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Please help my grades are killing me!!

I currently have a 3.2 science gpa but a cum of 2.3. Has anyone been accepted into a BSN program with these kind of statistics. I am extremely passionate about health care and I do not want my dreams to be ruined because of mistakes made when I was younger.

Is that GPA including all of your prereqs. needed for the program you're applying for? To be honest, the 2 different GPAs may definitely affect you but there should be some program you are accepted into. What about applying for every program possible or speaking to the academic advisor and getting their opinion? Maybe they will encourage you to take a few classes to increase your cum. gpa? Good luck to you!

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU.

There have been people who have gotten into nursing school with a low GPA but they are most certainly the exception as opposed to the rule. I got into nursing school with a lower-than-average GPA, but I chose a holistic program that looked at all the aspects of each candidate before making a decision. You will definitely want to retake some of the courses you got lower grades in to raise your GPA. What kinds of grades did you get in your prerequisites? You'll want As preferably.

Try visiting an academic advisor at your school. At mine, there were ways to increase my GPA based on two things: one, replacing old grades with newer, better ones (I hadn't realized that I had to file a request for the old grades to be replaced), and two, expunging a number of my old units based on my current gpa and the amount of time that has gone by. Good luck!

Unfortunately I am a senior and I only have one class left. I am biology major at Rochester Institute of Technology. I do well in directly science related courses just not everything else. I am currently looking at Texas Christian University and Northern Arizona University because they only consider prerequisite gpa's not cum. My Grades so far are..

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II - B and B
  • Microbiology - B
  • Elementary Statistics A
  • Lifespan Human Development B
  • Introductory Sociology B
  • General Psychology B+
  • Nutrition B+
  • Pathophysiology A

Unfortunately I am a senior and I only have one class left. I am biology major at Rochester Institute of Technology. I do well in directly science related courses just not everything else. I am currently looking at Texas Christian University and Northern Arizona University because they only consider prerequisite gpa's not cum. My Grades so far are..

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II - B and B
  • Microbiology - B
  • Elementary Statistics A
  • Lifespan Human Development B
  • Introductory Sociology B
  • General Psychology B+
  • Nutrition B+
  • Pathophysiology A

I think you should consider holistic programs as BeachyRN2Be suggested. Is Patho a pre-req for the schools you are applying to?

Awesomocity0

Specializes in Gastroenterology, PACU.

The mistakes you made when you were younger bit confuses me. How much time has passed? If it's a situation where you were 20 and failed classes and are 30 now, you might be able to have those classes wiped. Many states have forgiveness if enough time has passed. If it's a one year ago thing, then I wouldn't really write that off as mistakes of youth.

As for TCU, best of luck there. TCU is selective, just like most Texas schools, and even a 3.2 is kind of low. I've had friends who applied with higher grades and were rejected. And I've had friends who got in but couldn't pay the tuition, because... it's a private school and will cost you a small fortune. And if you're a 'senior' you may not qualify for any kind of aid. Many institutions here in Texas won't give you anything except federal loans if you're on your second degree. And what you need to borrow will exceed the Stafford loan limits to attend a school like TCU. I'd think about going the ADN route.

it depends on the college & the applicant pool. I didn't get into a BSN program that I applied to, and my cumm GPA was a 3.4 at the time (which nursing school has brought down to a 3.2, thaaaanks). I inquired and I was told the applicant pool was strong, there were candidates with higher scores, and they suggested I tried again next year. I didn't want to wait and risk rejection again, so I accepted the ADN program that accepted me.

A&Ox6, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics/Psych/QI/Suicide Prevention/Regulatory.

When I attended, I was enrolled with a 3.89, and that was on the low end of my class. Every program is different, but it can be extremely competitive.

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing.

Well if they are your "dreams" why did you not work hard to get the grades you need? "Younger"..yes..but still an adult. And adult grades MATTER.

Passion is not going to make any difference. GPA and grades are what matter.

You need to ask the school where you want to attend if someone with a 2.3 GPA can even apply let alone get into nursing school. No one on a message board can answer because all schools vary somewhat. I personally have never heard of anyone getting into nursing school with a 2.3. And why is your science GPA only a 3.2? You are passionate but still in the low 3's?

GO STUDY. DO NOT STOP STUDYING.

Science GPA weighs heavier than prereq classes in most instances. Still GPA alone does not mean you will or won't get into a program. Just because your GPA is 3.89 does not mean you are a shoe in for a program. What is that 3.89 consisting of? A person could have a 4.0 filled with fluff classes that only serve to boost a GPA, means very little. They do look at other factors.

I would suggest, like others here, that you speak with specific programs. Have them look at your transcript and make suggestions as to how you can improve your chances. They may suggest that you take additional classes to boost that 2.3; that doesn't mean that fashion merchandising is what you should choose. Lol! At any rate, good luck on your journey.

NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

But even if they look at prereq GPA for admission, you will still have to have a min cumulative GPA. Make sure you are looking at the fine print. My school does a points system for admission. You do have to have at least a 2.5 GPA to apply. If you have that, then they look at 4 classes and assign points along with points for a Teas test. I would be shocked if especially a BSN program doesn't look at some kind of cumulative GPA.

I'm freaking out about my grades as well, though my situation is slightly different. I have B's in Anatomy and Bio but I still need to take Microbio, Physiology, and Chemistry. My GPA for my Pre-reqs are 2.8! :( By the end of this semester I should have a 3.0. I know some schools only look at your most recent grades, and not the past marks. Others, however, like the school I'm DYING to get into look at ALL of your grades cumulatively, which sucks for me. I'm going to apply to all of the nursing schools in my area and pick the best one. :/

I was recently accepted into a BSN at a pretty reputable school. Historically, the average GPA for those accepted into my program range from 3.80 to 4.0. My cum. GPA is 3.47 and my science GPA is a 3.48, but the thing about my program is that GPA wasn't all that influenced their decision. We also had to submit an essay and resume. OP, if you really want to get in I suggest you retake the classes and bring your GPA higher. I would also contact the director of the program as well. Good luck!

I'm freaking out about my grades as well, though my situation is slightly different. I have B's in Anatomy and Bio but I still need to take Microbio, Physiology, and Chemistry. My GPA for my Pre-reqs are 2.8! :( By the end of this semester I should have a 3.0. I know some schools only look at your most recent grades, and not the past marks. Others, however, like the school I'm DYING to get into look at ALL of your grades cumulatively, which sucks for me. I'm going to apply to all of the nursing schools in my area and pick the best one. :/

You go where they take you, LOL. I was crushed when I got my rejection letter to the BSN program I wanted. But I got into an ADN, graduated, studying for NCLEX and moving on. It's not the route that I wanted for myself. I'm certainly grateful for it though.

Hey guys ADN is not much easier to get into these days... Just saying. It seems like everyone wants to be a nurse

Hey guys ADN is not much easier to get into these days... Just saying. It seems like everyone wants to be a nurse

Yes. My ADN program of choice is extremely competitive. I pretty much need a 4.0, a really great HESI score, and a lot of hours worked as a CNA to get in.

So far, I have that 4.0 and I'm working on those CNA hours, but I have a long way to go.

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NurseGirl525, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Science GPA weighs heavier than prereq classes in most instances. Still GPA alone does not mean you will or won't get into a program. Just because your GPA is 3.89 does not mean you are a shoe in for a program. What is that 3.89 consisting of? A person could have a 4.0 filled with fluff classes that only serve to boost a GPA, means very little. They do look at other factors.

I would suggest, like others here, that you speak with specific programs. Have them look at your transcript and make suggestions as to how you can improve your chances. They may suggest that you take additional classes to boost that 2.3; that doesn't mean that fashion merchandising is what you should choose. Lol! At any rate, good luck on your journey.

Not true. Any program I have ever looked at, whether it was an ASN program or BSN program they either look at a cumulative GPA or look at certain classes which is usually a couple of sciences, an english, and either a psych or math class. Every program I have also looked at has a bare min GPA to apply. There may be a few programs at a 2.0 to apply, but I have never seen them. Most it's a 2.5 or higher to apply.

This person is going to have to see if retakes are allowed at all.

@NuguyNurse2b Yeah, I'm definitely seeing now that even ADN programs are competitive and wherever they end up accepting me, I will go. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that it's a decent one that will actually prepare me for the field.

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