Help! Need advice on going back to nursing school 10 years after graduating college.

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Hello everyone!

I am new to this forum and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on going back to school for a nursing degree 10 years after graduating from college. I live in Southern California and graduated in 2009 from the University of California, Irvine. My degree was in Criminology and honestly, my grades were not that great. I just need some advice on where I need to start to get back in to school to get my bachelors in nursing.

I understand that I will need to most likely need to retake my prerequisite classes in science and math but I am honestly not even sure where to start. Should I go back to a four-year college or to a local community college to complete those classes and then apply for an accelerated nursing program?

I was thinking I could go to my local community college and speak with a counselor and start that way.

Does anyone have any other advice they can give me? I really appreciate it. Thank you.

Southern California is a tough market for new grads, particularly those with a "dream job" in mind. A BSN would be safer, but no guarantee of finding exactly what you want and when you want it.

I would start by looking into the requirements of the programs you might be interested in. Many have a good amount of information online. You'll also want to keep in mind that most programs are very competitive, so meeting the minimum requirements is typically nowhere near enough.

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