I originally posted this in the Illinois forum but haven't heard from anyone.
Okay, I am in a predicament. I'm hoping some of you can help. I have all my gen eds/pre-reqs done for a BSN program here in Illinois. I had been dealing with one local university in particular. However, when I took the entrance test I did not score high enough in one particular area. I have a 4.0 GPA in all my science classes, and a 3.8 in general studies --math, pysch, soc, English, etc.
I have also worked in healthcare for over 15 years as a CNA/MA. But, because I did not score high enough by 1 percentage point, the school has denied me. I'm feeling utterly hopeless. I've managed such a high GPA while going to school full-time, working part-time, and having 4 kids. Does this not matter? I guess not. Both letters of recomendation from my school and my work does not seem to matter to this facility. I thought the entrance test was supposed to determine "success" in the program. I think I have been quite successful in my studies. Does this seem unfair? I have also been successful at work for a local hospital where I have received employee of the month.
It hurts to be beat out by a 19-year-old who has no work experience, a lower GPA, but did better on the test. I was told only one girl was accepted by this facility. A group of us test participants exchanged info before the test to further discuss schools and such. Well, I know who passed.
Why would a school deny someone with obvious work experience and a proven academic record? Can some one point me in any direction right now? I'm feeling pretty down by all this. I was mad, now I'm sad and feeling very rejected.
If anyone knows of a school who will look at more than just a test score but the overall individual --that would be great! I'm looking in the 'burbs of Chicago. I'd travel downtown, "if I had to" but I live out west.