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Hi there,

 

I recently moved to the South Bay Area from Los Angeles. I used to be in an RN program but failed out. I still would like to go for my RN but how do I make my application stronger? The schools I’m interested in are:

Evergreen cc, hartnell cc, Cabrillo, Monterey, and Gavilan college so far. 
 
I'm taking a cna class to be certified. After that I’m thinking of taking EMT to refresh my anatomy and physio and be certified. 

I don’t know if it’s worth repeating anatomy and physiology because currently I have

 anatomy Grade B (taken in 2013)

physio Grade B  (Taken in 2014)

micro grade A 

  

I’ve also been an Medical assistant for 5 years. Any input is appreciated. I haven’t taken the TEAS 6 yet either I only taken version. 5

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To be competitive you need as close to a 4.0 GPA in your sciences as possible.  You will most likely be a second tier candidate with those B grades, however, repeating at a community college is not usually allowed and there is no guarantee you would achieve an A.

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One other thing to look out for is to make sure your classes are still acceptable due to how long ago they were taken.  I think for community colleges they may not put an "expiration date" on them, but if you decide to go somewhere else you may have to retake them due to the classes aging out.

As you probably already know, California nursing programs are very competitive. You have two things going against you right out of the gate:  You already failed nursing school once and the two "B" grades you have in your prerequisites.  Thankfully, you do have 5 years of healthcare experience so that may be able to help you out. 

I would almost recommend that if you can, you would be better off moving back to the LA area to places like Imperial County, Riverside County or San Bernardino county.  Especially Imperial County  - seems it would be less competitive due to less people being in the county.

Good luck!

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23 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

To be competitive you need as close to a 4.0 GPA in your sciences as possible.  You will most likely be a second tier candidate with those B grades, however, repeating at a community college is not usually allowed and there is no guarantee you would achieve an A.

That’s why I’m hesitant on repeating anatomy or Physio. Although I saw Cabrillo and hartnell May do exceptions on repeats if they’re over 5 years. 

10 hours ago, Mergirlc said:

One other thing to look out for is to make sure your classes are still acceptable due to how long ago they were taken.  I think for community colleges they may not put an "expiration date" on them, but if you decide to go somewhere else you may have to retake them due to the classes aging out.

As you probably already know, California nursing programs are very competitive. You have two things going against you right out of the gate:  You already failed nursing school once and the two "B" grades you have in your prerequisites.  Thankfully, you do have 5 years of healthcare experience so that may be able to help you out. 

I would almost recommend that if you can, you would be better off moving back to the LA area to places like Imperial County, Riverside County or San Bernardino county.  Especially Imperial County  - seems it would be less competitive due to less people being in the county.

Good luck!

Thank you so much but I can’t move back to Los Angeles. I heard it’s more impacted there than northern Cali actually! Don’t know if it’s true though.

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For the student who can’t get in, schools in the north and in the south are equally impacted.  That is why a 4.0 GPA with no repeats and no W’s is close to essential.

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I’m enrolled in a CNA class for the fall 2020 and Spring 2021 I’m going to enroll into an Emt to refresh my clinical skills. I’m aiming to be an ER tech (my goal is to be an ER nurse) gain clinical hours and then go back to retake prequisite courses (maybe anatomy and eng 1b since I had a B in both)

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