2.5 gpa Best way to get accepted in nursing program?!

  1. I will be applying for the nursing program in Fall 2014. I only have a 2.5 GPA because i didn't do so good when i first started college & ended up being put on academic probation. Now that I've got my s**t together, I decided to work towards becoming an RN & eventually a NP. But I'm having my doubts that I will even be acknowledged with my low GPA for the program.

    What can I do to raise my chances of getting accepted in the nursing program?!

    Should I take more classes to raise my GPA?

    Should I retake classes to raise my GPA?

    Should I volunteer in a hospital?

    Or should I just give up my dream of becoming a nurse because of my low GPA & from when I was on academic probation?!

    I'll take any advice because I really want to become a pediatric nurse practitioner someday. I'm only 21 y/o & ready to get my career started so I would like to know if I should continue pursuing a nursing career or something else.

    Thank You!
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  3. by   2bEQNurse14
    Do you have any classes left to take? Do your best in those.

    When I first started college, I made the horrible mistake of overloading myself for 2 qtrs. needless to say, I had a gpa around 2.3. I sat down with my advisor, we both decided that I should take things slower, and my gpa started to go up. I had an 'A' in math after having to drop it the previous qtr, got a b in biochem the following qtr, then aced psych and STNA(including passing the state exam). Now that I have learned how to manage classes and the whole college thing, I have taken my course load up to 10 semester hrs(OH had to change from qtrs to semesters fall of 2012). Now, my lowest grade is a 'b' in college algebra, with straight 'a's in comp and culture. Just recently, I did decently on the TEAS, and got into my colleges nursing program with a 3.0 GPA.

    What I'm trying to say is that college is a learning curve. Some people don't have a 4.0 off the bat, or even at all. My suggestion is to look what is on your schools plan of study. Take those classes slowly, even 1 or 2 at a time. Raise your GPA and see what happens.

    You may also even be eligible for fresh start.
  4. by   dianer83
    If you need to take more class's yes do that to raise your Gpa, never hurts to see improvement. If you have no more classes to take, do your best on the entrance exam. Other then that go for all tech colleges first, all I can tell you for university you may have to improve your Gpa cause they are more compatible. Good luck...
  5. by   zoe92
    I think the most important thing to do is to see what your school's policy is on retaking classes. If they allow you to, I would retake whichever classes you got less than a B in. You need to raise your GPA. A select number of schools may accept it at a 3.0 (if you also have volunteer experience, amazing recommendations & a well written essay) but most schools now expect around a 3.5.
  6. by   NorCalKid
    I would look at the schools you are looking to apply too. What do they want? My school wanted a 2.? overall but a 3.something on the sciences. It was a lottery and my past bad grades didn't matter(over 10 years old) but I had all As on the required sciences. So on my application to nursing school they saw nothing but As even though my overall GPA wasn't great. I don't think there is any way to really answer your question with out knowing what your school requires. I would look into that and come up with a plan to make yourself competitive.
  7. by   springchick1
    Our acceptance was based on a GPA of 2.5 or higher and then a point system. Anyone with a GPA less than 2.5 wasn't even considered. After that, your math, A & P 1 and 2, micro, and TEAS test were given points and they decided based on that.
  8. by   LadyFree28
    I would research what are the requirements are for each school, and what are the required courses, as well as a entrance exam. Your science grades should at least have a GPA of a 3.0, as many posters have stated.

    I challenged my science courses, and had a 3.0 GPA, and an overall GPA of 2.68 when I applied for a BSN program. I also had to take the NLN entrance exam, and they wanted me to score a 90 percent on the exam (got 92%), I got in.

    It took me 12 years to get my BSN. I failed NS at 19. I had test anxiety. I started over, went to PN school, worked, then went back to an accelerated BSN program, and graduated. Passed the boards, and I am working as a pediatric critical care nurse. I am 32. Remember it is all possible!

    Life is a ride full of lessons learned. Use your setbacks as strengths to meet your goals. You are still young, yet you have a plan now. Focus on your goals, find out what you need to do, continue to meet your goals, and everything will fall into place.
  9. by   Jill2Shay
    Find a program that's not competitive. The community college ADN programs in the Phoenix, AZ area are not competitive. There have got to be others. The programs in Cali are so saturated, we get lots of transfers from there for our programs. The school I go to as well as two others close by have a 100% first time pass rate for the NCLEX.
  10. by   shay&lynn
    Check the schools you are applying to and see what there requirement is...all are different.
  11. by   Miiki
    Find a school that has a noncompetitive waitlist, and wait to get into nursing school.
  12. by   CelesteM
    If you got less than a 3.0 on Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition or Lifespan psych, then you should absolutely retake them. You will need a lot of the knowledge in nursing school, and would be good to continue to develop and find study techniques that work for you (with challenging material) before you start in a nursing program. Especially if you want to go on to advanced practice, you need a good foundation and can't let excitement and impatience get in the way of really learning what you are in school for. Don't give up your dream, but you might need to relax on your timeline. You should definitely volunteer in the type of healthcare setting you want to work in as well.
    Like the others said, it really depends on the schools in your area on if that would be enough. The ADN program I am in is highly competitive and I also needed to go work as a CNA first to get in (I had a 3.5 and volunteer hrs). There is nothing wrong with a noncompetitive waitlist if there is one in your area, but I would spend that time just waiting, I would be preparing myself to succeed when I got in.
  13. by   Futurenurse2323
    What school was this?
  14. by   vohjen
    what school did you go to?