Question about school

  1. Hey there!! My name is Hilary, I'm kinda new here. Been 'lurking' the past few days on these boards, but this is my first post. I have a question or two...

    Is it possible (like for someone right out of highschool wanting to become a nurse) to go to a Jr college for 2 years to get down the main academic courses (like anatomy & physiology, etc), then the next 2 years transfer to a University to take the nursing courses for those 4 semesters? I was just wondering..
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   ERNurse752
    I'm not sure...depends on the school. Sometimes the credits won't transfer between schools. Why do you want to go to a junior college first? One of the two year schools near me has an associate's degree nursing program, so maybe that's a possibility too. Good luck!
  4. by   Mkue
    i agree with ernurse, check to make sure that the credits transfer. if you took bio, chem, algebra in high school you may not have to take those courses again. i would definately check into a 2 yr. program.

    good luck
  5. by   zumalong
    You could always take the ADN route--you can get your RN, take boards, and start working as a nurse. Then you might have some of the BSN paid for by institution. Just a thought.
  6. by   Mkue
    originally posted by zumalong
    you could always take the adn route--you can get your rn, take boards, and start working as a nurse. then you might have some of the bsn paid for by institution. just a thought.
    that is a very good suggestion !!

  7. by   Irishcreme
    Check your local community college's website for a pre-nurse major. More and more CC's have them here so they may already be in AL as well. After you complete the degree you can transfer in as a junior.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i just wanted to welcome you to the board!
  9. by   MishlB
    You can also become a degree LPN, and gain some experience, then work towards your RN.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes it is possible. What I recommend you do is see the school that has a BSN program you plan to attend. Ask them about taking all your prerequisites at a junior college and make sure they tell you to take WHAT WILL TRANSFER THERE! It works best when you transfer within the same state, of course. Make sure all you take articulates into the 4-year program, so you don't waste money and time.

    You don't have to go the ADN route if you want a BSN; I personally would not. (I hold an ADN but am working on a BSN now). Just remember, careful planning is needed.

    See a college counselor soon about taking your pre-requisite classes for nursing first, since this is what you will need to do anyway, no matter *WHAT* RN program you will attend. Make sure if you are transferring, you talk to BOTH schools for the best articulation. Good luck!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 4, '02
  11. by   Q.
    I agree with everyone; check with the university first to see which credits they accept. Alot of universities don't always accept junior college credits.

    You could also go right into the university and obtain your RN, BSN. Do it now, while young. A lot of hospitals are now offering loan repayment with a new hire. Going back to school while working may be difficult.
  12. by   EMTPTORN
    Skrawberri,

    saw you were from alabama...all the NW FL junior colleges transfer to UWF or USA BSN programs.

    usually,,,,the local JC's have agreements with area universities....but....if i were to move to another area all bets are off and no guarantees.
  13. by   Dr. Kate
    Welcome. It's great to hear you're interested in nursing. You'll need to do your homework on this one.
    The board of registered nursing should have a list of the nursing programs in your state, presuming you want to stay there. Check out the BSN programs. Call or write for information. Check what they require. If you want to look in other areas, check US News and World Reports for the top rated Nursing programs (number 1 happens to be the University of Washinton in Seattle)--you may as well go for the best while you're doing it. Ask a lot of questions. See if there are student nurses you can correspond with at the schools you're interested in.
    Do Not depend on your school advisor. Too often they're over worked and under-informed. Use that person but this is the time to be proactive. It's your education and your future.
    If you're going to spend 4 years getting an RN you may as well get your BSN up front and be done with it. Going back for your BSN is far harder than getting it in the first place.
    Take a look at the web sites of the various nursing organizations. There's so much you can do, so many directions you can take.
    Good Luck! It's a great adventure.

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