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Feeling extremely discouraged about getting into nursing school

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I am currently in my last year at a community college, however, my transcript is a complete mess. I was doing very well, until the fall semester of 2018. In the fall of 2018, I got extremely sick and was sick for the whole term. During that time I was taking A&P 1, nutrition, and two other electives. Being very ill really affected my academic performance and I ended up getting an F in anatomy and a C in nutrition. Since then, I have recovered and my grades have made a very large improvement. I received a B in microbio and microbio lab, a B in statistics, and A's in the rest. However, because of the F in A&P, my GPA dropped to a 2.9. I am retaking it this semester and my school offers grade forgiveness, so my GPA will go back up, but with nursing applications being due on March 1st, the 2.9 GPA is what is going to appear on my application. I am taking the HESI in about three weeks if that matters at all at this point. I feel very lost and discouraged; I feel as though I will not get accepted into any nursing school at this point. I did not expect to become as ill as I did, which completely threw me off. Has anyone else had a similar situation or just overall any advice on how I should go forward with this?  

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To be honest, I don’t think that any program will accept a F in Anatomy, and until you complete your next attempt for the course, that is what the nursing program will look at.  My advice would be to wait until you complete Your second attempt at Anatomy and then apply. It will set you back a semester, but that’s really nothing in the grand scheme of things.

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I wouldn't apply.  Wait and get a better grade and then apply.

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5 minutes ago, Bosoxgirl3358 said:

To be honest, I don’t think that any program will accept a F in Anatomy, and until you complete your next attempt for the course, that is what the nursing program will look at.  My advice would be to wait until you complete Your second attempt at Anatomy and then apply. It will set you back a semester, but that’s really nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Do you think it would be better to wait rather than putting that I am completing the course at the moment in the application as they require transcripts upon completion?

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Just now, FutureCRNA1999 said:

Do you think it would be better to wait rather than putting that I am completing the course at the moment in the application as they require transcripts upon completion?

It depends if they allow the core science courses to be in progress during the application period. I know with my school, it had to be completed prior to application. For the fall semester, applications were due in January and notification of admission was April.  Our rejection or admission was already determined before the end of the semester, so nothing in progress would apply. 

So in your case, if Anatomy needs to be completed before applications are due, that F is your grade for Anatomy.  But every school has different policies, therefore I would contact the school’s Nursing Department about their policy.

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6 hours ago, FutureCRNA1999 said:

Do you think it would be better to wait rather than putting that I am completing the course at the moment in the application as they require transcripts upon completion?

You really should talk to a school counselor about this and see if you can find a plan that will be more successful for you.  You need to have the best grades you can, and you should at least retake that A&P.  I would plan on perhaps applying for the next cycle. If you rush it, chances are you won't make it.  I would also take fewer courses at a time to help you get a higher GPA.

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I would add once again that you need to reach out to individual programs. Others have mentioned that programs they have been a part of would not look at current grades but the one I am a part of is not that way. If a student requests that their application be held until the end of the semester to have current grades considered, that will happen. So don't assume either direction (or that you will have to wait to apply until a later semester) and reach out to an advisor within the nursing program wherever you may apply. 

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