Am I too old to become an RN??


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28 Posts

The age thing is going to be extremely personal. I don't think any one person can tell you whether you're too old or not- that's going to be a personal decision involving where you are in life and what your ultimate goals are. I'm 35. I don't think I'm too old to go back to school and get the next level degree (doctorate), but my goals don't require me to do so.

I will go against the grain and say that a private school isn't necessarily a bad idea, as long as it's one that is well respected, affordable, and not a predatory for-profit school. I think a lot of people automatically combine "private" with the "predatory for-profit". I attended a private school for my initial pre-licensure BSN degree, and it was actually less expensive than the public state schools at full price, I was given a 1/3 tuition scholarship for my high school academics, and the program has a very good local reputation.

I've done research on some private schools and overall i would not hesitate to start my RN schooling there. As i mentioned in another comment, my husband is very supportive and he wants to see me achieve my goals, in essence the public or private route is not a big issue. In the end it is a personal choice and im doing it. Thank You :)



28 Posts

I think that asking this question online means that you will be a good RN. Its called the nursing process and this is you gathering info in an attempt to make an informed decision. I do not think that you are too old, and I think if it is what you want and it works for you than do it! Good luck and I wish you well!!

Thank you :)

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience. 4,431 Posts

You are a kid relatively. Go for it, but take the cheaper option even if longer. You will not regret it. I think you will be a fine/great RN, but don't pay stupid money for it.


cecile9155, BSN, RN

Specializes in Skilled Rehab Nurse. Has 6 years experience. 89 Posts

I was 37 when I got my RN. Definitely not too old.



Has 6 years experience. 16 Posts

Nope! You're never too old to learn something new & better career choice👌🏽

GermanCookie, ADN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 5 years experience. 23 Posts

-just kidding by the way.

I nearly choked on my drink! :roflmao:

I was 35 when I enrolled in nursing school.... and I certainly wasn't the oldest in my class. Not by a long shot.

vanessaem, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. 151 Posts

I started nursing at 36 and my friend started nursing at 53 so no you're not to old. Good luck in your future ventures. Cheers!



64 Posts

I am more curious to know why you would think 30 anything is too old to go back to school to become an RN. I strongly believe that once you figure that out, you'll be able to answer your own question



20 Posts

35 is absolutely not too old. I just finished at 30. An old employer of mine said "You'll be 30 with or without the degree, so you might as well have it." I had several class mates in their mid 40s. Good luck!


Has 6 years experience. 1,691 Posts

What is being "too old?" what is being "too young?" Change your thinking on what you can't change and focus on what you can change. I know you will make the right decision :)



Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health. 901 Posts


I was 47 when I graduated from nursing school. I was not too old. I have no idea about you.


ArtClassRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 8 years experience. 630 Posts

I was 44 when I passed the boards.

So, yes, you are very old.