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Why You're NOT Getting Into Nursing School

Steve Berman | NursingLink


Problem No. 2: Your GPA is too low

Most nursing schools require applicants to have a 2.5 GPA, and many require at least a 3.0. If you have a GPA that’s on the low side but you haven’t taken the prerequisite courses yet, that could actually be a blessing in disguise because now you have a chance to raise your GPA. If you have taken all the classes you need and just need to find a nursing school that will accept you, it might mean you’ll need to get creative with your application.

Remedy: Try to spruce up your application with volunteer work, letters of recommendation, and a tremendous essay.


Problem No. 3: You have low test scores

Some people aren’t great at taking tests, but nursing schools require that you take the GRE or TEAS, by and large. Scoring well on the standardized tests is another great way to counteract a GPA that’s less than fantastic, but a low score can be an obstacle to getting into nursing school.

Remedy: Take a test preparation course. Not only will you be able to learn the subject matter and how to study, but many courses also provide tips on how to handle the stress of a timed test.

Next: Problem #4 >>

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    In New York, most community colleges are very competitive. In WCC, for example, about 700-800 applicants apply every year and only about 56 gets in. You must have passed all pre-reqs then take the TEAS. They will then take the top TEAS scorers.

    Some elite private colleges, such as Pace, Columbia, and NYU are very competitive too. But most 4-year private colleges such as CNR are a lot easier to get into. If you have decent grades and money, you're basically in.

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    In California we have a lottery system. All qualified candidates are in the system regardless of GPA. If your name gets drawn you get a spot, if not you wait on a waiting list. Maybe for years. Many drop out in the first year, while more competative applicants remain on the waiting list. The point system was better.

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