didn't start school til age 50

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    Hi,

    Are there any RNs out there that didn't start school til age 50 or after? I'm hoping to start classes in the fall and am a little nervous since I am older now I don't have the memory I used to have and a few more aches and pain, so I'm wondering if anyone else didn't start school until 50 or after? Also my plan for now is to get my A.S. at our local community college and wanted to see if anyone out there was able to complete their A.S. in nursing in 18 months or if it will definitely take at least 24 months? Thank you all ahead of time for your responses.
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    moved to own thread for best response....Welcome to AN!
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    Not 50 yet but I did return for the ASN (RN) at age 45 (I felt so out of place when i started out in the classroom because i had everybody else by by at least 20 years), and I will be 49 when I get into my final semester of the BSN this coming January. So, we're ALMOST in the same boat. I have to read, read, read, and re-read some more in order for info to stick. At one point, it got so bad that I thought I had early-onset Alzheimer's. Actually had me worried for a minute. But when I calmed down and realized that the issue was only academically related, I just chalked it up to decreased or worn-out brain cells and kept on reading. It eventually sticks. Good luck. It will all be fine.
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    I am in my second semester. I started at age 49 and will be 51 when I graduate with an Associate Degree. I already have an Associate degree for Medical Assistant, graduating when I was 48. I love being the oldest one in my class.
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    I am in my second semester. I started at age 49 and will be 51 when I graduate with an Associate Degree. I already have an Associate degree for Medical Assistant, graduating when I was 48. I love being the oldest one in my class.

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    Have you already done your prerequisite courses? I ask, because I'm starting my ADN program next month, and that alone will last 4 semesters. Completing my prerequisites took me another 5 semesters. I spaced them out a bit because I was also worried about my age (I was 43 when I started). One of the programs I was considering conceded prerequisites could be done in 1 year, but to allow for 2. Mine may be a 2 year degree, but it will take me 4 years to get it.
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    I so encourage you to go for it. My mom went back to school for Early childhood education at 53 and I'm going back to school this fall (After Degree Nursing) at age 40 (41 in October). I'm a bit nervous too, but I took 2 classes in spring and did well so I'm feeling better than I was!
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    I'm 49 and just graduated from LVN school. I'll be taking the NCLEX-PN within the next month or so. I plan to continue on and take the LVN-RN bridge which will last another year after I take care of some prerequisites. Unfortunately many of my credits from before have been too long to transfer so that's one obstacle. BTW, I wasn't the oldest in my class. We had someone who turned 50 this year prior to our graduation. Good Luck to you and your desire to go back to school-it's never too late
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    My classmate was 63 y/o when we completed the RN program. Passed NCLEX on first try.
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    Quote from teacher08
    My classmate was 63 y/o when we completed the RN program. Passed NCLEX on first try.
    AWESOME!


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