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Low BScN GPA, getting into NP

juliyg juliyg (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Mental Health. Has 1 years experience.

Hi everyone! I am new to this platform

I am a mental health RN with 1.5 years of experience. I unfortunately have a low BScN GPA (2.89) mainly due to working throughout my time at school, taking care of my sick mother and personal health issues. A lot happened LOL but I genuinely feel like my GPA is not reflective of the nurse I am or the potential I have. I went to Yale for undergrad and struggled due to rigorous courses and personal problems. I was just rejected from the 1 NP Program I applied to (CUNY). I'm nervous that my GPA will haunt me for the rest of my career. I have been passionate regarding the mental health field for YEARS- even my jobs during college were on psych units. 


Any advice on how to be a better applicant for next year? I'm heartbroken but mainly want to grow and be the best nurse I can be. Should I take the GRE to supplement my app? My essay and recommendations were strong. For context I live in NYC and would like to stay here-any online programs or general programs I should look into?



Thank you so much 🙂

FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care. Has 3 years experience.

I also went to Yale right out of high school and struggled, for the same reasons.  It is understandable your BSN GPA might be lower if you had to work - so explain that in your admissions essay.  I would suggest you take some additional relevant courses to raise your GPA.  Look at the extension programs for universities for health-care and science related courses.  These are open to everyone, they don't care what your GPA is.  UCLA and other UC schools offer many courses online.  Even community college courses may offer some classes that would be relevant.  Try to get your undergrad GPA to a 3.0 minimum.  

Finally, apply to multiple NP programs.  

Best wishes.


Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

On 3/22/2021 at 4:11 PM, juliyg said:

Should I take the GRE to supplement my app?

I don't know why anyone is so hesitant to take the GRE. You do not have to send your scores to anyone but you. I took it to  apply for scholarships (it was not required for admission) and ended up with a scholarship in my MSN program after I had exhausted other sources (traineeships). Not many nursing students take the GRE but the college has to give out GRE based scholarships across the graduate programs. WIN WIN