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Air Force Nurse Transition Program

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LindsLinds97 has 4 years experience and specializes in Registered Nursing.

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Hey Guys,

I am looking for some advice from some people that may be familiar with the Air Forces Nurse Transition program and being selected for OCS.

I am currently a BSN student graduating on August 7th. I have been interested in joining the military as a nurse right after college, and started the process to apply to the Air Force's nurse transition program. I almost meet all the requirements, except the GPA, which is super super close. I was told I need a 3.5, and my Major GPA is a 3.464 and my overall GPA is a 3.38. I'm pretty deep in the process, already went through MEPS and passed that, and my recruiter and I are waiting to submit the official application in May after this next round of grades goes through so I can hopefully pull my GPA up. My question about this is kind of two pronged. First off, I have a better chance of pulling my Major in Nursing GPA up to a 3.5 than my overall GPA this semester, do you think my Major GPA will work to qualify me? To get both GPA's over 3.5 would require a perfect 4.0. I am working my tail off to get that 4.0 this semester but the classes are hard and a 94% or above in an A in my program, so I know even trying my hardest might not be enough. If I am unable to pull that overall GPA up to a 3.5, is all the work I've put in to qualify for my program for nothing? Is there some sort of waiver for the GPA requirement? I really, really want to be selected and I have some other factors that help me in my application, even my Dean of Nursing wrote me a letter of recommendation. If everything works out I would finish school in August, take the NCLEX, and be off to OCS in October. I am so, so badly hoping this works out, and would love some insight on what everyone thinks about my situation? 

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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It's hard to say for sure.  You are pretty close.  It will honestly depend on the strength of the other applicants.  GPA is really important for new grads because it's pretty much the only discriminator among applicants.   

If you don't get it, you can always wait until you have a year of experience and apply as a fully qualified nurse.  I would recommend ICU experience at a large university medical center.  The GPA requirement isn't as big of a deal for experienced nurses.  You would definitely have an easier time in this application pool.

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SlowNSteadyADN-BSN has 1 years experience as a ADN.

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I agree with the person's comment above me. A few friends of mine who are enlisted and got accepted into the NECP program and GPA is the most weighted qualifying factor. With that, and your epr etc... On the other hand, I know some people who came in as a Experienced Nurse right off the bat and all they needed to do is sign the dotted line and ship out. Also, I have heard of getting a recommendation letter from not just your school dean but maybe a politician or someone with higher authority in your city or state. Or maybe you can try to see if you can get some extra credit from your instructor, I know that's like wishing a smoker to quit smoking cold turkey but it's worth a shot. Best of luck with you 

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LindsLinds97 has 4 years experience and specializes in Registered Nursing.

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Thanks for the replies so far! I am definitely going to look into trying again if I don't get in right away after gaining some experience. Do you have any input on my likelihood of getting selected for this since I am graduating in August rather than in May or December like most nursing programs? I am in a non-traditional cohort so I would graduate in August and my recruiter was talking about OCS in October for me.

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jfratian has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I don't think that will impact you at all.  NTP is for anyone with less than 1 year of full-time nursing experience.  Plus, they only do one board per year.   Many applicants graduate at irregular times or simply don't get a job right away.  As long as you are within 1 year of graduation, I wouldn't worry about it.

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