It's 2017 and halfway towards 2018, according to most of the forums, nursing school is getting extremely competitive. I am 18 yeas old and plan to apply for nuring school here in Houston, TX. I graduated High School with an associates in arts degree from HCC through an early college program. My pre-req GPA and overall GPA are both around a 3.5. I still need A&Ps and Microbiology so I haven't taken either of the entry exams (TEAS V or HESI A2
). I'm also volunteering at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center as a patient transporter and will hopefully tranger to help out the nursing units or maybe the ER. My only concern is the population of applicants with associates versus bachelor's degree. Should I get a Bachelor's degree to set me in front of the application pool? I only need like 4 classes and find that getting a Bachelor's degree would be a waste of time and money. How much does it impact the application process. Of course, the entry exams also play a big factor. I plan to apply to UTHSON, TWU, Texas A&M PV SON (3 Houston schools), and UTMB in Galveston. Would it set me back to apply w an associates degree to school of nursing?