Career changing vet tech -- what course to take?

  1. I have been a certified vet tech for over five years now, but am wanting to learn more about medicine and have decided to go back to school to be a nurse. I have an associates degree in veterinary technology, but my credits will only transfer to one college in my State, which only offers a BSN which I cannot apply to yet. I've read up on all of the pre-requisites for BSNs, and I think a competitive entrance program is the best step for me to take.

    My question is-- is it best to enter the college that accepts my transfer credits from the associates degree, as a candidate for a Biology degree, and then transfer out after I've been accepted to another school's BSN? (post pre-reqs, of course) Or is there a more desired route for getting into the field? I don't want to wait 5 years to get accepted into a community college program, and since I know I would like to delve further into the technical aspects of the field, it sounds like a BSN is a wise investment? Yet I am still in the first steps of researching this....

    Any advice? I'd likely work as a CVT until I got my BSN...... Do I need an LPN or CNA? I have no clue!

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   Lennonninja
    I think the best thing to do would be for you to go to the schools in your area and make an advising appointment and find out what classes are needed and what your options are from there.

    I guess a lot of it depends on what schools are in your area or how far you're willing to drive to attend classes. I have a previous BA but I'm doing an ASN program at my local community college. It's very competitive to get in, but there's no waiting lists so if you have the grades/scores for the semester you've applied for, you'll be accepted.

    On a side note, I was a vet assistant for almost 4 years and I miss it so much! You'll find that a lot of what you already know from being a CVT is going to be very helpful!

    You don't need to get an LPN degree first, and as for CNA certification, that depends on what your local programs want. Mine doesn't require it.
  4. by   tfleuter
    Wow! How nice that there is a school that will accept your previous CVT credits! I worked as a vtech for a couple of years and was about 1/3 of the through the only certification program in my state before I decided I wanted to make the switch into nursing. No one would accept the credits. If I could have worked as tech while going to school I would have done so in a heartbeat! I do miss the work, animals and co-workers.

    I would also suggest setting up appointments with the schools in your area to get the exact information you need from each one. For myself, I decided to go for a competitive based BSN program at a state university. Since my credits didn't transfer, I was starting from scratch anyways, so I wanted the quickest and cheapest path to that BSN. In state tuition has been a big plus and if I am accepted to the program this fall I will have gotten into a nursing program w/out an insane amount of pre-reqs or a waiting list. Here's to hoping! Good luck in whatever you choose!!
  5. by   PBPointer
    I am a CVT that decided I wanted to go into nursing too.
    I have an AA and and AS in veterinary technology.
    The ONLY 3 classes that transfered over were english, chem
    and biology. I had to take everything else including algebra.
    It took me 2 years taking 2 classes at a time (I work too) to
    finish the pre reqs for the RN program, but I am now done.
    You are lucky if they transfer your credits.
    When I went to the university to talk about the BSN program
    they also would not transfer any of my vet tech classes.

    When I first started taking A&P class I thought it was going
    to be easy since I know a lot of animal anatomy. I was way
    wrong. It is much more detailed and difficult.

    However, I made it through all the classes and I am now
    ready for the nursing program in the fall.
    One last note. I am in the ASN/BSN concurrent progam
    and it will be very very difficult to work with that schedule.
    Start saving money now.
    Good luck
  6. by   Ginger's Mom
    I have a nursing student who is a vet tech and she is awesome, she is able to understand diseases due to her past experience, best of luck.

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