Low GPA in Nursing School



I'm currently 22 years old and about to finish my third semester of my ADN program in California. I just calculated my grades and know that I can not get more than a C this semester. How our program works is you take one class that incorporates lecture, lab, and clinical, they usually range from 8-9.5 units, so naturally getting a B or C in one class that is so heavily weighted will drop your overall GPA considerably. I Have received B's my first two semesters (8.5, 9.5 units) and my overall GPA including all classes I have taken since starting college is at a 3.37 My worry is that due to my low GPA I will not get into a BSN program or get hired. BSN programs in California are extremely competitive especially at state schools.

Did you have difficulty finding a job or transferring to a BSN program with a low GPA?

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.

I wouldn't worry. RN-to-BSN programs are abundant, available online and GPA is only ONE factor in admissions. The most important this is your RN license- this will not be a barrier.


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Seek an online RN to BSN program and you won't have to worry. You don't need to attend a brick and mortar (CSU campus) program.