Poor grades in college hurt nursing chances?

  1. Hi everybody,

    I am hoping to start LPN school in Fall of 2002 or 2003 and have my first meeting / interview with a nursing school advisor next week at my local Community College. I allready have a BS in Agricultural Science and my advisor asked me to bring along my college transcript to see what requisites I allready meet. My worry is that on my college transcript I don't look like the greatest student. I have a lot of general science classes like general biology, micro biology, chem, and algebra which I only did average or poor in. Also, when I first got to college I was a business major and a lot of classes that I took my first year such as Accounting and Economics I did poorly in (wasn't interested in them and so I changed majors). However, I did do really well in the science and engineering classes that applied towards my major but my GPA still looks pretty shotty. (Actually, I personally think the classes that went towards my major had a higher degree dificulty in science and math.) I'm worried that they won't accept me because I have allready been through school and classes that would be used as pre-requisites to their program, I was only an average student.

    Has anyone else been through this or can you give advice?
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  3. by   GPatty
    How about this one? I dropped out of two different colleges without notice before getting into and staying in the college I am currently in. I am now into the LPN program and doing well, I might add.
    I'm sure the advisor has seen about everything and your situation is really no different than others. Go for your dream and do it! I'm sure you can!
    Good Luck!
  4. by   Zee_RN
    Nope, I haven't been through it, but, if I were you, I would stress things like how much more *mature* I am now and better able to commit myself to studies; how I have a goal I'm truly interested in and committed to. And I'm sure that's true too...I don't know how long ago you went to school, but chances are you've matured since then and ready to work for what you want. So many kids go to college simply because its expected of them and their hearts aren't really in it.

    Present yourself professionally and with an air of confidence and those grades won't matter...if they were *really* poor in a subject that a strong requirement for nursing, they may ask you to repeat it. But you can handle that . Go for it!
  5. by   P_RN
    I'm fairly sure that most of what they will look for is at least a C in the courses to be transferred. D's aren't usually transferrable.

    That'll probably be all there is to it. You after all have proved you can graduate from college.

    What about looking into an ADN program too. Around here the LPN school had a longer waiting list than the ADN did and they were at the same school.

    Good luck and I believe you will do just fine.
  6. by   GPatty
    I shouldn't have sounded so crass in telling you that I had dropped out of 2 colleges before finding one I liked. Although it has never come up to haunt me, and there were some courses I did have to re-take, I would never suggest to anyone that that's the route to go. Find a college you will be happy with and go for it!
    And like Zee_RN said. Present yourself professionally and more mature, and you should have no problem.
    The best of luck to you!
  7. by   grouchy

    If your grades are an issue, perhaps the school wil agree to admit you if you retake some of your science classes and achieve a certain grade.