The ADN program I am attending has pre req's that are required and the brochure for pre-nursing and nursing shows the "two-year" ADN degree one is awarded is completed in 7 semesters, yes 7, one semester shy of 4 years of school. Go figure. (last 4 semesters is the actual nursing program)
I was fortunate to have been on a biochem degree path and had all but one req completed and that is a computer class that I am taking on line now.
I agree with credit given for a 3 year degree and our state is fighting legislature. Some of our classes are 2 credit hours but are required to be attended as though they are a 4-6 credit hour class. Our clinicals and labs are P/F but with a LOT of graded work included...IE: care plans
, diagnostic profiles, etc. Only to recieve a pass or fail arrrrgh!
All boils down to state legislature and how many credit hours are required for generic pre-req's and how many hours for "field of study." They have to cram it all in. Meanwhile, we struggle not to lose our sanity before it is over.
My biggest frustration is the extra class one has to take for full time financial aide help because the classes for each level (semesters 4-7 = level 1-4) is less than 12 credit hours although if actual time attended is figured it equals 16-20 credit hours for the semester/level. It is all a matter of playing with the numbers. I am paying for mine and utilizing student loans when needed, but it is really frustrating to watch some of the single moms etc struggle for assistance.
stepping down now!