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  1. Hello. I'm 17, and recently got my GED (had to drop out do to family problems) and I'm really interested in becoming a RN. I had very good grades in high school, and an amazing SAT score. I was wondering if this fall I could just go straight into nursing school, or would I be required to attend a community college for a year or two to get some basic courses? Thanks!
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    First of all, congrats on your GED! That is fantastic. As to further education, check with the admissions officer of the school you want to attend and good luck!
  4. by   BrandyBSN
    you wouldn't be required to go to a community college... it all depends on where you apply, and if you get accepted to a university.

    I can't honestly say that I know someone who has dropped out of HS, and gotten into a 4-year program with a GED, but I know that it IS possible, and I am sure there are members of this board that have either done it, or known a nurse that has done it.

    Congrats on trying to take this next step to further your education! Hope it works out well for you. Apply where you really want to go, go talk to an admissions counselor... they could put you on the path you need to get the answers you want.

    BrandyBSN
  5. by   sharann
    Brandy, when did you cut your hair! Cute!
    Are you now in ER and ICU, or did you swap? Forgive my ignorance but haven't seen you much lately. Nice to see you again
  6. by   suzanne4
    Yes, you can get into a four year program with a G.E.D. It just depends on available spots at the time. You may want to consider getting some of the pre-reqs out of the way while you are waiting to get in.

    Good luck to you. I admire your enthusiasm.
  7. by   sagelola
    I, for one, do not have an actual high school diploma. I have a GED and a CHSPcertificate (that's Cal. High School Proficiency, which you can take at a younger age than the GED). I was older when I went back to school, and I started at a CC. I then transferred after 2 years to University. I don't know if it matters, and really it shouldn't. You might want to go to CC because it is less expensive to begin with.

    But you will not be able to go into any RN program right away, I don't think. At least, I've never heard of anyone doing that. There are several pre-req courses you will need before getting into the program, and also depending on whether you choose an ADN or a BSN program.

    I agree with the other poster...if there is an RN program in your area call them, go in and talk to them, go to their website, whatever, and get the info on what you need to do. Also check with the school regarding their admission policies.

    Good Luck!
  8. by   BrandyBSN
    I got my hair cut yesterday, but it has been pretty short for a while. I am in ER every 3rd weekend, and working full time in information systems, atleast until august, then the position may become permanent

    Hugs!
    BrandyBSN
  9. by   smk1
    i would imagine that a state sposored school might have a program that would allow you to go straight in. If not go the Community College route and then transfer (cheaper anyways).

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