New in Ohio, looking to return to school for nursing, can you offer any advice?
- 0Aug 30, '11 by hippiemom2009Hi this is my first post here. I am new to Ohio. I am interested in returning to school to pursue a degree in nursing. First, I have well over 2 years of credits in general education/biology courses from over 6 years ago, but I did not complete my degree. Do you know of any schools that would allow me to still use these credits? Also I am in the wooster area. I don't mind travelling for classes. I am only in this town until I find a more permanent location anyway, so I am already planning to move.
Also, I found a program that says it is a 3 years prelicensure BSN. What does that mean? Would that be the type of degree I am looking for or should I just go to a 4 year school. I do well with heavy courseloads.
thanks for reading and for any advice you can offer.
- 0Aug 31, '11 by ScottE,RNPrelicensure BSN means the program is a BSN program for people that aren't already RN's as opposed to a RN to BSN program which is for people that already are RN's and have either a diploma in nursing or an AAS in Nursing. I hate to break it to you, but you are also right between the two most popular cutoffs as far as how old your science courses are allowed to be (typically anywhere from 5 to 7 years.)
- 0Sep 1, '11 by ScottE,RNQuote from hippiemom2009Hi, thanks for the answer. With the job market the way it is, do you think that I should just go for the BSN or do a 2 yr RN at a community college?
It's not really important what I think. However, I will state that many other educational opportunities open up for BSN students that unfortunately aren't as open to ADN students anymore. Such as Student Nurse Tech and Student Nurse Externships. Also current market conditions have hospitals hiring almost exclusively BSN prepared nurses. Shop around though. Read up on different nursing schools. Call the advising offices for the different schools nursing programs. Schedule visits. You need the make a decision that is best for you. This is the full list of Ohio Board of Nursing approved RN programs both ADN and BSN.