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by EGD530 EGD530 (New) New Student

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I currently have a B.S in a non-nursing field.  I struggled in undergrad due to non-academic reasons, but now looking to get a BSN.  I have retaken a majority of the required pre-requisites in order to strengthen my application and have a 4.0 in all of the classes I've taken post grad. However, the Accelerated BSN programs are very competitive and I am having no luck getting accepted into programs.  Could it be a possibility/has anyone ever started completely over and applied to a 4 year college as a "new freshman" in a BSN program?  Would it be possible to get accepted and then have the majority of my previous credits transfer so it would end up only taking 2 or so years instead of the full 4 because I have already taken all the basic sciences?  Accepting ANY AND ALL advice!   

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Depends what state you live in.  Are you in California?  I'm guessing due to the 530 in your username also the fact that the ABSNs are competitive.

You may want to look outside of your state to attend school - whether you are in California or not.  If your BS GPA is not at least 3.0, you'll have a tough time doing getting into any ABSN or regular BSN program.

I have only heard of two of  the CSU schools in California who do accept people w/ previous BS degrees in their regular programs, but this was a few years back. Don't quote me on this, but check San Jose State and also CSU Sacramento.  Those are the only ones, who at one point, did accept second degree BSN students for a regular BSN.

Not sure about other states.

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Yes, some do place you in a cohort you best fit based on completed and transferable coursework.

A couple of schools in my area do this for students with 4 year degrees (but you have to make a special request and it's only if space is available).

I am sure other programs do this or else you'd only be a part time student (or less than half time) for 2 years before clinicals began; this just makes no sense.

Keep applying to ABSN and Direct entry Masters (I'm right there with you). It's just ridiculous to go all four years (even 3) when you already have a degree and prereqs under your belt. ABSN and Direct Entry exist for a reason and it's for students like us with degrees and professional experience.

If you can apply out of state go for it, the competition is tight everywhere for these programs. Cast a wide net. You'll get what you need somewhere.

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