Fast track nursing

  1. Hello!
    I'm a Nigerian graduate of computer science looking to switch over to the nursing career in either the US or Canada. I've always wanted to be a pediatrician as I love working with kids. However I wasn't admitted into the nursing program at university of my choice, instead I ended up studying Computer Science. I'm aware that I can do a Fast track/Accelerated BSN since I already have a Bachelors Degree but I'm not sure what the necessary steps may be. Can someone please help?
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  3. by   caliotter3
    First step is to find schools that have an ABSN program and look into their requirements, then choose the program that looks like it will best fit your needs. This is the same first step you would take if you were considering a BSN program, ASN program, or a diploma program, or for that matter, a higher degree in computer science. Good luck.
  4. by   Haymee
    Quote from caliotter3
    First step is to find schools that have an ABSN program and look into their requirements, then choose the program that looks like it will best fit your needs. This is the same first step you would take if you were considering a BSN program, ASN program, or a diploma program, or for that matter, a higher degree in computer science. Good luck.
    thank you!
    I already started looking up schools.
    Do I have to be a permanent resident and concerning prerequisites which I clearly don't have, how do I go about them please?
  5. by   Tacomaboy3
    Quote from Haymee
    thank you!
    I already started looking up schools.
    Do I have to be a permanent resident and concerning prerequisites which I clearly don't have, how do I go about them please?
    I'm not sure about the permanent residency part - you're better off contacting the programs you're interested in about that. For prerequisites, you simply apply to a school (community college is cheapest!) and register for the classes you need in order to apply to ABSN programs.
  6. by   FullGlass
    In addition to ABSN programs, there are also Direct Entry MSN programs for people with a non-nursing bachelor's degree. These MSN programs result in an RN and also typically a CNL (Clinical Nurse Leader) or CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) certification.

    To fulfill nursing school prereqs, there are a lot of online options. Most community colleges have online courses you can sign up for. In addition, many 4 year universities offer "Extension" programs with online classes which anyone in the world, literally, can sign up for. In California, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and all the other public universities in the state have such programs. The downside of this is that they are more expensive than community college.

    As others have noted, contact specific schools to ask about their international student policies and programs.

    Good luck.
  7. by   Haymee
    Thank you!

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