I started back in July of 2012 on the pre-requisites for various schools as we were not sure where we would be living. I was scared at first so I started with one accelerated summer class and put my everything into that class. It was the class to test the waters and see how I would do going back to school. Truth be told; I did better with that class than any other time in my academic history. I blame it on growing up a little, being so focused on wanting to be a nurse, realizing this is what I truly wanted and wasn't about to settle for the easy road.
These are the classes I had already completed before my first career that counted towards nursing (though I'd argue every class I've ever taken can somehow make me a better nurse and/or individual);
- English 1 or Composition 1
- English 2 or Composition 2
- General Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- College Chemistry 1
- College Chemistry 2
- AP Statistics
Classes that I have completed since switching to Nursing in order of completion;
- Human Nutrition
- Interpersonal Communication
- Anatomy and Physiology 1
- Developmental Psychology
- Anatomy and Physiology 2
- College Algebra
- Medical Terminology
- Chemistry (2nd class for a refresher since I took my last college chemistry in high school)
- College Math
I chose to take two extra classes this past fall semester; World Religions and College Math to obtain my Associates of Arts degree though I didn't need it for the nursing application. After graduating with a AA degree in December and finishing all the pre-requisites I still had work to do for the nursing applications.
The next step was the TEAS V Nursing Entrance Exam as it's required for many nursing schools and all the ones I was applying to. It includes sections on: Reading, Math, Science and English. All of which are supposed to be learned in the pre-requisites and simply be review. It's no surprise I got 99% in Science and Math as that's mainly what I've been taking the past few years. However English and Reading were in the 20's and 40's %. Needless to say I studied and retook the exam which did help but English grammar still is not my strong suit.
Finally by February 1 I sent all five applications out to the perspective schools and waited... Until a few weeks ago when I got a call while walking the dog in the park and did a three foot jump and started crying as she told me I'd been admitted to a dual partnership RN-BSN program of which the campus is about five minutes from our new home. In which I audibly said upon hanging up the phone "Thank you Lord" and realized I could not of done this without him and the support of my husband. Andrew has supported me and kept me on track many times along this path.
On May 1, I will attend Nursing school orientation to learn how
humbling it will be everything works!