I am currently enrolled in a 4 year university and I am considering transferring to a community college. I started out as a freshman with the intentions of becoming a nursing major but I allowed myself to get discouraged by the science courses, therefore leading me to another major. Now approaching my junior year with a major I hate, I am having a lot of regret. It is too late to switch to nursing at my current school (I go to a private school and it would be expensive to have to stay at least 3 more years). Would it be a smart option to start in the fall at a community college as a nursing major? I looked into accelerated BSN programs but I just don't think I have it in me to continue college, knowing that at the end of my program I won't be a nurse. I welcome any advice! Thank you!
Jul 16, '12
I would speak to an advisor at the community college that you are considering.
Jul 16, '12
I was enrolled in a public 4 year college but transferred to a community college (I was given little choice). Here are the pros and cons of transferring.
Cheaper, slightly less coursework (no management classes), easier to get into (most cases), easy to do an RN to BSN or MSN program after you get your license, may have second career students as classmates who are willing to work harder
Depending on your area may be harder to find a job, less likely to get promoted, some schools give admission preference to people who already attend the school, you are familiar with the grounds, you probably already know somebody in the program at your current school
Jul 17, '12
I agree with caliotter. Talk to an advisor. To add a few thoughts. True, many areas are pushing for BSN prepared nurses, but the ADN nurse isn't totally our yet, but of course like the previous poster said that can be heavily influenced by your area. In a CC you will more than likely have a smaller class size, and as a side note I am in a ADN student who just got out of school for the summer, for a few weeks, and all of my class is scheduled to take NUR 210 and NUR 212 in the fall, and the name of the latter class is leadership and management, just saying.
Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Jul 17, '12
Jul 17, '12
[FONT=arial black]Hello, I have a question. I am enrolled in a nursing school here in Texas and am waiting for my clearance from the BON before I can actually start. I have a Felony charge for Criminal Mischeif (for keying a car, i know STUPID) its been over 6 1/2 yrs ago. I wrote into the BON in April and still have not received an answer its the middle of July!!! Im just wondering if anyone has been through this or knows anything about it. I know they do case by case and I've been reading up on everything so I know how it works, Im just curious if anyone has had the same "crime" and was approved by the BON. Im having so many sleepless nights and just praying for the best. I plan on doing a non-disclosure but unable to do it at this time. Looking forward to the feedback. Thanks everyone!
Jul 17, '12
I have friends that have transferred from the local 4-year university to my community college for a variety of reasons and I haven't spoken to one that has regretted it. A good friend of mine did not like the large university environment and is getting ready to graduate from my school's LPN program in about a week and a half. Then she has every intention of doing the transition program to get her ASN and become an RN. She's not going to stop there but rather has every intention of pursuing advanced practice nursing.
As alyiana stated, there are a lot of options to get your BSN or MSN eventually and many of those can be done almost exclusively online (outside of a preceptorship). Don't keep going down the same road because it's the one you know. There's nothing wrong with changing paths and doing the best thing for you. Absolutely talk to an advisor and see where you stand in relation to pursuing an associate's degree. It certainly never hurts to get the information!
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