BA to RN--how to?

  1. Hi all... this is the first time I've posted here and I hope someone out there can answer my question. I graduated w/ a BA in Psych 3 years ago...and am now thinking about going into Nursing. I was pre-med, but switched to Psych 1/2-way through, and now am regretting not switching to Nursing.

    What is the best way to go from a BA to an RN? I don't want to do 4 years all over again...is there a way schools handle cases like me? Do I just do Nursing classes....or will I have to do all electives, etc. over again? I'm sure every school handles it differently, but is there anyone out there who's gone this path? Going back to school to be a nurse?

    Thanks for any help you can give me!
    Christie
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  3. by   Genista
    Hi Christie-
    I don't know of any schools that offer a BS in another major to bridge to a BS in Nursing. I have, however, heard of a BS (in other majors) bridging to an MS in Nursing, though. You could obtain your RN & go back for your MS within 2 years (that's shorter than 4!) I don't know what is offered in your area, but here's a link to nursing programs in Georgia (your listed home state). Good luck!

    http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/rn/approved_schools.htm
  4. by   Christie76
    Thank you so much for your reply. I will definitely check out that link. Thanks again!
    Christie
  5. by   lishio
    Hi Christie,

    I'm new here as well and I actually have a BSc in Psychology too!(which I obtained a yr and a half ago) and am in the process of upgrading to get into Nursing next fall. I'm taking some prereq's , which I have most from my psych degree and I'm upgrading my pathetically average GPA . There are actually a few schools here in Canada which offer a 2 year nursing program for those who already have a degree (UBC, U of C, U of T), but the average to get in is pretty high....as high as graduate schools! You obtain a BSN after the 2 years. I'm not sure if those kind of programs exist in the States, but you may want to look around. Good luck!!
  6. by   Christie76
    Thanks Lishio.... I was hoping there was some kind of program at a nearby school for people already with degrees to get a BSN. I'm in the process now of contacting schools to see about their programs. I'm married now and it would be way too hard to do 4 years of school all over again...and too expensive!
    Thanks for the input! Good luck with your education!
    Christie
  7. by   lishio
    Yeah Christie I know what you mean! My fiance is patiently waiting until I finish my schooling, before we tie the knot So I tried to find the quickest way and yet at the same time, a way that wouldn't sacrifice my education...if that makes any sense. To make it even harder, he lives in Ohio, which makes it almost impossible for me (financially) to go to school down there, especially as an international student! Anyhow, I hope you find the program you're looking for!
  8. by   Christie76
    Thanks Lishio! Best of luck with your future wedding also!
  9. by   jdewkz
    Hey Christie,

    There are some new programs out there that offer MSNs to people with non-nursing undergraduate degrees. I don't know about Georgia but I live in the Bay Area and there are 4 graduate programs that offer this. You usually have to have certain prereqs before applying (ie Anatomy, Micro, Nutrition etc) however every school differs in what they want. The programs typically take between 2.5-3 years to complete and you come out with a MSN and a RN (some do offer a second BS). This person I know developed a forum about these types of programs for people to go to-

    http://www.340clifton.com:81/apnforum/index.jsp



    Good luck to you.

    Beth
  10. by   Christie76
    Thanks for that info, Beth! I was wondering if they'd allow people to join Masters programs without a Bachelors in Nursing... I also checked out the link you provided... thanks for that! I definitely need to talk with some people at the nursing schools at the colleges around here to see what it'll take...
    Thanks again everyone for all the great info!
    : )
    Christie
  11. by   lgreen
    I am currently sort of getting a second BS in nursing. I believe that at most schools you just need the prereqs and then the nursing courses. They don't make you do all of the GE classes. Although where I am they are requiring that I take 3 upper division GE classes. I would just look into all of the schools in your area. Good luck.
  12. by   NurseDennie
    Hi - I'm very new here, too. This is my first post.

    I don't know if this would be any help to you, but if you're close enough to Tennessee, you might want to consider Vanderbilt University in Nashville - there's a bridge program.

    It's very expensive. But MS nurses make a lot of money, and you would probably recoup your investment. The problem with this bridge program is, it seems to be a bit deficient in the clinicals area.

    I think that is a pretty bad trade-off.

    It seems like a lot of nurses kind of resent somebody who has a bachelor's degree in some entirely different area, spends a couple of years in grad school and comes out as an advanced practice nurse (an experienced nurse's boss, quite possibily). It is pretty bad. I had a friend who went through this program with a MARKETING degree going in for heaven's sake.

    I think that it wouldn't be the end of the world to work on your pre-requisites and co-requisites and just go through an ADN program - 2 year associate degree. That's what I did. Practice for a few years and see if you feel the need for another bachelors. You may very well feel that you'll be a better-prepared nurse with the BSN. At that point, you can work as a nurse and further your education in your chosen field. So you've got an extra degree. Or THEN you could take the bridge program and not be such a drag on the system.

    My humble opinion. Any way you do it is cool, but I can't tell you how important the clincal experience is. Best luck!!

    Love

    Dennie
  13. by   Christie76
    Hi Dennie,
    Thanks for your reply. Odds are I will be just starting out in a 2 year program and see where that leads me. I've seen a lot of information on RN to BSN programs that I can look into once I get that far. I can see why other nurses might resent someone without a nursing background but with an MS in Nursing being in charge of them. Also, I'll be able to finish a 2 year program faster and I do want to start soon (considering I'll probably only be able to go part-time since I work full-time to pay the bills!) I've also spoken with a family friend who is a nurse and she recommended started lower and working up in degrees as you go...espeically to make sure it's what I really want to be doing.
    Thanks so much for your post! I really appreciate it!
    Christie
  14. by   kathrynlynn
    Christie,

    Call the schools of nursing which you are interested in...see if they have a program for students with 4-yr. degrees. I know here UNC-Chapel Hill has an 18 month nursing curriculum for "second degree" students. Very popular nowadays. Just check around because they are in demand.

    K. Lynn

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