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Can I be a realtor through nursing school?

Rosevee91 Rosevee91 (New) New Student Pre-Student

Hi all :).

My dream is to get my RN, BSN. I am currently working on pre-reqs, taking 3 classes a semester with still a while to go. (only have 15 credits). I skipped college in my younger years..

I recently obtained my real estate license and I am a new realtor. Is it possible to continue this career throughout school? I am hoping to hear from nurses who used to be in this field or have done it through their program successfully. I looked into PCT and CNA programs but the pay is very very low. Although a stable income, it would most definitely not be enough to cover my bills and expenses. I live on my own with no other financial support. Income as a realtor varies and is unpredictable, but it is a pretty good amount when the check comes in. I just hope I made the right move. Encouragement is welcomed 😕

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse.

It would seem like it amounts to time (class + study) v. hours at your job- and if it's feasible. The same as it would be with any other work during nursing school.

Can you work as a realtor part-time?

Do you need to be available during the day? (If so, no, you can't do both as your class time and clinicals will generally take up most of your M-F day hours.)

You just have to realize that you will not be able to make appointments or take calls during the hours you will be in class or in clinical. Period. No emergencies, no 'just this one time'. You are not allowed to miss clinical except for life and death and depending, it still might put you in a position of having to repeat a semester. Your phone can't go off in class. You can't be looking at texts. Believe me, instructors pick up on that stuff. Whatever you do, do NOT admit to continuing your endeavors while in school. What you do on your time is your business. As soon as you let anyone in the school know about those activities, they will have a weapon to use against you. As far as they are concerned you are independently wealthy or have a wealthy uncle.


Specializes in LTC.

cali - realistic post!


Specializes in ER.

I was actually a Realtor for 10 yrs before starting nursing school three years ago. I was able to do both, but it was challenging. I believe my path was probably easier than your path. I already had a bachelor's degree in another field and had an established real estate business. Therefore, I had minimal prerequisites to take for nursing and didn't have to spend a lot of time finding real estate business while in school.

I remember what it was like to be a new Realtor and I couldn't imagine starting a real estate business while in nursing school. It takes time and effort to develop a good real estate sphere of influence and it takes even more time and effort to make it through nursing school.

I was lucky to have another real estate agent who helped with buyers and sellers when I had class or clinicals. You most likely won't be able to use the phone in clinicals and most buyers and sellers won't appreciate you being unavailable for 10-12 hours. I believe you will definitely need a real estate partner or work for a real estate team if you plan on attending nursing school while working as a Realtor.


Specializes in LTC.

Lift - good to read advice from one who's been in the trenches.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

On 6/9/2020 at 1:00 AM, Liftyourheadup said:

I believe you will definitely need a real estate partner or work for a real estate team if you plan on attending nursing school while working as a Realtor.

Strongly agree. Lift also made a very good point about how challenging/time-consuming it is to start out as a realtor on top of how challenging/time-consuming nursing school is.

If you really wanted to support yourself with real estate, perhaps you could work full time as a realtor for the next 1-3 years and try to save up a bunch of money to use during school. Once you get a couple of years of experience, it might also be more feasible to continue to do it part-time during school; if you join a team, they might be appreciative to have a partner who primarily works weekends so they can be off.


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