recent college grad with a cum 2.8 GPA


I have recently graduated from a University with a major in history and a couple of minors. I would like to apply to nursing school but I have not completed most of the prereqs. The first few years of my undergrad I was initially premed but changed to history because of my interest in the topic, however I work and volunteer at a hospital and would like to become a nurse because its something I believe I can enjoy doing for the rest of my life. What are my chances of getting into a nursing school if i have a 2.8 cum and have not completed most of my prereqs? I am in the process of completing them at a local community college. But I do have a CNA certification and have 4 years experience working and volunteering in a hospital.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 8 years experience.

Just kick ass in your prereqs and you should be fine.


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Does your cc offer a nursing program? With your GPA I would suggest staying at the cc level and get your ASN. I had a 3.1 GPA and tried to get into a BSN nursing program but the advisor pretty much told me it wasn't gonna happen. I did have all my pre-req done; my pre-req GPA was a 3.8, but they were considering my entire college GPA.

The ASN program that I'm trying for now has a point system and values pre-req GPA instead of overall GPA. They also give points for being a CNA and for volunteering which helps with your chances of being accepted. Also see if they have an accelerated BSN, that's for people with a BSN who are switching to nursing. You may have a good chance at that, espcially if it's at the same school you got your BSN at.

I hope some of this helps.:D

iPink, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 10 years experience.

Every ABSN program is different as well as ADN programs. Between the two, I was told ADN programs are much more competitive. Look at both programs in your area and apply to ALL of them.

My ABSN program does not require a CNA and it won't help your chances. They require you to have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from your previous degree and I had a 3.2 and got in fine.


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I'm sorry. I didn't mean to confuse, I meant BS not BSN.:uhoh3: