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Previous low gpa, straight A's now, my chances?

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by Rmedin19 Rmedin19 (New Member) New Member

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Hey guys. I am applying to Regis and metro for the accelerated BSN program but my previous gpa was not very good. I have a cummulative gpa of 3.1 but the last three semesters I took were straight A's. This includes taking A&P together with one of the hardest instructors I have ever met and taking Acing advanced human physiology without the A&P I & II prerequisites under my belt. That was the hardest semester I have ever been through. I extended my graduation date by about 2 years to complete nursing prereques and retake classes that brought me down. I must admit I have a lotof NC's (~10) my transcript from the last grade stands poicy at Metro. I still have no doubts about my ability to do well in the program but I want to know if the admissions staff will see it the same way. I have volunteered at National Jewish Health as a specimen runner and a lab tech (my BS is in bio), Body worlds (just seemed fun), and now I am volunteering at the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic where I am being trained as an MA. I was an alternate for Metro but was not rotated in. Still waiting on regis. So what do you think?

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My GPA from my first Bachelor's degree was also a 3.1. I got a 4.0 in every single prereq for the nursing program because I needed to bring up my overall GPA. I got into an accelerated BSN program at a school that's quite difficult to get into (average accepted GPA is 3.8). Most schools take into consideration your age when those previous classes were taken and also your current work (the A's that you've been earning recently, volunteer work, hospital experience, etc). I hope your hard work pays off, I know it did for me.

Best of luck!

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Isn't Regis one of those "career colleges"?

(I might be wrong about that...)

I just read an article yesterday about career colleges and from what I read, they'll take anyone.

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Knowing that it's been done before is a huge morale lift. Awesome! Thank you. As for the question about Regis, Regis University is a private University like Denver University. It's generally considered to be the top 1 or 2 of the nursing schools in Colorado but like anything else it really depends on who you ask. It's without a doubt the most difficult program in the state though. You are right though, most vocational schools will take anyone, it's usually a first come first serve basis provided you pass the tests or there is a wait list.

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Coriander is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice & Palliative Care, Oncology, M/S.

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I just wanted to pipe in here that I went back to school with a 1.32 GPA. I earned A's in every class for the next three years except for one B+, and was accepted into my nursing program with a 3.1 cumulative.

It can be done. :)

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You guys are awesome! Thank you. That's exactly what I needed to hear. We're back in top gear.

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Sand_Dollar specializes in Critical Care.

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It depends what the school looks at (I haven't looked at Regis or Metro myself). I applied to CU with my pre-req GPA at 4.0 and was turned down. It could have been because of my essay, but I think I was out of the running before that because of my cumulative GPA. They calculated it from 20+ years ago, so I lost my competitive GPA. I'm now looking at UNC which only calculates the last 45 credits as the cumulative.

You might want to ask this Q in (or ask this to be moved to) the Colorado forum, there are people who have been accepted to both Regis and Metro and they can help you more than I can.

Good luck!

~SD

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I interviewed a few weeks ago and lest week I found out that I will be a part of Regis' class of 2012 for their Accelerated BSN program.

Whoa boy do I have a load of work ahead of me.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!:yeah:

Good for you. Our past helps shape us,but it doesn't have to define us.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I interviewed a few weeks ago and lest week I found out that I will be a part of Regis' class of 2012 for their Accelerated BSN program.

Whoa boy do I have a load of work ahead of me.

Congrats!!!!:yeah:

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I'm in the process of taking classes to boost my gpa but my science gpa sucks too. This post has inspired me to keep at it. So far I have 45 qtr hrs under my belt - all As!! Does it matter what those classes are though? Only 15 of those hrs are science (ap1&2, micro).

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Congratulations! You are in for, what I felt to be, the most character defining change I have experienced to date. A's are A's but you also need get the A's in your sciences to prove (because they will not take your word for it) that you are a changed student. i was initially rejected from a small school and then continued onto my volunteering at National Jewish Health and then Rocky Mountain Youth Clinic as an MA trainee both of which completely changed my perspective and matured me more than I would have ever imagined. It felt so good to be useful as I was a retail employee before hand, not the most fulfilling. I wanted to work with kids in an ER setting. Four years of childcare had me hooked on working with kids. Pursue nursing with the same passion and standard for excellence as a serious premed student would (always asking if you are capable of more) and you will get in absolutely! Interviewers love to see in underdog win. Two books you must read: at least the first half of "Awaken the Inner Giant by Tony Robbins (and take notes) and The Medical School Interview by Jeremiah Fleenor. Also consider a green book called "Perfect phrases for medical school acceptance." The last two will give you a strong idea of what they are looking for and why they are looking for it. I am soo Pumped for you!

"No matter how long a wall has stood, none has the power to withstand the continued force of human beings who have decided to persist until it has fallen" - Tony Robbins, Awaken the Inner Giant, P. 51

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