Undergrad Sciences


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Hi! I am new to this forum, but I have been reading all of your posts for a while. There is such a wealth of information on this site!

I am in nursing school right now and hope to go to school for anesthesia in a few years. Unfortunately, I got a C+ in microbiology, organic/biochemistry and anatomy/physiology. (I took them all in one semester, probably wasn't a good idea...). I plan to re-take these courses as soon as I finish my BSN.

I have two questions:

1.) After I re-take these courses, will I have a chance of getting in or will my original grades be a huge black mark on my application?

2.) Most of the schools I have looked at want a minimum of a 3.0 gpa in all undergrad sciences. To determine my undergrad science gpa will they include my original grades and my new grades for the above mentioned courses or just the new grades?

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thank you!


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This is a hard one, but you are right about retaking the science courses--it seems the general consensus is to retake them if they are in the C range, even though it seems some people on this forum have gotten in with a lone C in a science course.

About how the school will look at the retakes and GPA calc. it is best to call the schools you may be interested in and just ask them. I'd just go straight to the source for you info. as schools can greatly differ. One school I called said that yes they do take into "consideration" that the science course has been repeated, but the other few I called said that retakes are not counted against you, with a couple even saying that it was good b/c it shows you are determined and motivated. It seems like the latter is the more common of schools. If you do a search on this forum you can find some other good info. in relation to science grades.

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