I am 30 years old and contemplating going back to school to become a nurse. I am looking for any/all advice...pros and cons? How long will it take me to become licensed? Does the bachelor degree I currently have count for anything? Thank you so much for your assistance~ Feel free to e-mail me your resposes, if you wish (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Very truly yours,
Aug 28, '03
If you already have a Bachelor's degree check into one of the many accelerated BSN programs out there. All require a previous bachelor's degree as well as certain pre-reqs like biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, etc. I'm just finishing up with an accelerated BSN that is 11 months, but I have also seen some programs that are 16 months long.
Oct 12, '03
I agree with the previous nurse's recommendation for the accelerated BSN Program. There are several out there, and your upper/lower division general studies/science classes should transfer over to your new program without difficulty.
My background was in the Accounting/Business Management field before going back to nursing school at the ripe old age of 27, roflmao.
I am now 35, been a nurse for almost 6 yrs now and love what I do. I could not see myself doing anything different. Also, my grandmother went back to RN school when she was 50 and there were many people in my LPN and RN transition classes who were over 40 and did well.
Go for it!! The work to get there will be tough, but definitely worth it. Email me if I can be of assistance or if you just need words of encouragement.
Oct 16, '03
The bachelors you have counts for some programs. Both UofA and NAU have BSN programs that are designed for 2nd degree students. They take into account your general ed/liberal arts credits that you've already learned and have fewer pre-reqs. They're also in an accelerated format-- both 14 months or so, I think. ASU is just starting an accelerated BSN program that is hosted at ASU East; however, it is not in the same format as UofA & NAU. In order to get in this program you have to fulfill the same pre-reqs as the generic BSN students. So, in essence, the bachelors you already have doesn't really help! The program starts in the spring and lasts 16 months instead of the traditional 2 years.
Dec 13, '03
I would suggest obtaining your associates degree first. You would need to research what local schools have these programs and speak with admissions as to what can be applied from your previous degree.
Nursing is a great profession. We need dedicated energetic and focused individuals to accomplish positive outcomes for patients and their families. Good Luck......
You'll know after six months in a program is this is what you'd like to do...... Wishing you success....
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