How long does it take to get an Associates Degree in Nursing? – page 3
If I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this – there are no shortcuts and no easy ways to get ahead.
I had an interview at a vocational/technical school here (San Diego) a few weeks ago. I had just turned 28 and was feeling a bit antsy to jump on on my nursing degree and get somewhere fast. The thought of waiting lists, prerequisites and critical gpa’s made me very nervous. I thought there must be a better way. But when the sales rep. (and boy was she. ) from Concorde sat down with me, I realized what a horrible choice I was being presented with. For over thirty thousand dollars I could have obtained my LVN certification in one year, which would allow me to apply to a 1.5 year LVN to RN program. The short length was tempting, but at what price? After doing my homework and having a major reality check, I’ve decided to harness my existing bachelor’s degree and start the prereq’s for an accelerated BSN program here. The lesson I learned is what I stated above. just do the work, don’t focus on the time – for me, I can not imagine what I could do with the next three years of my life that would set me up for any greater sucess.
ADN programs are extremely competitive so be sure to pass all your prereq with above average grades
Here in Wisconsin’s Technical colleges (community college) it takes 4 semesters to get an ADN-RN. There are no pre-reqs for most people who graduated from high school. There are sixteen technical colleges in Wisconsin. All of them have nursing programs. Waiting lists are from none to 5 years depending on what school you want to go to. The one I went to claimed they had a one year waiting list but in realiety there wasn’t one. All the programs are pretty much the same. All of the non nursing classes (except for micro and A P I II) and quite a few of the nursing classes can be taken online and will transfer to any other technical college in Wisconsin no questions asked. They are also very liberal in allowing classed done at other schools.
Here is the web site for one school’s nursing program. They are all pretty much the same. Some schools also have a part time, evening and weekend program for those who must continue to work full time while in nursing school.