Pre health or Practical nursing

  1. Hey guys so I got accepted to both the pre health and the practical nursing programs in seneca and was just think which is the route to take, I did some research and if i take pre health i would do a year of it then 4yrs of a collab and if i take practical then i do 2yrs of it then a year of bridge the another 2 yrs of rn, so in the end they both take approximately 5 yrs to complete. Im confused and feel like i might regret my decision later; HELP!!!!!!!!!!! what do you think would be the best route to take if u were in my position, and yes nursing is what i want to pursue for sure.
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  3. by   vintage_RN
    Hi! I am currently in the Practical Nursing program and I think it's great. There are so many opportunities for RPN's now and their scope is always expanding. It really depends on your life situation. If you ultimately want your RN then I would do the pre-health and go for that. Just just so you know, the bridging from RPN to BSCN is actually 3 years. So from RPN to bridging would take 5 years to get your BSCN.

    I think the RPN route is good because it's fast tracked through the summer at Mohawk, so you're done in a little over a year (16 months). Then you can work as a nurse and get experience and if you want to bridge then you already have nursing experience and *hopefully* a job already. But it does take longer. Good luck!
  4. by   jl2002
    Depends what you want to do. Either route will get you there, but if you want to do RN, I would suggest you doing the Pre-health then collab. I'm in centennial college's RPN program right now, the requirement to do bridging is a B average, with no fail course. My 2nd semester, a lot of people just wants to pass Theory 2 right now, let alone thinking about bridging anymore.

    They still would evaluate applicant for both the bridging part and the last 2 years collab with Ryerson part. And both are pretty competitive I've heard.
  5. by   joanna73
    I was in the same position. I took one year of prerequisites, four years to receive my BScN. Five years....and totally worth it.

    I am also a second career nurse and living on my own. Whatever path you take, make sure it's what you want.
  6. by   Daisy_08
    I was accepted into both the PN and BN programs, but I could not afford 4 straight years of school for a job I may not even like. So I went with the PN. I'm happy with choice I made. I am bridging now, I make more then my parents ever did while going to school full time.

    If you have the money, and the time and your end goal is to be an RN, I would actually suggest you go right to the RN. But you will have to do what is best for you.
  7. by   lachaph
    I did all of my per-health courses (all but electives) through night school. Two a semester until I was done (3 terms). It meant that I had night classes 4 nights a week (all while working two jobs) but I found that I was done and ready to go by time the cut off's had occurred for the September 2013 intake.

    I am currently enrolled for the RPN fall start and on the wait list for the BScN course. I will hear sometime after May 5 up to the second week of classes if i get in. The program director said there were only 20 to 25 people in the 3.75 and above gpa that didn't get in. She didn't tell me where in that line i am but i know my GPA was higher then 3.75.

    Night school is tough.. they cram 4 months into a two month night class - but it can be done with a great GPA if you work hard.

    Good luck to you!!
  8. by   shearbear95
    -_- you become a nurse either way it downed on how much you want to spend in time while being in school -_-'
  9. by   ohmychonny
    Your better off doing a RPN program since its actually a diploma that can get you a job incase you do not get into the RN program. If you do pre-health and do not get into the RN program, you ll end up going into the RPN program anyway. The amount of time is the same so might as well take the safer route.