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GED and Nursing


Hello anyone out there I was wondering if there were any nurses out there that have their GED'S? I was asking because i'm in the process of getting my GED and after that I wanted to become an RN. Now the people that i've talked to have said that a GED would ruin my life and i would never be able to become a Rn because of it, I know that it's not the GED that brings you down its what you choose to do with it. But anyway if any nurses out there could tell me what it was like becoming a nurse with their GED that would really help me out. Thank you to anyone who wants to answer1:up:


Has 1 years experience.

I have one and I am in my second semester of a nursing program.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

The GED is supposed to be a substitute for a HS diploma. Go after your goal! Let the people who run the schools set the standards, not "other" people.

P.S. I used to work with a Doctor who started with GED but ended up a Doctor.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

I have one. 10 years later I went to nursing school. No problem at all. just had to do well in the pre-reqs so my GPA was high.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

I know two Chief Nurse Executives (one male, one female) who started out with GEDs after semi-disastrous HS experiences. Both have earned PhDs. Ignore those nay-sayers. They're just trying to bring you down. Education-wise, there's nothing stopping you... except maybe really bad college grades because your GPA really is that permanent record that High School Principles were always going on about.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Yes, it is possible to become a nurse with a GED.

However, you will need to earn excellent grades. Preferably, you will need to earn all 'A' grades in your prerequisite course sequence to allay any nursing program director's fears and prove to them that you are not a marginal student.

Good luck to you!

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

At what point did you leave school? You might have to take a few math classes to get up to speed but it is very doable. Do well in your prerequisites!

Yes, its possible. I dropped out of high school as a sophomore. It didn't take me long out in the real world to figure out education is necessary if one enjoys having options in life. I moved through earning a GED, vocational training, an associate degree, and a couple of bachelor degrees.

Like others have said, its important to WORK at making good grades. Find your weaknesses and study those on your own - not just when enrolled in a class. Use tutoring labs. Ask if those who have gone before you have tips. Seek out mentors. Don't make things more complicated than they have to be.

No one defines your limits - or horizons - in life but you!


Specializes in Telemetry. Has 1 years experience.

I have my GED and graduated in December with my BSN. I had to take a special ACT to get into the university, but I did it. Go for it. Don't let it hold you back.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

A GED is not going to ruin your life...NOT getting it could severely restrict your possibilities. What's done with your high school education is done. Get the GED. :up: Then pursue your dream with all you've got!

Thank you all so much, that really helps now i don't feel bad about getting my GED and trying to make it as a nurse people were making me think it was never going to happen. But to answer your question @Esme12 I dropped out when I was a junior.

I have my GED and have been accepted to many colleges. Even Harvard accepts the GED. Go for it!

Good luck with your future endevours!!

I think a GED in a number of cases is a great deal more difficult than going to high school!! I think that any number of colleges are of that same thought process.

I have a GED. Got it 14 years after I dropped out of school. I had to take two classes to fulfill pre-req's but did that through adult education.

I've been accepted into two nursing programs, hold high honors, been awarded academic scholarships. A GED will only hold you back if you let it.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Esme is right about the math classes. I did take some basic math classes early on so I would be prepared for the required ones.

I think i can deal with taking some extra math classes that wouldn't hurt anything

I am so glad I found this thread. I also dropped out of high school my junior year. & I am in community college right now taking my general class's & I'm starting my second semester this fall. They are right, it doesn't matter if you have a GED it matter what you do with it. Focus on school & in no time you will become a RN. I was definitely worried at first as well but you can't let that GED title make your life title!


Specializes in Cardiac Care.

I have one... have been an LPN and now an RN for over a year and now I am about to start an RN to MSN program. Someone I work with has one and is about to finish their FNP