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trying to get into a nursing program...but have bad grades from the past

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I'm interested in a nursing program. Right now I'm just researching schools and figuring out the requirments for the different nursing programs. I just need a general opinion I guess and a honest one too...:)

I have a bachelor's degree in another field. My problem is that my GPA is a 2.7 and the grades on my transcript are not too great. That was about 2 years ago..at the moment, I'm taking prereqs at another school getting better grades (A's and B's...only have taken a few (finished 1 class and currently taking 2) classes though.

I'm really worried that my first school is hurting my chances of getting to any school because I did so poorly...but since I'm getting better grades, do you think schools will take that into consideration? I know these nursing programs are so competative and they only accept top students, do you have any advice on what I can do now since the damage is, I guess already done? Is there anything besides getting good grades that can help makeup for the past? I'm trying really hard in my prereqs and really want to be a nurse.

They might take your new grades into consideration or they might suggest you take them over again. Good luck! :)

I am in the same boat ,our school will let you do a fresh start to erase all grades from the past but I hate to do that to because I did not Fail any classes from before just made a lot of c 's which still count but also are not so good to get into nursing school. I don't know what we can do.

BellasMommyOBRN

Specializes in Maternity.

don't get so discouraged about a 2.7 gpa. some of the bsn programs (which have accelerated tracks!) around here aren't nearly as competitive .......just very expensive. i know someone with a 2.69 that was just accepted at one of them here in rochester.

every school has certain requirements but, your going to find that it's the public universities and the community colleges that have the biggest surge in applicants......why? cause they are cheaper. look around your area and see if this is the case for any of the schools around you.

i have no idea about your financial situation but, maybe this is a possibility for you. :)

My grades weren't that great from a previous degree from 28 years ago, so I took many classes over in order to finish my prereqs that reflected decent grades. My suggestion is to retake some classes to get that GPA up where you want it to be. It will be worth the effort. Good luck! You can do it! :grad:

kathleenincal

Has 2 years experience.

most colleges do random selections. they take so many A's, B's and then onto the c students. I knew one gal who carried a 4.3 average and was shot down 3 times. most colleges will take people on welfare first because they get state money in helping welfare people get to work faster. i know its not fair but keep going, you will get in eventually, tho myself, i am applying for private college.

I had a "C" grade in a nutrition class I took over 14 years ago, which affected by cumulative GPA.

I found out, by looking at my college's handbook online, that I could request an "academic amnesty" - which means any classes that were 5 years or older that a student received a lower grade on could be granted "amnesty" which would then remove the grade from my cumulative GPA calculation.

So, I completed the online academic amnesty request and within two weeks was approved amnesty on my "C' grade. Just having that one grade removed raised my GPA significantly.... :-) The amnesty can only be granted once and the class and grade will still show up on your college transcript - but there will be an asterik next to the grade to signify that it is not being calculated into your overall GPA. You also will no longer get credit for the class. So, if you still need the class, it will have to be retaken!

This is a great option for many people who didn't get the best of grades when they were younger........

Check it out and let me know if your schools offer this.......:wink2:

Unlike the universities, many of the community colleges here in California are using a lottery system rather than a GPA based competition for admittance.

The ones that I am familiar with require a 2.5 minimum GPA in the core science prereq's and a realistic TEAS test minimum score to remain eligible to re-apply each semester to be placed into the lottery pool. Each subsequent semester that you are eligible and apply, your name is added again, so you would have twice as good of odds of being selected. (So far, no one has had to wait more than three semesters before beginning the program.)

Since you already have the BA degree, the 2-yr school is the way that you should go anyway... the degree will carry the same weight as a BSN when you are in consideration for a manager position, and these CC schools cost 2/3rds less than the universities do.

~Blue

I know this is an older thread, but I could have written it myself. I am in the same boat, although I have not yet started taking the prerequisites I am missing. I was a business major and psychology minor in my previous education lifetime, but got poor grades, which I am not proud of, and I know they are not a good reflection of me or how well I can do. I did well in almost all of my prerequisites, it was just my business classes I did poorly in. If I attend the same college, I plan on retaking a few of the classes required that I did poorly in. I have also been in contact with the local technical college, because there I can start fresh. The reason I want to continue at this college is that it offers a bachelors program, which the tech. school does not, and I feel it would take me longer if I had to transfer... but I don't really know. Has anyone transfered from an associate degree institution to a bachelors? Did it take you longer?

Should I stick with my past college and hope to get accepted into their program, although my GPA isn't anything to brag about? Or should I start fresh at the tech. school? I wouldn't have to re-enroll at my current college, and could start classes next semester, while the tech. school I would have to wait until summer or next fall.

Also, the lady that suggested I get in touch with the tech. school is the head of the nursing dept. at the college I was hoping to attend, but she has not seen my transcript.

Another question... how many of you ladies/men going to nursing school have families at home? Any small children? I am asking because my DH and I have been thinking about starting a family, and don't really want to wait, but don't know if it's good timing. Would it be possible to do both school and family at the same time?

hmmm that amnisty thing is intersting. I wonder if I could do that for one of the Secondary ed classes I took and got a C in hmmmm.

For all of you worrying about having a bad GPA I had only a 3.0 and was accepted. Our school has horrible waiting lists and I managed to make it through. I had all As and Bs except my sciences, so if I can make it then so can you! Good luck!

I am in the same boat! I was a bit of a party girl in my youth so my grades weren't what the could have been. I did graduate with a B.A. in Psych, but my gpa was a 2.4 or something! Anyhow, I decided the best thing for me was to go to a priviate college and enroll in their lpn program. My old grades in bio, math, psych & english were above a C so I only have to take the 8 lpn courses. Once I get thru that I will do a either a bridge program to RN there or go thru Excelsior College. It CAN be done! Good luck to you.

~Bright Blessings!~

]What degree are you aiming for? If you're looking into community colleges, I do know that *some* colleges accept students based on the grades you receive in your RN prerequisite classes, and not your overall GPA. My brother said they strictly look at your prerequisite classes to get into the program; a reason why it's vital to have B's or higher with prerequisite classes. Good luck!

Arcadia - Have you started taking classes yet?

Long - Are you talking to me? If so, I definitely want a BSN.

I have decided to go with the community college. I called and spoke with the head of nursing there, and they were infinitely more helpful and encouraging. She said that my previous degree would help a lot, and that most of my grades would transfer. I happened to good in the important classes, so I may only have to take the biology and lifespan development classes. I also found out that it is not too late to sign up for spring semester, so I applied. She also said that I would definitely be accepted into the LPN program, and that it was just the RN program that is competitive. I am also OK with doing the bridge program, because they also accept almost all RNs with a license. I have never been so excited to start school in my life!!! Thanks for all of the encouragment!

I know that my nursing school only looks at and goes by the courses associated with the degree that you are going for so if you Bachelors is in something all together different and you have to take your pre-reqs it won't hurt you.

magn1jes

no, i haven't started yet. classes begin on january 20th! i am excited and nervous as hell, lol! i'm attending trocaire college up here in buffalo, ny. i'll be taking a&p i & fundamentals of practical nursing as well. i also plan to challange the cna exam after the 1st semester is over so i can work over the summer full time as a cna and part time from then on until i graduate in 2011. not sure if any of you knew this, but basically after your first round of clinical courses you should have over 100 hours worth & can sit for the cna test. my husband is being very supportive and encouraging! i couldn't do this without his love and support! good luck to you all!

Hey Arcadia

I got accepted to trocaire for the fall, I was wondering how are the PN Classes and professors? And do we get to pick our clinical sites?

Thanks :)

upstatenygirl

Specializes in Home health, hospice. Has 5 years experience.

don't get so discouraged about a 2.7 gpa. some of the bsn programs (which have accelerated tracks!) around here aren't nearly as competitive .......just very expensive. i know someone with a 2.69 that was just accepted at one of them here in rochester.

every school has certain requirements but, your going to find that it's the public universities and the community colleges that have the biggest surge in applicants......why? cause they are cheaper. look around your area and see if this is the case for any of the schools around you.

i have no idea about your financial situation but, maybe this is a possibility for you. :)

nazareth? st. john fisher?

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