BA in Psych and Pre-nursing
- 0Feb 12, '13 by SkuurjHello, I am a freshman in college in the second term currently with 33 credits. I have found interest in a nursing program and came in with a Intro to psyc credit, 2 Social science credits and 2 general electives. I planned on graduating college in 3 years and can do this easily taking a few courses in the summer/winter.
I currently planned out some of my studies for a BSN and it would take me 2 years, provided I do 2 summer courses to finish my prereqs for the BSN program I am looking at (UMSON). However, would it been good to just go the extra year and finish my BA in psych and then apply to a BSN program?
- 1Feb 13, '13 by carakristin1I'm debating how much flack I'll get for this, but honestly, given that you're just starting out, I would switch to the nursing program now. I decided in my last year of studying Psych to become an RN, and while I enjoyed my major and learned a lot, I would have just done the nursing program to begin with if I had decided it earlier. There really isn't much that having a BA in Psych will do for you as far as careers, getting into a BSN program, etc., unless you'd like to apply for an accelerated program.
- 0Feb 13, '13 by zoe92I would switch to nursing now! I did it after 1 year of college and switched to a community college (in MD). I made something from my first year of classes in the other major & will earn both an A.A. in psych & A.S. in pre nursing when I graduate this spring. I am actually waiting to hear back from UMSON (I applied for fall admission).
- 0Feb 13, '13 by belindac07I completely agree with zoe92 and carakristin1! I would apply to the BSN program now and start while you're ahead! I am also finishing up with my BA in Psych, and I 100% regret not applying to the nursing program while I was still in my first year. It will take so much of the pressure off of you, especially now since A LOT of people are going for nursing, and whereas the accelerated programs weren't AS popular before, they are just as competitive as the traditional programs now, if not more so!
- 2Feb 13, '13 by StephalumpSwitch to nursing.
While I hesitate to say you won't have any need for a psych degree, (mine has definitely been of benefit) your time and money have value.
If you want to be a nurse, be a nurse. A degree in psychology will give you knowledge of cool stuff, but it won't actually give you a job. Nursing will.
- 0Feb 13, '13 by SkuurjWould it be useful to do prereqs for a BSN and try to apply to schools around the area? Or will going for a ADN be a good method to do and do prereqs in a CC? I live in Maryland. I was considering fast tracking my prereqs for BSN and applying for BSN after two years and if I dont get in I will finish my degree in 3 years and apply for an accelerated program. Any thoughts?
- 0Feb 13, '13 by StephalumpQuote from SkuurjSounds good to me. If you can, go for the BSN and skip the ADN.Would it be useful to do prereqs for a BSN and try to apply to schools around the area? Or will going for a ADN be a good method to do and do prereqs in a CC? I live in Maryland. I was considering fast tracking my prereqs for BSN and applying for BSN after two years and if I dont get in I will finish my degree in 3 years and apply for an accelerated program. Any thoughts?
- 0Feb 13, '13 by zoe92If you really want to finish your B.A., you could apply to UMSON's Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program. As long as you have a bachelor's in anything non nursing & have completed pre reqs, you are eligible to apply. I know two girls who had psych degrees from UMD & are now in this program. They just had to take general chemistry, nutrition, microbiology, anatomy and physiology 1 & 2 which you could work on in the summer while finishing your psych degree. Its 16, 21 or 23 months & when you have completed it you have an entry level Master's in nursing. Here is the link: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) | University of Maryland School of Nursing
- 0Feb 14, '13 by belindac07As with the other posters, I would skip the ADN if you can. I work at a hospital currently and they are requiring all of our ADN nurses to take classes to get their BSNs within the next 5 years in order for the hospital to reach MAGNET status. I would assume that all hospitals are following this same trend.
- 0Feb 14, '13 by belindac07I also wanted to add something that I read in another thread...
"One hospital in DC received over 1300 applications for 40 positions for new grads in 2012; they did not even call any ADN graduates as they had 400+ BSN grads submit applications."
"At a recent meeting of community college nursing faculty in my state, there was a report that up to 35% of ADN grads did not have nursing jobs 12 months after graduation."
Sooo IMO it would be more beneficial for you to just go straight for the BSN.