I'm in the US Air Force, stationed in Japan, in a non-healthcare career field. I'm going to be applying for a program that would give me a leave of absence from the Air Force for no more than 3 years, but it requires me to start school nearly immediately. I should have my BSN in Psychology finished in 2 years when I apply for this program.
The end goal is a BSN so I can become an Air Force nurse. I am willing to take any route needed, as long as I can go through with little or no breaks. So if I have to start with LPN, and then do a LPN-RN program, and then a RN-BSN program, that's all fine. I would need to at least be a licensed RN within 3 years, the RN-BSN I can complete online once I'm back on active duty.
Here's my problem, being in the military for 7 years now, I've done school when I could, and sometimes scheduling conflicts and deployments come up which cause me to either have to withdraw from classes well past the cutoff date, therefore earning an "F" grade. I've got about 5 of those on my records, and will not be adding any more to it. I'm in a much more stable position now, and have received nine A's and one B out of my last ten classes. I need to do a couple more prerequisites, just waiting for the school to offer them at my base next year.
So, with that said, my overall GPA is coming up, it's a 3.3 now, and I think I can offset those F's enough to get up to a 3.6. With those bad marks on my record, I'm guessing the more prestigious schools like University of Washington won't even consider me. Is that an incorrect assumption? I just don't want to waste my time and money applying to a school that won't give me any leeway due to my poor history with failing classes due to mission requirements.
Should I even bother applying for BSN and ADN programs? Or should I just go for LPN programs since they are apparently a little easier to get into? Also, I'm not concerned with the tuition costs, as I'll be using my GI Bill as well as student loans to cover any other expenses.
Again, whatever I do, it has to start very soon after I start my leave of absence.
I would appreciate ANY advice on this matter.
Have you considered NECP as opposed to taking the POC-ERP (Im assuming that’s the leave of absence program your applying for). I was seleced for NECP and am currently attending University of Missouri- St louis. I attended college for a year before joining the AF and needless to say academics was not my focus and this was reflected in my grades. As a matter of fact my cumulative GPA was a little lower than yours at around 3.2 and not only was I picked up for NECP but I got into UMSL. Don’t let your GPA discourage you there are a lot of military friendly schools out there nationwide. UMSL reserves 5 guaranteed slots for active duty military as long as you complete the prereqs prior to beginning the clinicals program, have a 2.5 cumulative/ 2.5 in the sciences (a&p, chem, micro, etc), are active duty, and the slots haven’t been taken your in. If you want to go the AECP route Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville doesn’t have a guaranteed program like UMSL but I know of someone who was accepted with a lower gpa than yours. If you don’t like Missouri or Illinois I would also apply to UAB, UTHSCSA, University of Oklahoma to name a few. Also if you do consider NECP check out the USAF NECP facebook page lots of good info also if you do a search for NECP on all nurses there’s some good info available as well
Last edit by 2012RN2b on Dec 1, '10