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Schools that accept low undergrad gpa???

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Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

Hi, I am a pre-nursing student who just graduated undergrad with a terrible gpa 2.47 to be exact and I majored in Neurobiology and Physiology. Does anyone know of any schools honestly in any state that accept low gpas or have a point system that includes the teas, volunteering with patients, letters of rec, and personal statements as well as gpa? I am thinking about adding more pre reqs through maybe a community college like philosophy, dev psych, and pathophysiology in order to increase my gpa to hopefully a 2.5. Thanks!

SionainnRN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience.

If you want to get into nursing school you're going to have to do your own research. To come on here an expect someone to do all of the leg work for you is...juvenile at the least.

There are too many variables for someone to give you a handy dandy list. All schools have different criteria. Some are cumulative gpa, some are nursing gpa, some have point systems and it goes on and on.

So the best thing for you to do is look at the colleges around you and if you don't meet their criteria start looking at states that interest you. Don't expect others to do the hard work for you. Good luck.

HoopNurseMomo, ADN, RN

Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

If you want to get into nursing school you're going to have to do your own research. To come on here an expect someone to do all of the leg work for you is...juvenile at the least.

There are too many variables for someone to give you a handy dandy list. All schools have different criteria. Some are cumulative gpa, some are nursing gpa, some have point systems and it goes on and on.

So the best thing for you to do is look at the colleges around you and if you don't meet their criteria start looking at states that interest you. Don't expect others to do the hard work for you. Good luck.

Wowww no offense but you should honestly ask me what I've done before jumping to the conclusion that I have done no research. I've been looking st accelerated programs from states a through z for the past six months and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any schools that may have accepted people with low gpa. Thanks for putting me fown before you even know me.

Medic2BSN13, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care Transport. Has 8 years experience.

Unfortunately, as the other poster mentioned, all schools have different metrics for admitting students. Your GPA will make it very difficult for entry into any ABSN program. You might think about the community college route (ADN) and saving yourself some money as well. After completing an ADN go right onto an RN-BSN program.

As a side note, GPA is not the only factor in an application and it appears that you are aware of that. Generally, applicants with a lower GPA who get admitted have other strengths (significant experience, references, goal statement, etc.) which make the applicant stand out. Lacking in these other areas will make your experience much more difficult. Have you thought about retaking classes to help raise your GPA? You should identify some schools that you are interested in and ask to speak with someone from their nursing department or admissions and ask what your chances may be and how to make your application stand out a little more.

Also, there are a ton of threads just like this which you can search by using the search function. You should be able to find more than enough information and maybe even find someone who has been in the same position. Good luck.

WookieeRN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in PACU. Has 4 years experience.

While I can't give you a list of school that accept low GPAs, I can give you a little advice.

Carefully look at all the programs you are researching and try to find programs that say they look at the application as a WHOLE. I'm not saying they will 100% overlook your GPA, but they want to get a good feel for you as a personal as well as an applicant. I, for one, took a really sharp wrong turn at 20 and looked for nursing programs that looked at the whole person. I am starting a program in the Winter at one of these programs.

Have you determined what factors caused you to earn such a low GPA? That actually might be your first step before you start researching nursing programs that might accept your GPA. NS is notoriously difficult, and if you are not changing anything from before, then you may be setting yourself up for failure.

You will also want to show any potential nursing school how you have improved/gotten rid of the factors that led to your sub par GPA and be able to prove it. Don't just say "I plan to do [insert idea]." Show them you've been able to successfully implement the plan.

you may want to consider private schools, they are more expensive and some aren't accredited(but some are). credits don't usually transfer either. don't give up and ignore the first poster, how rude of you to be that way!

SionainnRN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Wowww no offense but you should honestly ask me what I've done before jumping to the conclusion that I have done no research. I've been looking st accelerated programs from states a through z for the past six months and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any schools that may have accepted people with low gpa. Thanks for putting me fown before you even know me.

I didn't put you down. But coming on a board an expecting them to do the work for you is just not the way to go. We know nothing of your grades, what classes you've taken, extra-curricular activities, etc. YOU need to find a program that works for YOU and YOUR life. No one here can do that for you.

And honestly if you think a direct answer to your question is putting you down, this field is going to be a huge eye opener for you.

Oakton community college in Illinois looks at GPA only as a last resort to break a tie between two students who could both be admitted. If you score well on the nln, they will never even look at your GPA.

windsurfer8, BSN

Specializes in Psych/Military Nursing. Has 14 years experience.

I know of no school that accepts a 2.47 for nursing school. Are you talking about an ABSN? I did an ABSN in '06 and the lowest I ever saw accepted was 2.8 and that was one or two schools. Vast majority minimum 3.0. Nursing school is more often more challenging than pre reqs so they need to know you can do it. However...keep trying and good luck!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I know of no school that accepts a 2.47 for nursing school.
With a 2.47 grade point average and no plans to retake coursework to improve that GPA, the only schools that would readily admit people with that GPA tend to be the commercial-owned private for-profit nursing programs such as University of Phoenix, Kaplan, Chamberlain, ITT Technical Institute, Denver School of Nursing, West Coast University, Platt College, Unitek College, Brown Mackie, Fortis, and others.

Be cognizant that private-for-profit tuition can be up to 10 times what you'd pay at comparable community colleges or regional state universities. Also, some of these schools lack regional accreditation and national nursing accreditation such as ACEN and/or CCNE. However, these schools will admit the OP as long as (s)he can somehow pay for the staggeringly expensive tuition and fees.

HoopNurseMomo, ADN, RN

Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

Yeah I've definitely looked at my undergraduate low gpa problems. My dad passed away my freshman year. My best friends mom died my sophomore year arounf the same time of the year my dad died. I discovered I had anxiety and depression the end of my junior year so I started seeing a therapist and got on prozac and I have retaken a couple classes after my life got together and even took a fifth year to boost gpa and become more stable on my meds. But three years of just crappy times can't be made up in two years.

HoopNurseMomo, ADN, RN

Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

I am not expecting anyone to do any work for me maybe I asked the wrong question and did not provide all the info I needed to. But this is the first time I've ever reached out to an internet community about it so clearly in your opinion I'm doing it wrong. Everyone else has been nice enough to ask me questions and give me some guidance without assuming that I'm being lazy. I'm just looking ti chat with people who have been in my situation. I've done research and called many schools but there's only so.much you can get from one perspective and I just want to talk to people who have been on my side. And I'm not looking for everyone to be nice. If I wanted that id call my mom. But I also don't need someone to completely disrespect me because I asked a question wrong.

SionainnRN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience.

I am not expecting anyone to do any work for me maybe I asked the wrong question and did not provide all the info I needed to. But this is the first time I've ever reached out to an internet community about it so clearly in your opinion I'm doing it wrong. Everyone else has been nice enough to ask me questions and give me some guidance without assuming that I'm being lazy. I'm just looking ti chat with people who have been in my situation. I've done research and called many schools but there's only so.much you can get from one perspective and I just want to talk to people who have been on my side. And I'm not looking for everyone to be nice. If I wanted that id call my mom. But I also don't need someone to completely disrespect me because I asked a question wrong.

Not giving you the answer you want does not equal you being disrespected. There are seriously so many variables in place here that there is no way for a stranger to tell you what school will take you. What exactly are you looking for here? What state are you in, what are your grades, what are your test scores, what classes are you retaking? You can't just expect us to do all the work and I'm sorry but that's what you're asking for here.

There's nothing wrong with the OP throwing out a question on these boards. Clearly that is part of her "research." There was NO indication that the OP came here asking other people to do her "work" for her. Your responses are rude.

BeachsideRN, ASN

Specializes in NICU, Trauma, Oncology. Has 7 years experience.

Getting into an ABSN program will be extremely difficult with low gpa. ADN is definitely something to consider. The local comm coll here has a points system and the majority of points come from the pre req gpa and HESI score.

PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in PCU / Telemetry. Has 9 years experience.

Well, here is my advice. Take your prerequisite classes and get a 4.0 GPA in them. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. Although it will not guarantee your acceptance, it may very well overshadow a poorer undergrad GPA, which you can also explain away in a personal statement. And getting the 4.0 in the prereqs will demonstrate to some schools that you are serious about succeeding in a nursing program without having your past haunt you.

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HoopNurseMomo, ADN, RN

Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

Not giving you the answer you want does not equal you being disrespected. There are seriously so many variables in place here that there is no way for a stranger to tell you what school will take you. What exactly are you looking for here? What state are you in, what are your grades, what are your test scores, what classes are you retaking? You can't just expect us to do all the work and I'm sorry but that's what you're asking for here.

Thank God I'm not the only one offended by you on here. I'm done. I'm sorry that I don't understand how these questions work because I am a new person on this site. You could have been a little nicer about how you talk to me here. If you're just going to be rude to me and I am clearly not the only one who thinks so can you please direct it at someone who knows more about what is going on. You could have just been like hey can you repost this giving us more of an idea about what you've done and what you know so we can give you proper feed back instead of being so rude to me.

HoopNurseMomo, ADN, RN

Specializes in Medical, Surgical, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience.

also thank you to other people who understand that I have no idea how to address my question! And if you agree with the person who first posted on my site than thank you for being nicer about what i should do next time i would like a little advice on a topic and thank you for just ignoring my post if you have nothing nice to say to me.