Any advice for changing career paths to nursing?

  1. Hey everyone I hope you're all doing well with your nursing journeys. So before I start asking questions, I will give a little background. So I currently have an associates degree in psychology but recently, I decided to become a registered nurse so I returned to my community college to start this new career path. I am currently taking a sociology course since its part of the prerequisites. I completed all of the other general education courses and after I take sociology all I have left to take is Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology before I apply for the nursing program at my school. I know that I also need to take the Teas test before I apply as well.

    The problem I'm having is this: when I tried enrolling into the Science classes (Anatomy, Chemistry, etc.) they would always fill up before the registration system would even allow me to register for the classes. My counselor told me that I do not have priority registration because I have an associates degree from there. She also told me that I would never be able to take any of those classes since they're very popular classes and I don't have priority registration. Of course this was hard for me to hear but I understood. I wish I would have made the decision much earlier but I will not give up.

    My questions are:
    Are there any other alternatives?

    Is it too late for me?

    Should I go to vocational school and become an LVN before becoming an RN?

    Are there any LVN to RN bridge programs in California?

    Has anyone ever experienced this before?

    Was anyone able to returned to your community college to become a nurse even though you have an associates degree from a different major?
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    My questions are:
    Are there any other alternatives?
    Move?

    Is it too late for me?
    That depends on what you're willing and able to do.

    Should I go to vocational school and become an LVN before becoming an RN?
    Is that a realistic option for you? Have you looked into admission requirements? Many LVN programs require at least anatomy as a prerequisite.

    Are there any LVN to RN bridge programs in California?
    Of course. Many.

    Has anyone ever experienced this before?
    I've heard about it, but I didn't go to school in California and I don't have a prior degree.

    Was anyone able to returned to your community college to become a nurse even though you have an associates degree from a different major?
    Yes, many people have done that. This problem appears to be regional.
  4. by   elkpark
    Are there other schools in the area where you can take the prerequisites? Will the nursing program accept on-line science courses? Those are options I'd be looking at.

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