If I don't get accepted directly into major...

  1. If I don't get accepted directly into the nursing major, but get accepted into the college, do I then have to choose a new major?
    Or can I be an undeclared major, take pre reqs, and reapply to the nursing program later?
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  3. by   NurseRose84
    The school I'm attending prefers if you finish your pre-reqs prior to applying to their nursing program. When I applied to the school last summer and specified I was interested in their nursing program, they made my major "nursing pending," so maybe that's what your school will do as well. :-) Actually, I'm pretty sure the BSN programs require that their pre-reqs are completed before application too.
    Hope this helps. If all else fails, you could call the school you're applying to :-)
  4. by   tf494907
    Sounds like it. You are a pre-nursing student, not yet a nursing student. A few schools I know require some necessary prereqs befoore you can take the nursing entrance exam which then based on space and a background check and gpa req gets you into the actual major. Talk to a counselor and see how your school works.
  5. by   1983rn4me
    Many schools will automatically put you into their General Studies program if you apply to nursing and are not accepted. You then are able to take the pre-reqs and wait until the following year to reapply while making your application more competitive. Good luck.
  6. by   Sarah96
    jhaupert813 Thank you! I wasn't sure if I would have to commit to a different major my freshman year. Your reply was very helpful. Thanks for your help!
  7. by   NurseRose84
    @Sarah96, you're welcome! I'm kind of in the same boat, because my GPA from my first degree wasn't that great, so my advisor recommended that I get the rest of my pre-reqs finished (I only had 3) before I apply. If I don't get into the ADN program, I plan on retaking my chemistry classes and apply to the 2nd degree BSN program at UK.
    I wish you the best of luck getting into the program you want!!!
  8. by   Saysfaa
    It varies. I am required to put a major down on the paperwork and there is no "prenursing" option where I am (we are, of course, not able to put "nursing" until we have been accepted by the nursing program). Prenursing students just put something/anything as a place holder. The school understands we aren't actually choosing the alternative or working toward it.