I've been a user on this website for over a year now and for a long time I've had every intention of apply to an undergraduate nursing school. I graduated high school in 2010 and I've been earning my associates degree for the past two years while taking prerequisite courses for nursing school. I've also taken a CNA course at my community college. But now I've found a different path to nursing school...and I'm really excited about it! There is a school about 15 minutes away from my house called North Central College (its in the Chicago suburbs). Its a very high ranked school, but doesn't have a nursing program. However, they have a great biology program. To accommodate those who have an interest in nursing, they have created an affiliation with Rush University Medical Center (which is the best hospital in Chicago and one of the best in the nation) who has a masters degree program for people who don't have their undergraduate degree in nursing. It is a nursing program but also a masters program in clinical leadership. And since North Central has an affiliation with them, as long as North Central students who apply to the program meet all the admissions requirements, they are guaranteed admission to the program at Rush. Although I could just apply to an undergraduate nursing program, I've made the decision to go to North Central and get my undergrad in biology and go to Rush after! Rush is a hospital that I dream of working for one day and they put out the absolute best medical professionals. Since I decided I wanted to go into nursing, I've always known that I wanted to go get my graduate degree from Rush and now I'll get to do that! Their nurses get to work at the best hospitals and I'm just so excited for the future! I'm quite the science nerd...So I'm also happy that I'm going to get to complete a degree in biology because I would really love to do research while I'm an undergrad. Though the path that I'm taking to my nursing career is not like most others, I'm still extremely excited and I just felt like I had to tell some people that would actually understand how excited I am since my friends aren't nursing majors
Good luck to all of you soon applying to nursing school and those of you who are just beginning your prerequisites!