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Associate in General Studies towards BSN?

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Long story short, I was working towards a Associate in Science degree for engineering and decided being laid off in the engineering industry really stunk. So a change in direction is where I am heading. I have the credits to complete an Associate in General Studies degree but can that be used to apply for the CEP BSN programs in Arizona?

I don't want to lose courses, or retake courses due to limited transfer credits. I am considering the concurrent education program with Northern Arizona University BSN program, and I am almost finished with all the prerequisites and co-requisites for their nursing program. I am currently on the MCCCD nursing program waiting list as well, any Ideas?

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mrsboots87 has 5 years experience and specializes in Neuro, Telemetry.

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The only thing that matters for AZ nursing programs is that you have completed the ore Reqs for whatever program you apply for. Of course there is competition, but whether you were originally going for a different degree or have multiple degrees isn't really important. What's important is having all pre Reqs done with good grades.

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At the CEP meeting I attended in October they said they also take into account any previous degrees in addition to your grades and hesi exam score. But they also said not many people apply for the programs right now and made it sound like anyone could get in at this point due to the low volume of applications for the CEP programs. So really in the end, I don't think it would matter much.

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All the pre reqs and almost all co reqs are completed. My only concern is the need to retake courses that would not be transferred as they will only take x amount of credits through a transfer. I know the answer should come from the school I plan on applying to, just been swamped with work and have not had the chance to get with a counselor. This forum has been a great asset so I wanted to see if someone else has gone through this type of situation.

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I could be wrong but I thought you could transfer quite a few credits, like 90 or something. If you are applying for the cep program, you only need to transfer your pre reqs and co req's which would be well under the limit no matter what the cutoff is.

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I'm applying in May for the NAU CEP and because I didn't have any credits to my name other than the the pre-reqs/co-reqs and a few oddballs my advisor suggested I complete the AGEC because it covers the "cultural diversity" requirements seen in NAU's CEP pamphlet and I was only 7 credits from completing it anyway. I would definitely meet w an advisor asap because completing the AGEC knocked off 12 credits I would have had to take otherwise. Also the NAU packet says for the cultural diversity requirements "or meet MCCCD Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) certificate or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited school" so while an associate's looks good applying I don't know for certain if it covers those cultural diversity reqs. Sorry to answer so wishy washy :/

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I have all the credits needed for the AGEC certificate. I had the information session for the CEP a couple of days ago and they said a degree would help get you points. Either way, the AGEC is needed to bypass the extra classes like alissaarlene said. They also said the degree can hurt you with financial aid, so I will need to look into that.

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ScrubGirl88 has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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I know for GCU BSN programs a Associates degree does not give you any extra point to get in however if you have a BA it does. I believe as long as you have your AGEC thats really all the schools are looking for... and whatever extra classes they request

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Yes! I have applied for my AGEC "graduation" but because I am a pell grant student admissions had to make a note not to award it as well as forward that information to NAU, the reason being is the AGEC is only recognized by Arizona, and so federal money sees it as an unfinished degree and can charge you back all the money they think you're not using properly or something similar to that. As long as you speak to admissions about it you should be okay as far as that stuff goes

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Oops I didn't know if you meant AGEC degree or previous associates/baccalaureate, but either way that's the story for AGEC

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Hello , I recently applied for my Agec-a in January but I was not told that it would hurt my financial aid untill i stumbled across this thread. I was accepted into the CEP program with NAU starting this summer. How did you go about having them not award it or how does it work? I am super confused about the certificate and how it will affect me.

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Well crud, I got an associate degree last summer. Well we will see how it hurts/ helps the situation.

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