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Hi there,

I am currently a 20 year old SFSU pre-nursing student. I am thinking about applying to nursing programs in Fall 2020; whether they are universities or ADN programs doesn't really matter to me because I will go where I can get in. I don't mind going out of state either, mainly thought of Arizona maybe. I was just wondering what type of chance I would have of getting in at schools?

Grades:

Physio : just got a B- (still have to take lab)

Anat: originally got a C (retaking the class though)

Microbio: A- (lecture) A (lab)

The rest of the pre-reqs I got A's in. I am mainly worried about my sciences especially anatomy and physio. I still have yet to take my TEAS, so that is on my list of to do's before I apply.

I was thinking realistically that maybe I can get into CSU East Bay, but even now I'm not so sure anymore. I was planning on applying to City College of San Francisco, SDSU (grew up there so if you have any recommendations on where to apply there that would be great), SFSU (realistically I don't think I'll get in but I'm going to still try), and other city colleges and universities.

I got my CNA license last summer and will start working with it here soon in a few weeks. I also volunteer at UCSF hospital and have been doing that for about 2-3 years now reaching almost 200 hours.

I am just wondering what my chances are getting into a nursing program and if I'm considered a good/competitive applicant?

 

Sorry this was so long!

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It depends on the school. All of them calculate things differently. Certainly your B- and your C aren't going to do you any favors. There are mixed reviews on retaking classes. 

My advice would be to get those grades up and apply all over the place. You aren't a shoo-in - more along the lines average to low average as it stands right now.

Good luck!

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davidnguyen1023 specializes in Student/Pre-Nursing.

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Hi silva_33, 

I honestly am honestly in the same situation as you, same grades (B in Anatomy, C in Physio, A+ in Micro, and A in every other class). I wish I had taken A&P at another school since my community college anatomy class made us write essays for our exams which failed many students and put others at a bad grade including me. For the TEAS, I didn't do as well on my first attempt (75.0 score) and I am retaking it this upcoming week. Many schools require a 62% passing score, but it's gotta be at least an 80 to be anywhere near competitive. 

I am also applying to CSUEB and SFSU in addition to other Universities/CCs around the bay area. Are you applying to any community college programs? I think we both have a better chance at getting into an ADN program since their requirements aren't as high; plus the people in their waitlist have good chances of getting in too.... I've read mixed reviews of retaking the sciences (A&P) to boost our grades but many program applications do deduct points for retaking them. 

I am applying for Fall 2020 admission into the programs and am pretty anxious with these applications as their due dates are coming up. To be honest, I think we both are good students as we have done well in most of our classes, but not competitive for nursing program as our grades in A&P aren't the best. If you have volunteer experience like me, or with your CNA work experience it can also help get you more points on your application. 

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On 1/3/2020 at 4:39 AM, Nurse SMS said:

It depends on the school. All of them calculate things differently. Certainly your B- and your C aren't going to do you any favors. There are mixed reviews on retaking classes. 

My advice would be to get those grades up and apply all over the place. You aren't a shoo-in - more along the lines average to low average as it stands right now.

Good luck!

Thank you for your honesty! And I will be retaking anatomy so hopefully I do better and bring my grade and chances up for programs.

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13 hours ago, davidnguyen1023 said:

Hi silva_33, 

I honestly am honestly in the same situation as you, same grades (B in Anatomy, C in Physio, A+ in Micro, and A in every other class). I wish I had taken A&P at another school since my community college anatomy class made us write essays for our exams which failed many students and put others at a bad grade including me. For the TEAS, I didn't do as well on my first attempt (75.0 score) and I am retaking it this upcoming week. Many schools require a 62% passing score, but it's gotta be at least an 80 to be anywhere near competitive. 

I am also applying to CSUEB and SFSU in addition to other Universities/CCs around the bay area. Are you applying to any community college programs? I think we both have a better chance at getting into an ADN program since their requirements aren't as high; plus the people in their waitlist have good chances of getting in too.... I've read mixed reviews of retaking the sciences (A&P) to boost our grades but many program applications do deduct points for retaking them. 

I am applying for Fall 2020 admission into the programs and am pretty anxious with these applications as their due dates are coming up. To be honest, I think we both are good students as we have done well in most of our classes, but not competitive for nursing program as our grades in A&P aren't the best. If you have volunteer experience like me, or with your CNA work experience it can also help get you more points on your application. 

I feel like in the same way we are the same person lol. But yes I will be applying to community colleges. I think after realizing how great my grades aren't I have more of a chance of getting into those programs rather than universities. I'm applying to CSUEB, Chico State, SFSU and maybe SDSU, university wise. I'm trying to keep that list short because I know applications can be pretty expensive. I plan on applying to CCSF, Skyline, Chabot College and some colleges down in San Diego.

I'm not applying until the Fall so I have some time to hopefully build up experience. What school are you attending now? And I wish you all the luck You got this!!! I would love to know the outcome in the future!

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It sounds like you have a great resume to offer the schools! 

Unfortunately, considering that program admissions are based HEAVY on the GPA points system in California, I think you will have a tough time getting admitted to a Cal State/public BSN program. They are just super competitive. 

However, I think if you re-take anatomy and get an A or B+ as well as a high TEAS, you have a great shot at gaining entry to a private BSN program or an ASN program. Additionally, I would suggest applying to schools in different states (think Nevada, Arizona, Washington, etc). 

Don't quit though, you are almost there! Good luck. 

 

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 Nursing schools evaluate their applicants differently (point/lottery/points & lottery).  In addition, you can lose points for repeat coursework.  With that said, I think you have as good of a chance as anyone else with schools utilizing a lottery system and given that you pass the TEAS. 

I think that your chances of being accepted into a school utilizing points based on your current grades & repeat might be hard.  Also, a lot will depend on how you do on the TEAS exam, so make sure to prepare for it!

I would apply to any and all schools that I think I would have a shot at getting into.  Since you’re able and willing to leave the state, maybe look at programs elsewhere that you’d have a better chance of getting into.  I know that CA has an influx of people applying to schools.

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davidnguyen1023 specializes in Student/Pre-Nursing.

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On 1/6/2020 at 8:24 AM, silva_33 said:

I feel like in the same way we are the same person lol. But yes I will be applying to community colleges. I think after realizing how great my grades aren't I have more of a chance of getting into those programs rather than universities. I'm applying to CSUEB, Chico State, SFSU and maybe SDSU, university wise. I'm trying to keep that list short because I know applications can be pretty expensive. I plan on applying to CCSF, Skyline, Chabot College and some colleges down in San Diego.

I'm not applying until the Fall so I have some time to hopefully build up experience. What school are you attending now? And I wish you all the luck You got this!!! I would love to know the outcome in the future!

@silva_33Thank you for the Kind words, I sure hope you success in the future as well! I am currently at Ohlone college, I taken most of my courses and prereqs here, despite taking Micro at Mission College. I heard Merrit college (Oakland) has a lottery system but they haven’t updated their page for new applying students yet. I’d also like an update from you on how it goes in the future. 
 

thanks,

David

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