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- by mcim29 Jul 10, '11Hello everyone,
I looking to do a full 360 in my career.. I'm looking to go back to school to become an RN, RT or Cvt. More so thinking of heading in the RN direction. I currently have an Associates in Applied Science from 2001. I have been in the construction business for years but needed to shut my company down a few years back do to the economy, then went into a cooperate fabrication business making trophies but recently got laid off..
I have been looking at a bunch of schools in nj for a BSN but most schools require you to have a RN license to apply and be accepted into their program. I also looked into my community college where I graduated from and they do offer and associates degree in nursing but I already have an associates and would like to get a BSN. Can anyone give me some insight or direction on what would be the best career choice to go with or schools?
- Jul 15, '11 by HelenRN88Hello, I think you were looking at RN-BSN programs which require RN license.
Here are some pathways to get a BSN
1) Graduate from 4 year college's nursing school OR transfer to a 4yr college's nursing school
2) Accelerated BSN (Bachelor degree needed)
3) First,get a RN diploma (You just need high school diploma) then do RN-BSN bridge program.
Since you already have an associate degree, you can either transfer to a 4yr college first to get a bachelor's degree then apply for ABSN program. OR Go get a RN diploma and apply for RN-BSN program??? OR directly transfer to nursing school.
HOWEVER, Since it has been about 10 years since you graduated, you might have to re-take some pre-reqs (especially science courses). Depends on schools but most schools (especially ABSN programs) want to see your pre-req grades that are within 5-10 years. I can be wrong so please check.I heard many good things about RN diploma programs as well(Holy Name, Christ Hospital etc,) so u can google them too! goood luck!!!Last edit by HelenRN88 on Jul 15, '11
- Jul 17, '11 by futurepractitioner1Hi MC,
Helena really explained that well, and not much more to add than you should visit the different websites for each school and see what each one requires as prerequisites.
I was in exactly the same boat as you! So sorry to hear that you are going through this!!
I ended up taking one year of general nursing courses at community college, then spent the following year towards finishing a Psych minor at Rutgers, New Brunswick. Recently I enrolled at the Rutgers College of Nursing's BSN program to which I put in a transfer. (My plan was to graduate with my Psych BA and apply to accelerated nursing programs...but the regular track BSN felt more right for me and was more well-suited to my learning style).
Good luck and let us all know what you decide to do. There are really only a few options which Helena explained... you just need to figure out which option feels right for you.
Best of luck!