BA to BSN prerequisites

  1. Hello,
    I'm new on here. I have a bachelors degree and have been working as a vocational rehablitation counselor for the last 10 years. I've always been interested in being a nurse but had too many responsibilities to go thru with it. Well, I'm finally in a position where I can pursue my goal. I would like to apply for nusing programs next year but need to finish some pre-requisites. ere is where I have an issue. BIO 112 is already full at CCC and I need to take it this summer so that I can take BIO 231 in the fall, which is a must if I want to apply next year. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do to meet these pre-requisites? can this be taken online anywhere?
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    Joined: May '11; Posts: 18


  3. by   barleynhopsBSN
    Email the instructor before the first class and let him/her know that you want to add Bio 112 once there is room. Show up to class and introduce yourself to the instructor and be involved in the class. People always drop after the first class or two and then you will get in.
  4. by   Joyfull77
    You could always go to Portland State University, enroll as a post-bac and take the accelerated course during the summer, OR you can just take the regular course there in the fall. PSU suggests prerequisites for their A&P, but you don't need to have any to register...I was able to register for it with no problem. At the community colleges, you must do BI 112 or 211 and 212 or something like that before BI 231, but at PSU, you don't need these classes to register. However, you will need BI 112 for a Genetics requirement at some nursing schools.
  5. by   NurseToBe3
    At the community colleges you will need to take chem103 before taking bi112. Although the universities are more expensive, that might be your best bet if they dont have pre-reqs for A&P.
  6. by   BAtoBSN
    Thank you! you don't know how helpful this is. This can all be so confusing and when they add pre-reqs to the pre-reqs it can be such a lengthy process. to Joyfull 77, are you currently enrolled at PSU?

    Also, I'm just now starting this process and any tips regarding pre-reqs, where to buy books, or what to watch out for when applying for the nusing programs are all appreciated and welcomed. Once I'm done with the pre-reqs I'm interested in the accelerated bachelors or even the accelerated bachelors to masters OHSU program. But will also apply to CCC. thanks for any advice you can offer!
  7. by   BAtoBSN
    One more questions regarding PSU: The course numbering is different than at CCC, so which course did you take? Is it the A&P 301? Thanks!
  8. by   Joyfull77
    Yes, BI 301 and then of course BI 301L for lab...if go to nursing schools' websites for course equivalencies for prerequisites at different schools, it will show you there too.
  9. by   Joyfull77
    Oh, and no I'm not currently enrolled at PSU right now. I graduated from there but have been taking the rest of my prerequisites at PCC, but I'm probably going to go back to PSU to finish up, because like you said, its a long process to take the prerequisites that also have prerequisites!
  10. by   NurseToBe3
    Have you looked into Linfield? They also have an accelerated BSN program for students with a prior bachelors and they are slightly easier to get into (but more expensive- they do offer a TON of schollarship though). The pre-reqs can take quite a while to get through, but the CC's offer condensed 5 week classes over the summer. I ALWAYS buy my books online. Find out what book you need (they should have a list online or at the school bookstore) and then you can search by name or ISBN. I always check Amazon, ebay, and craigslist to compare. Also, most teacher will allow you to use an older edition (but always check first) and you will save the most money. Sorry to ramble! Hope this helps!
  11. by   BAtoBSN
    Thank you! I'll definetely check those cites for the books and will likely apply to linfield as well. I plan on applying on as many programs as possible "just in case". I'm super excited but nervous at the same time. This is going to be a huge sacrifice for my family. I'm married with two children and for a while I've been the one earning the most at home. I've been trying to save as much as we can so that whenever I start the nursing program we can survive on my husband's paycheck. But I just keep thinking that watching their mom realize her dream is more important for my children then having all the uneccesary toys. My husband is very supportive and that helps.
  12. by   NurseToBe3
    How old are your children? I have three also and my husband I are both students so I can sympathize with how you feel. We try to make a point of doing fun things with the kids at least once a week and make sure not to talk about school. They have gotten used to it, but they still ask pretty often when we will be done or why we always have to do homework. I start my nursing program in the fall, so at least I know there is eventually an end. Good luck!
  13. by   BAtoBSN
    My son is turning 8 this summer and my daughter is 5. I want to do this before they get much older because the older they get the more help they need with homeworks and stuff. good luck to you as well!
  14. by   NurseToBe3
    Ours are close! My son turns 8 in a few days and my girls are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. It's busy jugling everything, but it will be worth it in the end!