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I've been accepted into the RN to BSN program and have an expected start date in August. I'm still trying to understand how the courses work and how to lay them out so that I can take them efficiently without missing a term. I won't be working this fall so I expect to take on a FULL load! Hopefully I will have an RN job by 2015 so I will of course lighten up my load when it's time. This is where I need your guys' help!!

Transferred/Completed Courses:

A&P 1

A&P 2

Microbiology

Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Art Appreciation

College Algebra

Composition 1

General Courses Left:

Sociology

US History Prior to 1865

US History After 1865

US Govt

TX Govt

Statistics (Note: I took this, withdrew the first time because I accidentally enrolled into an accelerated course. Took it a second time and passed with an A - UTA did not transfer this in and only looked at the first Statistics course... this happen to anyone else??)

Composition 2

Another Literature Course (Any suggestions here??)

Technical Writing

Upper Division Elective (Suggestions?)

Upper Division Nursing (Suggestions?)

And of course the rest of the Nursing Courses

What courses would work well together and what ones will need to be taken with a lighter load? My strengths are Math/Science subjects. I'm about average at writing. I'm okay at history/government (not looking forward to those classes... and theres FOUR I have to take!)

P.S. I'm sure this question gets asked A LOT! I tried searching it and it seemed like a lot of the posts were older.

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Email your academic advisor about the statistics class. They tried to tell me I needed to take College Algebra again but I sent them an email with the description of the class I took compared to their class (which was pretty much identical) and they accepted it. It's worth a shot! Especially if you don't have to take stats again. lol

TX Gov is easy but boring. You can take Medical Terminology for an elective. If you are working, do Co-Operative Work Experience for the other class. If not, I think the other option is Legacy of the Family. As for literature, they only offer a couple of classes for the RN-BSN program. British Lit and World Lit for sure. I am stuck with British Lit this fall.

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RunHeatherRun, you are literally the best! I emailed my advisor regarding my Stats course I previously took and they took the credits! Woot! One less class I have to complete. Last night, I actually sat down and figured out how UTA works as far as their class scheduling... and laid out the order of courses that I should take them in and what to take them with. I'll post it at a later time when I have more time to type it up (it's long!).

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Yes! That is awesome news. No one wants to take stats twice. I am super stoked for you!

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FNPhereIcome has 9 years experience and specializes in Pre-hospital, ER, ICU and PACU.

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tortor09-

I would love to see your plan of action! I am still waiting to find out what classes I need to take (applied June 2nd). I am planning to start Aug. I will be looking for a study buddy. Please email me directly at medicmom07874@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks!

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FNPhereIcome has 9 years experience and specializes in Pre-hospital, ER, ICU and PACU.

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RunHeatherRun-

I see you are from Northern CA - me too. Are you doing the UTA program? I would love to hear about your experience and am looking for a study buddy. Please email me at medicmom07874@sbcglobal.net

Thanks!

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FNPHereICome - There is a Facebook group for the fall AP RN TO BSN students. I've deactivated my Facebook otherwise I would tell you the exact name of the group.

Here is my course plan of action as of now:

Fall 2014

8/18 to 10/10 - ENGL 1302 (8 wks) 3 credits

8/18 to 10/10 BIOL 3309 (8 wks) 3 credits

11/3 to 12/5 ENGL 2338 (5 wks) 3 credits

11/3 to 2/13 NURS 3645 (10 wks) 6 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 15

TOTAL TUITION : 3054

Spring 2015 - taking two 8 wk courses and three 5 week courses (dates approximate)

1/20 to 2/? - Older Adult (5 wks) 3 credits

1/27 to 3/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

3/3 to 4/? - Health Promotion (5 wks) 3 credits

3/17 to 5/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

3/31 to 5/? - Legacy of the Family (5 wks) 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 15

TOTAL TUITION: 3321

SUMMER 2015 - taking one 5 week course (dates approximate)

6/8 to 7/? - Health Assessment (5 wks) 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 3

TOTAL TUITION: 771

FALL 2015 - taking three 5 week courses and one 8 week course

8/? to 9/? - Research (5 wks) 3 credits

9/? to 10/? - Mgmt (5 wks) 3 credits

10/? to 12/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

11/? to 12/? - Vulnerable Populations (5 wks) 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS - 12

TOTAL TUITION - 2817

SPRING 2016 - three 8 wk courses and one 5 wk course

1/? to 3/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

1/? to 3/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

3/? to 5/? - General* (8 wks) 3 credits

4/? to 5/? - Capstone (5 wks) 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 12

TOTAL TUITION: 2283

*General Courses choices: Sociology, US History I, US History II, US Gov't, TX Gov't, English Elective. I will be choosing these as I go throughout the program.

I spent A LOT of time trying to figure out the patterns for UTA's courses and there is a pattern. I would suggest setting up your schedule before hand so that you don't end up taking a longer time in completing the degree program. Total tuition for me will be approximately $12,246 and that's with A LOT of extra courses that did not transfer in. It's not too much more than the $9k that was advertised by UTA (which was only nursing courses and nursing electives).

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If anyone is planning to take any of these classes at the same time as I am, please feel free to send me a message to connect! I would not mind having an accountability partner!

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Do you want to take two years to finish this course? Everyone has their own pace, and if that works for you, then by all means it's the path that's best, but you can stack the classes to finish them more quickly. The courses you do not want to stack are Health Assessment, Nursing Research, and Capstone (which I believe can only be taken with a general, not nursing, elective). As you mentioned earlier that writing is not your strongest suit, those three courses are as writing intensive as you will have likely experienced up to this point, and you want to pass, so taking those by their lonesomes is a good idea.

For electives:

Medical Terminology - you can take this one in your sleep if you have ever taken a terminology course in the past.

Nursing Co-Op I - requires a little more effort, but you won't kill yourself here either and it's pass/fail, so aim to pass.

As for Math/Science, you're not really going to stretch those skills in any of the classes as they are more focused on the practice of nursing, philosophy of nursing, assessment, and management rather than any of the fundamental science of nursing (that's what those prerequisites were for). Good luck.

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Well, I already have it set up so that I am a full time student and will likely be working full time.. I have not seen many discussions where people share their prospective schedules or their old course schedules. I've paired up each nursing course with one general course - so that it would be easy to handle if I am working full time.

However if you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them.

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TortorRn,

are you done taking 3645?

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In regards to the Nursing co-op, I just started this class yesterday. I am struggling to find S.M.A.R.T. goals for evidence based practice, professionalism, and team dynamics without feeling like I am gathering it straight from the one example provided. Am I overthinking here? Any tips would be appreciated!

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