Sadly, in my school, the GPA is very important and the sole indicator of acceptance since admission is based on the applicant's average on the pre-clinical courses. The lowest accepted GPA for the Fall 2004 clinicals was 3.73.
On the program website, the minimum GPA for the program is listed a 2.5, HOWEVER, this really only means that you must have at least that 2.5 to apply. To get into the clinicals is a totally different story. I don't believe anyone has gotten accepted into the clinicals with anything less than a 3.2 in the last several years.:stone
Anyway, this is not to discourage anyone since every school has different admission requirements. My school happens to be a community college, therefore, there are more applicants than there are seats for the clinicals making it an EXTREMELY competitive program. I know this because my preclinical GPA is 3.7 and I just missed the cut-off.
Luckily for me, I transferred in one of the pre-clinical courses with a B, so I got approval to have it untransferred and am now retaking it this summer . I am aiming for an A (fingers crossed). I am praying to God that I get my A so that my preclinical GPA will rise to a 3.94. This should increase my chances of getting admitted to the Spring 05' clinicals. Wish me luck!
Keep your head up. The greatest nurses are not always made from the best GPA's.