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How can I finish college earlier than normal for a nurse?

I’m a freshman in high school and I really want to have my career planned out this year so I can start taking classes I need for the career I’m choosing and get the credits for them. #high-school #careers #career #medicine #nurse


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Sidney’s Answer

Hello Brooklin,

That’s a great question that’s not asked often enough.

First off you have to develop a plan. Without a plan or clear career path you may get caught up in the system taking many non related courses. Talk with a guidance counselor and set out a curriculum plan that’s efficient and achieves results.

Most Bachelor programs require 120 credit hours. The cost is based upon each credit hour. Some schools lose sight of the student and focus on the revenue that student generates. In other words you want to graduate to with credits as close to the 120 as possible. I know many folks I went to school with that ended up with almost 200 credit hours and no degree to show.

Lastly look into test programs like CLEP and Dante’s these options offer students the ability to test out of their non core curriculum and electives for a fraction of the cost and time. By doing this it is possible to enter college as a junior

Some institutions limit or do not accept these credits. So again, work with a student counselor to determine what is in your best interest.

All the best to you.

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Jami’s Answer

You could talk to a counselor at the college you plan to attend and ask if any credits from high school can transfer over. Some high schools offer AP classes so you might be able to get some prerequisites done while you are in high school still. If that does not work then taking summer classes while you are in college could also help you finish quicker.

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Paula’s Answer

Hello Brooklin,

Great question! You can try to start taking college classes while you are in high school. You can get your basic classes that are needed as a prerequisite such as English, math, and science classes. You can then apply to an accelerated nursing program. Typically nursing programs are 2 years, but an accelerated program is 18 months. I hope this helps. Good luck! - Paula

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Dakayla’s Answer

Hello Brooklin. You could finish college sooner by taking college courses in high school. You could also consider taking college courses during the summer semesters while in college.

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