Is getting my RN at a technical college a bad idea?

  1. I'm a recent VN graduate and have been diligently searching high and low for the smoothest and fastest transition into an ADN program. As you all may know, the community college system is lacking and it can take years just to finish prerequisites. I'm now in my 30's and am willing to sacrifice paying a premium for quick admission into a program. American Career College here in CA now offers a 20 month all inclusive ADN program. This means all prerequisites and general coarse work are included in this time frame. I have hopes of getting my BSN at Mt Saint Mary's university, then moving on to get my masters and become a CRNA. I'm afraid my plans will be ruined because traditional colleges may not accept my units from a technical college. Has anyone considered or gone this route before? For RN to BSN most schools will advertise you only need an active non restricted License, but I'm afraid there may be more to the story. PLEASE HELP ME MY FRIENDS!

    Thank you,

    Daniel Stern
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  2. 48 Comments

  3. by   littlepeopleRNICU
    I got my ADN at a technical college first and went on to finish my BSN online through University of Texas. All of my credits transferred over. I'm also starting an NP program in the Fall at University of South Carolina, and had no problems again.

    I guess I should add in here that both schools I've attended were/are current in their accreditations.
    Last edit by littlepeopleRNICU on May 12, '15
  4. by   pmabraham
    Good day, Daniel:

    What are your thoughts about going to a school where their credits mean absolutely outside of the school? Are you ok spending the money knowing that if you want to further your education at an accredited institution that none of the classes at the technical school will be accepted?

    Thank you.
  5. by   wasc1205
    Im in my fourth semester at a technical college. I can't speak for the specific school youre refering too, but I know that if its accredited then its fine.The good thing about nursing is its pretty standarized. Doesnt matter if its duke or a technical college...your going to be learning the same things. Lookout for the online schools and make sure theres an extra application process involved in getting into the nursing program.
  6. by   TiffyRN
    Just be sure the colleges you are looking at for BSN completion will take your non-nursing courses. Otherwise you are wasting all the effort other than your nursing courses. If you have checked it out and found a reputable BSN completion program, then proceed with the technical college.

    But remember that you will likely need a well-regarded BSN completion course as your plans include CRNA school. I've never heard of a "CRNA mill". They have pretty stringent standards.
  7. by   DanielStern
    Thanks for the quick reply. May I ask was your technical college nationally or regionally accredited? I think that plays a major role in transferring.
  8. by   DanielStern
    I'm absolutely not ok with wasting my time, thats why I've opened this forum to have a dialogue with seasoned nurses whom have been there, and hopefully gain a few pearls. Now, please feel free to exit the forum and don't forget take your black cloud with you.
  9. by   DanielStern
    Quote from pmabraham
    Good day, Daniel:

    What are your thoughts about going to a school where their credits mean absolutely outside of the school? Are you ok spending the money knowing that if you want to further your education at an accredited institution that none of the classes at the technical school will be accepted?

    Thank you.

    I'm absolutely not ok with wasting my time, thats why I've opened this forum to have a dialogue with seasoned nurses whom have been there, and hopefully gain a few pearls. Now, please feel free to exit the forum and don't forget take your black cloud with you.
  10. by   littlepeopleRNICU
    You're welcome. It is nationally accredited.
  11. by   wasc1205
    Regional. I guess do some research into both options and see which one is best. Some universities might require you to take extra classes but its not like your going to have to retake the same classes you took to be a licensed nurse.
  12. by   TiffyRN
    Here's a thread about your proposed school: American Career College in Los Angeles
  13. by   TiffyRN
    So though I am not experienced as in having your exact situation, going to a technical school for ADN in Cali, I could say it's going to be hard to find too many experienced nurses who have attended ACC since they just started their ADN program a few months ago. I can't see how they even have NCLEX pass rates?

    Sorry if this isn't the opinion you wanted. Your original post did not specify that only experienced nurses who who have attended technical schools in California from schools that don't have NCLEX pass rates yet persisted and now have successfully completed their BSNs then their CRNA.
  14. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from TiffyRN
    Here's a thread about your proposed school: American Career College in Los Angeles
    I took a look at their website, and the BON site.

    They're just starting up so there are no grads who've taken the NCLEX, it's $66,000, and I don't think the job market is good in LA for ADN.

    Have you considered taking all your BSN pre-regs at a community college, then going directly for your BSN at the school of your choice?

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