I recently changed my career path from pre-pharmacy to pre-nursing
I've done countless search engine checks and and been through numerous threads hoping to help shed some light on the next steps...until I realized I should just post my own question.
I graduated with a BS in pharmaceutical sciences with a mediocre 3.1 GPA and did 2 years of research in a pharmacology lab while working 2 jobs during undergrad. I also held some leadership positions for a club. I currently work full time at a biotech company as a lab tech (going on 2 years).
I'm currently working to get the core prerequisites for nursing completed (Anatomy, Physio, Micro) at a local CC. I hope I can end up with at least a 3.5 prereq GPA.
Ideally, I want to get into a ABSN/entry level MSN program in CA because I want my previous BS (plus the loans associated with it) to be worth something. However, I'm not opposed to an ADN and some programs do give extra points for having a BS degree. Plus at the end of the day all that matters is the NCLEX.
I'm worried, because ABSN and programs that require a prior bachelor degree don't weigh majors. Thus, a science/health degree doesn't have weigh more then a BA or any other degree. So I'm worried that, competition wise, my degree GPA doesn't outshine a non-health/science with a 3.5+ GPA.
Added with the fact that I don't have any past clinical/volunteer patient experience, I feel like I have no shot.
I've spoken to a nursing counselor for a CSU, and she kind of validated that, yes, the previous bachelors is considered a minimum requirement so the major doesn't matter.
So I guess I wanted to know if anyone had any experiences choosing which path is better after receiving a degree. Do I even have a shot? Or if anyone can tell me if there really is a hiring disposition based on what level nursing degree one graduates with after becoming an RN.