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  1. Hi everyone,
    In June,I started a DEC program to become an RN, which in Canada, is similar to the ADN, I assume, Except that it is a three year program, not two. I really love it, and am doing really well, but I recently found out about a program at the University that offers a masters of nursing for people with non-nursing bachelors degrees. That would include me! It is also a three year program, but I wouldn't be able to start until Sept of next year (if I got accepted) and I would have to take a few prerequisites, such as organic and inorganic chemistry. I don't know what to do? Should I go for the masters program? I would really much prefer to have a masters 4 years from now, than have a DEC in a couple of years, but if I drop my courses now to take the prerecs, there is no guarentee I would even get in to the Masters program. UGHHH!!!! What to do??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   subec
    Would any of the classes that you are taking now transfer?

    I would check into that. Maybe you could still get credit for your current classes, and then in the spring you could take your pre-req's.

    Good luck to you.
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    i would go for the masters
  5. by   heatherh
    I just went to meet with the advisor at the university and she was very helpful, although I am a bit discouraged. She said that the policy is not to accept students with ANY nursing experience at all because they have their own philosophy and don't want people in the programmed with previous training and preconceived ideas. I have only been enrolled in my program for 2 1/2 months!!! Can you believe that they would reject someone because they have 2 1/2 months experience??? Anyway she said that they might be able to accept me if I write her a letter and the board finds me to be academically outstanding. Anyway, wish me luck!
  6. by   Mkue
    I would go for the Masters !!
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i would stay in the program until i found out i was accepted into the master's program. all the best to you and let us know what you decide to do.
  8. by   heatherh
    Ok, so I met with the director of the master's program and after looking at my grades, background, etc., she said that I should apply. She said that I should drop my program that I am in now because they want people who do not have any nursing experience because they have their own method, which I completely understand. I am just scared to drop my program for fear that I might not even be accepted to the master's and then I would have to start all over in the DEC program. But would someone tell you to drop a program if they weren't going to accept you? After she told me what prerecs I would need, I asked her what the next step would be, and she said thatI "should apply" and that she would send me an application and then there would be an interview. Another problem is that I need 2 general chemistry classes and one organic by next september and she said that I should take them at their University, but the class is already full for the Fall semester!!When I mentioned that I could take the first course at another university, she didn't seem to like the idea. What do I do??
  9. by   heatherh
    Sorry for bumping this up again, but I am so stressed! Everyone on this board seems so helpful and nice that I thought that I might get some valued insight. Anyone??
  10. by   tonicareer
    Do colleges in canada print catalogs or put requirements online? Also what someone says doesn't mean much. Get everything in writing and keep a copy forever. Never throw documents away. I have catalogs from 20 plus years ago to prove my class content. Most people are ethical but some schools are after your money. Colleges here in the US are reluctant to take courses from outside sources because so many students are applying to nursing programs. For instance students will take the science courses at community college and then transfer to higher price state or private colleges. Now the colleges don't like this because they are losing money and aren't allowing it anymore.
  11. by   heatherh
    Thank you for replying.
    So do you think that I should ask her for a confirmation that I will be accepted if I drop my program?
    Also, I don't have any chemistry at all from any university, so catalogs wouldn't be useful now. I just don't know whether to drop my DEC program to do the prerecs for the Master's based on the assumption that I will be accepted. The director of the program told me to drop my DEC program, but she didn't say or confirm that I would be accepted.

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