Back to school but low confidence?

Nursing Students Pre-Nursing


Hi all. I'm thinking of going back to school (San Francisco City College) to be a RN, but having some pretty bad anxiety making the move. I've been a B student from high school and reading about needing at least a 3.7 on prereqs to have a chance at entering nursing programs, and people waiting years to get in, is pretty demoralizing. I can at least say I was more distracted before being a teen and with "college life," but has anyone been in a similar situation, bouncing back from a B to near A student? Being 32 now, I'll need to retake the prereqs and am really rusty in studying etc. I plan on taking the prereqs and see how I do for a semester or two. If I still only get B's despite having little distractions now then I probably will reconsider if this is the right path..

Does anyone know if my college/high school gpa's will matter since it's been over 7 years?

Since I need to retake prereqs and sounds like it'll take 2 years to complete them, I'm wondering if going for a Bachelor's is better for the same time? I heard of accelerated BS degrees but I'd rather not since I'm rusty on studying.

Sorry for the rambling, but I need a career change at the moment and it feels like do-or-die time. The lottery system of nursing programs is really putting me on edge, and I keep thinking of a plan B in case I don't get in. On that note, if I somehow don't get in and spend 2 years doing the prereqs, is there an alternate path for a career without wasting that time?

Hello! When getting accepted into a nursing program, the school doesn't look at high school GPA. Each nursing program has different admission standards, and each look at different things when seeing if someone is accepted into the program or not. This could be the prerequisites GPA for the program, if you retake a class it could possibly count against you, and a lot of schools have an admission test (HESI) that you would have to take, and even transferring credits could count against you. For each school this is different, but all of these could determine if you're in the program or not.

You could go straight for your BSN which is 4 years, or ADN (including prerequisites could range from 2-4 years). You could always do RN to BSN programs which are usually online after getting your ADN, or if you already have a bachelors you could do the ABSN. I would google and see which one would be best for you (time wise, cost). No matter what route you choose, these are all very competitive.

Best of luck, nursing is great, you will love it.

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