Published May 15, 2009
Hi everyone I'm new to this site. My long time goal and dream is to become an RN. I had to pause that dream for just a little because I had my handsome son right I after I graduated highschool. I graduated with a Gpa of 3.4! Now I'm just lost & confused on where I should pick up from here. I was thinking of going to a local jc (crc) and take pre-reqs then transfer. But I just wanna hear from other students/ nurses in the Sacramento area...
What school did u go to?
How long did it take?
And any other kind of info would be helpful !!!
Having the motivation and goal in mind is a tremendous asset in getting through school. A community college is a perfect place to do your pre-reqs. Sac State is having an information session on Tuesday May 26th 7p-9p for their nursing program, but that would be a great place to start for a background of overall information from an up to date resource.
Best of luck!
I just completed my pre-reqs, and have been accepted to the second bachelor's degree program at Sac State. In order to get all the classes I wanted, when I wanted them, I attended a number of community colleges for my pre-reqs. I did most of my pre-req work at Sacramento City College, but also took some classes at Cosumnes River, American River, and Sierra. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the faculty at all of the schools.
It took me five semesters to get everything I needed for a BSN. However, I started applying to associates degree programs after four semesters. If I were you, I'd plan on at least two years to finish your pre-reqs. I'd encourage you to take a somewhat lighter schedule of classes in your first semester, since the transition to college can be a tough adjustment for many students.
For an associates degree program, you'll probably need to take human nutrition, human lifespan, anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology, general psychology, and English composition as pre-reqs. For a bachleor's degree program (such as the one at CSUS), you'll also need a critical thinking course, a communications course, organic chemistry, and a higher math course such as statistics. Bear in mind that general chemistry is a pre-req for microbiology and A&P, and college algebra is a pre-req for chemistry. You'll also need to take a variety of other courses to fulfill your general education requirements.
My advice is to talk to a counselor early on (ask for a counselor who specializes in nursing), then lay out a schedule for yourself. Try to avoid more than one science class with a lab per semester. Have a plan in place, but don't get intimidated by all the pre-reqs that are necessary. Just take it one semester at a time. Be aware that grades are very important, especially if you want to go for a bachelor's degree. It is very competitive to get into the bachelor's programs, and you'll need high grades.
Good luck...you can do it!
My advice would be to get straight A's and apply to Sac State...don't rely on the lottery to get you in.
I would also suggest taking the most demanding and talented science teachers you can find. You'll need a strong background in A&P. Good luck.
I'm not from Sacramento, in fact I'm on the other coast, but I just want to tell you that you are still so young, so don't feel pressured to rush this. I wanted to be a nurse right out of high school, and now I'm 31 and just chipping away at my pre-reqs. Moral of the story is cherish your time with your son and take your time researching what path to take...
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