Graduating with a History degree, want to enter nursing field.

  1. Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I thought I would register to get some suggestions about my current situation. I am currently a history major at UCLA. I have decided against law school because I've always wanted to become a nurse (don't ask me why I majored in History lol).

    Anyways, here is my situation. I have a pretty high GPA but absolutely zero pre-reqs for most BSN programs. According to the minimal amount of research I have done, a lot of BSN programs require pre-reqs (anatomy, biology, etc) but I have taken none of these courses.

    My question is... where do I start? Of course the fastest route is probably the best route for me right now. I would love to join a program that will allow me to get a second bachelor's in nursing but does not require pre-reqs for admissions. My goal is to become a registered nurse.

    Any type of recommendations and advice for schools and etc will greatly be appreciated.
    By the way, I live in California and have no intentions of moving. Thanks!
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  3. by   Queen953
    I was in your shoes so a couple of things. Hooray for you for maintaining a high GPA! The programs that allow you to complete pre-reqs while you earn your degree are usually AA programs. You want to avoid those programs bc the industry standard is a BSN. Seaton hall offers a bridge MSN program for non nursing. BUT it does req some pre-reqs. There's really no way to avoid the a & p micro & psyc. They are foundation courses necesary for your nursing course work
  4. by   SophiaC76
    do you think it would be smart for me to stay at UCLA to take the pre reqs?
    I'm just fearful that it will ruin my GPA and if I am unable to take the nursing route grad school will be out of the question if my GPA is brought down
  5. by   Queen953
    I would take the pre-reqs at a local community college it's def cheaper and no one cares where you took A & P just as long as you took it. There are some core pre-reqs every school wants you to have like A&P Micro Pscy. But some programs req chemistry, nutrition economics (don't ask me why)

    I wouldn't be too concerned about your GPA pre-reqs for nursing are rote memorization. If you can memorize you can make As.
  6. by   Queen953
    Make sure you research the pre-req that each program wants you to have.
  7. by   SophiaC76
    thank you for your advice! i really do appreciate it
  8. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from Queen953
    I wouldn't be too concerned about your GPA pre-reqs for nursing are rote memorization. If you can memorize you can make As.
    Ummm....not always.

    Admittedly, prereqs like A&P, micro, psychology were mostly memorization. The prof for my pathophysiology & pharmacology classes, on the other hand, required not only that you remembered the material, but could apply it.