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How long have you been working on Pre req's?

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Has 2 years experience.

I've been working on them since I was 18..yikes!! I dropped out when I was 20..and started back to school just this last semester.

Im accepted into a LPN program for next fall * deferred my acceptance this year because I'm pregnant* but now im looking at other options..such as a community college for my RN or maybe even working on my pre reqs for longer and applying for a BSN program.

so I might be working for another 1.5yrs if I choose the BSN option..which might be a better fit since I will have 2 small children at home...that way they would be older when I entered a program.

azcna

Specializes in LTC, Rehab, CCU, Alzheimers, Med-Surg. Has 3 years experience.

I've been working on them for quite some time also! I've actually been working on them prior to actually knowing that I wanted to go to nursing school. So I have been working on them for about 4 years, and will be starting (if everything goes as planned) in 2011.

I have heard from a number of different nurses that working your way up, CNA-LPN-RN ADN-BSN, etc., is a good way to go. It sounds like a good option if you are supporting yourself, and cannot take the time to complete a BSN degree right away.

CNM2B201?

Has 2 years experience.

Are you planning on starting in the sping or fall? What type of program are you applying for?

I was a CNA for 2yrs while I attended school, I worked in a nursing home and in a hospital.

My hubby and I like the BSN option because it gives me more time at home with our kiddos. Id prefer not to put our youngest in daycare until she is 1 or older....but at the same time im ready to get started in an actual program...which is why im so undecided as to what Im going to do. Im still considering the LPN route next year..its hard to know if that will be a good fit for our family until Im actually doing it.

I started my general ed in 2005, dropped out when I got pregnant, started back in school in sept 2009 and I'll be finishing my prereqs in fall 2011. I'll apply for an ASN program for fall 2012 and be starting classes for my BSN in winter 2012. So its been a long road, but it could be worse I guess.

I started from scratch with my pre-reqs. I was a hairstylist and had never been to college. I got them all done in one year. I took 4 classes a semester and 3 in the summer. And I worked full time. I didn't want to waste too much time working on pre-req's.

I win. I started in 2002 and just finished last summer. :yeah:

mamayogibear

Specializes in None yet.

I am glad I found this thread. I've been thinking oh when will I ever become a nurse...

I started my prereqs in Fall of 2008 and applied to only one community college which my 4.0 wasn't good enough for! I spent the next year completing prereqs for BSN programs and was accepted but could not start this fall because I had a newborn baby. Now that I've spent two years being a full time student I can't realisticy spend one waiting and three more in school to get a BSN.

So I am starting a NAC course in January and hopefully getting into a community college or tech school for Spring term.

CNM2B201?

Has 2 years experience.

Its nice to know that im not the only one taking it slow. I currently work full time and take care of my son full time..im a work at home mommy for an insurance company..but im hoping when I quit this spring i'll be able to devote more time to studying and maybe knock out a few BSN pre reqs just in case I go that route.

right now im taking AP w/lab and im enrolled in microbiology this spring thru Edukan.

Wow. I just work fulltime and I'm still young but it's still taking me forever. I started going to college right after high school (2006). 2 years later of failed classes and no degree I changed my major. I took off a semester. I took (and dropped/failed) some classes starting in Aug. 2008. I took off this semester, am doing a PCT program next semester, and I still have one year of prereqs left. I should be nursing school right now but i've failed so many classes I'm like a year behind (again!). Hopefully I will start nursing school by August 2012. It's hard living on your own, working 40 hrs a week and having no one there to remind you why you're doing this when things get hard. Sometimes all it takes is one person to remind you. I procrastinated a lot but I've got my priorities in order and someone behind me to give me push (more like a shove face first to the ground) when i need it. I know so many ppl have it harder than me but we all have our obstacles and we will all get there someday. Good luck to us all!

I was thinking the same thing as well. I want to start taking my pre-reqs this coming spring (A&P1 with lab). Since I have a lot on my plate, having to take care of myself, I have no choice but to work. I'm thinking about starting out slow and maybe speeding up the pace a little as time progress. I see it as "better late then never" type of thing.

Good luck to us all as well :)

I was thinking the same thing as well. I want to start taking my pre-reqs this coming spring (A&P1 with lab). Since I have a lot on my plate, having to take care of myself, I have no choice but to work. I'm thinking about starting out slow and maybe speeding up the pace a little as time progress. I see it as "better late then never" type of thing.

Good luck to us all as well :)

I learned that if you know deep down in your heart you don't have the time or energy to take more than 2 classes then don't. No one is rushing you and it sucks if you fail and have to do it again. I've been there, done that almost every semester. There was only one semester out of the fours years I've been going to school that I didn't drop or fail a class. Even in my first semester I dropped a class. It's best to just go at your own pace and do what's best for you.

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CNM2B201?

Has 2 years experience.

I learned that if you know deep down in your heart you don't have the time or energy to take more than 2 classes then don't. No one is rushing you and it sucks if you fail and have to do it again. I've been there, done that almost every semester. There was only one semester out of the fours years I've been going to school that I didn't drop or fail a class. Even in my first semester I dropped a class. It's best to just go at your own pace and do what's best for you.

I agree slow is always better than fast at least until you realize what you can handle and what you cant.

It will have taken me a total of five years (10 semesters).

bhanson

Specializes in Cardiac. Has 2 years experience.

I went back to school this year and finished my pre-reqs in Spring + Summer, applied after summer and am starting nursing school this Spring.

I live by myself and work full-time so I limited myself to 4 classes/semester (12-16 credits), although I am a pretty good student and if I wasn't working I could easily take 20.

I did have English and Math already finished from before, but if I only worked part-time then I could have taken those at the same time too.

I'm about to enter my third term of pre reqs. So ready for it to be over. By the time I enter my BSN program I will have been in school a year. It's worth it though, I finished my BS a long time ago and its helping me get back into the swing of studying, etc.

As one of the other posters said, I work full time and its hard...but I figure its practice for the program since I will work FT during it as well.

princsheather

Specializes in CNA (Stroke, Neuro, LTC), Volunteer.

I've been going to school since 2005. But as far as working on my pre-reqs for nursing school this is my 3rd semester. I started in the Spring of 2010, went the Summer semester and then the Fall. It may sound bad but I'm really excited because when I start Spring 2011 classes not only will I be applying to the program but I will have been going to school for a year straight and I've never accomplished that much before so I'm proud of myself. I'm so sick and tired of pre-reqs. This time next year all my pre-reqs will be done and all I will have left is nursing classes, I cannot wait for that day to come :)

tech1000

Has 2 years experience.

I didn't know I wanted to do nursing, so I had gone to college for 3 years before getting into a program. I worked with LPNs who recommended not getting an LPN because most hospitals won't hire you anymore and it's hard to get into LPN-RN bridge programs.