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Can I get into a RPN program with a low 80 average?

My dream is to be a nurse. I have done lots of volunteering and research so I know this is the career for me BUT I'm afraid my estimated average of 82% (pre-reqs C Level) is too low to get in anywhere! :( I'd like to apply to Mohawk but I think my average isn't good enough. I am currently in highschool and will be graduating soon.

What colleges do you recommend for me to apply to for RPN in Ontario? Or should I not bother and apply to Pre-Health programs instead because I'll probably just be waitlisted or declined? :blackeye:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question. :D

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loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

It's really hard to say. It will depend on the competition. All you can do is apply and see what happens. Good luck.

Thanks I will :) One more question.. My current gr 11 bio mark is 81%. Should I retake bio for next semester? (There is no gr 12 bio for college) I will also be taking math, religion and physics next semester.

theRPN2b

Specializes in Medicine.

I am currently in semester 1 of the practical nursing program at Mohawk. I too applied out of high school. The admission averages change every year, but the minimum is always in the 80s range. Good Luck :)

theRPN2b

Specializes in Medicine.

Thanks I will :) One more question.. My current gr 11 bio mark is 81%. Should I retake bio for next semester? (There is no gr 12 bio for college) I will also be taking math, religion and physics next semester.

You could if you want to, they will look at the higher bio mark when you apply

Thanks theRPN2b I think I will to boost up my average. What was the minimum grade avg for Mohawk when you applied?

Why don't you throw in a pre-health or two with your application as a backup? That's what I did, and I ended up going into pre-health at Fanshawe so that I could get my BScN at Western. That way if you don't get accepted into RPN you have a backup, but if you do, alls good :)

Okay I will! People are telling me not to and it's a waste of money but if it'll get me extra consideration into the program while upgrading my marks and preparing for the HOAE I don't see why not. Is Pre-Health hard to get into? I see it's a competitive program so I'm not sure if I should apply for Sept or Jan. If you start in Jan are you finished when summer is over or until the next Jan?

Okay I will! People are telling me not to and it's a waste of money but if it'll get me extra consideration into the program while upgrading my marks and opening a pathway to the RN program I don't see why not. Is Pre-Health hard to get into? I see it's a competitive program so I'm not sure if I should apply for Sept or Jan. If you start in Jan are you finished when summer is over or until the next Jan?

I'm assuming you're in Ontario, yeah? Okay. So this isn't based on anything other than word of mouth, but I've heard that Humber, Ryerson, Georgian, and Lakehead are a bit easier to get into than say your Fanshawes and your McMasters and your Mohawks. You sound like you have a pretty decent chance though, so don't sell yourself short just yet. I would apply to all of those though, because you never know! It wouldn't hurt to apply to pre-health as well (that's what I'm doing...maybe I'll see you at Mohawk ;) ) just so you have something to fall back on. Pre health will increase your chances significantly, but if you can get in without it, don't bother. Good luck!

Okay I will! People are telling me not to and it's a waste of money but if it'll get me extra consideration into the program while upgrading my marks and preparing for the HOAE I don't see why not. Is Pre-Health hard to get into? I see it's a competitive program so I'm not sure if I should apply for Sept or Jan. If you start in Jan are you finished when summer is over or until the next Jan?

Pre-health is fairly hard to get into, but if you're swinging low - mid eighties, you shouldn't have a problem getting in. Mohawk has one of the more competitive ones, so Fanshawe might not be bad for you if you want to do the pre health route. Also, if you start in January, you won't get a break unfortunately. The program is 8 months, so you'll go right through to September and start your RPN program with probably 1-2 weeks in between. It sucks but hey, you do what you gotta do.

Pre-health is fairly hard to get into, but if you're swinging low - mid eighties, you shouldn't have a problem getting in. Mohawk has one of the more competitive ones, so Fanshawe might not be bad for you if you want to do the pre health route. Also, if you start in January, you won't get a break unfortunately. The program is 8 months, so you'll go right through to September and start your RPN program with probably 1-2 weeks in between. It sucks but hey, you do what you gotta do.

If I start in January when do I apply for college for RPN? And for Pre-Health do they look at the average of your pre req (eng and math)?

If I start in January when do I apply for college for RPN? And for Pre-Health do they look at the average of your pre req (eng and math)?

I'm not certain, but I think you can apply for college at any point during the year, you just need to make sure you select the right dates for when you want to attend. You'd have to check when the equal consideration date is though. I know if you want to start in September (for the RPN program or Pre-health) you should apply by February 1st. I believe if you want to start next January, you need to apply before the end of August, but again, I'm not entirely sure. You can check this on the ontario colleges website (ontariocolleges.ca) or you can go to the program page on the college's website, they should have that information there. If you're in the pre-health program starting in January (I'm assuming you mean next January, as I believe acceptances have already gone out for this January coming up), I'm not too sure when you'd have to apply to your RPN program, but if you're in the program, that's something your college will definitely provide you with information about, considering about 80% of people in pre-health want to be nurses. If not, there are always guidance counsellors on campus that you could ask.

As for your second question, it depends. You'll have to check the admission requirements on the program page on that college's website. If the admission requirements say something along the lines of "Minimum 75%, grade 11 mixed math/university math, grade 11 chem, and grade 12 university english" then no, they probably aren't going to look at your averages in any particular classes, but rather your average as a whole. However, some colleges will list in their admission requirements for pre-health something like "Grade 11 mixed math/university math, grade 11 chem, and grade 12 university english with a minimum of 75% in each of those classes" and in that case, then yes they will be looking those averages.

Don't let that discourage you if those grades are not up to par though, as it all depends on how many people are applying to the program and what their averages are. Just the other day my mum was telling me that she spoke to a lady whose daughter got accepted into an RPN program with like a 65 in grade 11 uni math. The best thing you can do right now is get the best grades you can in school (i'm assuming you're in grade 12?) and make adjustments to your plan along the way, if need be. If you don't get into pre health or the RPN program, and I have confidence that you'll get into pre health at the very least, you can always upgrade your marks through summer school, night school, or even online with ILC.

I thought pre-health was a waste of money too, until I got into the program and really realized that it wasn't. Fanshawe is really well known for their pre-health program, and I do believe we are considered the "best" in Ontario as many other colleges/universities accept us based off of pre health because it is considered a U-level equivalent program. It isn't super hard to get into pre health - but it is competitive, but with your grades, you could get into Fanshawe. Also, if you start in January at Fanshawe, you have the summer off, and you finish your second semester in September - December, which is what I am doing now (eeek. exams next week!).

And yes, there is consideration points in Fanshawe Pre Health to get into the BScN at Fan/Western. The program is really demanding - it's no joke, you have to totally be committed, but if you are and put in the effort, it is SO worth it ! If you have any questions, free feel to send me a message. I may not be able to reply until the end of next week (finals are crazy!), but I can give you any sort of info I have available :)

I got into the RPN program at George Brown college with terrible marks, I'd estimate that I had a 60% average. It really depends on the admission tests at some schools as to whether you get admitted.

Hey guys an update, I got accepted to Georgian for Jan intake! My first choice is Mohawk, but either way I'm going into a practical nursing program next year! I'm excited! :D I'm doing my HOAE test for Mohawk tomorrow, fingers crossed. :)

Thanks everyone for your help!

@whoosa Wow, really? I had a friend who got rejected at 83% but I guess it does depend on the tests. Let's hope I do really good on the HOAE for Mohawk :)

Hey guys an update, I got accepted to Georgian for Jan intake! My first choice is Mohawk, but either way I'm going into a practical nursing program next year! I'm excited! :D I'm doing my HOAE test for Mohawk tomorrow, fingers crossed. :)

Thanks everyone for your help!

@whoosa Wow, really? I had a friend who got rejected at 83% but I guess it does depend on the tests. Let's hope I do really good on the HOAE for Mohawk :)

Yay! I'm so happy for you :) Go out there and kill it

Yay! I'm so happy for you :) Go out there and kill it
thanks ;D I owe it all to you, I wouldn't of applied to Georgian if you didn't suggest me to!! i'll have to move and i'm really scared about that but i have to go where im accepted >_
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