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GPA below 3.0?? Should I even bother??

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PICUJenRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatric ICU.

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Hello student NPs & advisors,

I graduated in May 2018 with my BSN and after a year and a half in the profession I am looking to advance my career and return to school for my masters. I am primarily looking to online schools in or near the greater NYC area for pediatric acute or primary care NP. I'm currently a PICU nurse and LOVE my job. My hospital reimbursement is very generous so I am thrilled to be pursuing this passion.

However, I graduated nursing school with a 2.89 overall GPA. My freshman GPA was a 2.4, sophomore a 2.6, then junior 3.5 and as a senior 4.0 (these are all approximates I havent double checked.) Majority, but not all, of my nursing classes I received a B or higher. I did not take college seriously as a freshman and had a tough time playing catch up. 

Do you think with my peds experience and my passion for the profession, schools like Stony Brook, Seton Hall, and Rutgers will even consider me? 

Also, any other suggestions for online programs nearby? Drexel is the furthest I would consider but it's still very far and Philly isn't very convenient for me. Thanks in advance to any advice you may provide!

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barcode120x has 5 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Telemetry.

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Don't see why not. Wouldn't hurt to throw a few applications out there. If you don't get in, then you know why.

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Yes, you should bother. I suggest reaching out to admissions and asking for some guidance. Maybe other than the top tier schools, I imagine there are many students who had their periods of less-than-stellar academic achievement. No one is perfect and in my opinion, people should recognize that grades are not everything. If you can prove that you pulled yourself up out of that and also did amazing extracurricular things, then I think you have a chance.

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