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Advice how to get into a DNAP program in CA with low GPA

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by Anastasiaax Anastasiaax (New) New Student

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Hello everyone,

I am Anne, a recent graduate at UC Davis with a degree in Biochemistry. Currently, I am taking nursing prerequisites and planning on applying to a BSN program in the Fall here in the Bay Area.

Anyone here had an uncompetitive undergraduate GPA and got into a DNAP program in California? I am interested in becoming a CRNA; however, my current cumulative undergraduate GPA at UC Davis is 3.088. This is discouraging me a little bit from pursuing CRNA because I know that there are a lot of applicants with an outstanding GPA. But if I maintain to get "A" grades throughout my BSN academic career, then I might have a chance.

I know that Nation University, Fresno and CSU Fullerton calculate the last 60 semester/90 quarter units GPA but require to earn all "A" grades in science courses. I am not sure if those science courses take into account everything or just the BSN science courses. I'm also interested in USC's DNAP program.

Any advice and/or response is highly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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ProgressiveThinking has 7 years experience as a MSN, CRNA and specializes in Anesthesia.

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Get better grades in the nursing courses and you will be fine. I would accept somebody with a 3.0 in biochem good nursing grades over somebody with just good nursing grades (and no biology degree) any day.

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Defibn' has 6 years experience as a RN, EMT-P and specializes in SRNA.

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Biochem is a tough degree. I agree with Progressive that if you get great grades in nursing school you should be competitive. You have had harder chemistry courses than will be in CRNA school. As to what the school itself requires on grades in science classes, just email the admissions coordinator and ask. Don't be afraid to get your questions answered. Just be sure to get As in nursing school.

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7 hours ago, ProgressiveThinking said:

Get better grades in the nursing courses and you will be fine. I would accept somebody with a 3.0 in biochem good nursing grades over somebody with just good nursing grades (and no biology degree) any day.

Thank you for your response! I took Anatomy last semester and got an A on it. Now, I'm taking Physiology and so far I have an A in the class. I'm doing my very best to get As to show schools that I can also succeed in their rigorous curriculum. 😢

4 hours ago, Defibn' said:

Biochem is a tough degree. I agree with Progressive that if you get great grades in nursing school you should be competitive. You have had harder Chemistry courses than will be in CRNA school. As to what the school itself requires on grades in science classes, just email the admissions coordinator and ask. Don't be afraid to get your questions answered. Just be sure to get As in nursing school.

Thank you for your response as well. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to respond. I will email schools and do my very best to get As. Thank you! 🙂

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