RN in 2 years

  1. I know that most(if not all) community colleges that offer the associates degree in nursing require prereqs that usually take about a year to complete, so it actually ends up taking about 3 years to get the associates degree. are their any schools I can enroll in that will allow me to actually get my associates degree in nursing in 2 years total?
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  3. by   Crux1024
    The school I am going to be attending incorporates all the General Education Courses into their 2 year ASN program, so it is possible to complete in 2 years and 2 years only. It is in the Lancaster, PA area.

  4. by   BookwormRN
    I think most programs (once you are accepted!) incorporate all of your prereqs into the two year program. However, that being said-most people are on waiting lists for a while and choose to take those gen eds and sciences to get them out of the way...the nursing courses are quite demanding, so it really does pay to do so.

    Personally-I cannot imagine taking all of those classes in two years!
  5. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Technically at my school I just graduated from you can do it all in 2 years..they do not require prereqs for admission. But I saw those that were trying to take too many classes, esp sciences...were not successful, had to repeat and still ended up taking 3 years (if they graduated at all)
    Most programs require you to apply at least 6 months prior to the start of a semester, so you should easily have 1-2 semesters to get at least 5-6 classes out of the way.
  6. by   imenid37
    My daughter goes to Thomas Jefferson University at Geisinger medical Center. It is also in PA, about 60 miles northeast of Harrisburg. It can be done in 2 years also. They have some really interesting clinical experiences. It is a good school, but very difficult.She took 18 credits Fall and Spring semesters and is 1/2 way done! Too hard for me. I did my ADN in 3 years, 1 pre-req and 2 nursing.
  7. by   GilaRRT
    It took me 3 years to complete my ADN education as well. Completing an ADN program in 2 years is possible; however, I think any student who plans to go that route should seriously and honestly assess their study habits, lifestyle, work situation, and level of maturity and motivation.
    Last edit by GilaRRT on May 12, '07
  8. by   futurecnm
    I know around here it is so competitive to get in that they usually only take those who are totally done with all of the pre-reqs. They do not recommend taking additional courses during nursing school. these programs were initially started up with the idea of finishing everything in 2 years but that would be near impossible. i'm sure there are those out there who have done it but I can't imagine it. The only way I could see it being done is if you didn't work, didn't have a family/kids, and spent all day every day on school work and studying. I cannot imagine taking A&P with nursing classes, plus you need that A&P background to understand the nursing material. Plus, with clinicals, you would have tests all the time and no time to get everything done.
  9. by   buddiage
    I'd look closer at the prereqs- it may take longer. You need biology before microbiology, you may need algebra before chemistry....

    Those three years go by pretty quickly. I try to tell everyone mulling school over- it is never a waste to go to school. As much as you may say, "this doesn't apply to me," all those prereqs make us smarter and more informed.

    Nursing school by itself is hard enough. Adding prereqs into that is, in my opinion, a way to sabatoge your success. How can one go through nursing school, doing anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, algebra, etc., and master all of them AND do well on the nursing classes to be able to defeat the NCLEX (the biggest hurdle to your RN)?

    I am speaking as someone who had previously sworn off school. If you have the right attitude, you can actually enjoy those prereq classes. Personally, it opened up my mind, and I am glad I took them regardless if I were to go into nursing or not. Turns out, I actually love school.

    Set yourself up for success.
  10. by   Tweety
    I went to school with one person who did the two year option. I felt really bad for her. She came straight from high school. She was taking Fundamentals of Nursing, English 101, Anatomy & Phisiology I, A&P Lab, and Sociology. She made it through in two years with a similar schedule each quarter (we were on aquarter system).

    This was at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC

    Are you talking about not having any co-req classes done at all? That's a killer schedule. Good luck!
  11. by   krazy_coconuts
    The nursing program that I'm in is 19 months and that includes all prereqs. It's busy, but if you completely dedicate yourself it can be done! I'm totally loving school so far!
  12. by   rnmomtobe2010
    I did not ask the question, but the answers are helpful to what I also wanted to know. Thanks.
  13. by   bigtimer225
    Thank you very much for all of your responses, after reading these replys I think it may be a good idea for me to take all of my pre-reqs before entering into the nursing program. Thanks