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Need advice. I already have a BA and am interested in Nursing as a second career.
I'm torn between pursuing a ADN or BSN.
Many have suggested an accelerated BSN program being that I already have a BA. However, my BA is close to 10 years-old and my GPA was only 2.5.
Seeing that many BSN programs are extremely competitive, I doubt I would be accepted, so would pursuing a ADN be the logical choice?
And if so, would I be able to take the prerequisite courses again if my previous grade for those classes were under C+?
In other words, if I pursued an ADN would I be able to start from scratch?
I might add that I'm in NYC if that makes any difference.
Thanks in advance for any pointers!
I was in a somewhat similar position (previous baccalaureate and master's degrees) and opted to go the ADN route, primarily for cost reasons. I'm now in an on-line RN-BSN program and will finish in the Fall with the total cost for everything (ADN + BSN, all fees & books) under $12k.
It is likely that since you are in the NYC area, you will face some difficulty in getting a nursing job with "only" an ADN, so my advice would be to plan from the outset on getting the BSN. You can get the ADN, pass the boards,then start an on-line RN-BSN program and start applying for jobs, which may give you a leg up in the market.
Some of the questions you ask would be better directed to the admissions staff at the college you are thinking of attending. Most programs will accept anything C or above but only the college you're thinking of attending can say for sure. In my part of the world, the ADN programs at CC's are more competitive than some of the BSN programs (because they are much less expensive and have far more applicants than they can accomodate). My own CC really didn't factor in your academic record and admitted those with the highest scores on the standardized tests (it was the NET when I went, I understand it's now the TEAS). You should check with your local CC's on this. Even if they do consider your previous academic record, you could always do your nursing prereqs at CC - you'll probably need a semester or two of Bio & Chem, probably a couple of Math, definitely one or two Soc and at probably three Psych (usually Intro, Developmental & Abnormal), maybe Micro and Nutrition and of course, A&P 1 and 2. Getting good grades in these prereqs would increase your odds of admission anywhere.
One other caution: Make sure nursing is really what you want to do. The job market for new nursing grads is very tough. It would really suck to put so much time and effort into getting a nursing degree only to face months or even years of un or underemployment before finding a position. There are a number of other health-related jobs that are in higher demand, often pay more and usually have much better working conditions that you could also consider, such as Physical or Occupational Therapy. These generally require master's degrees but there are a lot of combined BS/MS programs out there.
Good luck with whatever your choose.