Thinking of starting nursing school at 47 - page 3

by suzilks1 | 3,451 Views | 23 Comments

I am thinking of going back to school for an Associates RN after being a medical transcriptionist for twenty five years. I am a little overwhelmed at all that might entail but nursing has been a lifelong dream. Anyone started... Read More


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    They won't let me talk to an advisor until I am officially accepted which as of last check hasn't happened. This is taking FOREVER. I saw today that my recent math compass is posted but my status STILL says "higher math compass score needed". I guess it's just taking a while for the red tape...surely they aren't going to change the policy again? I did find some information that seemed to say I could take other courses with the one learning support as long as they weren't math dependent courses. Hoping that doesn't mean micro or A&P. Pretty sure I could get a waiver on the micro to take it since I have already taken it in 2004 and had an A. Waiting..waiting and more waiting.
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    Usually if you are required to take learning support math, you cannot take Chem, A&P, or Micro until you exit out of all LS math. At my school, Chem is a pre-req for A&P, and chem is a LOT of math, so I understand their logic, but it still stinks, I know. I had to take 2 LS classes, and I had to retake one of them twice. There were many times I just wanted to give up, I felt like I was never going to get out of LS. However, I finally did it, so don't give up! Be persistent! One thing I will recommend - do not take online math if you can help it for learning support. The difference between online and on campus is huge, and factored heavily into myself having to retake it. If you do well with online classes and feel you could learn the math that way, by all means, go for it. But as a general rule, I would take it on campus and utilize the tutoring lab if your school has one! Good luck and keep your chin up!
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    Thank you! It is good to know that you made it out of the LS classes and are where you want to be. I am fortunate in that I only have to take one LP course before college algebra so it shouldn't deter me too much even if I can't take A&P or micro. Our school does not require a chemistry class. I am just so READY to get all the answers and get registered for classes. School starts on August 13th and I'm still waiting on acceptance. I just keep telling myself that all good things are worth waiting for.
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    I returned to college at 43 and feel great about it. I have had some issues with lack of support from family members but I keep pushing forward. I am applying to nursing programs now since I have finished everything except chemistry for the BSRN.

    I am applying to LPN, ADN and BSRN programs just to see who will consider my scores. I may have some decisions to make if none accept me or some that I wasn't too serious about do accept me.

    The TEAS V is a huge part of getting into any program and your math and A & P scores. Do well in those and study the study guide for the TEAS. Get a tutor or whatever you have to do to keep A's and B's in A & P and microbiology.


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