Nursing School Question

  1. I had a quick general question. Once you graduate high school, can you apply right to nursing school?
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  3. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from Marissa22
    I had a quick general question. Once you graduate high school, can you apply right to nursing school?
    It depends on the school. Most schools have at least a few courses of science that you have to take first before you can apply. Others have more.(mine you have to have Statistics, Anatomy, Physiology, Organic and Inorganic Chem, and Microbiology (many of which you have to take a basic biology class before you can even take) You have to be at a specific level of math and english also. You also have to take a test called to the TEAS test. The program only takes applications in the spring Another thing, you have to be 18 by the time the program starts. You can find out more specific information

    This is what i found:
    o become a registered nurse, an individual must be accepted into
    a college with an accredited nursing program. The requirements for
    applying to nursing programs vary from school to school. The
    required prerequisite courses, such as anatomy, physiology, and
    microbiology, must be completed at the college with a grade point average
    of 2.0 or better. After the prerequisites are completed, an application
    to the school of nursing can be made. In the United States there are
    three types of nursing programs. First, there are diploma programs, which
    involve two years of full time study. These are mostly on the east coast
    and are remnants of the original hospital-based nursing schools. Second,
    there are Associate Degrees in Nursing (ADN) programs that also require
    two years of full-time study. In addition to the nursing curriculum, they
    require general education courses to obtain an ADN. Third, there are
    Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs that mandate four years
    of full time study. The BSN programs are university based programs and
    require general education courses in addition to the nursing classes.
    After the nursing program is successfully completed, the candidate is
    eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered
    Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
    Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Oct 23, '05
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from Marissa22
    I had a quick general question. Once you graduate high school, can you apply right to nursing school?
    Hello, Marissa22,

    Yes, you may apply right after HS. I suggest that you start looking before graduation, however......

    Have you graduated?
  5. by   NeoNurseTX
    not that i've ever seen. even ADN programs require prereqs that take at least a year to finish.
  6. by   PedsRN03
    Hi Marissa,
    I applied and got into BSN programs straight from high school and started nursing classes my first semester freshman year. Send me a private message if you want the specific information.
  7. by   SFCardiacRN
    I think all the above are correct. For BSN, you can get in right out of high school. For ASN or ADN you need pre-reqs first. In general terms, ASN/ADN programs tend to be for older students and second career students (the average age in my class was over 30). BSN tends to be for younger students.BSN is a better career choice since it opens doors not available to ASN/ADN RN's.
  8. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from SFCardiacRN
    I think all the above are correct. For BSN, you can get in right out of high school. For ASN or ADN you need pre-reqs first. In general terms, ASN/ADN programs tend to be for older students and second career students (the average age in my class was over 30). BSN tends to be for younger students.BSN is a better career choice since it opens doors not available to ASN/ADN RN's.
    Not all BSN, in California you have to have to have MORE pre-reqs finished than the community college. At least all the state colleges I've looked at.
  9. by   tracer
    I am a SAHM and am trying to figure out how to go about getting my RN. I have a BS in Business which I earned in 2001. I would like to go for ASN or entry-level master in nursing. Does anyone know which would be the best once you are in the field? Also because I have my BS already will that hurt or help me get into the program? Should I take pre-req's now or apply to the program? I have a 2 yr old 2.5 month old so it will take me a little longer to get my RN. Any advice anyone is willing to share is much appreciated!
  10. by   smckenzi
    Well I can tell you from personal experiance that you can get in nursing school from high school. I graduated in May 2005 and am half-way through semester 1 of 3 at the local community college. However, I also took my pre-req's while in highschool (being homeschooled I was able to). If you have any questions, PM me.
  11. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from smckenzi
    Well I can tell you from personal experiance that you can get in nursing school from high school. I graduated in May 2005 and am half-way through semester 1 of 3 at the local community college. However, I also took my pre-req's while in highschool (being homeschooled I was able to). If you have any questions, PM me.
    Wish I was as smart as you were in high school, great idea!!
  12. by   NurseyBaby'05
    The program I graduated from allows you to count your hs chemistry and bio toward your pre-req's as long as they are <10 years old. If you are in the daylight section, they allow you to complete your A&Ps along with your first two semesters of nursing classes. Micro is over the summer between semesters 2 and 3. If you had advanced or honors classes in other subjects you may be able to test out of them via CLEP.
  13. by   casi
    All of the MN schools I have looked into (about 5 of them) require that you start out as a pre-nursing student and then apply to nursing school once those are completed, or almost completed. I'm thinking that a lot of schools are getting away from direct entry due to the amount of people trying to get into nursing programs. Better to weed them out in pre-reqs instead of having a lot of people drop that are direct entry into the program.
  14. by   Goldenhare
    Hello!
    Where are you? I have a BS in management from Penn State that I got in 1985. I have finished an AS in Nursing in May 05. Toward the end of my program of study, I found out that I could have done a MSN with just a semester or more of study. (I just went through my papers and of course I can't find the specifics!!) ANYWAYS, I think two things come into play. 1) What are your goals? 2) What are your family constraints?

    Your BS stuff should be asset! MANY of my BS courses counted towards prerequisites in the AS degree. For instance, chemistry, psychology, (I had to take developmental psych.) I covered something like 21 credits. A second point here, I recently went to Virginia Commonwealth University to see about completing my BSN so I could consider a MSN. I was advised that because my BS was in science (as opposed to a BA) I only have to take 2 prerequisites to get into the MSN program.
    I don't know where you are but check out www.nursing.vcu.edu/is. There are lots and lots of options for you to get started. Also check out Old Domionion University. Both programs includes lots and lots of flexibility. You still need support with the kids though. Unless you are as walking brain! Doing a Nursing degree is demanding and time consuming. Even if you do not live in Virginia, you can get an idea about what options are out there. Good Luck

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