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HELP! Decisions, Decisions!!

A little about my journey:

I am exactly 30 credits away from graduating with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology...

My current University does not offer Nursing as a major, just a Pre-Nursing certificate, which only consists of the pre-requisites needed to apply to nursing school.

Here's my questions:

1) Should I still graduate with my B.A. in Psyc & Sociology (since I am so close, yet so far from the finish line) and then apply to a BSN program AFTERWARDS? Or should I do another route?

2) Is it frowned upon to take some of my pre-requisite classes for nursing school at my previous community college and have those classes added on to my credits to graduate from my current 4-year institution? ...... I only ask because my university has limited class dates/times to take most of my pre-req's and it is very annoying. So, I spoke with my Registar and they said I can take up to 60 credits at the community college level and transfer them in for my graduation requirements.

Sorry for this being so long! But, I am open to any advice anyone may have. :-)

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

First, welcome to AN! You may want to change your screen name, because you cannot have "Nurse" unless you are a nurse.

Next, is there another school that you plan to attend? Once you have your bachelor's, you will no longer qualify for financial aid for nursing school. That's something to consider. You could finish what you've been doing, and then go for an accelerated BSN, but that would probably take even longer than starting that now and going the traditional route. It would also likely be more expensive.

Most schools are fine with you having credits from multiple schools. I had credits from 3 schools plus my military transcript when I applied, and I went to a university that I had never attended for anything when I got my BSN (if that sentence makes any sense!). You will want to do whatever you can to get your prereqs done. I had something like 90 credits when I transferred.

How is your GPA? Most nursing programs are very competitive. Be sure to do what it takes to earn As, especially in your prereqs, as your prereq GPA is often weighed just as heavily as your overall GPA.

I hope that helps! :)

Thanks for your input!

I did not realize about the financial aid situation going to Nursing school post bachelors. I'll have to look into costs of the Nursing schools I am interested in if I go that route. " Could you please elaborate?

I am not sure what you meant when you said, "You could finish what you've been doing, and then go for an accelerated BSN, but that would probably take even longer than starting that now and going the traditional route." Could you please elaborate?

Thanks!

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

Thanks for your input!

I did not realize about the financial aid situation going to Nursing school post bachelors. I'll have to look into costs of the Nursing schools I am interested in if I go that route. " Could you please elaborate?

I am not sure what you meant when you said, "You could finish what you've been doing, and then go for an accelerated BSN, but that would probably take even longer than starting that now and going the traditional route." Could you please elaborate?

Thanks!

Look into tuition. It's usually cheaper if you don't have a bachelor's degree already, and many ABSN programs are at private universities, which are more expensive than state schools. You'll have to research the schools that interest you.

Traditional BSN programs are anywhere from 2-3 years. If you were to do a 16 month accelerated program plus your 1-1.5 years you have left for your degree, the BSN program would likely take less time or the same (the time for your prereqs I assume would be the same here either way).

Does that all make sense?

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