Please help me out for post-RN education

  1. I learned and earned my RN from hospital training in Hong Kong in 1978. Since then, I have continued my work as RN, without a stop. I took and passed the CGFNS, and NCLEX in 1991 . I have been working in Los Angeles as RN for over 10 years. Now, I think I want to advance my career in nursing, but then I find out it is not accreditted as college-based education, and non-creditted for UC or CA state credits, I have to start all over again for a BSN. That is too tough......, and too much to study at this mid-life like a crisis!

    California Board of Nursing recognised my past nurisng education and clinical experience in Hong Kong, and allowed me to take the NCLEX, is that similar to a graduate from a Associated Degree ? By the way, Los Angeles County Hospitals still runs the nursing program that lead to RN in hospitals, not in a college.
    Are there any other hospitals in any states still running nursing programs lead to RN ? What are their prospect of these graduates for further nursing education?

    Can anyone give me some advice on this matter,
    or tell me some colleges/ universities recognised those RN graduates from hospital-based education.
    Any (on-line) BSN programs that may accept me for some exemption rather than I need to take all the 120 credits before I can get my BSN?
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  3. by   renerian
    I am in a dual degree BS/MS program, distance with a major in nutrition. Check out my college. They would give you credit I am sure...........but look over their website.

  4. by   traumaRUs
    I am enrolled in ADN to MSN program on-line through University of Phoenix. Check into it. Its worth it. And just so you know - I'm 44 y/o so its never too late.
  5. by   Q.
    I wish I could help but not quite sure how to.

    My advice would be to contact every BSN program in your area and talk with an advisor. I would assume they are treating you as an ADN nurse with your education from Hong Kong.

    The bright side is that alot of universities offer very flexible BSN completion programs, with evening classes, etc.

    It can be a pain, I know. I went through similar experiences simply transferring to a different college. In the end, it's worth it. The pain of retaking some courses during undergrad is a distant memory for me.
  6. by   Dr. Kate
    There are several private BSN programs in the greater LA area. (The cost will compare well with the University of Phoenix.) Check them out. They have the ability to be more flexible than the UC or Cal State sytstems. Don't just read what they say about themselves, call ask questions, make an appointment and talk to them about their program and the options available to you.
    You might also want to look into Excelsior College's BSN program.

    Most people are unaware that colleges do make provision for testing out of courses. It isn't well publicized and you'll probably have to ask and maybe even demand, but you should bbe able to do it.

    Good Luck.
  7. by   jackinthebox
    Hi, every one,

    Thank a lot for your advice and guidance.
    This is my first time to use this service, and got quite a good feedback from you. I am happy, and try to look into each of your suggestion for more info. I didn't know that until today, there are so many nurses out there, watching our backs. It is amazing, fun, and great help in this circle of nursing co-workers all over the world.
    I will continue to use the bulletin board to learn, know and share more in the future.

    After four days works, each of twelve hours, I was a little tired, and read my reply a bit late. Afterall, nursing is a tough job, right?! When I like to work in a roll, so that it is easier to carry on my assignment and build up better patient relationship.

    Thank you again for your encouragement and support. I will definitely look into the Excelsior college and University of Phoenix for more details.