Question by Colleen: What colleges or universities have nursing programs that can be transferred into?
I am a second semester sophomore in college and I am currently an education major, however I’m looking to possibly transfer into nursing at another school because I cannot get into the nursing program at my university. I am wondering what colleges or universities have nursing programs that can be transferred into?
Answer by Gregg DesElms
Nursing is regulated/licensed in all fifty states; and each state has its own ways of doing things.
Some states will accept, as requisite for licensing, any Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree as long as it’s accredited by certain (or any “regional”) accreditor(s), no matter in which state. Others are very specific about which BSN programs they’ll accept… even if they are “regionally” accredited. For example, here in California, the state nursing board will accept distance learning programs from certain regionally-accredited colleges and/or universities, but not others (such as from the regionally-accredited Excelsior College in New York).
My point is that you shouldn’t be looking for just any BSN program out there. Instead, you should be looking for BSN programs which your state’s nursing board approves as requisite for licensure. Then, from THAT list, start looking for ones that will let you transfer in from a completely different kind of bachelors program.
Most BSN programs will let you transfer; it’s just that some may not allow you to be a second semester sophomore because you may not, at the point of transfer, have the same courses under your belt that second semester sophomores in BSN programs are supposed to have. Remember that getting a BSN is very much a “take courses in the right order” sort of thing. It’s not like virtually any other bachelors degree wherein you can kind of spread the courses out over the four years of the degree, taking them in almost any order (except for courses with pre-requisites). With a BSN, it’s very structured. So you may find yourself having to take additional courses to get yourself into the same place in the BSN program that you are right now.
You’ll also, no doubt, end-up taking more courses, when all is said and done, than a typical bachelors degree holder normally takes because some of the courses you’ve now completed simply won’t be applicable to the BSN. Be ready for that, too.
The other problem is that some BSN courses are different than identically-named courses which non-nursing majors take. So even if the BSN requires a certain chemistry course of a certain name, and even if you took one of that name in your non-nursing bachelors, you may find yourself having to take the BSN version because said version will approach the coursework like a nursing student, rather than like any ol’ kind of student. Be ready for that, as well.
What you want to do can be done, but just be aware that there will be some issues. And you’ll just have to do the work to find a BSN program which is both acceptable as requisite for licensure by your state, and which will also take you in as a transfer student.
Hope that helps!
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Question by Baffour-Awuah: How can I get a job as a nurse in Singapore? I just graduated from one of the universities in the Philippines.?
I am from Ghana and don’t have license yet and I’m not allowed to write the Philippines nursing license exam because foreigners are not allow to do so. How can I become an RN in Singapore?
Answer by Lori
You would need a license from the country you graduated in first.
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Question by Jess: Can you please list all of the colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that offer nursing as a major?
I’d like to go to college for nursing but I don’t want to leave PA. I get good grades and am involved in many activities, so I hope to go to a decent school. Thanks!!!
Answer by Emily M
Go to a site such as www.petersons.com or www.collegeboard.com and search on state=pennsylvania and nursing as a major. It will probably be listed in the health care section.
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Question by Jess J: What universities or college in Texas are know for their nursing programs?
Please help i have no idea where i want to go! if you have any suggestions,even if they are out of state….please help!!!
Answer by travelingman
One of the highest rated ADN courses is found at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena. An excellent diploma program is found at Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio, TX if they are still operating. There are also excellent programs at Baylor University, University of Texas (most branches), and there are some excellent regional centers as well. My alma mater the University of St. Thomas closed their doors in the 1980s or I would recommend it as a choice. The University of Texas Medical Center in Houston offers a BSN, MSN, and a Ph.D. in nursing science. My advise would be to check with local hospitals and ask for the nurse educator, s/he might be able to give you some insight into programs that meet your specific needs. I hope this helps you in your search.
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