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Masters degree then FNP/DNP?

  1. 0 My BSN GPA is not the best and I am having a hard time getting into an FNP program due to the tough competition. What are your thoughts on getting a Masters degree in something other than NP and then applying to a DNP program...assuming I will get excellent grades in grad school Is it worth it? Does this make sense? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm not really sure where to go from here!
  2. Visit  LadyEJ BSN, RN profile page

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    From 'Michigan'; 30 Years Old; Joined May '06; Posts: 222; Likes: 34.

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  3. Visit  DPJ A-GNP-C profile page
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    My bsn gpa was a 2.9 ...I did a msn at Loyola new Orleans with a concentration in healthcare systems management and finished with a 4.0. I have applied to USA, uab, and slu for a post masters in adult/gero np. I have been accepted so far by USA and slu...still waiting on uab, which should come out at the end of the month or early July. I feel it's a good plan to achieve your goals if you gap isn't high.also my professors wrote wonderful recs for me!
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  4. Visit  gettingbsn2msn profile page
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    Sometimes (my school) they will waive the gpa if your GRE score is high. In my case I had a 2.9, however, my GRE score was high compared to the other applicants. It ended up being a wash. Either high GPA or high GRE.
  5. Visit  DPJ A-GNP-C profile page
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    Since I earned a msn, the gre was waived... so I took my chances and did not take the gre.
  6. Visit  LadyEJ BSN, RN profile page
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    Thanks for the input! I'm considering earning a MPH through a distance learning program and then applying for an FNP program. Although, if I get a MSN such as Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) then I could earn a post-MSN certificate in FNP. So many options/decisions.
  7. Visit  NAURN profile page
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    You will probably be talking a lot more money and time in order to go from one master's to another. I would just take some undergrad or grad courses to increase your overall GPA, then once your GPA is up to par, go straight into the FNP program. I guess it all depends on how low your GPA is. 3.0 should be your goal.
  8. Visit  DPJ A-GNP-C profile page
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    I think it will cost me approximately $ 11,000 to do a post masters. I would also recommend taking pathology, pharm., and adv. Assessment if you can while doingthe MSN ...then you would finish quicker. It would have saved me a year.
  9. Visit  mandyr220 profile page
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    dana.... I too am post-master's... Have you heard anything from UAB yet? I have not. I am FNP however.
  10. Visit  DPJ A-GNP-C profile page
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    mandyr220, I thought UAB called me about 2 weeks ago. I was distracted when I received the call and now think it was USA. I have not received any communication from UAB about my application. Curious about why we have not heard anything yet. If it's a "NO" then lets get it over with already. I have decided to go to USA, and have already turned in my acceptance packet. Have you applied anywhere else?
  11. Visit  tony55! profile page
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    Quote from NAURN
    You will probably be talking a lot more money and time in order to go from one master's to another. I would just take some undergrad or grad courses to increase your overall GPA, then once your GPA is up to par, go straight into the FNP program. I guess it all depends on how low your GPA is. 3.0 should be your goal.
    This is an old post an you my not read ever see this question. I have applied and been denied to several NP programs. I wanted to know how to sign up for grad courses to bring up my GPA. My nursing GPA is 3.4, but my cum GPA is 2.75 ( or 2.70 when recalculated by one school) and this is hurting my chances of acceptance. My grades are 15 years old. Any advice would help. I thought about trying for a MBA and then trying to get into a NP program. Thanks in advance.
  12. Visit  zmansc profile page
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    tony55, I would suggest looking into other programs that take into account only the last xxx classes when they calculate your GPA. I would also suggest talking to the recruiters/advisers of some programs and being honest about the fact that your full GPA is low, but your recent GPA is higher and see what they suggest to improve your chances. Some may want a GRE. Others may want you to take a couple of graduate level courses and do well in them, others may not be for you, but there is a program for you if you really want it!

    Unfortunately, no one answer fits for all programs. It is going to take some work on your part to fix, but it is something you can overcome.


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