stay with bsn or go to asn?

  1. I am currently a prenursing student at uw madison and am waiting an extra year to apply because i did poorly in my physiology ( i worked 3rd shift-big mistake). I have never received lower than a b in any of my other classes but i feel like doing so poorly in one class that it ruined my chances of getting in. I plan to retake and they said that they will take the higher grade but i am considering transfering to a tech college and just get my rn degree there. This is my second year at the university and the average gpa is very competetive. I don't know if i should transfer or try to stick it out. Please help and give me some advice!!
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  3. by   caliotter3
    I would repeat the course where you are and apply to the BSN program. Most people report a trend that it is generally easier to get into a BSN program than the more sought after ASN seats. At any rate, you may find yourself making several applications to several schools, no matter what your final GPA is. Your best bet is where you are currently attending. If you aren't accepted there, you will have to apply elsewhere anyway. Do not do anything to limit your choices. Good luck.
  4. by   Multicollinearity
    Actually, it varies regarding which is easier to get into as far as BSN v. ADN. Where I'm at, there are six applicants for every one BSN spot. Each applicant has healthcare volunteer experience, letters of recommendation and GPAs of 3.8 to be considered and be competitive. A friend of mine who has a 4.0 was just rejected for a BSN program.

    The ADNs here only require a C in far fewer pre-reqs than the BSN, and then you are on a wait-list of about a year.

    So it really matters what the admission criteria/climate is like where you are at.
  5. by   GeneralJinjur
    If you are interested in a BSN, it makes sense to try again, rather than go to a CC out of desperation. After completing your CC work, you'd still have another year of online courses before you'd get your BSN.

    If it were me, I would retake the class and apply again. Meanwhile, you can check out ADN programs and see how long it would take to get in there. If they have a waitlist, you could even get on it. I've been on the waitlist at my CC for over a year and it looks like I will start in Aug. 08 because they dumped 350 people off the list since their GPAs were too low. Originally, I was looking at a 5 year wait. While waiting, I have nearly completed my BSN transfer classes. This summer I apply at my local university and if I don't get in, I'll head to the CC. HTH
  6. by   Pumpkin1621
    I really want my BSN but at the moment things aren't working out for me to go to the university. So I am geting my ADN and then I am going to work and get my BSN half online/half on site at the same time. That way I can knock out 2 birds (BSN and work experience/both required for APN) with one stone. The RN to BSN program also has this thing where when you finish your BSN courses you can take 3 extra classes and get your MSN. (of course you have to declare a specialty field and by then I should know where I want to work b/c I will have experience) Then after you take those 3 extra classes you go part time to the university to get whatever your APN degree is. That is my plan.

    I say do some research, figure out what is best for you, don't ever stop going to school even when you do get your RN. Everything will work out!
  7. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from GeneralJinjur
    If you are interested in a BSN, it makes sense to try again, rather than go to a CC out of desperation. After completing your CC work, you'd still have another year of online courses before you'd get your BSN.

    If it were me, I would retake the class and apply again. Meanwhile, you can check out ADN programs and see how long it would take to get in there. If they have a waitlist, you could even get on it. I've been on the waitlist at my CC for over a year and it looks like I will start in Aug. 08 because they dumped 350 people off the list since their GPAs were too low. Originally, I was looking at a 5 year wait. While waiting, I have nearly completed my BSN transfer classes. This summer I apply at my local university and if I don't get in, I'll head to the CC. HTH
    It sounds like a smart plan to get on a CC wait-list and then continue with BSN course work and try and see if you can get accepted.

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