Hopeful Foreign BSN grad with Low GPA going to NP program

  1. Hi everyone! I'm a foreign BSN grad. I moved to NJ 2.5 years ago and I've been a registered nurse in NJ for 2 years. I graduated in one of the top schools in my country where 2-2.5 grade is good/acceptable. My overall GPA is 2.58 which in my school is perfectly normal... (I know it sounds weird but it is) I realized that in USA, most notable NP programs require a GPA of 3.0 or higher. I've been wanting to go back to school since I got here but my problem is my GPA.

    Is there any way around this?
    Can I go take nursing classes to help my GPA?
    Can I go straight and take some graduate classes in NJ?
    What can I do to be accepted in a NP programs?
    Any school in mind around NJ or NY area?

    I also know that I should take TOEFL, GRE, and SAT in some cases but is there any school in NJ or NY that will accept me with my low GPA? I know my grades are next to nothing here in the USA but back home it's normal since I graduated from a top nursing school. Should I just forget about going back to school at all?

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  3. by   NJnewRN
    So you currently reside in NJ? Me too. Well, you could take the GRE's even though some schools don't require. I think it would help. You take a couple upper level MSN courses too. This proves that you have the ability to do well in nursing school. All the best to you.
  4. by   pennylane18
    Yes NJnewRN I currently live in NJ. Do you have any suggestions of schools and subjects to apply? I will take TOEFL and GRE soon and hopefully will help me get into a good school...
  5. by   Annaiya
    I think targeting some schools and then talking to them about your situation is your best bet. You may be able to register as a non-degree seeking student and take some of the harder classes (like patho) to show you can do the work and succeed. It is definitely worth trying if it is what you want to do, but you just need to know going in that it will be an up-hill battle. The schools are getting lots of good candidates, so it isn't just proving you can do the job, but it's also proving that you can do it better than everyone else that is applying. Good luck!
  6. by   pennylane18
    thank you Annaiya! I will talk to some schools around my area like Monmouth University and FDU. Hopefully someone will give me a chance. I was also thinking of taking GRE and TOEFL. Getting certified as a critical care nurse also would up my chances. This would take me a year to get things done but I have to do this in order to get what I want. Do you know any schools around NJ or NY area that are lenient to my situation? Thanks!
  7. by   ss0914
    pennylane18,, I am on the same boat with you..Can I ask if you have already applied any grad school yet? I actually applied one and ended up got rejected.. I would like to see how are you going with the school thing.. thanks
  8. by   mzaur
    Is this 2.58 out of 4.0? I know that some foreign schools do not use a grading scale based out out of 4.0. In the US, a 2.5 is a B-

    You could always take undergrad classes at a local community college to raise your GPA. Take classes relevant to NP like psychology, anatomy, biology, statistics, nutrition, etc. It'll be hard, but maybe you can get that GPA up to a 3.0, which I think is the minimum for most NP programs. NP programs are competitive, so I think this is your best bet.

    BTW I was in a similar situation, sort of. My undergrad GPA wasn't so good, and I knew I wanted to go to grad school. I went and got a second degree at Rutgers in psychology. I took 50 credits there but only needed around 35 to finish. I had a 3.9 GPA there and my cumulative GPA is now around 3.4. So it can be done, but it was difficult, and I had to take out loans. If you're very serious about the NP, then this is something you can do. If you decide to just take classes at a community college without being in a degree program, you cannot take out loans. But the classes are much cheaper than Rutgers.
    Last edit by mzaur on May 10, '13
  9. by   Miles88
    Just wondering if you pursued your msn degree? Im interested in going back to school too but i am a foreign grad and a lot of things are required in order to study here in US!!! Please message me! Thanks!