Does it matter which school to take pre-reqs- PLEASE HELP - page 2

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I am single mom and will be starting a new career. I graduated from college back in 2000. I need to take all my science pre-reqs to get into the nursing program and I need to know the best school to attend. Does it matter which... Read More


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    In my opinion and experience Dunwoody was great!!!! I really loved most of my professors. If you really want to be a nurse bad enough then you will do fine. I know for me it has always been a dream to be a nurse so I have put all my heart and soul into it. Good luck to you.
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    Taking prereqs one place and then attending nursing school somewhere else is quite common and nothing that you need to worry about. I took most of my prereqs (4 semesters of full-time work) at GPC before transfering to Georgia State. There, I finished up my last 3 semesters of prereqs and will begin the nursing program this fall. Every single one of my classes transfered from GPC to GSU...with absolutely no issues. If you are interested in attending GSU, they even have a handy-dandy little tool that will show you exactly how classes at various schools will transfer in. For the most part, if you are taking classes at one University System of Georgia school, you will have no problem transfering credit to another USG school. Of course most schools have a course or two that can only be taken at their school (at GSU there are 2) but that's no big deal...look up that school's requirements and plan accordingly! I know MANY former GPC students who are currently in nursing schools other than GPC. A friend of mine from GPC just finished up her 2nd semester of Emory's SON. It's no big deal and saves lots of $!

    BTW--I really enjoyed GPC!! With the exception of algebra (which I took at Dunwoody) all of my classes were taken at Clarkston and I had some fantastic professors. Best of luck to you!!!
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    Thank you for all your input.. I really needed this information...
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    Quote from BabyLady
    Uh, this is not accurate...at all. I would say you were very lucky.

    This is the procedure you need to follow if you want to take your pre-reqs at another college than the one you plan on attending for nursing school.

    1. Get a college from the school you want to take your pre-reqs from..or print out the FULL course description from the courses you want to take.

    2. Set up an appointment with an advisor from the college that you want to attend...YES, they will do this even if you are not a student yet.

    3. The goal: To get them to review the course description to see IF they will accept the course for transfer...BEFORE you even take it.

    Many students are 100% unaware that colleges offer this type of advising and it is critical if you know in advance you are going to transfer. Some colleges have odd requirements such as the fact that there are certain courses that you HAVE to take there...my nursing school had a very specific math course that you could not have transferred in, etc.

    However, just because you take a course at one college doesn't automatically mean it will transfer to another...nor will they tell you it will. They have to look at the courses in order to make that determination.

    This is VERY good advise that I wanted to second and add to. I'm at GTC and I already have a BA, but they wouldn't accept any of my coursework for GE's (and I got my BA in 2006, so I don't think it has to do with time passage). GTC was not on the semester system at the time (they are switching this fall), which I think was part of it. University systems in general, whether a 2-year, 4-year, or full university, tend to just be picky with what they will and will not accept. In terms of the school's name (ie, politics), I think that's not as important when transferring to SOME state schools. Private schools tend to be different, though, as do big name public universities (if they are known for a certain program). This is something you'd be able to pick up on a bit when speaking with someone from the department. This also will be narrowed (a bit) by the schools they will accept transfer credits from. Depending on where you want to go and how competitive the entry process is, it would be a good idea to pay close attention to how the department member talks about this.

    The other really good thing about meeting with an adviser is they get to know you a bit more than just at an entrance interview. More familiarity is better in a really competitive process. But BabyLady gave some extremely good advice regarding coursework transfers and I think a lot of people can relate personal experiences with this kind of situation.


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