New here with a few questions

  1. Hello everyone!

    So after a few years of going back and forth, I have decided I want to pursue an education in nursing. It's something I have always wanted to do, but was afraid it would be too much work, too hard, etc. I told myself I don't care how long it takes, it is something I really want to do.

    I was wondering if you have to have your pre-reqs done before you can apply. I called two schools yesterday but haven't really gotten answers. I plan on taking A&P I this fall. I have most of my others done, so I figure I will take what I have left one semester at a time. Also has anyone applied to more than one school? From what I have heard, the waiting lists are longgg around here, but there are two schools in my area that I plan on applying to.

    Thank You for your help!!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Hello and welcome to AllNurses.com.


    Each program is different, so your question isn't really answerable.


    For my program, the pre-reqs had to be completed before applying. For others, you apply, and take all the classes after being accepted.


    You will need to get an application brochure, or speak to a counselor/advisor at the schools of your choice to find out what classes you need to take, when application deadlines are, and what steps need to be taken in order to apply.




    Good luck!
  4. by   Daytonite
    Good for you! Get all your general education requirements done first (English, history, psychology, that kind of stuff). The nursing schools want your sciences to be recent and fresh. Most nursing schools want you to have the anatomy and chemistry done before starting nursing classes. Some are lenient (mine was) about letting you take physiology and microbiology during our first semester of nursing school because we really didn't need to have them under our belt until our second semester of nursing school. Some schools allow you on the waiting list before you finish all your pre-reqs; others only after you've finished all the science pre-reqs. However, every nursing school is different and does things differently. So, it is best to contact the individual schools you are interested in applying to to get their rules on this. Good luck. Happy studying. There's a lot of advice and information for you to browse through on the forums.

    Welcome to allnurses!
  5. by   Asklepios
    I talked to 3 different people where I'm applying and got 3 different answers!

    One thing I was told is that people who already have degrees get preference on the wait list, so that's something in my favor. But since I have a Business degree, I obviously have the science courses to take.
  6. by   jb2u
    Quote from lma82
    Hello everyone!

    So after a few years of going back and forth, I have decided I want to pursue an education in nursing. It's something I have always wanted to do, but was afraid it would be too much work, too hard, etc. I told myself I don't care how long it takes, it is something I really want to do.

    I was wondering if you have to have your pre-reqs done before you can apply. I called two schools yesterday but haven't really gotten answers. I plan on taking A&P I this fall. I have most of my others done, so I figure I will take what I have left one semester at a time. Also has anyone applied to more than one school? From what I have heard, the waiting lists are longgg around here, but there are two schools in my area that I plan on applying to.

    Thank You for your help!!
    First, congratulations on the decision to go for the goal. Second, keep in mind that most things that are hard to obtain are also worth it!!!

    Not to sound like a broken record, but yes, all schools are different. Plus, pre-req's may not be required to apply, but the fact that so many applicants will apply means that the ones who have already completed their pre-reqs would be higher up on the priority list. So, the school may tell you, "we do not require you to complete your pre-reqs first." This would be the truth, but doesn't mean that you have a good chance of getting in. That said, I wish you lots of luck.

    Sincerely,
    Jay
  7. by   jb2u
    Quote from Asklepios
    I talked to 3 different people where I'm applying and got 3 different answers!

    One thing I was told is that people who already have degrees get preference on the wait list, so that's something in my favor. But since I have a Business degree, I obviously have the science courses to take.
    I am just curious, but are those 3 people that you talked to staff or students. If they are students then I understand the 3 different answers. It is always better to go to the source.
  8. by   Asklepios
    Quote from jb2u
    I am just curious, but are those 3 people that you talked to staff or students. If they are students then I understand the 3 different answers. It is always better to go to the source.
    Staff. One was an advisor, one was an assistant in the Advising dept. and one was in the Admissions Office. She seemed the most knowledgeable, and she told me she is one of the people who handle the Nursing admissions, so I tend to give what she said more weight.
  9. by   jb2u
    Quote from Asklepios
    Staff. One was an advisor, one was an assistant in the Advising dept. and one was in the Admissions Office. She seemed the most knowledgeable, and she told me she is one of the people who handle the Nursing admissions, so I tend to give what she said more weight.
    I would have guest the advisor knew more about the requirements. At my school, admissions requires you to talk with an advisor that helps you select which classes you should take, at what time. I hope you run into less headaches in the future. I know life itself can be frustrating at times and inconsistent information from people that SHOULD know the answers does not help!

    Wish you luck,
    Jay
    Last edit by jb2u on Aug 11, '06
  10. by   lma82
    Thank you everyone for your replies!

    I actually have a degree in Psychology, so I do have a lot of my sciences. I made an appointment to talk with an advisor next week so hopefully they help!
  11. by   Meena29
    I would say apply to all the colleges who offere this RN degree. I'm in a waiting ist since last year and still don't know when I'm gonna start. I've completed other requirement as well as all support classes. I think in ur college there must be few courses which would need to be completed before you can start your first nursing course so just consult with your college and complete those first. Most of the colleges have almost same requiremnet so Good luck!!

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