Hi. I am a pre-nursing student. I will be done with my prerequisites in December. However, I have a few issues/concerns & questions.
1. First off, I wanted to apply to my original school(community college) however, I just found out the other day, my school doesn't even offer a BSN degree. Which is what I want to earn. So, I have to apply to other schools.
Now, the other schools, I want to apply to ALL begin in May/August of next year, with the exception of I believe two schools.
What should I do? I was thinking about maybe during that time becoming a CNA. However, I am already currently working at a shoe store. I have NO CLUE.
2. What is the difference between a accelerated and traditional transfer BSN? I am reading up, but still am confused. Is the only difference the length of time?
3. Lastly, I know most of the preq for schools are statistics, anatomy(s) with lab, micro, chem and a few other.
I received a C in Chemistry & Chemistry Lab! I have been trying to figure out should I take at least Chemistry over? (Lab wouldn't affect that much) Will two C's affect me so much?
Some schools, I am applying to says you can take 1 prereq over , some say they will take the high grade, calculate them together, or no repeats in grades (c- below)
Should I take the Chemistry over the summer or just focus on my other prerequisites?
Feb 2, '13
by Miiki, BSN, RN
Quote from BlueChocolateCat
Remember that "colleges" generally only offer two year degrees. Universities offer four year degrees.
This is very inaccurate. There are a very large number of "colleges" that offer 4-year degrees and graduate studies, including mine. Also, there are quite a few community colleges that offer bachelor degrees.
Last edit by Miiki on Feb 2, '13
1)Community colleges are almost always two year associate's program schools. Both colleges and universities offer four year baccalaureate degrees (someone said otherwise).
2)Accelerated programs are one of two things- they are for people who are already RN's with an ADN or a diploma (not for CNA's or LPN's as far as I know). These are generally referred to as RN to BSN Programs. On another note, Accelerated programs are for people who have already earned a bachelor's in another subject. These are two different programs. Since you do not yet have a degree, you'll be applying for a basic or generic nursing pathway.
3)The C in Chem will probably not transfer, you will need to take it over. For many nursing schools, a C is failing.
4)Look into the schools you want to apply to. Speak with an admissions counselor for their nursing program and find out exactly what prerequisite courses you'll need to take. AND the grades required to make you competitive. When you get all that information, take the next year or so to complete and do well in your prereqs.
5)CNA will get you some good experience I'm sure, but I would personally take this time to do prereqs rather than getting a cert in CNA and THEN having to go ahead and do the prereqs anyway. It might look good on your application later, but I'm not an admissions counselor so I'm not really sure. Maybe just look for work in a doctor's office or hospital where you can work alongside nurses, if even only clerically.
Last edit by sarolarn2b on Feb 2, '13