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I don't even know where to start but I hope someone can help me. I have been thinking of getting a nursing degree for quite some time now but never did anything about it. Well, now I feel like I'm ready to do this even though I am a little scared. I'm 34 and haven't been in school forever. Anyway, my husband is in the Army and we are currently stationed in Korea therefore no schools around me I can go to get my degree. I would like to start now (we still have about a year left here) but can't find any schools that offer online programs mainly I guess because of all the clinicals. A friend of mine told me to find a school that is going to be close to our next dutystation in Kansas and figure out what courses I can start taking somewhere (I don't even know where to look) online. Unfortunately, we'll only be in KS for one year and than we'll be moving AGAIN. We won't know where we'll be going after KS until probably at least another 18 months from now, so I can't contact a school as I don't even know where we'll be.

Can anyone guide me in the right direction and tell me what I can do or is it hopeless to start a degree in nursing having to move constantly?

Thank you.

Silverdragon102, BSN

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Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

Hi and welcome to the site

i have moved this to the nursing careers advice forum where hopefully you will get some answers. Good luck


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I would pick a community college and start taking online courses. Start with the general ed courses that are required for a degree. All schools require Freshman English. Look at their listed prerequisites for their RN program and start getting these courses done. Save the science courses for last, since these usually have time limits of three, five, or seven years and you may have to do some searching for online courses that have a lab component. Since you don't know where you will be from year to year, you might as well choose the community college that is near your home town or that of your husband or close to the place where you would settle if he were to get discharged tomorrow. Or alternatively, you might look for a community college that appears to have plenty of online course offerings.


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I was going to say almost exactly what caliotter3 just said. All nursing programs have prerequisites (like English, Algebra, Psychology and so on) that you could go ahead and get out of the way. You didn't mention whether you have already taken any of those courses, but if not then that is definitely the best place to start.

I moved to KS from Virginia 3.5 years ago and just graduated with my RN. It took me a while to figure out how to get started, too. Good luck!

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