I am 30 years old, married, and a mother of 3. I know it sounds cliché but I have wanted to be a nurse for the majority of my life. I have an Associates in Biology, and am 10 classes away from my BS in Public Health. I am in California and all of the community colleges admit students based off a point system. The minimum GPA needed is a 2.5 in the pre-requisite courses (Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology). I received a B in Anatomy, C in Physiology, and unfortunately a C in Microbiology. I took these classes in 2009. I wish I would have challenged my Micro professor because I actually had a B in the course but he failed my labs because my lab partner and I had the same answers for our labs and he told us that it was considered “plagiarism” which I was not clear on. I was under the assumption that since we were lab partners we should work together. He also scored my test wrong from a B to a C and when I confronted him (politely) he was upset and threatened to give me a worse grade by finding something else wrong. Needless to say, I received a C and my pre-requisite GPA is 2.33, not the minimum of 2.5. I tried to speak to my former JC about retaking the Microbiology but since I passed, they gave me the worst time. It is basically near impossible to try to retake it. I can either enroll at another college and start all over with 5 biology courses ( Gen Chem, Gen Bio + 3 pre reqs) or give up. My current university has a program that does not have a minimum GPA in the pre-reqs and they include Biomedical Statistics, which I have taken and received a B in. In order to be competitive I will need to get a near perfect on my TEAS V exam (90+). I also must work full time during at LEAST half of the 22 month program (if accepted). I feel like I have all these things going against me. I feel like maybe receiving 2 C’s and 1 B is indicative that I am simply not “good enough” or “smart enough” to succeed in a nursing program. Should I pursue nursing at another time in my life when the kids are older? Should I start all over at a JC, or should I just aim to get 90% or higher on the TEAS. I don’t know what to do. I know you cannot make the decision for me but I just need some perspective here. Thanks for reading, I know it was long.
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