Hello fellow nurses
I am currently a high school senior and wish to pursue nursing.
However, I cannot seem to understand with units I should/have to take for college.
I am planning on attending CSUEB or SFSU if that is any help.
I appreciate any advice, comment, etc.
If you have a high enough GPA, I say go straight to the 4- year BSN. Honestly, it's best to go straight to a 4-year nursing program right out of high school if you are in Northern California.
I heard from a cousin who went through SFSU's BSN program that they had to find their own clinical placements, not sure if that's the case now. It is best if the school helps in placing you. I don't know about the nursing program at CSUEB. Look at the NCLEX passing rates for these schools to help you determine where to go.
If finances are a concern, consider CSUEB since living in the East Bay versus in SF or even Daly City will be somewhat more affordable unless of course you have family near SF where you can stay with them.
From my personal experience and a few others here in California, doing your prereqs at a CC will put you at a disadvantage because 1) CSU's and UC's continue to add more and more required classes to take before you transfer and not all classes are available every semester at a CC, 2) GPA requirements for prereqs and especially core science classes also increase and 3) you are only accepted for transfer on a space available basis and admission to nursing schools here in California is fierce.
BTW, I passed the TEAS test after taking prereqs at my local community college to transfer but that was years ago. So i think it's more of a self-study/preparation thing.
Last edit by Mishey2 on Apr 8
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I just realized you still have to take the GE and prereq requirements at either CSUEB or SFSU before you can register for the nursing core classes. I was thinking it was like a straight 4-year BSN program. Do note that they give priority to students who enrolled and completed the GE and science prereqs
at their school (2 of my cousins did that).
If you go to a CC first to take prereq, to transfer over, they say will accept minimum 3.2 GPA but those who have 3.9 to 4.0 GPA are at the top of their waitlists. And even then, read some of the other threads here on AN, some were rejected because there's only so many open slots available after their own students are accepted into the nursing program.
I was waitlisted for 2 schools for 1.5 years, one was CSU Channel Islands where I was accepted, passed the TEAS but was offered very little in Federal student loans (since I already had another Bachelor's degree) and couldn't afford to take out private loans. I ended up finishing a BSN in a top accredited nursing school in another country and being licensed in that country, applied to sit for the NCLEX and now am reviewing for it.
The NCLEX is the national nursing licensure exam you will sit and take to be licensed as a nurse. You don't have to worry about that until your 4th year of college.
Good luck to you and your endeavors!
Last edit by Mishey2 on Apr 14
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