.
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    Getting A's in my BA/Sociology curriculum was a piece of cake. Getting straight A's in my ADN/nursing curriculum almost drove me insane! It was the most challenging thing I ever did but I graduated really feeling like I accomplished something remarkable!
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    I think it absolutely depends on the school. My nursing school required >94% for an A, so even though I had a 92 in one class, it counted as a B+ and my gpa dropped to 3.89 at the end of school. Post nursing school I have a 4.0 easily as an A is the normal >90%. Thank you for some sanity!In any case, if you are single, have no kids and no other job to deal with, then push for the 4.0. If you have a life outside of nursing school, have a more realistic goal like gpa > 3.7.
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    Nope, it's not impossible! I kept a perfect 4.0 until halfway through my junior year. I ended up getting 2 A-'s, it was heartbreaking for a perfectionist like me because they were both right on the borderline, but as you know there is NO ROUNDING OR EXTRA CREDIT in nursing school! I'm graduating this week with a 3.98 - with the same honors I would have graduated with if I had 4.0 . Work hard but don't stress if you break that perfect 4.0! A high GPA is a high GPA .
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    @BenTram

    Set your goals high and die trying! I want to compliment you, that CRNA is an AMAZING goal. My dad went back to school and dominated his CRNA program - at 40! If you push yourself hard for a 4.0 in nursing school, it still will not touch the intensity of a CRNA school. Thats not to scare you- but I watched my dad go through the program during my teenager years. He taught me to go after your dreams, no matter what challenges you have. But note, his program only took 500 applications, ALL with 3.8-4.0+ GPAs, and they only took 28 of them. Know your odds, but find your momentum and do not give up!

    In regards to the grading average of nursing school, I feel it absolutely depends on the school. I first achieved my ADN and am pursuing a RN-BSN program. My schooling for my ADN felt like an impossible wall to achieve an A. We had a passing rate of 60% (or less) in all of our medsurg classes. However, my Cs on my transcripts does not reflect the fact that in my graduating class, starting at 185, only 76 graduated. It was survival of the fittest. I'm not happy about what these grades will do for my future ambitions of continuing school. But I survived! I heard most people that do a full 4year track often have a much higher GPA. I might like to included, 4yr-track programs most likely have more adequate educators facilitating the program than my crappy ADN program did.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by Kimberlyace on Apr 27, '13 : Reason: spelling


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