Is being a CNA give you a better chance at getting into Nursing School??

Students Pre-Nursing

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Hi all,

I just wanted to know if you think being a CNA will give me a better chance when applying to nursing schools? l am a certified medical assistant but haven't worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years now. I have to take my science pre-req's this fall and spring and then I will be applying to RN or BSN programs for 2010.

Do you think I should take the CNA course and try and get a job doing that for the year before I apply?

Any suggestions will help.

Thanks!

D.R.A.

207 Posts

Your university should provide you with a list of considerations used for appointing applicants to available slots in the RN program. For instance, being a CNA does not give you preference for the ADN program at my college, however, it is a pre-req for Nursing 101.

bluechick112

370 Posts

Specializes in Oncology/Hematology.

It really depends on which nursing school you're applying to. Some give extra points for working as a CNA. Some give extra points to you for just having your CNA certificate. Some don't care at all!

The one I applied to had a personal essay and they told me that including my experience in my CNA class really helped me out. I've never even worked as a CNA, but the fact that I had taken the class and enjoyed it gave me an edge in applying to nursing school!

guiltysins

887 Posts

I think it would if you had like a lower GPA than what they usually accept people into the program. With the experience you'd have a better grasp of nursing so they'd be willing to take a chance with you. I don't think it would get you in over people that haven't but I think if they were on the fence about your application that would push it over to the acceptance side.

greeniebean

447 Posts

Specializes in Alzheimers and geriatric patients.

My school requires a CNA. You dont have to work as one but you have to have the CNA liscence. I think if nothing else it'll be good expirience.

Good Luck!

tinediddy

72 Posts

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions.

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