Looking for a school! Help! - page 2

Hi, I'm looking for a school to get my RN. This can be either the ASN or BSN I don't care which I start with, but I don't want an LPN. I don't care if I have to wait a year either, but two years... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    My coworker, an LVN, was very recently accepted to Tarleton State University's LVN-to-BSN program with a 2.8 grade point average. Since not very many LPNs/LVNs apply to RN bridge programs, the competition is not as fierce and school will often accept applicants with lower grades.

    I know you don't want to go the LPN-to-RN route, but it often makes things easier.
  2. by   dejathores
    Quote from catzy5
    I don't know of any schools at all without a wait, most of us here will tell you the schools we attend either have long waits or are based on very high GPAs and Points systems.

    However I will say with your experience perhaps the LVN route isn't a bad idea, as you could use it as a stepping stone and bridge over to the RN program. At my school we have a few steps regular ADN class to get the RN however that is based strictly on the highest GPA and your looking at about a 3.8 right now. The next way is LVN its a 3 month course you only need a couple easy pre reqs and from there you could bridge over to RN one extra year of school theoreticly its an extra semester, you start the RN program in the second year as a bridge student. There are not as many applicants so its a little easier to get in, also there seems to be a lot of bridge programs out there.

    One other thing at my school they have a part time LVN program focused on the student who is currently working as a CNA if you are a cna you can take this course and from what they said at our last orientation there is usually no wait for this course.

    Also I wanted to add one more thought many schools do not look at your whole GPA mine looks only at the pre requisets so I have some C's in other classes however I have a 4.0 in all my core courses.

    I hope that helps some.

    Could you tell me what school you attend? I am interested in the CNA to LVn part time course you mentioned above. I live in CA too and would like to know if it is anyway close to me.

  3. by   lindsay835
    I agree that not all schools require a 4.0 GPA or even a 3.5 and over. Many schools just look at points in your pre-req's and that's it. So if you got A's and yes, Bs as well, you will most likely accumulate enough points to eventually get in-it just takes time. ADN programs are obviously easier that BSN programs to get into-the BSN program requires higher GPAs and God forbid you screweed up years ago in college, those grades aren't going to be taken into consideration as much for an ADN program as a BSN that's based on cumulative GPA. I just got accepted to begin an ADN program in Jan and it has taken me 2 years of taking the reqs to finally get in. I got a BA 10 years ago and that didn't help me at all with any program-no points were added for that-a kid whose 20 with no experience but could take tons of prereqs in a year because of not having to work at all has a better chance at getting in faster than someone who has a bachelors already. makes no sense. Just stick in there and stay positive. take a look at NC community colleges......
  4. by   AZmom
    I've read of several schools here in AZ which have admitted under capacity in the past few years. Off the top of my head there's a CC near Safford, AZ www.eac.edu (if I'm remembering correctly). It's a podunk little town from what I understand, but their tuition is THE cheapest in the state and in past years records said their nursing program was under capacity.

    But AZ's a long way from the midwest. I second you going through the BON website in your state and/or those states where you have friends/family first. They should have some studies, newsletters, something on the nursing programs in your state.

    Good luck!!!
  5. by   dodo102
    im also looking for a evening bsn class,, any help
  6. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from dodo102
    im also looking for a evening bsn class,, any help
    Evening/weekend BSN courses might be even tougher to get in, just because of the sheer number of people that are interested in going to nursing school at night/on weekends while keeping their current carees.

    There are several universities in the St. Louis area that offer BSN in a night/weekend format. Here are a few:

    1. Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health.....a fantastic school with a good reputation. Also affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine. http://www.barnesjewishcollege.edu/b...ms.asp?id=1434

    2. Maryville University....I don't know too much about this school but the few students I have talked with that are currently attending the school had mostly good things to say about it. http://www.maryville.edu/academics/hp/Nursing/
  7. by   PMFB-RN
    Try www.swtc.edu. It's in SW Wisconsin. That means as a MN resident you will pay very low tution. They will tell you that there is a 2 year waiting list but hardly anyone waits that long. Usually 0-1 year wait. Your grade point average doesn't matter as long as you got a "C" in all your prereqs.
  8. by   blueyesue
    Try a Technical College if you don't mind semesters. They accept anyone with a high school diploma or GED. There is an assesment test, but they offer free classes if you need help in one certain area. (At least in my school) Then, all you need is your CNA license. In my school, your CNA doesn't even have to be current. (As long as you have had it before 1998.) You are then in. You can begin your pre-reqs while waiting. As long as you get a C or better in the pre-req sciences you are allowed to move on. One thing in my school is that if you get below a C in a science class twice, then you are out of the program.