I recently transfered to Lehman College from Bronx Community College in hopes of becoming a RN and have completed all of my core prerequisites, however I could not seem to get into either nursing programs
due to a long waiting list and a 2.4 GPA. What would be my best course of action to attain my goal of becoming an RN. Is it possible that i can be accepted by an entry level college (in the state of New York) that gives a BSN in nursing with my current GPA? or should I pursue becoming a LPN and make the transition from that point on?, would that decision be easier? and if i was to take the route of becoming an LPN, are there any suggestions on how I would start this process?
Oct 21, '07
With a 2.4GPA your very best bet would be to bite the bullet and go to a private 2year program. I'm not trying to be mean but the chances of you ever getting a clinical spot in a CUNY program with that GPA is nil.
If you have been going to Lehman and BCC I will assume that you are close to the Bronx. If I were you I would try Cochran because right now they are still accepting students based off of the TEAS (which is not that difficult).
After you get your RN you can always go back to Lehman for the BSN. I know that it may not be what you want to hear but I have never heard of anyone getting a clinical seat with less than a 3.5 (and that is pushing it). So you have to make a choice...you can stay at a CUNY school and waste years trying to boost your GPA and keep trying to get in to clinical or you can take some loans and go elsewhere.
Ultimately you will have to decide what is best for you but just remember every year that you don't get in is another year that you will not be working as an RN making RN money.
If you decide to become an LPN first then you may opt to do a bridge program like Helene Fuld or Hopfer's bridge program. The only thing about these programs is that you will have to have one year's work experience before you can apply.
Monroe college is starting an LPN-RN program but you gotta take the pre-reqs at that school and that will take you a few semesters. So no matter which way you spin it you will end up taking 2-3 years to complete your RN if you go that route. So again, if I were you I would just try Hopfer or Cochran take the 2 years and get the RN and then complete the BSN at a CUNY on the cheap.
I don't know anything about nursing programs
in the SUNY system but I imagine that most of them are just as competitive as CUNY because of the low cost.
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Oct 21, '07