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Please help me find a nursing school in Philly

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hello, i am looking for some advice on nursing schools in philly. i have been looking in to ccp and temple's episcopal program but they want somewhat different pre-req's. i have heard how difficult it is to get into a program and i really dont want to limit myself to applying for just one when the time comes. i have tried calling both of the school's but it seems like they dont want to help you with much until you have at least applied.

should i take what i need to get into ccp's program and then if i dont just continue to take the other classes i will need to get into the other schools then apply there and hope?

finally, where did you go, what was good and what was bad. anything i should look out for? i would like to go right for my rn but will do lpn first if it seems to be the best option.

thank you in advance!

megan

How about Temple University BSN? I can answer any questions for you about it here.

Well it depends on what you have already taken, if anything. There are approximately 10 schools in the philly area. Here are some off the top of my head: CCP, Jefferson, Drexel, Penn, Temple, Gwenned-mercy, Widener, Rutgers, Vilalnove, LaSalle, Neumann, and Methodist.

Each of these has different programs, so I need to know what you have already done, and what kind of program you want

Thanks both of you for answering, I have a Associates Degree, from that i have the basics, 3 english courses, a sociology course, algebra (math is not my best subject so i had to retake it in college, we only needed 2 maths and accounting was my second) i wasnt required to take any sciences with my major while in college, with high school i took a earth science, biology, and astronomy. and since we only needed to take 3 i ended there. i took a business math 1 and 2 and fulfilled my math requirements with those. then i had my history and english courses.

i know i will have to take a ton of math and science courses for my pre-req's.

i dont think i will be going for my bsn, at least not right away. i was hoping to go for my RN right away, but i would consider my LPN first if it seemed like the option that made more sense.

i would also like to find a school either in the center city/ northeast/ west oak lane/ close mont. county area. i do drive, but would prefer to take the subway if i was going into the city.

i have looked at the websites of CCP, temples episcople school, roxborough, thomas jefferson, frankford and abington hospitals schools.

i guess i just need to know if how i am thinking i should approach things is the right way. do i do all the pre-reqs that the school wants then apply? and if one doesnt take me do i just go back and do the rest that the other school wants and then apply to there? or should i just do everything that they all could want and get them all out of the way? its just confusing knowing what credits will transfer and what i will need. i know i am going to go to CCP for my pre-reqs (and apply there for nursing first)

i just like to have a plan maped out in my head (even though the best laid plans can fail!) so thanks once again for anything else you can give me with this other information!

Megan

Thanks both of you for answering, I have a Associates Degree, from that i have the basics, 3 english courses, a sociology course, algebra (math is not my best subject so i had to retake it in college, we only needed 2 maths and accounting was my second) i wasnt required to take any sciences with my major while in college, with high school i took a earth science, biology, and astronomy. and since we only needed to take 3 i ended there. i took a business math 1 and 2 and fulfilled my math requirements with those. then i had my history and english courses.

i know i will have to take a ton of math and science courses for my pre-req's.

i dont think i will be going for my bsn, at least not right away. i was hoping to go for my RN right away, but i would consider my LPN first if it seemed like the option that made more sense.

i would also like to find a school either in the center city/ northeast/ west oak lane/ close mont. county area. i do drive, but would prefer to take the subway if i was going into the city.

i have looked at the websites of CCP, temples episcople school, roxborough, thomas jefferson, frankford and abington hospitals schools.

i guess i just need to know if how i am thinking i should approach things is the right way. do i do all the pre-reqs that the school wants then apply? and if one doesnt take me do i just go back and do the rest that the other school wants and then apply to there? or should i just do everything that they all could want and get them all out of the way? its just confusing knowing what credits will transfer and what i will need. i know i am going to go to CCP for my pre-reqs (and apply there for nursing first)

i just like to have a plan maped out in my head (even though the best laid plans can fail!) so thanks once again for anything else you can give me with this other information!

Megan

Hey,

Well first of all you probably don't need anything beyond algebra for nursing. Maybe pre-calc, but that shouldn't be a main concern.

As far as I know the classes you absolutely need are anatomy and physiology, chem 1 (maybe 2)and lab, Nutrition, and Microbio and lab.

However, these were the requirements for most of the Bachelor's Rn programs I looked at. I think these would also be necessary for the community college or Associate nursing programs, but I'm not sure.

I would go ahead and take the classes I mentioned while gathering up a list of maybe 3-4 schools/programs you want to apply to. Call each one or look at their website to find out their requirements. That way if one school randomly wants you to take a psychology class, you can take that in the semester before the program begins, but you will have most if not all of the requirements done. Yes, you should apply to all of the schools at the same time. Also keep in mind that almost every program lets you apply without all of the requirements complete. There shouldn't be more than one or two "random" requirement classes anyway.

Ask anymore questions, I am glad to help!

Thank you, i didnt know that you could apply before you had all your pre-reqs done. now that i have a better idea of how the programs work, i can give them all another call with more specific questions, rather than the "uh hi i want to go to nursing school" like i did before.

i am in the process of filling out my application to CCP so i guess i am on my way!

Megan

Hi everyone! I have decided to enter the nursing program at Temple Episcopal.

I think it's great that there is actually a program that can be completed on a part-time evening/weekend basis. :)

You may want to look into this program, also. Especially if you're working a full-time job.

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