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Low gpa! Do I have a shot?

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Hi everyone, thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.

I'm currently in my 2nd year at Wayne State University and have decided to change my career path to nursing. I initially wanted to do nursing but decided to do medicine. Now after realizing I have a very slim chance at medical school (due to being an international student, and lower gpa) I've decided to do nursing as I initially wanted to. I am a Canadian student, so I'm looking for a nursing school that would accept me as an international.

My first year was tough, I had personal issues going on therefore resulting in a low gpa and bad start. I have a 2.67 gpa. I am looking into the ADN to BSN route as I don't think I will be able to be accepted to a BSN direct program due to my low gpa and the high competitiveness of the programs. I'm looking into Chamberlain very seriously, the high cost is not an issue as I really require getting into nursing. They require a 2.75 minimum at any previous universities. Do you think I will get rejected even if I perform well on the HESI exam which they require? Please be honest, if anyone has any stories of acceptances with a low gpa it would greatly help. Thank you so much.

This is causing me so much stress!!! Any other easier, less competitive ADN Programs would be highly appreciated!!! ANYTHING HELPS.

Most nursing schools will have a minimum GPA, but unless you're well above their minimum you *might* not be considered. A 2.75 really means at least a 3.0. Can you take classes at a community college to try and bring up your GPA?

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU. Has 4 years experience.

In many programs, it is rare to get accepted with the minimum GPA. You are competing with applicants with significantly higher GPAs than the minimjm, just think of it that way.

Your best bet would be to retake classes you didn't get an A in (especially prerequisites) to bring up your GPA.

I was accepted into NS with a low GPA from college when I went through some serious health problems, but I sought out a nursing program with a holistic approach to the application process (where they look at the whole applicant and not just grades). I had a LOT of people write letters of recommendation on my behalf (including my dean at my old college whom I was still in touch with). I also rocked the interview portion as well.

Hi! I go to chamberlain in troy Mi and I can tell you it's extremely pricey, but welll worth the money. But the low GPA is a concern. Maybe if you retake one of your classes that you did poorly on? That would increase your GPA to meet the requirment

Honestly, you are probably not going to get into nursing school.

You need to figure out a way to get your GPA up. Re-take classes you have low grades in or take a bunch of easy A classes to bring up your average.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Honestly, you are probably not going to get into nursing school.

We're talking about the Chamberlain School of Nursing, owned by the for-profit university behemoth DeVry Corporation. They have virtually a 100 percent acceptance rate and will take almost anyone who can find a way to fund the $86,000 tuition for the BSN program.

We're talking about the Chamberlain School of Nursing, owned by the for-profit university behemoth DeVry Corporation. They have virtually a 100 percent acceptance rate and will take almost anyone who can find a way to fund the $86,000 tuition for the BSN program.

Ah. I wasn't aware. That's just... Sad and demoralizing. Maybe even infuriating.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

We're talking about the Chamberlain School of Nursing, owned by the for-profit university behemoth DeVry Corporation. They have virtually a 100 percent acceptance rate and will take almost anyone who can find a way to fund the $86,000 tuition for the BSN program.

Actually, they do have a minimum GPA requirement as the OP stated: BSN Requirements, Admissions BSN Program | Chamberlain College

hazel30, BSN, RN

Specializes in Women and Infants. Has 4 years experience.

Ha, you'll get in. They DO take almost anyone. Only thing is, you'll be weeded out if you don't bring your grades up-- but not before you pay some of those tuition fees.

They definitely have a GPA requirement. Chamberlain is an extremely good nursing program and it irritates me that people think otherwise just because the entrance requirements aren't as hard as other schools. Trust me, once your in its HARD to stay in. Chamberlain grads get hired at the same institutions as other schools and uphold their name to very high standards. So annoying.

I have applied to the Jacksonville campus for the Fall 2015 semester. I scored an 86 on my HESI but my gpa is slight below the required gpa. My advisor is very upbeat and positive about my package but I am extremely nervous! They are wrapping up summer semeter applicats so I havent heard back yet. I have 10+ years enlisted military in the medical field but unfortunately my training does not convert over into my gpa. This is my dream, hopefully it will come true!

Edited by Elenamarie83

you definitely have a shot! the admissions advisor at chamberlain told me they look at everything for example they will see maybe your gpa is a little low but you have military medical training.

I got in! I start Aug 31st at the Jacksonville, FL campus :).

JacAn001, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

Congratulations! I'm waiting to find out if I got into the Houston, TX campus

I got in! I start Aug 31st at the Jacksonville, FL campus :).

I got in! I start Aug 31st at the Jacksonville, FL campus :).

Hi, I'm in for Jacksonville also. What date did you pick for orientation?

Elenamarie83, I plan on applying for Chamberlain for either their Summer or Fall session. I as well am in the same boat that you were in. My GPA is just below their requirements. Do you mind me asking what your GPA was when you applied? Other than their requirements do they take your HESI score greatly into account?

Did you get accepted into the Houston location? If so, how was your GPA?

I myself am in a similar situation. I know people like you and I who were excepted into Chamberlain despite the low GPA. With that being said, if you do well on your entry exam, which is the HESI. You do have a chance. Volunteer work, internships, certificates, etc. will help you as well. I'm In California one of the most competitive states for nursing and if these lower GPA people can be accepted for a BSN-RN in this program I don't see why we wouldn't be as well. Retaking classes to bring up the GPA to look more competitive would also be a good idea as well if you want some extra cushion!