Worried About Getting Into Nursing School

I am worried that I won’t get into the four schools I’ve applied to near my home. Although I was able to score higher than most of my class in A&P with a grade of “B,” I’ve learned subsequently that there are a lot of students who managed to get straight As in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Those same students also have great TEAS scores as well. Is there anything else I can do to help improve my application to nursing school? Thanks.

Brenda in Cupertino, CA


Hi Brenda,

There is a lot that you can do to get in.

You can apply to a lot more than just four schools.

Schools have different admissions requirements. Sure, most of them are based upon points, but some of them count a particular stat more than others. At the community college level, you’ll do very well if your prerequisite GPA is better than your cumulative. The reason for that is that state law requires community colleges to judge students by the same exact criteria. Student cumulative GPA are composed of different courses for everyone. However, every student has to take the same set of prerequisite courses.

If you have a very thick wallet that needs emptying, you can apply to private nursing schools (eg. West Coast University, etc.) that may have easier prerequisites, or none at all.

Community colleges in California have to pick a part of their class (usually 10% or more) by lottery. You may want to apply to as many community college nursing programs as possible so you can get in by luck if you can’t get in with your GPA and test scores.

Historically, medical students normally apply to 25 to 50 schools just to have a reasonable chance of getting into one to six medical schools. Nowadays, nursing school students have to do the same thing as well. The motto here is to apply broadly and widely. Be prepared to move from home as well. If you don’t apply to enough nursing schools, you may find yourself having to wait an extra semester or more. It’s not unusual to have students that have tried to get in for three years or more that have already completed an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in some other field.