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Hello. I am graduating with a degree in liberal arts next year at a two-year college but I am considering about a career in nursing. What should I do?

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Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Some people have posted in the General student discussion forum (under the student tab above) and also nursing careers.

Welcome and good luck

iPink, BSN, RN

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

Hello. I am graduating with a degree in liberal arts next year at a two-year college but I am considering about a career in nursing. What should I do?

Why don't you first look at your two-year college to see if they have a nursing program and find out their requirements. If you are looking at 4-year colleges to get a BSN, look at the requirements at colleges/universities about transfer credits into their program.

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HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

First step should be to contact your local nursing programs and analyze their requirements. You will undoubtedly have to take additional pre-requisite classes to qualify for admission. If you're still gung-ho, you should then make appointments with the nursing admission folks to talk about the process and gain a better understanding of the current reality. For instance, the eligibility requirements in school catalogues may list a minimum GPA, but due to the enormous demand for admission these days, the actual GPA of accepted students is waaaay higher.

It will be a long process, so gear yourself up for it. Many schools only admit once or twice a year. Good luck & best wishes for success.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

You should probably change your account name here and don't use your real name in your posts. This is an open internet site and it is unwise to be posting your real name on the internet.

Practice "safe computing."

Just trying to save you trouble later.


Specializes in ortho.

become a CNA so that you get experience and discover first hand whether or not you want to devote time and money to become a nurse. be advised that many new grads with BSNs are not getting jobs because of the recession.

I'm with above post all the way. I know several BSN RNs who can't land a job to save their lives.

Hey! So I graduated in 2007 with a degree in sociology.. worked in social work a couple years and realized it wasn't for me. Now I'm at Villanova in their BSN Express program where you can get your BSN in only 14 months.. after completing some pre-reqs. If you're serious about wanting to be a nurse you should look into a program like this. It's intense but not too bad. If you have any other questions let me know and I'll be happy to answer them!

i think liberal arts is also a good option for ur further studies....so just think about it....

hey did check any of the sites that will give u information regarding this.. i know a linkwww.liberalartscolleges.org...that will tell u for liberal arts and nursing option...

Not sure where you're located, but GHSU (formerly Medical College of Ga) has a 16 month pre-licensure MSN program. Requirements are at least a Bachelor's in another field and some prereqs. They look at GPA, GRE, experience--pretty much the typical stuff. I'm currently in the program and graduating December 2011; it is VERY accelerated but also great training. I love it, and I think I'll be pretty proud of myself when I get my diploma in hand! Good luck!

Here's the website: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/son/cnl.htm

I have a B.A. in English (2005), and after a few years of testing my mettle in restaurant kitchens (uh.. no), women's health activism, and caring for elderly family members, I decided to go for nursing. The job market isn't easy, of course, but getting some patient care experience will help you clarify your path and also make a nursing school application that much more attractive.

Volunteer if you can, or try working as HHA or CNA (both will require some training but many agencies will train-to-hire). The program I'm going into this fall is an A.A.S. (2 yr) RN, though I also looked at second degree accelerated BSN programs. Financially (and because I need to work while in school, which most accelerated programs recommend against) the community college was a better choice for me.

Another option (that I've tried without success) is to try and get an administrative/ clerical position in a hospital. Some hospitals offer tuition matching benefits, and you would be able to network with nurses on the job.

Good luck!