No second bachelor's at Cal State LB?

  1. Hello all.

    I'm currently a student in Kansas a year away from completing a BA in Spanish. After graduating, I plan to move back to CA (I'm originally from San Diego) and get my BSN. I have been looking at various nursing programs throughout the state and was considering applying to Cal State Long Beach. I'm a bit confused about what my application status would be (technically I won't be a transfer since I'll already have a degree). I noticed they have a catagory for "post-baccalaureate" students, who are working toward a second Bachelor's degree, but their website says they're no longer accepting applications for second bachelor's!

    Will this completely rule out my chances of applying? Are there other schools you guys know of that have this restriction? Thanks for the info.

    Meghan
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  3. by   P_RN
    Have you asked the college? Sometimes, as in my son's case, he received two different BA s 1 semester apart.....long story....long time student......I wonder if they mean something like this?
  4. by   Megsd
    This is the phrasing on their website:

    Who is a post-baccalaureate student?

    You are considered a post-baccalaureate student if you hold a Bachelor's degree and wish to continue your education for personal enrichment or to meet professional needs by pursuing a certificate, credential or second Bachelor's degree.

    What post-baccalaureate programs are offered at CSULB?

    Second Bachelor's Degrees
    Beginning Spring 2003, CSULB is no longer accepting applicants for the Second Bachelor's Degree.


    I plan to shoot them an e-mail or give them a call later. Looking at the phrasing I'm not sure if I'd fall into this catagory or not, really. I've just never heard of a university that doesn't accept people getting a second degree!

    Meghan
  5. by   Hopegirl
    I too have a BA degree (and am also from San Diego!) and checked out the Nursing program at SDSU. Their website also says that they do not accept 2nd bachelor students, however, the exception to this rule is Nursing and one other thing which I can't remember. I know that CSULB has an Accelerated BSN program for those individuals that already hold a degree, which would be an excellent route for you to take! I wish San Diego had something like that.


    Good luck!
    -J
  6. by   Megsd
    Yay for being from San Diego! I'm looking forward to getting back, especially thanks to that residency loophole they implemented in '02. I've been in KS 3 years and have a car in KS and a license in KS but went to HS in CA and have bank accounts in CA, so I don't think I actually qualify to be a legal resident ANYWHERE anymore. Going back to CA would let me start school as a resident earlier since otherwise I'd need to work full time for a year and whatnot to become a resident.

    I considered the accelerated BSN from Long Beach but I heard it's just starting up this fall and I don't know if I want to participate in such a new program. I'll definitely keep in mind that SDSU has a loophole for nusing -- maybe Long Beach does too. I'd rather not go to SDSU simply because while I want to be closer to my family, I'm not sure I want to be THAT close. My fiance is being incredibly open (so far) to the idea of moving halfway across the country, but I'm not sure he wants to be in the same town as my dad.

    Meghan
  7. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from Megsd
    Yay for being from San Diego! I'm looking forward to getting back, especially thanks to that residency loophole they implemented in '02. I've been in KS 3 years and have a car in KS and a license in KS but went to HS in CA and have bank accounts in CA, so I don't think I actually qualify to be a legal resident ANYWHERE anymore. Going back to CA would let me start school as a resident earlier since otherwise I'd need to work full time for a year and whatnot to become a resident.

    I considered the accelerated BSN from Long Beach but I heard it's just starting up this fall and I don't know if I want to participate in such a new program. I'll definitely keep in mind that SDSU has a loophole for nusing -- maybe Long Beach does too. I'd rather not go to SDSU simply because while I want to be closer to my family, I'm not sure I want to be THAT close. My fiance is being incredibly open (so far) to the idea of moving halfway across the country, but I'm not sure he wants to be in the same town as my dad.

    Meghan
    Yes, check out CSULB to see if they have a rule like SDSU - my guess is that they do, unless that has changed since implementing the Accelerated program. Good luck!
  8. by   TopCat1234
    Quote from megsd
    this is the phrasing on their website:

    who is a post-baccalaureate student?

    you are considered a post-baccalaureate student if you hold a bachelor's degree and wish to continue your education for personal enrichment or to meet professional needs by pursuing a certificate, credential or second bachelor's degree.

    what post-baccalaureate programs are offered at csulb?

    second bachelor's degrees
    beginning spring 2003, csulb is no longer accepting applicants for the second bachelor's degree.


    i plan to shoot them an e-mail or give them a call later. looking at the phrasing i'm not sure if i'd fall into this catagory or not, really. i've just never heard of a university that doesn't accept people getting a second degree!

    meghan
    but i was on vacation when you posted and missed this!

    csulb will definitely accept you as a 2nd degree student - but only for the nursing program. the acclerated bsn is technically in conjunction with the university's extension services. i think due to budget cuts or something they had to tweak the program this way. as a matter of fact, you are not to apply online for csulb - you have to fill out the paper app for csu schools and send that along with your nursing program app directly to the nursing dept.

    the accelerated bsn actually admitted it's first class this past spring. it's still pretty new tho.

    if you had any other questions, send me a pm. i got all the info and a little inside scoop, as my mom is a big-wig rn in long beach and knows people who know people about the program.

    topcat
  9. by   comanda_d
    Hello,
    Unfortunately due to the budget crisis in california, all cal state schools are not accepting people who already have a bachelor's. I am not sure about the UCs here in california.
    Best of luck to you.
  10. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    All Cal State schools are implementing the "No 2nd bachelors will be admitted". It's across the board and I'm running into a lot of people like us. If you want to come back to California and study nursing, stop with your BA in Spanish!!!!! or what you want to do is don't take your last class in Spanish and come back to California and have all your credits transfered to the school here. That way you can get all of your general education out of the way and work on your BSN, then once you're ready done with your BSN, go back and take that last Spanish class and transfer it back to Kansas, that way you can get your 2nd Bachelors degree. Good Luck.
  11. by   AloeBlox
    people do your research!!!! i just graduated from csusb and yes they are not doing 2nd BA no more but for BSN they are, i got accepted but i didnt want to go to that school since it was going to be a big loan......
  12. by   tothepointeLVN
    Yeah it bites that they won't accept 2nd bachelors degree but I can see why. People from all disciplines are struggling to get into the Cal States and so many are turned away I can see why someone who already has a degree would be turned away.

    However CSU in Dominguez Hills has an entry level masters of nursing.

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