How long will it take you to get your 2-yr degree? - page 2

I am in my first semester as a nursing student, pursuing my associate's degree. Finishing my prerequisites and general education requirements has already taken four semesters, so by the time I get... Read More

  1. by   Love-A-Nurse
    for some who are in my class, they are taking pre-reqs along with the nursing courses, therefore, it will only take them 2 years.

    i took my pre-reqs and some bsn requirements before starting last fall and have 13 months left to go in the program.

    all i know, i am closer than i have been. will give it all i got while i have this chance. and, will not forget this long trip toward reaching my goal.
  2. by   missionnurse
    I started pre-reqs January of 2000, took classes through the summer semesters and will finish May 2, 2003!

    So just over 3 years to earn a 2-yr ADN ~ doesn't make sense does it? Oh well, at least it's almost over!
  3. by   Nurse2bSandy
    I hope to finish my BSN in exactly 4 years. I will have gone every semester possible taking an average of 5 courses during the regular semesters, 2 in summer. It is a hectic schedule but since I waited so long, I don't want to drag it out.
    I'm excited that in 3 weeks I will be about 1/2 way to my goal! I'll finish 2 classes this summer and start an accelerated BSN in the fall.
  4. by   LaVorneRN
    It took me 4 years to do prereqs because I worked full time and took one class at a time starting with the sciences and then tripled up after that. Then I had them all done in time to start clinicals=2years. Altogether it took 6 yrs to get my ADN.
  5. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Originally posted by Nessa1982
    I dont think ANYONE gets it done in 2 years. At least I've never met anyone who did it. By the time I'm done with my ADN nursing program I will have been at a JC for 4 years. But at the same time I received all of my transfer classes it might only take me 1 year to 1 1/2 years to get my BSN. I hear it takes most people 3 years for a regular associates and 5 years for reg BS or BA so i guess I', not too behind. But sometimes it feels like it !

    Well, I did my ADN in 2 years. But I think it has to do with the person. At the school I attended, they advertise completion in two years as POSSIBLE, and they do advertise a schedule that looks like it is possible. But I think that as a person, you have to be really in a "perfect" time & place in your life.

    I was older than a lot of the students (I was 44 when I started) which means I was more mature. My children were both adults, so I had no babysitter probs or other types of conflicts involving kids. I did not have to work while I went to school (Hubby supported us)...I really don't think I could have done it if I had had to work. I had no money problems, as Hubby had a great job and we were able to not have any real change in our lifestyle. (Of course, when you are in school, who has the time to go out to a movie ??? )

    By completion in 2 years, this also means I took Anatomy & Physiology at the same time I was taking Nursing courses. (Only crazy people do this...) I was taking 12 to 19 credit hours at a time. So I think you also have to be really organized and a good student, too.

    So: Possible? Yes. Usual? No. I think 3 years is a better time frame. But I was "old" and I didn't want to waste any time getting my degree. I did fine. I also got credit for three of my courses by taking an exam and testing out of the class. THat saved some time, too.

    Good luck! 2 or 3 or 6 years.........it IS worth it!
  6. by   mark_LD_RN
    for the ones who say they finished in 2 yrs or less they are not including the prereqs in the total time.
    the adn programs here tell everyone it is two yrs. but they fail to mention is the time it takes to get the prereqs out the way
  7. by   GraceyB
    I have an AA but it will still take me 3 years to go through the prerequistes and then the nursing program. Not including the one to three semester wait to get into the program. I see that the three years seems to be a normal length for the program though.
  8. by   RNIAM
    I am doing my program in two years. It includes
    1st semester
    6 credit nursing
    A&P1
    Health and nutrition

    2nd semster
    med/surg 8 credits
    A&P 2 3
    microbiology 3

    summer semester
    this is what I will take
    psyc nursing 5 credits
    eng 3
    soc 3
    fall semster
    advanced med surg 13 credits
    spring
    maternal/child nursing
    pharmacolgy
    I did complete my elective course ahead of time but that was it. I am doing the whole program,less that one course in two years
  9. by   PennyLane
    I'm finishing up my 2nd, and last, semester of pre-reqs. I'm starting an accelerated BSN program in the fall that lasts 16 months. There's another here in town that is only 13 months, but I was wait-listed for that one.

    If I had gone for my AA, it would have taken 2 years, so for me getting my BSN was the better option. Also I think the competition is higher for the AA programs, because they get a lot of applicants.
  10. by   tabbeycatt
    My ADN program is "suppose" to take 2 years.... but I will have 3 1/2 ( I sat out a semester) years invested by the time I am finished. I have to finish up 2 more pre-req's in the fall and take the NET test to get in the program. IF I'm accpeted I will be able to complete the actual nursing classes in 4 semesters.

    I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end.
  11. by   ggfifirn05
    I started my prereqs in March 2002, and will finish them during the upcoming summer semester (taking two or three classes a semester, while still working full time). If I'm accepted to the Fall 2003 program, I'll finish my nursing core classes in time to graduate in December 2004 (its a 16 month program). So that will make mine a 3 year ASN program too.
  12. by   SirJohnny
    In order to lighten the course load, and balance my vacation days from current employment.

    Start Jun 2003 :: A&P I
    Start Sep 2003 :: A&P II
    Start Jan 2004 :: MicroBiology
    Start June 2004 :: Nursing School - Semester 1 (go every other weekend).
    Start Jan 2005 :: Nursing School - Semester 2 (go every other weekend)
    June 2005...
    Run out of vacation time for 2005. So take break from nursing school (already approved by both work and nursing school).
    Start June 2006 :: Nursing School - Semester 3 (go every other weekend.
    Start Jan 2007 :: Nursing School - Semester 4 (go every other weekend.
    Finish with ASN June 2007.

    .... And I still want to get BSN and then eventually CRNA.

    I may talk to work and just go ahead and plow my way through nursing school in one shot. But am afraid I will get burnt out or that a major project will come up at work that messes up my nursing school studying.

    Also, would have to "buy" vacation from work, once I run out of vacation days (get 15 vacation days per yr). So that is another option.

    In any case. By June 2007 I hope to have ASN out of the way.

    I already have MS-Comp Sci degree, so no real pre-requisites to get out of the way.

    Other than standard nursing classes - I need the 2 anatomy classes, a micro biology class, a nution class and a nuse ethics class. The nutrition and nurse ethics class have to be taken at the nursing school.

    All in all, I think it will be a fun experience. Am actually looking forward to it. Can't imagine taking a non-technical course for once.

    John Coxey
    (jpcoxey@aol.com)
    Last edit by SirJohnny on Apr 23, '03

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