ADN then transfer to CSU vs transfer to CSU

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    Hi! I've been looking into becoming a nurse for quite awhile now. I am currently applying for community colleges and I realized that some of these community colleges offer nursing programs. I am wondering would it be more efficient if I worked towards getting my ADN in community college then transfer to a CSU? Or fulfill my igetcs/pre-reqs and transfer to a CSU to work towards a BSN right away. Approximately how much time would it take for both routes if I went to school full-time? Also, do I NEED volunteering hours in order to major in nursing?

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    What is CSU?
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    Quote from roser13
    What is CSU?
    CSU - California State University (i.e. California State University of Long Beach or California State University of Fullerton)
    I'm not quite sure if I posted this in the right spot
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    I would post this in the California nursing forum, or if they have a sub-forum for CA nursing programs, post it there.
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    Okay thank you
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    You don't have to do the whole IGETC for CSUs (no language requirement). CSULB's program is two years, as are most ADN programs, so you might be better off just doing that (not sure how long Fullerton's is).
    No program I've seen in CA really takes volunteering into account. You're better off focusing on getting really good grades to be competitive. Look at the nursing websites for each of the schools you're considering (they'll have a whole separate page for the nursing programs, usually- I know the CSUs do), and see what their recommended pathways are. It CAN sometimes be done in 4 years, if you can take a large load and do well, but I'd count on 5 years.
    CSUs accept people based on merit (grades, TEAS scores, grades in prereqs), and ADN programs in CA are based on lottery systems, meaning that if you qualify, you have an equal chance with everyone else applying that qualifies.
    Either way, I'd cast as wide a net as you can.
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    Quote from RunBabyRun
    You don't have to do the whole IGETC for CSUs (no language requirement). CSULB's program is two years, as are most ADN programs, so you might be better off just doing that (not sure how long Fullerton's is).
    No program I've seen in CA really takes volunteering into account. You're better off focusing on getting really good grades to be competitive. Look at the nursing websites for each of the schools you're considering (they'll have a whole separate page for the nursing programs, usually- I know the CSUs do), and see what their recommended pathways are. It CAN sometimes be done in 4 years, if you can take a large load and do well, but I'd count on 5 years.
    CSUs accept people based on merit (grades, TEAS scores, grades in prereqs), and ADN programs in CA are based on lottery systems, meaning that if you qualify, you have an equal chance with everyone else applying that qualifies.
    Either way, I'd cast as wide a net as you can.
    Almost every major nursing program takes volunteering into consideration.
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    Quote from zzbxdo
    Almost every major nursing program takes volunteering into consideration.
    It's worth it to investigate each school's policy. SJSU doesn't look at anything other than TEAS, GPA and pre-req GPA. Best bet is to focus on school, since all the volunteering in the world won't get you in if you apply with a 2.5 GPA.

    I think it depends. If you can get into a CSU, I would recommend you do that, rather than applying for the ADN program, then having to apply AGAIN for the BSN program.

    Also note, that it's currently about 1-5 % chance of getting a job as a new grad in CA. Maybe that will change in the next few years, but for the last 4 or 5 years, it has been brutal for new grads searching for work. Your BSN program won't train you to be a LTC, SNF or even really an office/clinic nurse, but thats where most of my class from May ended up.


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