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Out of State Applicant applying to Southern CA Nursing Schools?

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As the title reads, I am currently living out of state in Chicago, IL and will be moving to the Thousand Oaks area come Spring. I am finishing up the last of my nursing requisites but am faced with the anxiety of how well courses transfer over from out of state.

Has anyone else gone through this before?

I have all the basics pre-reqs A & P 1 and 2, 4.0 in both

Microbiology 4.0

Speech 4.0

English 4.0

Psych 4.0

and healthcare experience, and all that jazz.

The schools I'm more specifically am looking at are College of the Canyons, Antelope Valley, Moorpark, Pierce, Glendale, and LACC.

I've contacted the nursing departments and all of them told me to have an appointment made once I move, but the anxiety of not knowing a possible outcome is driving me mad!

I just want to know if anyone else has made this transition from out of state, and how it went for them.

Thanks guys!

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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To increase your chances, you may also wish to add Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College and Santa Monica City College to that list.

Generally speaking, nursing programs in southern CA tend to be far more impacted than most other states, so a 4.0 grade point average and solid entrance exam scores is still no guarantee of acceptance due to the sheer volume of applicants. Good luck to you.

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I would have to ask you: What drives you to move to the state where nursing schools are turning down aspiring student nurses? I'm sure that your state has competitive nursing programs that you may qualify for with your current pre requisites; In California, many of your classes may not transfer at a community college level so you must contact a cc representative to do the conversion. ex. some states, a statistic course may only be a 3 unit course and in California it must be 4-5 units so no transfer. Another issue you may encounter is that of out-of-state tuition, unless you are Military member or spouse, it may take upwards of 6 months to become a Cal resident. Im not trying to discourage you, but the Mid-West may actually be a better place for you to become a nurse than SOCAL, Good luck with your ventures..

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Hi! Thank you for response.

To answer your initial question, I am moving out there because my fiancé currently relocated there and I wasn't able to follow just yet, but it was always apart of my plans to get out there before even doing nursing school, it just happened a little later in the game /:

Secondly, I did talk to a few other advisors and so far the credit hours are equivalent in the courses so I guess it's just going to come down to material covered in an evaluation, which is what I'm most anxious about.

And yeah, out of state tuition is gonna be a pain.. but if it comes down to only that being my issue then I'll take it, haha.

I just need out of the midwest, and fast. I wanted to so badly move there this year to have all those courses done out there, but unfortunately I couldn't. I just hope my translation goes decently /:

thank you again, though! I appreciate it so much

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I see your mind is set!!! hahaha, now its all about making it work. Start sending applications to everywhere and i mean everywhere and see where you stand. Wish you the best on your quest.

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Apply to Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health - because your GPA is so high, they are bound to accept you immediately! :yes:

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If my memory serves me right, is that school the one that requires you to be a resident for a year? If not, then it'll definitely be my first choice but I'm only moving in May ): so it wouldn't be a full year.:(

Apply to Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health - because your GPA is so high, they are bound to accept you immediately! :yes:

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Your move is necessary regardless, but be realistic by keeping in mind that every application period, these schools turn away qualified applicant after qualified applicant. You might want to develop your Plan B.

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Your move is necessary regardless, but be realistic by keeping in mind that every application period, these schools turn away qualified applicant after qualified applicant. You might want to develop your Plan B.

I don't know why I was just now notified of this post, so I'm sorry!

But I did have a question - where would I even begin with a plan B?

I'm so unfamiliar with the area other than what I'm able to find on my short trips out there right now from Chicago. Would plan B be something along the lines of a private school?

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