RN license for applying to school

  1. I am a new member, but really appreciate all the discussions posted.
    I was wondering if in order to apply to NA school you need an RN license from the state where I am applying? If I apply in another state, do I pay out of state tuition?
    I am starting now the ADN program and I was planning to take also the prerequisites for BSN, so when I will finish I will just be ready to get into the program. Do you think it is hard to take all these courses in parallel with nursing courses? I mean...hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   manna
    From what I hear, it's difficult to take nursing courses and pre/co-reqs simultaneously .. I'm not in nursing school (yet) so I can't comment on that personally..

    I think it probably more depends on your level of dedication to school (and how well you handle stress)! LOL

    Good luck......
  4. by   iliel
    welcome to the BB. for me, i have to have a RN license in the state of the school that I want to attend for NP for atleast a year.
    That time that I work, after a year I can claim residency.
    I would check with the school/s you want to attend.
    Good luck
  5. by   gaspassah
    i applied in ca and live in la. as long as you are licensed before school starts it ok. in my case, i cant say for others. also try to do what is easiest to maitain quality grades, if it takes longer so be it. imho
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  6. by   TraumaNurse
    You will need to have your RN license prior to the start of school, but not when you apply. Some programs require having more than one state depending on their clinical sites. As for taking pre-reqs while in ADN, I would not recommend it. Put all your effort into your ADN prgram and keep your GPA up. If you are sure you can handle the extra work load, then go for it. After graduation, while getting your experience in the ICU, you can complete an RN-BSN program. Just my opinion. There are several ways to get to the same point, so you just need to decide which works best for you. Which ever way you choose, keep your grades up, get lots of experience in a high-acuity ICU, and get certified! Good luck.
  7. by   iliket3
    I myself am going through the ADN program and taking extra classes. I'll tell you right now, the sheer volume of work in the ADN program alone will overwhelm you. Our straight A student is amazed by the amount of work to be done. It takes absolute and complete dedication to maintain a decent GPA. So prepare yourself for having no social life while you do it. I study ALL the time. But I have become so used to it that it seems like the natural thing to do now. While everyone enjoyed their summer off, I went to school fulltime and am brushing up on last year's material. Not to mention reading extra books in preparation for Fall semester.

    This may seem excessive to some, but my goal remains strong and I am very dedicated to becoming a CRNA. Also being older (34 now), I know that I won't be applying for approx 3 more years. I figure that I can give it all a rest when I reach my goal and just enjoy my work. I too will be working and finishing my degree at the same time. Haven't quite figured out how I'll be doing that yet but where there's a will there's a way. Good luck to you
  8. by   flaced
    Thank you all for your input. I will be trying to get some prerequisites for BSN. I don't know how hard is nursing, but I know that it cannot be harder than the university where I got my first BS in my country of origin.
    The school in the US seems very easy. I am sure that NA is something like is there...so much harder. I got a BA here too, and it seemed very easy. I don't think I spent time studying 1/3 from what I spent in my country. As well was with the prerequisites from ADN.
    The hard part may be that I have a 2 year old that will be staying home with me. So... I'll have to wait for him to sleep in order to study...
    The school where I am planning to get my BSN has a program of 1 year, 1 day per week. And there are 8 prerequisites I need to take. I may not take them all by the time I finish my ADN, but they may let me take them while in BSN.
    I guess we can do anything if we put ourselves into, don't we?

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