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Hi everyone!

I just have a quick question and was hoping some of you could give me some suggestions. Here is a bit of a back story: I'm a mom of 5 who started college late. I enrolled in RN school (ADN) program when I was 25. I graduated in 2013 and I am graduating with my BSN this December from the University of Texas at Arlington. I'm now 29 years old and all but one of my children are in school (and he will start pre-k in August). I never thought I would even go to college, but here I am and I want even more. I am really interesting in becoming an FNP and I have been doing some research about many of the online programs, such as Frontier University, Walden, and S. Indiana, just to name a few. I live in a very rural town in Oklahoma and there are no programs in my area, hence I'm looking at the online programs. My question is, my GPA at the end of this semester is a 3.35 cumulative. I am very worried that this isn't competitive enough to apply to the nurse practitioner programs. Now that my children are bigger and will all be in school, I have much QUIET time to devote to school. Also, I will be able to work PRN (or not at all if need be) if I'm accepted to a program. I will have 2 years of RN experience and 1 year of LPN experience when/if I apply. Am I wasting my time even trying to apply? I don't know anyone who has applied to any of these schools, or to FNP school period, so I'm really at a loss on who to ask. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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mmlpn specializes in CVICU.

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Hi everyone!

I just have a quick question and was hoping some of you could give me some suggestions. Here is a bit of a back story: I'm a mom of 5 who started college late. I enrolled in RN school (ADN) program when I was 25. I graduated in 2013 and I am graduating with my BSN this December from the University of Texas at Arlington. I'm now 29 years old and all but one of my children are in school (and he will start pre-k in August). I never thought I would even go to college, but here I am and I want even more. I am really interesting in becoming an FNP and I have been doing some research about many of the online programs, such as Frontier University, Walden, and S. Indiana, just to name a few. I live in a very rural town in Oklahoma and there are no programs in my area, hence I'm looking at the online programs. My question is, my GPA at the end of this semester is a 3.35 cumulative. I am very worried that this isn't competitive enough to apply to the nurse practitioner programs. Now that my children are bigger and will all be in school, I have much QUIET time to devote to school. Also, I will be able to work PRN (or not at all if need be) if I'm accepted to a program. I will have 2 years of RN experience and 1 year of LPN experience when/if I apply. Am I wasting my time even trying to apply? I don't know anyone who has applied to any of these schools, or to FNP school period, so I'm really at a loss on who to ask. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Very doable!! I know many FNP students that got accepted into school with

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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If you live in a very small community, will there be NPs with whom you will be able to precept? That's one consideration when applying for a distance APN program, as you are generally responsible for finding your own preceptors.

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I'm pretty sure that's a bit low for acceptance to an NP program.

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Thank you for responding [COLOR=#003366]mmlpn, ADN, BSN, LPN, EMT-B. Your post has given me a lot of home! I believe I'm going to give it a try! If nothing else, I can take some extra classes and raise my GPA a bit. Again, thank you! Have a great day!

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Thank you for responding [COLOR=#003366]klone, BSN, RN. There are quite a few in the area that I've talked to that would be willing to let me do clinical there, if I get into a program. They were even willing to go through preceptor training (or equiv) if they needed to. I'd have to drive about an hour to their sites, but considering I drove two hours one way for my ADN program, an hour isn't to bad. Thanks for the input! Have a great day!

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Thank you for responding [COLOR=#003366]Billy_Ruben. I'm wondering if it is too low myself, but I think I'm going to give it a try. If I need to, I can always take another semester of classes to push it up to a 3.5. Have a great day!

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