"Is it possible to go to nursing school and work full time?
Join Date: Apr 2008
I am considering a career change and going back to school for nursing. I will have to take all of my pre-reqs like A&P and Stats. I think I can take those in the evening and still work full time. Once I get to nursing school, is it possible to work? Full-time or part-time?"
I too had a recent career change and am a returning nursing student. I decided to change careers 1 year ago, and at the time I was working full-time and had a very demanding work load. Most schools prefer you already have pre-reqs completed so these courses are pertinent to getting accepted. You will want to do well in all your pre-reqs (especially sciences). I was able to take 1-2 courses per semester. Of course, your course work will definitely depend on your work circumstances and personal situation.
I would not recommend taking more than 2 courses if you are working full-time, especially if you still have to take science pre-reqs. I found that it was difficult for me to take 2 courses if 1 course was a science course, as these courses were more complex and demanding than others.
Depending on which program you're trying to get into and each school's program your research, I would suggest taking core classes that are common for all the schools. Once you decide on which school you want to apply for, then take any other specific courses needed for that school. I would suggest researching your preferred schools before considering taking any pre-reqs just so you have an idea on which courses to take first. This will at least let you know what you will need even if you haven't decided on a nursing school yet. Most schools require Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, and math and college writing courses.
I am recently in my school's RN program and currently working part-time for my current employer. Luckily, this employer is very understanding with my school schedule. The key here is to communicate with your employer.
Some sound advice from students who started last semester in the same program suggested that by the time you are in Nursing Fundamentals, to cut back on work hours or even resign entirely. You want to be at your physical and mental peak in order to get through your nursing program, so why gruel yourself over a job now that you know you will be leaving eventually? Remember, your choice in career change was made for a reason and now you need to take steps to make sure your new career goals are met.
Lastly, manage your time well and be organized! Not everybody can work and go to school. Again, this depends on your particular situation and how well you are able to manage your life and able to put in good study time. If you haven't already got one, use a planner (paper or electronic) to manage your schedules. It will help you so much! Most importantly, you will have created daily, weekly, and monthly routines for yourself and become very well organized.
Good luck with your pre-reqs and getting accepted to nursing school! You will be fine! All you need to do is have a game plan!