I want to become an RN. I have done all the pre-reqs at Northern Virginia Community College. And I have taken the TEAS but need to redo the math section. I heard that the program is hard to get into and my GPA is only a 2.75 so that makes me nervous. Obviously the person with the 4.0 GPA will be chosen ahead of me. So I was thinking about applying to the LPN program at NOVA and then once becoming an LPN going back to school for the RN. That way I would have my foot in the door. Any advice from people who have gone to NOVA? How hard the program is to be accepted into or if they would recommend me trying for the LPN as well instead of just waiting? Any advice is appreciated because I am so overwhelmed. Thank you
I've taken all my prerequisites at NVCC and am applying for the traditional nursing track that starts this fall. When I spoke with an academic advisor, they told me the nursing program is VERY competitive, and that they select their students based on the following:
1) Are you a local resident (i.e. pay taxes) in one of the areas where there is a campus? I was told you could have a PhD and a 4.17 GPA and a number of bachelor degrees under your belt, but if live out of state (or out of the country) you will not have priority over a VA resident with a 3.5 GPA and none of the above.
2) They say you must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA, but the reality is that almost everyone has a 3.5 or above because of how many applicants they have. The advisor I spoke with said that the applicant pool varies with each semester, so it could be slightly higher or lower than 3.5 depending on how many applicants they have. Unfortunately, when the economy sucks, a lot of people tend to go back to school to make themselves more competitive for the jobs that ARE there...
3) How did you score on the TEAS? Each section must be passed with a 78%. Obviously, the higher your score, the more competitive you are.
4) Do you have any other degrees? If you have a BS or AS from another institution, that makes you more competitive.
5) How did you do in all the Prerequisites? The higher your grades, the better you look.
Anyway, I thought I would share EXACTLY what they are looking at so you know what to focus on. If I were you, I would definitely apply, because you never know how many applicants there will be at a given time. If you don't make it in or get placed on a waitlist, I would use this time to take corequisites to the nursing program and bring up your GPA. This will set you up for success once you get accepted because you won't have such a heavy courseload. If you didn't do well in one of the prerequisites, you may want to retake it, as they are looking at those grades in particular.
My advice is, focus on the things you CAN change, not the things you can't. You can take the TEAS a total of 3 times, so you can always get a study guide and try to raise your score there, too.
Good luck to you! And I hope this information is somewhat helpful!
Last edit by excitedtobehere on Apr 1, '11
I have seen where they hire a lot of LPNs for home health care and there are a growing number of opportunities in home health care. Admission to NVCC Traditional Nursing is very competive, pretty much along the lines expectedtobehere said. I got in Fall 2010 with a 3.8, for example. It also is a lot of work once you are in the program and I graduated in Spring 2012 with a 3.4. I currently work at INOVA Fair Oaks as an RN1 and am making almost $70K/year because I get a differential for being on the night and weekend shift, which was the only placement available to me as an ADN. The hospitals seem to give prefence to BSNs, but demand has been sufficient for more people in my class to still have been hired by hospitals than for any other type of job. NOVA nurses seem to have very good reputations with hospitals and it was not much work for me to get a job in one. When you factor in benefits, hospitals are paying nurses twice what home health care pays.
Last edit by summer03 on Feb 5, '13
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