Im so glad to have found this lovely, supportive board to help me through my journey towards becoming a nurse! I'd really appreciate advice.
First, a bit about me (sorry to repeat for those of you who read my other post) - I am a 27 year old American who has been overseas for many years. I have been working in public health since I was 21 and currently run a big public health program in Papua New Guinea, where I live. I have a BA in Government from a university in Israel and a Masters from the UK. I've been so inspired by the work of the amazing nurses I've met in my last two postings (here and in Uganda), and I know that this is what I want to do.
I have some savings, and have about 14 months left on my current contract which I can extend. My job is very demanding but I do have some spare time in evenings and weekends. I'm single with no kids. I want to do an ABSN in the US, probably in the NYC / NJ area where I grew up. Im lucky to have really good undergrad grades (equivalent of 4.0).
I had no science courses at all in undergrad, and only economics focused statistics classes, so need to take all my pre reqs. I'm confused by the variety in pre requisites required by different nursing schools - how do you chose which ones you do? I've made a spreadsheet with all of my preferred schools and so many have courses that arent requested by the others, so I'm really feeling confused on which to prioritize. For example, Pace University is the only school requiring PSY 100, do I really dedicate whole semester of online study to that if its possible they will reject me?
Im planning on doing pre reqs all online (using JHU for the lab ones, as they have an online lab) over the next 18 months - 2 years. I really dont have an in-classroom option. I'll then apply to a schools one by one as I finish the required pre reqs. Has anyone done it this way, and if so have they been successful?
Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it.