I want to go back to school for nursing. Please help advise!!!

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I have decided that i want a career change and i want to go back to school for nursing. I have been a stay at home mom for the last few years and before that I was a high school spanish teacher. I have my liberal arts bachelors and a teaching masters. I don't really qualify for the UCONN mein program without taking a ton of the prereqs first since i was liberal arts and not liberal sciences. Does anyone know what the best road would be for me to do?? Thanks so much!!!! My sister is goign back to nursing school also at three rivers community college and im wondering if that would be the best option. Im getting alot of rolled eyes from people when i talk about changing careers but im trying to figure out the smartest aproach to changing careers!!!

    Thanks so much

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  3. by   CJ223
    You'll have to take pre-reqs no matter what program you go for... I'd say take your pre-req sciences at a community college and then apply to a MEIN program.
  4. by   3rdgenRN2B

    I would start taking pre-reqs at a community college and research different programs while you're at it.
  5. by   ann4997
    Hi. I agree with the previous posts about taking your pre-reqs at a community college - you will save a ton of money. You should research the programs in which you are interested, because different programs actually have different pre-reqs and you want to make sure that they will accept the transfer credits from that CC.

    Also, I too changed careers (from Education background too) and got some of the same eye-rolls that you are getting, but let them roll all they want -- you need to do what will make you feel fulfilled. I looked into Gateway CC because it was close to me, but changed my mind because I wanted a BSN (my long term goals are to get a Master's and teach nursing when I get older). So, more research lead me to Quinnipiac's accelerated BSN program. Because I already had a Bachelor's degree, they transfer your general credits and then the program is 12 months of just the core nursing classes.

    That made the most sense for me and my family (4 young children) - whether I did a 1yr or 2yr program it would be a big impact on my family so better to rip off the bandaid with the 1yr program. I didn't know it at the time when I went to school, but there are other colleges/universities around that offer accelerated programs. I would check them out and that way you will have an idea of how you want to proceed and what requirements you will have to meet, etc. I was only able to take 1 pre-req at a time because of my young children/schedules, but I am glad that it worked out that way because I was able to put in the necessary work/time into the classes to get good grades. GPA and grades (especially in your pre-reqs) weigh heavily in one's chances of getting into nursing programs - I sure you have heard it is incredibly competitive.

    I hope this helps...good luck to you on your new journey
  6. by   JBMmom
    Good luck with your decision and schooling. I'm another career changer and I'm half way through the CC program. I looked into Southern, UConn, Quinnipiac, Yale and the community colleges. In the end, I needed to be able to maintain my full time work status during school, so the community colleges program became the only option. The others were attractive in that they're only a year, but they were considerably more expensive. Also, I'm not trying to paint any program in a negative light, I'm sure there are people that are unhappy with their experience no matter where they go. But, I know a few people personally that felt that after a one year program they still didn't have quite as much clinical experience as they would like. But, they are employed and competent in their nursing care. You'll have to figure out what will work best for you and your family, there are many options out there. I've found an excellent value in the community colleges classes I've taken thus far, some were better than others in pre-reqs, but I'm very happy with the nursing curriculum.