Quote from SuesquatchRN
Well, I went back to school at 52 so no, you aren't too old.
Frankly, though, I'd use those credits to bridge to a degree in health information management and stay at a desk job. I love taking care of people, too, but nursing is back-breaking at my age.
I totally agree with Suesquatch. Yes, you can become a nurse at your age. Yes, you can be successful. However, nursing can be very hard on the body -- particularly the types of staff nurse jobs that new grads are most likely to get at the beginning of their careers. I have known a lot of "older" new grads who under-estimate the difficulties of working night shifts, rotating shifts, being on their feet for 12 hours, etc. and have serious doubts about their choice to begin nursing once they are actually out of school and working as a nurse. Some also find that they are not as willing to work weekends and holidays as they had thought they would be.
I would recommend "giving it a try" before making a huge investment of time and money in a nursing education. Become a nursing assistant as you complete any pre-req's or even sooner. A CNA (certified nursing assistant) course will not be a huge investment -- but it will give you the opportunity to get a job in a hospital or long term care facility caring for patients. Be sure that you work some night shifts, weekends, and holidays. Then, if you find that you like that sort of work and your body can tolerate working those hours, you will know that you can physically handle a staff nurse job. But don't wait until after you graduate as a nurse to find out that you can't stand to work that sort of a schedule or do that kind of work.
Good luck to you -- with whatever you decide.