Psychology Student looking to become a Nurse

  1. Hi everyone,

    I was hoping to get some advice on Nursing. I am currently in the tracks of finishing a Bachelors in Psychology. But during this time a love for Nursing sparked in me.
    What can I do to obtain a RN or BSN degree after I finish with Psychology?
    Will I have to start from Scratch (Do 4 more years) or can some of my credits work and only need (2 more years). Please help.
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  3. by   RHill9919
    I am also a psych undergrad who recently decided to go the BSN route. I haven't started yet because I live overseas.

    You have some options. You can look in to an accelerated program which is for people who already hold a Bach. degree in another field. The programs are typically 12-24 months depending on where you go.

    I recently learned that some traditional 4-year BSN programs will allow someone in our situation to join their program since we already have the general education requirements completed.

    So no you will not have to start from scratch I would find a school you want to go to, make sure they are accredited and look at the prerequisites required. With my psych degree I am missing important classes like A&P and chemistry. Good luck to you I wish I would have realized my interest in nursing BEFORE I got a psych degree :/
  4. by   zoe92
    Your intro psych class will definitely work. Most programs require that, intro sociology, developmental or life span psych, anatomy and physiology 1 and 2, microbiology, an intro English, some sort of math class, possibly chemistry or nutrition and a couple electives. At this point after graduating, you could apply to a community college's associate program (ADN or ASN), an accelerated bachelor's program (BSN) or find an entry level master's program (MSN). Both an accelerated BSN program and entry level MSN just require that you have a bachelor's degree in something non nursing related. All 3 programs can range from 1 year - 2 years of nursing courses. Good luck!