RN to BSN or MSN prior degree GPA

  1. So I'm working on finishing up my ADN program and should end with at least a 3.5 GPA. Before going to nursing school I got a Bachelor's degree in exercise science from UNC. In undergrad my GPA was less than idea. By the time I graduated it was right at a 2.4.
    I know for sure I will be applying to RN to BSN programs because the hospitals in my area usually require you start working on one within a year or two of being hired. However, I'm also considering some RN to MSN programs.
    Is there anyone here who's done an RN to MSN program? How competitive was it? What was the work load like? Do you think it would be better to go through an RN to BSN program first?
    Also, will my prior degree's GPA have any affect on the GPA they will consider for admission for BSN or MSN? I really messed up the first time I went to college. I was young and made some bad decisions on top of having a lot going on. I just really want the hard work I've put in over the last 3 years to pay off and move on past my previous bad decisions.
    Thanks for any input!
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  3. by   OhioBPH
    Here in Ohio RN to MSN programs are often granted based on "portfolio" which means your full academic history as well as work history. You often will not gain admission right out of your ADN program, they want that work experience first.

    If I were you i would call the programs you are interested in, since they are limited, and ask how to get information about that admission track.