GPA Requirements for Washington DC area schools? - page 2

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I am applying to a BSN program as a transfer student, and I have applied to 5 schools in Washington DC area: Catholic University, George Mason, Marymount, Trinity, and Howard University. Based on your knowledge, what are my... Read More


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    Good luck to you claire!

    I know someone who recently graduated from CUA and got a great job afterwards (seriously, something that would be my dream job) but... she said not to go there.
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    Apply to Trinity University in DC. They have a 2 year BSN program if you already have a previous degree. I applied and got accepted without any hassle. They have clinicals at Washington Hospital Center.
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    Hello Everyone,

    I am a newbie to posting on this site but I have been lurking for a few months.
    I am very new to the DC area; recently moved here to be with my fiance. I am applying to a few different BSN programs: Marymount, Catholic, GMU, Trinity, and Georgetown (maybe).
    I have 62 credits from a community college, but I have not taken Chem or A&P II. I have 4 years of hospital experience working as a nursing assistant. My GPA is a 3.5, but I have received A's in all the science courses.
    I met with an adviser at Georgetown and she told me to focus on Marymount because the Georgetown program is esp competitive and have only accepted 3 students from Comm. Colleges in the past 2 years. I then met with an adviser from Marymount and he told me I should have Chem and A&P II finished before starting the program.
    I would love any advise anyone has to offer. Marymount is currently on the third application review for Spring 2010 and I am curious if I should apply for Spring w/o having Chem and A&PII? Do I have a shot at getting into this program or any other with out those two classes? The reason I am asking is simply that I am not a resident of VA or DC and will pay enormously to go to NOVA and I am trying to avoid that route and just begin a BSN program.
    Sorry for rambling, I hope my post makes sense. I would love to hear from anyone with any knowledge about the DC/VA area BSN programs.
    Thanks!
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    Like Georgetown, Marymount gets many more applicants than they can admit. So if you don't finish A&P and Chem before you apply, you'll be less well prepared than applicants who have already finished those pre-reqs.
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    I too, could use some advice. I am moving to the DC area in the next few months. I am currently a CNA with one year of nursing school completed at a community college and a 2 year Liberal Studies degree. I want to finish nursing school and am wondering if there are schools that will accept my first year nursing school credits? Should I go to a community college, or 4 year program? Would one be more willing than the other to admit me with any sort of advanced placement? Any advice on what and where would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
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    Quote from lilyann123
    Should I go to a community college, or 4 year program? Would one be more willing than the other to admit me with any sort of advanced placement? Any advice on what and where would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
    I think the answer depends on what kind of nursing you want to do after earning your RN. If you want to work in a DC/MD/VA hospital in either acute or critical care as a new grad nurse, you will almost absolutely have to have a BSN. I know local hospitals sometimes make a few exceptions. But they're exceptions: most of the hospital new grad hires are BSN prepared nurses. If on the other hand you'd rather work in a nursing home or doctor's office, an ADN might be good enough.

    The thing is, it's hard for new grad nurses in this area to get their first jobs. There's a lot of competition for those jobs. BSN prepared nurses have a leg up on the competition, in my opinion.

    You'll need to speak with the admissions department at each school to figure out what they will/won't accept for advance placement.

    Good luck!
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    Does anyone have input about Trinity. I'm so torn and supposed to be starting in Jan.!! What are the classes like? If you do the day classes, are you in class all day? Is there a lot of different times you can choose from? Also, what is the lowest grade you can get in a class to pass to the next one? Also, does anyone live off campus and where?
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    I've never heard of Trinity but if you are starting in January, don't you already have your class schedule?

    I can't speak for the specific college, but from what I've read about other nursing schools, your classes are in blocks and basically take most of the day if not all day. Clinical days can be longer and start earlier but again it would depend on the clinical. For classes, I've seen people say things like 7 to 1, 9 to 4, etc. As for grades, it seems almost universal that you need at least a C to pass but a C is generally a high C. Your best bet is to contact the school though to ask specific questions.


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