I am in High school. I need info abour becoming and RN

  1. Hi,

    I am a highschool student and it has always been my dream to work in the medical field and i want to learn about all the job oppertunities out there. I am interested in becoming a nurse and i was wondering what should i major in to go to nursing school? I want to go to a four year college and after that take some steps into becoming a nurse. Do you have to major in something specific to enter nursing school.

    I would really appreciate it if you could tell me step by step what it from high school to become a nurse or please give an opinion.

    it would highly be appreciated.

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  3. by   megananne7
    A lot of 4 year schools have a nursing major.. I'm not sure why you wouldn't just start in that? You'll be taking pre-reqs anyway, so you'll probably be doing that for awhile in case you change your mind.
  4. by   aa24212
    You don't actually need to major in something before entering nursing school. There are 3 programs you can choose. LPN (generally works in MD offices, Long term care), Associate degree RN (generally works in hospitals as a staff nurse) and Bachelor's degree RN (nurse managers, DON's, and Critial care areas). I would recommend you going into one of these directly and not waste time on pursuing another degree first, because in reality it will do you no good. In high school you need to have taken the following as a MINIMUM- Biology, Chemistry, Alg 1, 4 years English, and I would recommend a health class. Entrance to nursing school is competitive and for the school I entered, you needed a minimum of a 3.6 high school GPA, but most in the area require a 3.0 minimum, and about a 3.3 to be competitive. Hope this helps!
  5. by   Beary-nice
    Do any of your local hospitals have a shadowing day? If they do and you could have the opportunity to shadow a nurse, I think this could also help you get started.
  6. by   G to The P
    Yea i agree with beary. My highschool had a Shadowing program that rocked. Its what made me decide to pursue this career. Try that, its great on getting to know what its really like.
  7. by   s5995

    When you apply to College or University in your senior year, make sure you pick the one that offer nursing program. OR another way of doing it is that you go to community college and do all you prerequisites classes there and then tranfer them to nursing school. This would be the first step that you can do. Just to make this easier for you to understand I give you an example. For example: If I live in California I would apply to San Francisco State University(website is www.sfsu.edu) or I can go directly into city college of San Francisco (www.ccsf.edu) and take classes there and then when you are done with those class then apply to sfsu. In the school website (www.sfsu.edu) it tell you exactly what classes you need to take in order for you to be accepted into the program. If you have any questions you can send me a private message.
  8. by   TazziRN
    Quote from aa24212
    There are 3 programs you can choose. LPN (generally works in MD offices, Long term care), Associate degree RN (generally works in hospitals as a staff nurse) and Bachelor's degree RN (nurse managers, DON's, and Critial care areas).
    ADNs work in critical care too, and they can be nurse managers.
  9. by   penn.nursing10
    If you're looking to work as a nurse and want a four year degree I would think there's no reason why not to go straight to a college or university that offers a nursing program. It also helps narrow down all those college options! I'm in a four year university now with a nursing major and i'm in love with it. I obviously don't know all the college that offer the program but I do know of a few:
    University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Villanova, Boston College, University of Pittsburg, Georgetown, Penn State, University of Conneticut, and about a billion more...hope this helped some! good luck!!
  10. by   bargainhound
    Good luck to you as you learn about nursing and also about how to
    go about getting into nursing school, etc.!
    Sounds like folks have given good answers, but if you have specific
    questions, please ask them.
    I know how hard it is to try to understand even simple steps sometimes
    when you are first starting out.