Okay my main objective is that I don't want to spend years and years at my community college. I want to branch out and finally be independent. I want to be an RN and then pursue my BSN. I'm trying to obtain an associates degree and I'm halfway done with my nurse pre-reqs. My question is after I pass the teas test and if I do get into the nursng program how long will that take till I can be eligible for the RN licensure?
Or is it possible for me to pass the Teas test in my community college and then transfer to a university to get into their nursing program and pass their licensure as an undergraduate? Can a university recognize my teas test scores from my community college?
I do take in mind that a community college would be way cheaper and possibly easier to get into the nursing program as opposed to UCF catering thousands of students with a waiting list, I just don't want to spend forever:\ in a community college if that makes sense. Can this all be done in 3 years at the max? How long is a nursing program exactly before you're eligible for the RN license? Should I do community then pursue my BSN at a university? I'm sorry about all these questions I have a lot on mind that needs to be guided and answered,lol. Thank you And any suggestions as to whats the best route I should do would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I'm new here so forgive me for the multiple posts, it's gonna take a lot of getting used to for me,lol
sorry in advance for the length of this post:
typically nursing programs (without pre-requisites) are between 16-24 months for full time students. which means, after you pass your teas test, you are still looking at 1.5 - 2 years of study in order to sit for the nclex. the reason for this is many of the nursing / major courses are prerequistes for one another, so you can't stack them on top of each other.
the typical nursing school programming consists of classes like this (copy pasted from my schools program)
in addition to the classes listed above (the list will likely differ in name from your school but probably be similar in practice) you'll also be required to take micro, the a&p's, nutrition, etc etc. depending on what your school requires as a pre-requisite vs a co-requisite will change the amount of classes you must take before you enter, which will change the amount of time you spend in the program.
the amount of time you actually spend in the program will also depend on whether or not your school is 2 semesters annually, block scheduled, or trimester. there are 3 nursing schools in my area that range from 18-24 months from entrance to graduation even though they are all a part of the same hospital system, simply because their scheduling is different. i think the best way to find specific answers to your questions would be to contact your school and ask them for a course outline, but i think its probably safe to say, once you pass your teas and get accepted to the program, you're looking about about 1.5-2 years to be an rn.
or is it possible for me to pass the teas test in my community college and then transfer to a university to get into their nursing program and pass their licensure as an undergraduate? can a university recognize my teas test scores from my community college?
as far as this is concerned ^ i'm fairly certain teas scores are similar to sat scores in that you own them. so you would just have to request that your scores be sent to whatever institution you choose. if your plan is to do the ucf rn to bsn program however, its unlikely that this would even apply, as in order to get the rn you would have had to have passed the teas already.
honestly, if you have alot of the core requirement and pre-requisite courses done, it wouldn't hurt to see if everything can transfer and go to the bsn program, simply because you may be looking at a similar amount of time until you sit for the nclex anyway. it doesn't hurt to apply and see what happens. bigger universites are more expensive but often have significantly larger endowments which provide for more institutionalized financial aid and grant opportunities. it might work out to be less expensive than you think.
hope this helps
Last edit by 2BRN123 on May 23, '12