Competative GPA

Nursing Students Pre-Nursing


Hello, I was just wondering what GPA some of you have gotten into your nursing program with. I am interested in attending the psychiatric nursing program in my area, and although it list the minimum GPA you need to apply (2.5), I know thats not the GPA that would be competative enough to ensure my chances of being accepted. I was just wondering if someone could give me a better idea of what the average GPA's are around for people who do get accepted?

That is something that is often specific to the program you are entering. I would contact the program coordinator (not a guidance councilor) and ask what was the minimum GPA of the previously accepted class. That will give you a pretty good idea.

I got into my program with about a 3.3, but that was only because I got really good TEAS scores. I would say the average for most programs is a 3.5 and up. It all really depends--for example, one of the schools I got rejected from had a 3.8 average GPA for accepted students.

Specializes in CNA.
I was just wondering if someone could give me a better idea of what the average GPA's are around for people who do get accepted?

My community college information session suggested a "High B" or 3.75 to have a very good chance at getting in. 4 year colleges are a little more forgiving if you took all your prereqs there and for-profit schools will accept anyone who can qualify for buku Federal Student Loans.

The average in 3.5

It depends on the program and school. Some schools primarily focus on test scores and GPA while others take an overall approach and look at everything else in addition to GPA and test scores. I would recommend looking for the school/program that you want to go and see what their requirements are. Just FYI it's spelled "competitive".

Specializes in ICU / PCU / Telemetry / Oncology.
Just FYI it's spelled "competitive".

:D Thank you for saving me the trouble of posting.

And this is the kind of word that would be tested on a nursing entrance exam as a spelling word, too.

I currently have a 3.2 at Johns Hopkins University (I was kind of lost freshman year...) but that should be up to a 3.4-3.5 by the end of this semester (hopefully a 3.5-3.6 by the time I apply next fall)---I don't suppose accelerated BSN programs are very forgiving in terms of the academic environment at this school? Teachers are stingy about giving out As here, and I'm competing with a lot of crazy pre-meds :(

Specializes in Critical Care, Clinical Documentation Specialist.

With the university (BSN traditional) I will be applying at acceptance is strictly GPA based. A minimum of 3.0 is required to apply. However the lowest GPA of those students accepted last year was a 3.4 and the average was a 3.7.

Talking to folks I know that are starting nursing classes at my school in January, their GPA ranged from 3.4 to 3.9

The ADN program I am going to take doesn't even rank GPA. It's all about the points, baby. As you can see, an A in A&P I&2 (Bio 168&169) are critical. I don't think anyone could do well in those courses and have a low gpa anyway. Here's what my admissions requirnments are:

Spaces in the nursing program will be offered to students based on the following point system with students having the highest number of points being offered seats first. In case of a tie in the number of points, initial date of application to the program will be used as a basis for offering seats.

If a student is not offered a seat in the nursing program and wishes to be considered for the next year, the student must reapply.

Points will be awarded for:

  • Quality points for grade in BIO 168: A =(4 x 4 credits) = 16, B = 12, C = 8
  • Quality points for grade in BIO 169: A = (4 x 4 credits) = 16, B = 12, C = 8
  • Completion of the following courses
    • ACA 122 1 point (or waiver)
    • ENG 111 3 points
    • PSY 150 3 points
    • PSY 241 3 points
    • BIO 271 3 points

    [*]Resident of Durham or Orange County 5 points

We have a waiting list with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Our classes our demanding and our grading scale is usually 93-100 A for a lot of the health/nursing based courses. I think it is all dependent on your individual school. I got on the waiting list with a 4.0 but so did the next person with a 3.0. At my school, they pay special attention to your grades for anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and biology for the health technologies for applicants. We actually had to list those grades and that we had passed the TEAS exam.

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