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I didn't get into any BSN programs, but I got into the ADN programs...am I stupid?

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tatempole tatempole (Member)

I was rejected by all BSN programs. To find out why I was rejected, they said my grades (4.0) and TEAs (98%) test were excellent; however, they said I failed my interview for all 5 schools!

However, since most of the ADN programs do not require an interview, I got in most of them. I'm very fluent in english and I speak very articulate. I just don't know how I didn't get admitted into the BSN program.

My main reason for entering nursing was to provide care for the less unfortunate overseas in the Peace Corps. I don't think the Peace Corps accepts associate degree graduates. But do they?

Doesn't this delay my time to enter the Peace Corps since I have to do the ADN program (2 years) then the RN-BSN (2 years)? Because the BSN programs in my area are only 2 year trimester system. I'm only 19, please help! I feel so stupid by not transferring to a university, now people are going to perceive me as some dumb community college student. I may seem immature about this; however, my parents held me to a high standard of going to a university for my nursing degree. They don't really understand how the diploma/ADN/BSN situation works. Why is nursing such a brutal process of applying as opposed to engineering, accounting, and other fields!

No, anybody who got into a nursing program is far from stupid. You are lucky. Good luck with your studies.

Wow, as some "dumb" community college nursing student, I should really be offend by this. But I know that the hospitals in my area, prefer to hire nurses from our schools first.

I'm sure you feel pretty down about not getting in, but in venting you just insulted hundreds of thousands of fabulous community college educated nurses.

Good luck with your future schooling. Nursing is nursing no matter where you go.

That is strange that all 5 schools rejected you with such good grades and scores. Usually ADN programs are more difficult to get into just based on the number of people applying vs. the # of actual spots available. Don't worry, just do the ADN program, there are more and more RN to BSN completion programs that are becoming shorter and even some 100% online. I'm in IL and I know of 2. University of St. Francis in Joliet IL and Illinois State University in Normal IL both are REAL schools (not those for profit online schools) and their BSN completion programs and 100% omline, and take 18 months to complete. It's better to just begin ASAP so you can get to your goal. Good luck!! I got into both ADN & BSN programs that begin in January I chose to attent the ADN for cost purposes ($35,000 difference:eek:)

Don't take it personally sweet_b. I have a BSW from a pretty prestigious university but doing a career change and community college here I come!! :D The bottom line is ADN/BSN both take the same NCLEX, and make the same $$$$ (initially, within a few dollars)

ParvulusPuella

Specializes in Cardiac/Progressive Care. Has 6 years experience.

As another one of those 'dumb community college' educated nurses, I have to tell ya: things aren't always what they seem. My CC is known for having one of the best nursing programs in the state, with a much higher NCLEX pass rate than the 4 year schools. It's worked to our advantage- a lot of the healthcare facilities around here will hire a new grad over a 4 year grad more often than not.

As far as I know, the Peace Corp only accepts BSN nurses, like you thought. So yes, from the sounds of it, you'll have to delay the Peace Corping an extra 2 years. You may be able to find an online program that offers the ADN-BSN in a shorter time frame, like a year and a half, depending on how many classes you take at a time, etc.

Did you ask the BSN programs exactly what about your interviews was sub-par? That is where I would start, so you can work on whatever it is for your next interviews (both for schools and jobs) :)

Good Luck!

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anurseatlast

Specializes in maternal child, public/community health. Has 4 years experience.

There is absolutely no reason to be ashamed of going to a community college. Community colleges are in no way inferior to a university - they just don't offer 4 yr degrees. One good thing about the community college programs here is that you take NCLEX for LPN after the first year, then continue for the second year to get your ASN (and retake the NCLEX for RN. That way you can work as an LPN during the second year to get experience.

Regardless of what program you are doing, always check it out to make sure it is a good school. You especially want to know what percentage of students finish the program (you expect some to drop out but if 50% do, you have to wonder why) and how many pass NCLEX the first time. If possible, talk to recent grads from the program to get more information.

If you have a 4.0 and were accepted at several ASN programs, you cannot be stupid. Don't let this opportunity get away. Once you get your ASN, you can do a RN to BSN online. Congrats on getting accepted. Now the hard thing is to decide which program to do.

You probably just aren't BSN material...

See how that feels?

Don't make comments like "some dumb community college student."

If you had the prerequisites for the BSN programs, then finish the community college program and immediately enroll in the RN-BSN program. The college that I live near only takes 3 semesters to get a BSN if you have an RN. I will graduate in the same semester as if I had gone the traditional route out of high school. But I went the "dumb" way...

What's so dumb about spending $1000 a semester at a community college, versus $10,000 a semester at a university, for "core curriculum" Bachelor's courses that probably have nothing to do with nursing?

Also, you're only 19.

Chill.

I'm 22 and I already have a Bachelor's of Arts in History (from a Top 50 private university, by the way).

Yet I'm nearly finished with my nursing pre-requisites at my neighborhood community college.

I won't feel so dumb when I'm earning a paycheck, right?

I was rejected by all BSN programs. To find out why I was rejected, they said my grades (4.0) and TEAs (98%) test were excellent; however, they said I failed my interview for all 5 schools!

However, since most of the ADN programs do not require an interview, I got in most of them. I'm very fluent in english and I speak very articulate. I just don't know how I didn't get admitted into the BSN program.

My main reason for entering nursing was to provide care for the less unfortunate overseas in the Peace Corps. I don't think the Peace Corps accepts associate degree graduates. But do they?

Doesn't this delay my time to enter the Peace Corps since I have to do the ADN program (2 years) then the RN-BSN (2 years)? Because the BSN programs in my area are only 2 year trimester system. I'm only 19, please help! I feel so stupid by not transferring to a university, now people are going to perceive me as some dumb community college student. I may seem immature about this; however, my parents held me to a high standard of going to a university for my nursing degree. They don't really understand how the diploma/ADN/BSN situation works. Why is nursing such a brutal process of applying as opposed to engineering, accounting, and other fields!

Perhaps your arrogance is what they didnt like about you at all five interviews.

DizzyLizzyNurse

Specializes in Peds Medical Floor. Has 12 years experience.

Ummm I'd cut the attitude before you start your classes or the teachers and your *dumb* classmates will eat you for breakfast.

And just one *dumb* community college student to another it's "I speak very articulately" not "I speak very articulate".

when you have your license, who cares what school you graduated from or if you have ur BSN or ADN. It's all the same thing!! I know you are stressed out because all your friends are entering 4 yr college and you are going to a community college, but in the end, it's all the same. You will still obtain your BSN, maybe faster than your friends, really, look further, don't look at now. Stop torturing yourself. You will be just fine! You not only saved yourself a lot of money, you will probably have a chance to find a ADN to BSN program that takes a year to complete. You will be so far ahead then many of your peers. I don't see that as a problem really!! please stay positive!! you will excel!! good luck!

With that attitude, maybe thats why you were not accepted into the BSN program. Don't be so judgmental. You will be a RN regardless where you obtained your degree. There are ADN to BSN programs after you complete your ADN. ( In my town, there is a competitive six month course from ADN to BSN)

Besides, it takes approximately 4 years (2 years pre reqs and 2 years nursing program) to obtain ADN. So don't think of it as just a "associates degree".

Lennonninja, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery. Has 10 years experience.

As offensive as I find the "dumb community college student" part, I can sort of understand where the person is coming from, even if they are completely misguided.

I graduated from a well respected public university with a BA in another field. I too had been brainwashed when I was younger about 4 year universities being better than community colleges. When I enrolled at my community college now, it took me about a week to get over myself and my ego and accept that I was getting a great education from a great school for a WHOLE LOT LESS MONEY.

I could have gone back to my alma mater for a BSN, but I chose my ASN program and I'm very happy here. From everyone I've talked to, the new grads from my school have a much easier time getting hired than the BSN new grads from my alma mater. I personally have seen several of these BSN students and have heard about many more from the hospital staff (I work there too so I hear a lot) and I know that I'm better off where I am.

In the future I do plan to do my RN-BSN and probably an MSN as well.

Why would anyone perceive you as dumb? Perhaps you came across as a bit immature in your interviews?

Well it doesn't matter now. OK, its disappointing not getting into the program of your choice, but in the end you will be an RN and you can bridge to a BSN program. I doubt anyone will think that you are dumb for that, if they do, then they are the ones that are dumb.

I sense you have some growing to do, and that might be what the interviewers thought.

2ndyearstudent, CNA

Specializes in CNA.

now people are going to perceive me as some dumb community college student. I may seem immature about this....

Yes, you certainly do. Take as a lesson learned for future interviews.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

This is a prime example that having a 4.0 GPA doesn't automatically mean you'll get in. The common factor between the schools was your interview. For the future I would work on that when you start applying for nursing jobs.

I had to laugh at the community college comment because so many parents put negative things in their kids' head that community colleges aren't good enough. When you start your ASN program at your CC, trust me they'll be eating their words. RN programs are NO WALK IN THE PARK. You got in so count your blessings. Many people want your spot.

Butterfly0328

Specializes in future OB/L&D nurse(I hope) or hospice.

I am going to assume you were "venting" and that once you thought about it you do not really mean "dumb community college student". I also realize you are only 19 and from the sounds of it you were raised to believe that university students are smart and community college students are dumb. Well, you are now old enough to begin thinking on your own, and that you must do!! BE PROUD OF YOUR GPA, TEAS SCORE and please, please don't be so judgmental.. Pretty much the only difference between university and community college is the price tag. When you graduate and begin as a new grad nurse, ADN and BSN usually begin at about the same salary. I can also pretty much assume that perhaps your parents are going to make you feel bad because after all, they want to tell everyone that their child is going to the University of such and such, and not the inferior community college. Be your own person, stand proud and try to explain to your parents what everyone on here is telling you. I also am going to a community college, and I couldn't be more proud. I am saving a ton of money and in the end I will be a nurse. I can tell you have a heart because you mentioned wanting to help the less fortunate over seas. So- make the plans to get your BSN. There are many ways to get where you want to go in life. You are just taking a different route, but you will get there. Good luck and please have a heart to heart with your parents. They need to understand and they for sure need to get rid of the Ego.