Is nursing school still a possibility for me? What should I do?


Currently, I'm a pre-nursing student at Baylor University in Texas. I had to retake Anatomy & Physiology 1 this semester because my grade was a "D" and this semester it's looking like it'll be the same way. For those who aren't aware, the Anatomy & Physiology courses required for pre-nursing students to take at Baylor is ridiculously hard; there are some pre-med students in our class who take it their senior year. But even though this grade is a D, my other grades are perfectly fine. Since I can no longer repeat the course to try and make a better grade, due to the University policy, I can't apply to the nursing school that is affiliated with the nursing program here at Baylor. I was advised to change majors, but the truth is I don't see myself doing anything else but nursing.

So I was wondering if I were to transfer to a different school, get my grades up and the rest of my pre-reqs done, then apply to nursing schools, I could still make it in? Would my grades be replaced? Is all hope lost for me?


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Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Find out from the programs you're applying to what their repeat policy is. They all vary. I'd also look at multiple programs if at all possible. If there's a program that will take your highest score, consider retaking A&P at a different school, and see what happens.


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I always say where there is a will there is a way. I totally bombed my first year in college. Like BOMBED. I just didn't take it seriously. When I did go back 6 yrs later I still didn't do great cause I got by with little to no studying. Then I got serious and started taking classes to get my GPA up. My GPA overall still isn't great, but with hard work, great reference letters and personally talking to schools I got into an ABSN program. I am on probation for the first semester, but they said as long as I pass I am fine. I am nervous, but I finally am making it happen. So hang in there, you can do it!


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I would advise you to go to a local community college and take a Nurse Aide class that has a clinical component to give you a more hands on idea of what the Nursing field is like on a very basic level. If you do well and still believe Nursing is the field for you, than why not take Anatomy and Physiology at the Community College as well! Maybe take an introduction to Biology and then A&P. At the Community College level, classes are often smaller than a University and instructors have a more hands on approach with each student. Form a study group and make flash cards - this was the only way that I was able to survive! After you complete A&P regroup and apply to the Nursing programs of your choice. Good luck & don't let yourself feel discouraged - if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it happen!


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All I can say is dont give up. Keep pushing and you'll find a way to get to your goals. I am not a stellar student but when there is a will there is a way, I know it's cliche but it's true! Your dreams are valid and you can make them come true! Good luck finding a way past this! :)