hi, delasoul, from one californian to another!
from reading your post i can tell you are a bit confused about what nursing school is and what it entails. ericenfermero has given you the best link on the schools in california and you should check it out. you are going to find most of the schools you listed on that list. you need to have a bsn before you can become a nurse practitioner of any specialty. i am giving you a couple of websites about nursing that you should also read. they have good information on them about what nursing is, the different levels of nurses and the education required for them. this will help un-confuse you and help you make your decisions. some schools are known to be educators in certain specialties of nursing as well, so you will also want to take that into account when you are ready to do your practitioner studies. but first, you need to get your bsn. that is job one. and i think you will probably will be able to do that at one of the uc schools. do not be discouraged by your gpa. still try to apply to these colleges and see what happens. the worst case scenario is that they can say "no". you can always try to "backdoor" into a uc college later on by transferring in from a community college with an even higher gpa that you earned there.
- "thinking about nursing school? consider your many options" from the college board.
- about nursing from webfeet.com
ps. it is true that i must take two years of pre-reqs before entering in any nursing program?
not necessarily. it depends on the specific program and what they require for pre-requisites. some programs admit you to their nursing program and then you proceed to take the pre-requisites. others, require you to take the pre-requisites and then apply for a place in the nursing program. they are all different.
pps. is it possible that i can enter a nursing (bs) program right when i enter college?
yes. it just depends on the college as i mentioned above and how they handle admission to their nursing program. you are more likely to finish a nursing program faster if you go directly into a bsn program since most students go the faster route, which is the adn degree. many students are only interested in becoming an rn and not in getting the baccalaureate degree along with it.
let me tell you what i was told many years ago when a was a youngster contemplating a career in nursing. rns are leaders and managers, not just nurses who take care of the sick--they direct those who take care of the sick. this is what a bsn is going to prepare you for. as a nurse practitioner you will have an even bigger role as a leader, educator and manager of both patients and your colleague nurses.
welcome to allnurses!