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Can I reset my gpa if I never went to a community college before?

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I need help on a confusing topic. I've been at a private school for some time. My gpa is low and I'm graduating with my LPN and plan on getting my RN there too since it's easier to get accepted there on a low gpa. My question is if I go to my local community college and take everything over, can that be considered a new gpa for me? It's confusing since I have to go backwards since I took anatomy, microbiology, math and everything at my private school. I'm actually able to register for advanced courses at my community college since I took the basics. For example, Anatomy is a pre-requisite for pathology so I can automatically take pathology at the community college since I got A&P out of the way at my private school and got credit for it but the problem is starting over means starting over and that would mean I would have to take A&P after pathophysiology even though A&P is the pre-requisite for pathophysiology I can't repeat courses at my expensive private school so am I stuck with a bad GPA forever? I have a 2.68 now.

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sailornurse has 39 years experience and specializes in ER/Tele, Med-Surg, Faculty, Urgent Care.

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Most colleges and universities will ask you to bring /send transcripts of any schools you have ever attended. They will evaluate courses to see if they can give you credit for them or not. Every school has its own policies on how they would combine the GPA courses from their first private school with the new school. You'll just have to check with the school that you're thinking of going to your second school.

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I agree with the previous poster's points but I'm not sure I understand the question. Reset your GPA? Your GPA doesn't follow you between schools. Your GPA at your current school will stay your GPA and your GPA at your community college will only depend on courses taken there.

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I agree with the previous poster's points but I'm not sure I understand the question. Reset your GPA? Your GPA doesn't follow you between schools. Your GPA at your current school will stay your GPA and your GPA at your community college will only depend on courses taken there.

This isn't true. When I applied for nursing school at the community college I went to, they used either your ACT score if you were right out of high school, or the GPA from your last 24 credit hours of whatever school you went to. So yes, your GPA can follow you.

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I meant retake all general education courses again to have a new GPA at the new school. My nursing courses are holding down my GPA and I was hoping to do medical school or nurse practitioner afterwards after getting my RN. I know you have to submit every transcript but what I mean is that I want my community college GPA to be considered for medical school.

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I meant retake all general education courses again to have a new GPA at the new school. My nursing courses are holding down my GPA and I was hoping to do medical school or nurse practitioner afterwards after getting my RN. I know you have to submit every transcript but what I mean is that I want my community college GPA to be considered for medical school.

Then why get your RN degree if you are going to try to go to med school? If you struggled that much with school, you may want to rethink things. You don't want to end up further in debt and not be able to pass your classes.

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This isn't true. When I applied for nursing school at the community college I went to, they used either your ACT score if you were right out of high school, or the GPA from your last 24 credit hours of whatever school you went to. So yes, your GPA can follow you.

Maybe for acceptance. But your previous GPA is not averaged with the classes you take at your new school.

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Every school is different some do compile your old course grades especially if they are giving you credit for them so every school is different you can't say what they will or will not do when I transferred my community college to the private university for my BSN they actually did give me a GPA for the courses that they accepted.

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I meant retake all general education courses again to have a new GPA at the new school. My nursing courses are holding down my GPA and I was hoping to do medical school or nurse practitioner afterwards after getting my RN. I know you have to submit every transcript but what I mean is that I want my community college GPA to be considered for medical school.

Acceptance to any college/school will vary but in general a cumulative GPA is just that; an average of all previous post high school work completed.

For undergraduate purposes (have not been awarded an AAS or BofS degree) generally when you transfer between colleges/universities they will give you credit (sometimes limited) for courses previously taken. However the grades still stand. So if you had taken Chemistry 101 at school "A", and received a "B", and it was transferred to school "B" to satisfy a credit requirement, it will but the grade remains the same.

Many nursing programs now use Nursing CAS (Central Application System) where you are required to send in *all* previous college course work. The system will then create an average and that is what most if not all programs use for acceptance purposes.

To answer your original question while it depends upon the requirements of whatever school you are applying to; in general no, you cannot "erase" a low GPA and start over.

The only cure for a low GPA is to take more courses and get A's. It will take several "A" grades to undo the negative damage of one "D", "F" or even "C" grade on your overall GPA. Yes your semester average will be great with four "A's" but it is the averaging that creates your cumulative GPA where the problems arise. If you know your math and understand how averages work then you'll understand why this happens.

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So what happens if for example you took antanoy 1,2 and English 101 and your're grades are B-,B- and C and you retook them and got As. They would get a cumulative by averaging these grades together even though they are different schools but the same classes?

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So what happens if for example you took antanoy 1,2 and English 101 and your're grades are B-,B- and C and you retook them and got As. They would get a cumulative by averaging these grades together even though they are different schools but the same classes?

Depends on several factors including the program you are applying.

Hunter-Bellevue nursing for instance IIRC does *NOT* accept repeat courses in the pre-nursing sequence. So if you took A&P I and got B first time around it won't matter how many times it was repeated even if you get an "A".

In the example given Hunter-Bellevue would simply look at the first grades and not any repeats. Thus you'd have to live with the C and other grades. Some nursing programs do allow students to repeat one (1) nursing or core class, but that get of jail free card is best saved for a back-up.

No one can really give you more than a general answer to this query until a specific school is mentioned. Different colleges/universities and various majors have their own guidelines/methods how they calculate GPAs.

Here is how Nursing CAS does it: Grade Point Averages (GPAs)

NYU: B.S. Admissions Policies | NYU College of Nursing

Hunter: Grading System Regulations - Hunter College - Acalog ACMS™

and: GPA Calculator — Hunter College

You should also note many places do not allow students to repeat courses where a passing grade was already earned. That is you received a grade of A, B or C, you cannot retake the class just because you want a better grade say for the last two.

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Typically private vocational school GPAs/ classes don't count. Like the science prereqs would have to be retaken at a college for credit unless you were going to another private school for all of your future nursing degrees. From my understanding if at any point you decided to attend a public school. Those prereqs would need to be repeated for nursing admissions. Your best bet is speaking to EACH school you plan to attend for verification. I don't know any college that accepts vocational school science prereqs. Your future nursing school admissions advisor is your best to ask all your questions to about transfer credits/GPA.

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