Published Feb 24, 2014
Hi everyone I decided to become a nurse I have been unemployed now for almost a year and I decided that I love helping people and nurses are always in need. With 3 children I need a career that I will enjoy and also be able to be employed. I have a BS in psychology and my last semester term gpa is 3.0 but my overall is 2.83. I decided to apply to an accelerated program but I need to complete the pre-requisities and also Im trying to figure out how to bring my gpa up. Im planning to get B's and A's in my pre-requities and hoping that it will help me. I am interested in UCF accelerated program BSN. I wish I could turn back time and have gotten into the nursing field earlier.
LadyFree28, BSN, LPN, RN
Before embarking on becoming a nurse, I am sure you have researched that thee is NO shortage of nurses, and there are a glut of new grad and experienced nurses; expect that you may continue to be unemployed for a period of time before you land your first job, just FYI, even as you have your BSN...cast your net wide, think about shadowing a nurse or gaining some healthcare experience by becoming a CNA as well.
I agree with LadyFree28! Nursing is nowhere NEAR as stable as it used to be, and new grads have an impossible time finding work.
No Bs in your prereqs if you're trying to boost your GPA and become competitive (and programs are extremely competitive). You need As. You can help your GPA by taking transferable classes and getting As in them. I don't know for sure about aBSN programs, but I know here in CA, for the traditional BSN route, most GPAs of those who get in are at a minimum 3.7 overall.
HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD
Accelerated programs normally utilize cumulative GPA rather than just going by pre-requisites..... just want you to be prepared for this.
meeep, BSN, RN
Actually, there are quite a few that go by program GPA.
There are. My ABSN program only looked at the last 60 hours completed, so that took my cumulative GPA from a 3.0 to a 4.0!
Like others have said, get As in your prereqs. Not only improves your chances of being accepted into a nursing program, but it's important to have a solid understanding of Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, etc. before you go into nursing school.
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