I'm currently finishing up my first year as a college student in a community college. I declared myself as undecided for now but I know I want to be a pediatric nurse later on. So I was wondering, for anyone with experience, can you tell me what should I declare my major later on (maybe next year)? Do I just do go straight to "nursing" or "pre-nursing" or something else, bio or chem related? I'm kind of confused lol It'd be great if I can get some tips. Thank you so much! =)
You need to contact the nursing department at the school(s) you want to attend.
If you're intending to remain at the community college, you'll be choosing a program rather than declaring a major (that's for four year schools).
No matter what you decide, the most important thing for you to do is check out the programs/schools you may be interested in and find out what their requirements are as far as admission and pre-reqs.
Some admit students based on GPA, pre-req completion, references, and other merit-based standards. They start with the most qualified candidates and keep adding until the class is full. Others have a waiting list. You generally have to meet certain requirements to be put on the list, but after that, it's just a matter of when your name comes up. Still other schools have a lottery system where, again, you have to meet minimum requirements, but after that it's just the luck of the draw. As might be expected, students with higher marks and greater achievements tend to favor the merit-based system, while those whose grades are less than stellar prefer to take their chances with a lottery.
Now comes the research component. Find out which schools would be a good fit and what you need to do to get into them. Look at the financial side of things, too. Schools that don't have waiting lists are usually much more expensive, but the cost can be offset by gaining the ability to earn a paycheck sooner.
Contact the admissions department of these schools and they should be able to get you to the folks you need to speak with.
Let us know what you find out.
Last edit by rn/writer on May 8, '11