I recently received an email regarding low GPAs (as defined by anything less than 3.0) and what can be done about it, especially if you’re interested in heading back for an accelerated BSN degree or graduate school. After a little research and discussion I found out a few things that I thought may be helpful to share.
If you already have a BSN degree and you have a low GPA, then there are a couple of options you can take. These may or may not count towards the undergraduate GPA, but it will demonstrate to the admissions board your dedication, motivation, determination and persistence.
- Take non-degree courses at universities.
- The University of Phoenix offers certificate courses meant for post-BSN and not as a full blown MSN program.
- Apply and get enrolled into a MSN program that doesn’t require stellar GPAs and that allows you to go part-time. Take core classes that could transfer to your dream school and ace those classes.
Many hospitals offer compensation for nursing credits so be sure to take them up on the offer. Get to know the details of the offer. At my hospital, only those working night shift can get it and then must work 1 year after they have taken the class. They must get a certain grade. Other hospitals may have requirements of you working for the hospital for an ‘x’ number of years.
I hoped that helped! Let me know if there’s anything different that you’ve done.