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Can a Masters degree holder get into RN Program in Georgia

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I will like to register for a Nursing Program in Georgia, but I already have an MBA Degree in Healthcare Administration. Does anyone know if it will be a good idea for me to use my Masters to apply for the program or my undergraduate degree in Public Administration or should I do LPN first before going for RN. Please any advice or answers will be appreciated. I am worried that schools might reject my application and tell me that I am over qualified for the program...... Please I need advice, any advice..... Thank you!!!

Just apply for the program. You will have to list all education background including you Bachelor's and Master's programs and degrees awarded. You will need transcripts sent from all schools you have attended. I would not bother with LPN as most LPN positions are being phased out. You could probably do an accelerated BSN program which is designed for people with a Bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. Or you can get your associate degree of nursing from a community college, but know that some hospitals are BSN preferred.

Thank you so much for your suggestion... But will i still be accepted without getting any of these programs you suggested? won't my Masters be enough?

Just apply for the program. You will have to list all education background including you Bachelor's and Master's programs and degrees awarded. You will need transcripts sent from all schools you have attended. I would not bother with LPN as most LPN positions are being phased out. You could probably do an accelerated BSN program which is designed for people with a Bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. Or you can get your associate degree of nursing from a community college, but know that some hospitals are BSN preferred.

Thank you so much for your suggestion... But will i still be accepted without getting any of these programs you suggested? won't my Masters be enough?

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

Thank you so much for your suggestion... But will i still be accepted without getting any of these programs you suggested? won't my Masters be enough?

I don't understand the question. Could you re-phrase it? What do you mean by "getting any of these programs" and "won't my Masters be enough?"

Enough for what? You still must go to nursing school.

I don't understand the question. Could you re-phrase it? What do you mean by "getting any of these programs" and "won't my Masters be enough?"

Enough for what? You still must go to nursing school.

Basically, i am trying to find out if my MBA in Healthcare will qualify me into the RN program or if i should use my Undergraduate degree in Public Administration. I know i can use both from what i have read, but i am afraid that the school might say i am over qualified for the program becos of my masters degree. Also i will like to get financial aid.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

If one of your degrees contains the appropriate pre-reqs for the program to which you apply, you will be fine.

And no doubt they will.

An MBA most certainly does NOT make you over qualified for nursing school.

Simply apply to whichever nursing programs you're interested in. You will be required to list your academic history which will include undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate studies.

You will likely need to take some specific prerequisite courses, as well, but the specifics of those will depend on each nursing program's requirements.

Basically, i am trying to find out if my MBA in Healthcare will qualify me into the RN program or if i should use my Undergraduate degree in Public Administration. I know i can use both from what i have read, but i am afraid that the school might say i am over qualified for the program becos of my masters degree. Also i will like to get financial aid.

The suggestions above are great, but with regard to the financial aide, you may want to check the FASFA.gov site. You have a Bachelors and a Masters. I know you can get funding for a second bachelors but I am not sure if you still qualify for that funding once you have gotten a masters. This is assuning you got funding already for your other degrees.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

There are several of my classmates in my ABSN that have a masters in either Public Health or Heathcare Administration. They definitely not over qualified for nursing school. They are newbies when it came to nursing skills.

It doesn't matter for which degree (undergrad or MBA) you took your pre-reqs so long as you have completed them. But keep in mind that some programs require that some of the courses (particularly the sciences) not be older than a certain number of years. I've usually seen about 5 years being the cut off for A&P for example.

I'm also in Atlanta and I wouldn't disregard LPN programs. I have a masters degree and that's what I'm applying for. The program is much more affordable and there are bridge programs. There are actually a few LPN to BSN bridge programs in Georgia. I'm an "older" student so I want to get working as soon as I can. I plan to get my LPN, work for a while, and then do a bridge program. It just makes more financial sense for me. You have to figure out what makes most sense for your wallet and your goals. People have been saying for decades that LPNs are being phased out, and that might be true in some parts of the country, but in the Atlanta area there are still LPN jobs. Long term care and home health care always hire LPNs and many of the area hospitals do hire LPNs. Although it is easier to get in at a LTC facility as a new grad, so you should be open to that if you decide to go that route.

As many have already said, your degree should cover a lot of the prereq's mainly the general education ones, but you'd have to go over your classes to make sure you've completed all of them for the RN program you are trying to get into. Also be aware a lot of schools put a time limit on the science courses, so depending how old they are you might actually have to retake them.

For the financial aid I don't believe you are eligible to receive the pel grant anymore.

According to this link http://ifap.ed.gov/sfahandbooks/attachments/0304Vol3Ch1.pdf

"PELL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTSTwo Pell-specific eligibility requirements are that the student must

either be an undergraduate or be enrolled in an eligible

postbaccalaureate teaching credential program, and not be

incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution."

and

"Undergraduate Student

In general, a student must be an undergraduate to receive a Pell

Grant (see “Eligible Postbaccalaureate Program” for an exception).

For Pell purposes, the regulations define an undergraduate as one who

is enrolled in an undergraduate course of study and who hasn’t earned

a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent or a first professional degree.

(“Professional degree” means a degree offered by professional

programs such as pharmacy, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.)"

So I'm pretty sure you will need to speak to your financial office to see if there are scholarships you can apply for, or possible loans you can get with low APR.

If one of your degrees contains the appropriate pre-reqs for the program to which you apply, you will be fine.

And no doubt they will.

Thank you!

There are several of my classmates in my ABSN that have a masters in either Public Health or Heathcare Administration. They definitely not over qualified for nursing school. They are newbies when it came to nursing skills.

Thank you so much for your reply, I really do appreciate. Which school is that? and is the school in Georgia?

It doesn't matter for which degree (undergrad or MBA) you took your pre-reqs so long as you have completed them. But keep in mind that some programs require that some of the courses (particularly the sciences) not be older than a certain number of years. I've usually seen about 5 years being the cut off for A&P for example.

I'm also in Atlanta and I wouldn't disregard LPN programs. I have a masters degree and that's what I'm applying for. The program is much more affordable and there are bridge programs. There are actually a few LPN to BSN bridge programs in Georgia. I'm an "older" student so I want to get working as soon as I can. I plan to get my LPN, work for a while, and then do a bridge program. It just makes more financial sense for me. You have to figure out what makes most sense for your wallet and your goals. People have been saying for decades that LPNs are being phased out, and that might be true in some parts of the country, but in the Atlanta area there are still LPN jobs. Long term care and home health care always hire LPNs and many of the area hospitals do hire LPNs. Although it is easier to get in at a LTC facility as a new grad, so you should be open to that if you decide to go that route.

Thank you so much for your reply, I really do appreciate. LPN was the route i wanted to go for, but so many people keep saying why would i do LPN when I can directly go into RN program. Please since you are in Atlanta, I will really appreciate more information and advice from you. i am currently SAHM and I want start working as soon as I can also... I dont want to go through all the long process and not having a job. If you don't mind me asking, what schools are you looking at or have applied to? I will really appreciate your input and advice. Thank you!

As many have already said, your degree should cover a lot of the prereq's mainly the general education ones, but you'd have to go over your classes to make sure you've completed all of them for the RN program you are trying to get into. Also be aware a lot of schools put a time limit on the science courses, so depending how old they are you might actually have to retake them.

For the financial aid I don't believe you are eligible to receive the pel grant anymore.

According to this link http://ifap.ed.gov/sfahandbooks/attachments/0304Vol3Ch1.pdf

"PELL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTSTwo Pell-specific eligibility requirements are that the student must

either be an undergraduate or be enrolled in an eligible

postbaccalaureate teaching credential program, and not be

incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution."

and

"Undergraduate Student

In general, a student must be an undergraduate to receive a Pell

Grant (see “Eligible Postbaccalaureate Program” for an exception).

For Pell purposes, the regulations define an undergraduate as one who

is enrolled in an undergraduate course of study and who hasn’t earned

a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent or a first professional degree.

(“Professional degree” means a degree offered by professional

programs such as pharmacy, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.)"

So I'm pretty sure you will need to speak to your financial office to see if there are scholarships you can apply for, or possible loans you can get with low APR.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my thread, i do appreciate. I think i will need to take the prereq's again. Also can you or anyone suggest a good school in georgia where i can retake them without paying too much... I really do appreciate all feedback, suggestions and comments.

The suggestions above are great, but with regard to the financial aide, you may want to check the FASFA.gov site. You have a Bachelors and a Masters. I know you can get funding for a second bachelors but I am not sure if you still qualify for that funding once you have gotten a masters. This is assuning you got funding already for your other degrees.

Thank you so much. I really do appreciate.