I am a 29 year old woman who has a BA in interior architecture/design. I live in NYC and over the past year I have decided I want to become a nurse. I feel SO great about this decision and I have never wanted anything more in my life. I have been researching heavily for the past 8 months and I am currently on the path to taking all my pre-reqs at a community college in nyc starting this summer. Once all my pre-reqs are completed I will be applying to several accelerated BSN programs throughout the country, but mostly in nyc. I will go anywhere that will accept me!!!
but lately I have been feeling pretty discouraged
I know how hard it is to get into nursing school and how important your gpa is. I'm scared that it will be really hard for me to get into an accelerated bsn program because my gpa from my BA is only a 2.8
BUT the program I was in was VERY hard to get into and is so competitive [the top ranked interior architecture program in the country] and it was also a 5 year program. our PORTFOLIOS were what were most important NOT our gpa's and I was one of the top students in my class! just making it through that program with anything above a 2.5 was considered a huge accomplishment.
I guess what i'm looking for are any stories of people who got into programs relatively quickly, despite lower gpa's. I have some really great recommendation letters, my personal essay will be great, I'm doing volunteer work in a hospital, and I will HOPEFULLY get a 4.0 on all my pre-reqs as I know how important all A's will be!
I don't mind waiting a while to get into a program but i'm hoping i don't have to wait more than 2 years after i'm done with all my pre-reqs.
my other question is do you think schools will finally give you a chance if you apply like 4 times?! do they finally let you in if you meet all of their requirements and continue to apply for years?!
I need some encouragement. I really have never wanted anything more in my life and am willing to do whatever it takes to become a nurse!
Apr 13, '07
Quote from lilkaymin
Why are you *waiting* for your prereqs to apply? you can apply to NYU for a 'traditional' 2nd bachelors. That way you have another option. That's what I did. I didn't want to take the prereqs and apply only not to get in anywhere - I'm paranoid about wasting a term or two. So I just applied to NYU. I got in and am planning to attend this fall. I think it'll be four full terms and one term of summer school.
Sorry but I disagree with you. I think it's smart to take your prereqs elsewhere especially in CUNY schools b/c the classes are easier and you'll save yourself ton of $$$$. Since you will be attending one of the most expensive nursing school in the city, you want to save your $$$$ for only nursing classes. I don't want to scare you but one of my friend that is graduating with me this May from NYU took out $85,000 in private/federal loans to survive 2 years of school. I, on the other hand have less than $50,000 student loan. Therefore, if you do really well with your prereqs I don't see a reason why you can't wait till you're done with it and then transfer. That what I and my most of classmates did.
Just my two cents!!!
Last edit by Sammi15 on Apr 13, '07
Apr 13, '07
Yeah, for my case. I wouldn't ever have taken the prereqs without being accepted into nursing school first. I just wouldn't have risked it. In the OP's case, she's not sure she'll get in with the 2.8 even with the prereqs. So if she doesn't get into a school, she'll have taken the preqeqs, wasted a term and money for nothing. That way, if you get into NYU first, you'll know you're taking the prereqs for something. It's only one term at NYU anyway. I admit it is expensive but I needed the insurance to pursue something like that. I mean it's just another option, she doesn't have to go even if she got in.,..
Last edit by lilkaymin on Apr 13, '07