California girl going to Ohio University

  1. Hi!

    I wanted to ask anyone if they live/practice in California and went to Ohio for their RN-BSN. I just want to know if they reception from California hospitals was a positive one in regards to Ohio. It seems like such a great program and I am really interested in it.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   jazzymin27
    Hello! My boyfriend and I are from California and have been attending Ohio University for almost a year. I honestly love this program. Since I work nights, it is difficult to attend physical classes so the online route was my only option for me. I love how every class is only 5 weeks long. Deadlines are Friday at 11:59ET and Sunday 11:59ET so we would have to turn in our assignments by 9pm. This program is very do-able with a full time job. Initially, it was tough because I haven't written a paper in over 6 years but once you get the hang of it, writing papers will flow much easier. If you have any more questions, feel free to message me. =)
  4. by   mp86
    Hi jazzymin27,
    I am form California as well. I graduate in June from nursing school and I want to start my BSN as soon as I pass boards. I really like the Ohio program.
    Did all of your classes transfer?
    How many extra classes do you have to take besides the nine core nursing classes?
    How challenging are the classes, are you able to double up while working full time?
    How much time do you spend a week doing class work?
    How long did it take you from the time you applied to the time you started with your first class?

    Sorry for all my question. I really would appreciate your input.
    Thank you so much in advance.
  5. by   jazzymin27
    Quote from mp86
    Hi jazzymin27,
    I am form California as well. I graduate in June from nursing school and I want to start my BSN as soon as I pass boards. I really like the Ohio program.
    Did all of your classes transfer?
    How many extra classes do you have to take besides the nine core nursing classes?
    How challenging are the classes, are you able to double up while working full time?
    How much time do you spend a week doing class work?
    How long did it take you from the time you applied to the time you started with your first class?

    Sorry for all my question. I really would appreciate your input.
    Thank you so much in advance.
    I believe that all of my classes transferred. I went to community colleges as well as a cal state for my prereqs. I like the Ohio program a lot because every class has the same deadline except for the last week. I have to take 2 extra classes on top of the 9 nursing classes. Trust me, they go by quick. I wanted to take one class at a time because they're only 5 weeks long and they take up most of my free time when I'm not working. Depending on my work schedule, I usually spend 2-3 days out of the week writing my discussion post, 2 replies, and paper. I applied in March 2015 and was able to apply for Summer session which started May 2015. Hope all this information helps!
  6. by   mp86
    Thank you so much for your help. Ohio will be my number one choice now.
  7. by   GunRockAggie
    Hey jazzymin, did you have a bachelor's from a cal state also? What were the two extra classes you had to take if don't mind me asking? I'm looking to see where to do my BSN, but trying not to take anymore extra classes since I already have a bachelors.
  8. by   CCRNdude
    I graduated from OU a couple of years back, and went to a CA community college for my ASN. I currently work in CA and I think that most employers have only cared about me having experience and a BSN, but haven't really cared about where my BSN was from. OU was pretty liberal with transferring courses, and the additional courses that I had to take (nutrition, statistics, and business comm), were pretty interesting courses.

    I liked this program. If you're a decent writer, and you're able to expound on your nursing practice, it won't be too difficult, but it will be time-consuming. If you're not a decent writer, the program may be a bit difficult, but you can take one class at a time, which is nice. I was able to complete this program with a 3.6 while working two jobs, but writing has always been a strength of mine.

    I suggest taking the first and last course by themselves. In between those courses, doubling up on courses is very doable if you're a decent writer and can learn APA format fairly quickly.
  9. by   mp86
    Thank you CCRNdude
    Are you or were you able to get a public health certificate even though you got an out of state BSN?
    Also how many hours a week did you spend on a average for one class?
  10. by   CCRNdude
    I don't plan on working in public health, so I never really thought about getting it. I don't think I will ever try to get it to be honest. I spent anywhere from 2-4 hours a week on each class. Some weeks more, some weeks less. It really just depended on the course and assignments. The courses are very doable if you're okay at writing papers. The first and last courses were the most difficult though. Business Comm was a little time consuming as well because it requires you to actually read an entire book called Difficult Conversations, How to Discuss What Matters Most. It was an interesting book though.

    If you want to work as a public health nurse you should definitely contact the people who administer the test and ask them if it's possible to get it with an out of state degree. I don't see why it would be a problem since OU is a brick and mortar school (unlike WGU or Phoenix). Would they deny somebody who attended OU, ASU, NYU, etc. in person and on campus? I don't see why they would, and since you would have the equivalent degree that they do, I don't see why they would deny you.

    You will be required to take a community health course that requires you to shadow a PHN. You will also be required to take a health assessment course that requires you to assess patients (children included), which requires you to assess for signs of abuse. I think that everything is negotiable lol.

    If you don't plan on working in public health, don't sweat the certificate. It's useless. Ask people who have it and don't work in public health how it's benefited them.
  11. by   apillarofsalt
    I'm doubling up at OU now! Should be done by December, which will leave me with a BSN in less than 7 months

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