Will nurse practitioner employers care if you went to a community college?

  1. I don't know if i should choose community college first or just go for my BSN. My GPA in high school wasn't that high. Is it better to go to a community college, and then go to a higher ranked university for nursing for my BSN if i want to become a nurse practitioner?
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  3. by   HouTx
    By the time you achieve that NP, you will have obtained sufficient job experience to offset any issues that may have been associated with your entry-level degree. You need to choose a pathway that will work for you. But it would be a mistake to assume that CC entrance requirements are less than those of BSN programs. In fact, due to the increased demand for lower-cost programs, the 'competitive' GPA requirement for that CC program may actually be higher than the BSN programs. Once you get into a program, you will need to work very hard to maintain a high GPA so that you won't have any difficulty qualifying for the (MSN) NP program you want.

    Good luck with your education.
  4. by   MAtoBSN
    If you want to be an NP, that requires a Masters. But to start out doing your pre-reqs at a community college is common, since they are cheaper per credit than any university. I would get the pre reqs out of the way at a CC, transfer to a university for your BSN. Get some nursing experience and then go for your NP. Nobody would ever look down on anyone taking courses at a CC in any profession. Some of the best courses and instructors I ever had were at a community college. Good luck!

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Will nurse practitioner employers care if you went to a community college?