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Regarding a BSN, I thought well I don't know if this is how it works but my teacher told me that the prerequisites are completed within the four year degree, leaving only two years left for the BSN degree. Is this true? Or is it actually two years of prerequisites and then the 4 year degree?

I am a high school student looking to get into a nursing school in Texas.

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Liz’s Answer

Hi Justin great question!!

From my experience:

Some colleges offer a BSN Program
If this is the case then the pre-requisites to met qualifications to enter into the Nursing Program need to be done prior to beginning the Program.

For example:
English 101 (entry Level)
Math 101 (Entry Level)
Etc.

There is usually a list of courses that need to be completed prior to entrance into the Program online or speaking with a counselor at the school you are interested in.

Then, when you get into the program there are additional courses that also (outside of the specific Nursing Program Courses) that need to be completed.

This courses can be taken in conjunction to Nursing Program Courses, or can be completed prior to the entrance of the nursing program.

For Example:
Sociology
Public Speaking
Etc.



It is a little confusing, but hope this helps answer your question.
I would recommend speaking with an Educational Counselor to map out your specific education plan.

Good Luck with everything and wish you the best
Liz Anderson
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the help. Justin
Thank you comment icon You are welcome Liz Anderson RN, BSN, PHN
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Joshua’s Answer

It varies a lot by school. Four years total. 2 year prerequisites + 2 years nursing intensive is used by many(2+2). Some transfer programs do 3+2. Some regular programs have a 3yr option. I did a 1yr post-BS program (basically 4+1.2). Some programs integrate the entire curriculum and start you off early with clinicals and nursing courses. Associates can be a 1+1 or 2+1, or mixed. One year diploma programs still exist too.

I would advise going to a school where you get into the RN program at the start, as some make you apply after 2 yrs in. Avoid for-profit programs. Personally I like early clinical exposure and elective opportunities. Check test pass rates too. Always thought 3yr BSN looked like a good idea, you learn most stuff on the job anyway.
Thank you comment icon So since I am a junior in high school right now, when I graduate and am about to go to college will I be applying for just the prerequisites or do I apply for the bsn? Also thanks that really helped. Justin
Thank you comment icon It depends on the school. Some schools let you in for just prereqs and make you apply for the BSN after 2 yrs, some let you in to the whole program at the start. I would highly recommend going to a college where you don’t have to re-apply, and get in at the start. Joshua Clark
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Chrè M.’s Answer

I worked at a major nursing school in Texas for several years. Their BSN program was a 2 + 2, and while that is not the only route to go, it is more common than it used to be. Bridge programs were at one time the norm, but it is more common now to go directly to BSN with 2 years of prerequisites and 2 years in the nursing program. I do recommend trying to start at the college you want to finish with. Not that it would be impossible to transfer from a community college or another college, but Nursing schools are pretty competitive and structured such that students from that school will get preference.
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