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Switching RN-BSN programs?

  1. 0 Good evening everyone..

    I'm also going to post in the student nurse section, but I thought maybe someone with knowledge of local schools could help also. I am curious if anyone started one RN to BSN program and changed to another before graduating?

    I am currently doing the UTA online RN to BSN program and I have come to the conclusion that online learning while working full time is really not a good match for me. I have about 3 or 4 classes to go, but my GPA is probably going to end up around a 2.5 when I'm done. I have mostly B's but a couple of C's in heavier weighted classes and since I only have "pass" credit from my ADN (which was around a 3.5) there isn't much to pull me up above a 3.0. I know that this probably wouldn't be an issue for getting jobs as I have been working as an RN (tele and critical care) for the last 3 years, but I really have my heart set on going to grad school. I'm not sure if I want to become an advanced practice nurse or possibly go for a public health degree, but I know I need to have a better GPA to get in. On top of that, I know I am not a mediocre student and I don't want that C average following me around for the rest of my professional life. I know that in a regular classroom/typical semester length program I would do well, and financially/personally I am at a point where I can afford to go back to working part time while in school.

    I spoke with a counselor about retaking some classes to raise my gpa, but if I am already not doing well in the online program I don't want to waste money only to still end up with a low gpa. I have also considered going back for a second bachelor's for something a little more science heavy to prepare for grad school, but I don't know how that would weigh against the BSN. On a side note, I think the UTA online program is great for those who are a bit better at balancing work with school than I am, and I have seen a few of my coworkers be very successful with it. I was looking into TWU or UT Houston but they really seemed the most cost effective and convenient while I was working full time. I want options for the future and an education I am proud of. Am I making too big of a deal out of the GPA? I know that as far as getting work similar to what I'm already doing, it won't be a problem but I want to be able to pursue other things in the future. Does anyone know how that works or if it is even allowed? I know of some non nursing friends who went away to colleges that they did awfully at and came home to start over at local schools, but the only info I can find on previous course work is if it's more than 10 years old. I don't want to wait that long to get my bachelor's!