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  • May 27

    If I thought I could get into a 30 unit program that's what I'd do.

  • May 27

    Quote from clnunnink
    I am currently attending an LVN 30 Unit option at Ventura College in Ventura, CA. I have done a TON of research on this subject and decided this is the right path for me. My husband is in the military and will deploy in the fall so I wouldn't have had time to finish an LVN to ADN program. We are from northern CA and I will be moving back there when he deploys (since he gets out after deployment we will be staying in CA, so the out of state stuff doesn't effect me).

    I have spoken with multiple nurse managers as well as BSN program admissions staff and have found that this is a very rare situation and MOST of them are willing to work with you.

    My plan is to get an entry level RN job and then attend Chico State's RN to BSN program. That program does not stipulate that you need an ADN to attend, and after speaking with the admission lady, Jan, she basically told me bravo for finding a loophole and as long as I am otherwise qualified, I would be eligible for the program.

    Most of the managers I have spoken with were unaware that you could get an RN without an ADN and told me as long as I had my RN and other qualifications I would be eligible for employment. They have said they will hire BSN's before ADN's (which we all know) but that they would prefer someone with nursing experience over a new grad with no experience. So, since I have 3 years experience as an LVN, I would be in the running for an open spot.

    I honestly think if you are persistent and motivated, you can figure out a way to make this work! I also think that it would save A TON of strife to just get your ADN if you can. haha.
    You understand that the 30 unit option just means you aren't required to take the general education classes, right? The 30 unit options just requires you to take ONLY classes related to the nursing curriculum and pre-reqs. And no, you don't need a associates degree to transfer towards a BSN, but you will eventually need the general education classes (math, english, etc) before you can transfer. You will have "non-degree" permanently on your license. I spoke with BRN and they will not remove the "non-degree" status even if you get a BSN or MSN later on in life. By doing the 30 unit option you are just postponing the GE classes you need for transfer, as well as having that permanent designation on your license.

    Kudos to you for being accepted into a 30 unit option, every school I talked to said they don't have "space" for that (meaning: they won't offer it). That's their way of getting around the requirement that every CA RN program must offer the 30 unit option.

    I'm 1 month away from finishing the LVN-RN bridge and already have a bachelor's in another field. I'm just glad the RN-BSN is offered online as several schools so I can work full time and pay back all my loand!

  • May 26

    Did anyone do this for the microbiology lab from straighterline?

  • May 26

    It's semester based. It's more traditional online class, but they provide you the e-textbook with the tuition. You can pick a session, for instance session 1 is usually a regular semester schedule and there are other sessions (depending on the class) that are shorter. I did micro in 8 weeks. Straighterline is def. "faster", but it was a pain to get an equivalent of an "A". I think an A was like 94% rather high. The thought of having to do a fetal pig dissection in my kitchen makes me cringe lol.

  • May 26

    Quote from poni
    Hi Jaide06, how is the Sociology class at Straighterline? Are the exams proctored? Did you take another class with them? Did you enroll at WGU how is the process? I am planning to enroll at WGU soon but I would like to take some prereq before enroll. did you take Statistic at Straighterline?

    Thanks in advance.
    Sorry it took me so long to respond, I didn't see your message. The sociology at straighterline was good. It was self paced, a lot of reading. The quizzes are not proctored and generally had 10-15 questions each. The first few modules, in additonal to the quiz there is a question which requires a short writing assignment (1-2 paragraphs) that is actually read by a instructor who grades it and gives you feedback. After that, it's only reading and quizzes.The final exam was proctored. It was a video proctor which is pretty cool. that's the only class I took with them. After I finished, I put in a request for my transcript to be sent to WGU and it took about 24 hours and I got a email from WGU stating that it had been received.
    I have not enrolled at WGU yet, I'm submitting my application in June after I take my Teas. Yesterday sent over my recommendation letter, student statement/letter of intent and my resume. so now I just need to take my Teas test and see what happens. Im nervous about the test.

  • May 18

    I think you should take it at straighterline versus WGU (if you can).

  • May 18

    I would def. take statistics somewhere else and transfer it to WGU. Usually the final in straighterline is proctored. You can actually download the syllabus on their website.

  • Mar 25

    I'm finishing up my first semester now. 2 more classes. I am enjoying it and super excited to get into my actual CLINICAL classes this summer. The competency approach is a little unorthodox but it is working for me well so far. I've finished all my classes before the "soft " deadline they put in place.
    There's a ton of support, not much to complain about now. I'm working my tail off.

  • Aug 9 '16

    I'm 37 with 4 boys (14,6 and4 year old twins). I start the summer BSN program at USA. I think being older puts everything in perspective. When I was 18 and took my first A&P class I made a C. I took chemistry last summer and aced it. I had different priorities back then... I think we all did. Good luck everyone. We've got this!!!

  • Aug 9 '16

    I'm 27, I know I'm still pretty young. But I didn't attend college right after high school. I am now married with kids. I'll be starting school on May 31st. I've always dreamt of becoming a nurse. I do work hands on in patient care. It feels so good to actually have my dreams soon become reality. My husband works two jobs to provide for our family. I really would like to take the burden off of him. I felt sort of out of place registering for community college. Like I there was sign above my head, telling the world my age. I'm guessing do to the fact there were so many high school graduates registering. Needless to say, I'm overly excited.

  • Aug 9 '16

    43 years old here and just completed my first semester of Gen-Ed while working full time. You got this!! We'll have your back! (safety in numbers right??)

  • Sep 6 '15

    Fun fact: WGU has just been named an NLN Center of Excellence for Nursing Education.

  • Sep 6 '15

    Because you progress with a cohort. There is a single, six month pre-clinical term. You could (conceivably) complete all the work required in this term in just a few weeks. At the end of this term, you begin the clinical component. So, for example, first is CASAL I (med-surg). You complete all the didactic portion (6 weeks if I'm not mistaken) then spend two days in sim lab, then you have a two week long clinical intensive where you work 6, 12-hour shifts 1:1 with a practicing RN in the clinical facility. One CASAL I is complete, you begin this process again for CASAL II. There are a total of eight clinical intensives to be completed over four, six month long terms.

    MANY of my students hold down full time jobs during this program.

    AGAIN didactic is all online- you could complete this portion as quickly as you like.

  • Sep 6 '15

    I am currently in the pre-licensure program. I did most of my pre req's at my local community college. I had a lot of the classes anyways from my previous degree. I do work full time and I am in my first clinical rotation. It is not easy, but it is doable. You have to be completely free and flexible for the 2 weeks of clinical. This term we have two clinical rotations that are five shifts each. The labs are set and are on weekends. You have to attend lab. Not really any make up days for that. This term there are 7 lab days, all on the weekend. The first 6 months of the program are pre nursing classes, I flew those pretty fast and got done before the term ended. In the second term the classes are not as self paced. You do have hard date deadlines, but can move at a faster pace if you like. I have financial aid that has covered everything so far. Hope that helps. So far I really like the program.

  • Aug 11 '15

    I just found out this morning as well and I got accepted!! Congratulations on being #1 on the wait list. Hopefully you will get in. I am so excited to start in Oct.


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