I looked up all the colleges nearby that had a nursing program and what the requirements were for each school. Initially, I wanted to pursue my BSN from the state university that I am currently in but I did not have all the credentials to enroll since I was out of high school for over seven years.
I applied to a community college and registered for all the prerequisites that were required to apply for the nursing program. I took anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and algebra. I applied to the community college’s nursing program as well as the state university’s nursing program.
For the community college, I had to prepare for the TEAS but there was no admission exam required for the state university’s nursing program except that you needed a GPA of 3.0 or above and a minimum of 12 college credits. While I was still preparing for the TEAS, I got an acceptance letter from the state university. If I had gone with the community college, I would have graduated with my ADN in four semesters whereas with the state university I would be graduating with my BSN in five semesters. So it was a no-brainer for me to pick the state university because I did not have to go through with the TEAS and also it was my first choice for the nursing program.
But I am continuing to complete some of the general education courses over the 4-week summer classes so that is how I am able to meet my goal of skipping an entire semester and finishing early. It is very much doable so as long as you stay organized and study daily.
Here are a few tips on how YOU can get into nursing school:
- You must be a high school graduate.
- Research what school you want to get into and look at their NCLEX passing rate.
- Find out the deadlines for application and their admission requirements.
- Nursing school can be pretty expensive so pick a school that is going to be affordable and also look into your paying options. Click on the link to read how I have been affording nursing school so far https://mommystudious.com/2020/08/12/affording-nursing-school-without-taking-out-loans/
- Make sure to apply early because it is a competitive program and if admission exam is required be sure to prepare ahead of time.
- Lastly, believe in yourself and do not give up. The destination may be the same for everyone but the path is different. You will reach your goal at your own time and pace.
Feel free to leave a comment below and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!