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    I met with the counselor at our local community college yesterday. She helped me make a list of all prerequisites I would need to transfer to the State University's BSN program. I knew there would be a ton of classes to take, but was not prepared to see how long that list ended up. I am working fulltime and have three kids at home. Because of how competitive nursing programs are, I pretty much have no choice but to get a 4.0 GPA. In order to not get too overwhelmed and keep my grades at their highest, I don't see how I can take on more than two classes at a time! Taking two classes in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer makes my prerequisites last FOUR YEARS! I wish I could just quit my job and get it all done...but I can't. We need the income.

    Anyone have any advice? There has to be something I haven't thought of. How many prereqs did your program have and how long did they take to complete?
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    It took me 3 years for pre requisites. But during the last year I started going fulltime all year round to help speed things up.
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    I'm at about 2 years doing pre-reqs part time. Also, it may not be helped but try not to do 2 lab classes in the same semester.
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    Does your community college or the bsn program accept CLEP tests?

    If your not sure what CLEP tests are, there are tests that you can study for on your own time and take a qualifying test. If you receive a certain score determined by your school, you receive college credit. You could take some of these tests for your common core classes such as eng, sociology, psychology, etc while taking your 2 classes per semester. Each exam is about $100 roughly. You can find out more at www.collegeboard.com or www.excelsior.com. This should speed up the process if they do accept them.

    Hope that helps!
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    Rio Salado offers 8-week online classes, or 12-week options. Might be good for soc and psych and math and gen ed stuff.
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    Quote from nylady07
    Does your community college or the bsn program accept CLEP tests?

    If your not sure what CLEP tests are, there are tests that you can study for on your own time and take a qualifying test. If you receive a certain score determined by your school, you receive college credit. You could take some of these tests for your common core classes such as eng, sociology, psychology, etc while taking your 2 classes per semester. Each exam is about $100 roughly. You can find out more at www.collegeboard.com or www.excelsior.com. This should speed up the process if they do accept them.

    Hope that helps!
    I was going to suggest the same thing. I've taken 9 credit hours worth of CLEP tests in the past 5 weeks. See how many you could test out of.
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    I am in an accelerated BSN, and I only had 5 prereqs (A&P I & II, micro, chem, another science). I already had 2 of these and I took the other 3 within a year. Not every school is the same, so make sure you look at all options!
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    Quote from Paco69
    I am in an accelerated BSN, and I only had 5 prereqs (A&P I & II, micro, chem, another science). I already had 2 of these and I took the other 3 within a year. Not every school is the same, so make sure you look at all options!
    Agree - different schools will have different requirements. If you have a previous degree maybe looks at school with an accelerated program available. I got a lot of transferable credits from my prior BA. Like Paco69, I only have a handful of classes to take (A&P I and II, micro and intro to sociology).

    Also look into online classes to get some of your humanities out of the way. Some online programs will let you go at your own speed or at least you can tailor your homework/study time to work with your kids schedules.

    Good luck!
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    i am in the exact same boat..minus the kids. i have to work full-time since i live on my own and my bills are not going to pay themselves! i've been doing pre-reqs for nearly 2 years now and am just finishing up by next semester. i, too, have been looking for a solution to not drag this along. the only thing i came up with is take out loans that are equivilant to your income and what your tuition, fees and books are. this is a pretty pricey option. i chose not to go that route just because i did not want to put myself in that much debt...but to each his own! its still an option. sometimes i really think about doing it so that i can focus my attention to school and getting done. thats the only solution i could come up with. i wish you luck with whatever you decide. its a difficult, but completely worth it road ahead!
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    Please don't get discouraged!!!! I am a married mom of 5 (yes 5!) kiddos. And while I don't work, I do go to school full time. I have been doing pre-reqs for my BSN since 2009 and I still have one more year to go. I thought about it this way: 4 years is going to pass anyways, regardless of if you're going to school or not. In 4 years, you could be done with your pre-reqs, or you could still be doing what you're doing now.

    10 years ago I went to my local college and the advisor printed out this long list of pre-reqs and she was very negative about it. I walked out of that school and decided nursing school was just not within my reach. I am SO MAD at myself for being discouraged and not jumping in. Imagine - that was 10 years ago! I could have been a nurse by now even if I only did one class at a time! Ugh! So when the opportunity presented itself again - you better believe I was not going to walk away from it. And the last 2 years have FLOWN by. Seriously.

    Good luck!!
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