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by NCKristiBA NCKristiBA (New Member) New Member Nurse

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Hi there - so I am applying to FNP school at several different universities and have a question about GPA's for admission purposes.  I have a bachelor's degree in business management from 2002 and needless to say, I did not graduate with a very good GPA. 

Since that time, I received my ADN and BSN.  I had a 3.96 in my BSN program, but that only accounts for 33 hours.  My GPA from my business degree was less than a 2.7 so I am really worried that I will have a hard time getting in any where.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  Do FNP schools typically only look at your nursing grades or will all the classes I took in my business degree also count toward my GPA?

Thank you!

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umbdude has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN.

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What's your cumulative GPA? (including your undergrad business, nursing pre-reqs, ADN, and BSN.) Some schools might have a 3.0 minimum. But it's best to ask the programs directly. If you meet the 3.0 minimum, my guess is that schools will put much more weigh on your science and nursing grades.

My undergrad in business GPA was just shy of 3.0, from 20 years ago. My GPAs since then have been high. Never had an issue with getting into nursing school.

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In a similar position! Most of the schools I have looked at account for the last 90 credits and they are not cut and dry - I would say a fair number state to apply anyway if you dont 100% meet the gpa cutoff requirements. I honestly have not tried to calculate every single grade I’ve gotten, but it wouldn’t be very high. My last 90 credits are 3.5, and my pre reqs for nursing school were 3.7/3.8. I wouldn’t worry about it if you’re well rounded and have a strong statement and other things going for you.

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FullGlass has 1 years experience as a BSN, MSN and works as a Adult and Geriatric Primary Care NP.

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Nursing schools care most about your nursing GPA.  An old undergrad GPA from over 10 years ago in a non-nursing field is not that important to them.  The GPA predicts your ability to succeed in grad school and your most recent GPA is the best predictor of what you can do now.  Good luck.

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