How old were you when you started nursing school?

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The wonderful thing about nursing is that it is open to everyone of all ages. Please give a cheer to all the people who believe that age is not a factor in learning. And, to all the people who strive for knowledge regardless of age. How old were you when you started nursing school?

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CT Pixie, BSN, RN

3,723 Posts

A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.

At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.

In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.


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I'm 26 and just started prereqs, will be 27 when nursing school starts, will be 30 when finished.

Honestly I think it gets easier as you get older. I have a previous BS as well and it's much easier this time around. The older students always seem to be the best students! But also what a blessing if you know what you want from a young age- I didn't!

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

I was 19 when I entered an LPN program; 20 when I finished.:nurse: I was 44 when I entered an ASN bridge program; 45 when I finished.:bookworm: I was 45 when I entered an RN-BSN program; took a course or exam occasionally, like walking along kicking rocks until this year when, at 48, I decided to get it over with. So, I will be a stone's throw from 50 when I finish.:oldman: But that's it more.:smokin: So don't ask!:D


174 Posts

I was 26 when I started a single mom of an right year old. Halfway through I got pregnant again and became a single mom of two girls. Graduated at 30. It was hard but well worth it for me and my girls. I did it so I could be independent and not have to depend on anyone but myself for money for me and my girls. :)

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

1 Article; 20,908 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

I was 17.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab.

I was 20, 21 when I graduated from the LVN program.

I'm 25 now & applying to the bridge program for next fall. I'll be 27 (wow!) if I get in & graduate.


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I just started last week, at 36 years old. I will be 38 when I finish and maybe 39 when I become a nurse. I'm probably the oldest person in my class. But I'm wiser and experienced. :nurse:

Specializes in Emergency Department.

About a month before I turned 38, I started nursing school. I will be graduating at the end of this academic year, at 40 years old. I started down the healthcare path when I was approximately 16 years old. In the intervening years, I have gained a fair amount of experience in life and in healthcare. There are simply things that you're taught in life that you just can't learn in school. Any school... except the school of hard knocks!


827 Posts

Specializes in pediatrics, public health.

48 when I started an accelerated BSN program, 49 when I finished, and almost 50 when I started my first job. Am now 54, and very happy with my new career!

Specializes in Maternal Child, Home Health, Med/Surg.

I'm 21 today, doing pre requisites. Hopefully, I'll be 22 when I start the ASN program, and 24 when I graduate. :)


34 Posts

Specializes in DOU, Tele, Surgery, ICU.

21 when i started nursing school 23 when I finished my associates going for my BSN

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