I'm new and have no idea what I'm doing

  1. I am considering going to nursing school but am completely clueless as to how to go about it! I have my Associates degree, but it's not in nursing and all of the schools I am looking at only admit you if you have an Associates in Nursing, but none of them offer an Associates in Nursing. How do I do this? Where do I go? What do I look for? I am interested in RN and preferrably online classes at the moment.
    I have looked at so many schools, but none of them have a program that precedes the RN BSN degree. If anyone has any answers to this, I'd appreciate the help. God bless!
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  3. by   lexcourben
    Hi Katwands,

    Here's a link to a website put together by Johnson and Johnson. It lists the nursing programs by state or region. It's a good starting point to finding programs in your area. Good luck!!!

    Nursing Program Search - Discover Nursing
  4. by   Tweety
    There are many online ADN to BSN programs which is what you're getting in your search.

    There are not but a handful of ADNs offered online, and not all states accept these degrees. Your best bet is to talk to the people at your local college, see what classes can be taken online and go from there. There might be a lot of the classese you can take online. There's a large hand-on clinical component in nursing that can't be taken online, but a lot of co-req courses, and even some of the theory can be taken online.

    Good luck!
  5. by   katwands
    Thank you very much. I suppose what's I'm wondering is: do I have to get an LPN before doing anything? Thanks again
  6. by   Tweety
    Quote from katwands
    Thank you very much. I suppose what's I'm wondering is: do I have to get an LPN before doing anything? Thanks again


    No. You can go to an ADN program and become an RN fresh off the streets. No need to become an LPN first. Some people however find the LPN route quicker in their area because of the waiting lists for ADN school. Or they need the money and have to work, and go LPN first because it's quicker (the salaries are lower than RNs). Then they go onto an LPN to RN program.

    There's four ways to become an RN: LPN to RN, ADN, BSN (many nurses, such as myself, eventually decide to become Bachelor degreed after our ADNs and there are many RN to BSN programs, many of which are all online, but we already are RNs and become BSN's won't change the RN status, just provide other opportunities)and Diploma (these programs are the most rare).......all of them lead to the same test: the NCLEX-RN which allows one to practice as a registered nurse.

    You do not have to have any degree or any nursing license to begin an ADN program. I worked at Pizza Hut when I started my ADN program.

    I know it's confusing. Your best bet is to talk to someone locally and take it from there.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by Tweety on Dec 12, '06

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