Second Degree Nursing Students - I have a ? about CREDITS Transferring

  1. I have been accepted as a pre-Nursing student in a BSN program.

    I already have a BS in Business from a different University.

    My transcript is currently in the process of being reviewed, but so far I am told that a minimum of 90 credits from my BS will be transferred. At this point, I do not have any idea how many translate into the Nursing Depts requirements though. Probably not many since none are in Bio or Chem, etc.

    What exactly does that mean? And how long does it generally take for a second degree student to complete a BSN program. Since I already have a degree will it be quicker than an Associates in Nursing but longer than an Accelerated BSN? Just trying to gauge my ETA as a nurse! (optimistic, huh?)

    Many thanks!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   TLC RN
    I think it means that your core classes for your first BS degree will be counted/applied to the requirements for the BSN. Say English classes. You will need them for the BSN degree but since you took them with you BS degree, you don't have to take them again.

    As for the core nursing classes you will prob be at ground zero. It basically means if you are taking an accelerated BSN program you will be done in 12-15 months (once you finish the prereqs). If you go the traditional 4 year BSN route it will take 2-3 years depending on how many semesters the nursing core classes are spread across.

    Does that make sense?
  4. by   christinemj
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    I already have a BS in Business from a different University.

    My transcript is currently in the process of being reviewed, but so far I am told that a minimum of 90 credits from my BS will be transferred. At this point, I do not have any idea how many translate into the Nursing Depts requirements though. Probably not many since none are in Bio or Chem, etc.

    What exactly does that mean? And how long does it generally take for a second degree student to complete a BSN program. Since I already have a degree will it be quicker than an Associates in Nursing but longer than an Accelerated BSN? Just trying to gauge my ETA as a nurse! (optimistic, huh?)

    Many thanks!
    In my experience, it is about the same as an ADN program, and, depending on the previous degree shorter OR longer than an accelerated BSN.

    When I was applying to schools and getting my credits evaluated, I found that basically everything was somehow TRANSFERRABLE...but not necessarily APPLICABLE. I was a Biology/Chemistry dual major, so I had a ton of sciences...but beyond the A&P, Micro, Chemistry all those credits were basically worthless for nursing. Yes, they would have been applied as "electives" but who really needs 80 credits of electives....

    In general.. if you've had no previous nursing education and you're coming from a non-science degree... I would expect that you'll have to start "at the beginning" in regards to nursing..... A&P...etc... plus all the nursing courses.... and you'll end up with a ridiculous number of general electives... I would expect that all your general degree requirements (math, history, english, psych,e tc.) will probably transfer one to one.. and you'll be considered as if you came in with an associate degree in whatever field.

    Virtually nothing but NURSING applies to nursing......

    BTW - At this point I have over 200 credits... and I have yet to receive a NURSING degree... I'm not sure if I should or

    Oh well, I guess I just have to PAY for my indecision!
  5. by   Kabin
    Also, course taken over five years may not be acceptable, just depends on nursing department policies. Some departments are good about allowing petitions to explain why old classes should still be applicable.
  6. by   NurseDiva04
    There are some 2nd degree BSN that takes 2 yrs or 4 semesters. I have a couple of degrees including a masters in computer science. The undergrad is in biology w/ a minor in chem. Since my classes in the sciences are old and I do mean OLE, I had to take A&P I & II, Microbiology. I did not have Human Development, so I had to take that. I will start an accelerated program in Sept. It is 12 months. I had to take Ethics and Nutrition for this program. Now, they accepted my OLD chem. Some schools wanted me to take it over! I avoided these schools. Also, they took my OLE stats. Also, english, psychology, speech, computer science, sociology was required. They accepted all of those. I think you will only have to worry about the sciences, A&P I/II, Microbiology, Chem, Stats, Human Develop.. I started last August and I am finishing up this August w/ pre-reqs. As a matter of fact, I just finished 3 courses online on this past Sunday!! Did very well in them!!
  7. by   EarthChild1130
    I have a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in psychology...everything except my math credit transferred, and I only had to take 7 classes as pre-requisites since I'd had none of them during my first jaunt through school. I am also in a BSN program but will only have a total of 2 years instead of 4 to finish the degree because of the credits.

    Good luck!!
  8. by   AmyLiz
    All of my classes/credits transferred from my Bachelors. Only a handful of those transferred credits actually mattered. I don't have to take English, Psychology, Sociology, Biology or Humanities this time around since I've already taken them. Still had to take A&P, chemistry (it had been longer than 2 years since I had had it), and communications (never took it for my Bachelors).
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    It all depends on the school's requirements.

    Have a bachelor's in engineering and a master's in management. Only had to take two prereqs for my ADN -- A & P I and II.

    Good luck!

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