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Hi Everyone. I have a BS in Exercise Science. I graduated in May of 2017. My GPA graduating was a 2.703. My science and math is very, very low - 2.18. It's very embarrassing to write. I believe this was from failing a total of 3 classes and re taking them only to get two C's and a B. I am kicking my younger self. Anyways, after I graduated I went through what I would call my lowest point as I had a misscarriage and I became depressed and extremely out of it. I decided to re take A and P at this time and only made a C- due to my horrible state of mind. This brought down my GPA to a 2.68! - amazing. I originally wanted an accelerated program but that just is not in the cards. Does anyone know of any nursing program I could get into that might cut some time but isn't accelerated? What are my options? Is my only option a traditional 4 year? Thanks

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Nature_walker has 3 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Most school seem to have a GPA that is recommended for admission, however, most students competing to get in have higher than what is recommended. There seems to be more applicants than spaces for all who apply, so schools can be choosy. You might be better off retaking some courses to raise your GPA. Even our CC around here had a 3.0 recommended GPA for admission but I know people with 4.0's who were waitlisted for the program. 

Good luck!

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Hi there! I felt like I had to reply considering I have been in your shoes. I graduated with a BSA in Biology with a GPA of 2.3. (Obviously, I would do things much differently if I could go back but it is what it is) I have just been accepted into a traditional BSN program. I considered doing an accelerated program but the cost was too much for me. I'm not saying that an ABSN is out of the question but you are going to have to work VERY, VERY hard to make great grades to pull up that GPA. I was lucky in my program only considered the highest scores and gave me "preference points" for having a Bachelors already. I retook some classes and made straight A's in all of them. This helped me tremendously. I also scored well on my TEAS exam. If time is an issue, consider ADN programs or LVN programs. 

 

I say all of this to say, DON'T GIVE UP. If nursing is truly what you want to do, it will happen in God's time. However, you are going to have to work for it. If I can do it, so can you.

Best of luck!

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I don't think you are going to be able to cut down on time... you will definitely need to retake classes to even be able to apply to a program. I don't know of any nursing programs that accept less than an overall gpa of 3.0 for applications, and as melanin95 said, even that is not going to be very competitive. Plus you definitely need better grades in the core sciences to be competitive. With that being said, most nursing programs are about 2 yrs, even traditional BSN programs, once the prerequisites and co-requisites are completed, which you should have completely or mostly completed by the time you actually apply to the program. Start by looking at nursing programs in your area to see what their specific requirements are. I highly recommend ADN programs as a way to keep costs down with a second degree. A good backup plan is completing a LVN program and then LVN to ADN program. 

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