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Where should I go for nursing?

co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
I was admitted to UC Irvine for Biology major, instead of nursing, and I was also admitted to CSULB (Cal State Long Beach) for pre-nursing major. I'm still waiting on Fullerton's waitlist offer right now. If I was rejected from Fullerton (this is my last chance to a direct-admit nursing program), should I go to UC Irvine as bio major and change my majors after I finish my pre-reqs, or should I go to Long Beach for their pre-nursing major?
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Replies to: Where should I go for nursing?

  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Please give me as much advice as possible!!!
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Gumbymom could you give me some advice
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Banker1 could you also give me some advice
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,619 Forum Champion
    Here is information for UCI and changing into the Nursing major.

    http://www.nursing.uci.edu/PDFs/freshman-admissions/freshman-yes-uci-no-nursing.pdf

    Fall 2018 transfer applicants: 98
    Fall 2018 transfer admissions: 17 (17% admitted)
    Average cumulative GPA: 3.79
    Cumulative GPA range of admissions: 3.49 – 4.00

    CSULB Pre-Nursing to Nursing information:
    http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/nursing/docs/FAQ09-20-16.pdf

    http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/nursing/studentinfo/documents/Pre-NrsgDegreeProgressAdvisingGuidelinesRevSP18.pdf

    I cannot find any 2017 data for Nursing school applicants for CSULB but here is data from 2016 and back:
    https://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/nursing/docs/PoolStatsSpring2016initial.pdf

    Just remember that Pre-Nursing at CSULB does not guarantee you a spot and either does being a UCI undergrad.
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Gumbymom I have three options right now so far.
    1. CSUF - get admission as a direct admit (certain)
    2. UCI - go in as bio then change majors (not certain)
    3. CSULB - go in as pre-nursing then reapply (not certain)
    4. Go to community college and transfer to nursing BSN programs

    what do you think is the best option for me right now?
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,619 Forum Champion
    Go for the direct admit if accepted off the waitlist since the other 3 options are not guaranteed.
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Gumbymom Opps!! I meant to add which is the best option if I didn't get off the waitlist. thank you so much for the reply!
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,619 Forum Champion
    The best option if not admitted off the waitlist would be really up to you. You need to decide where you can get a competitive GPA and nursing experience if you plan to transfer. Community college might the easiest option but getting courses can be difficult due to overcrowding.

    There is one other option and that is to take a Gap year and reapply to a wider variety of Nursing programs especially out of state. Arizona state has a very good direct admit Nursing program and so do some of the Oregon and Washington schools. @Banker1 could probably help you find a wider range of schools in which to apply.
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Gumbymom Thank you so much for your advices!! :) and @Banker1 any advice would be greatly appreciated! :)
  • Banker1Banker1 Registered User Posts: 763 Member
    I think you've done a good job of summarizing your options. One more option that you haven't listed is
    5. Take a Gap year and apply more broadly even OOS to direct entry nursing schools as an incoming freshman F2019.

    During your gap you could volunteer at hospitals, work, travel. I can tell you about the schools where we applied this year and what we've found out especially during visits. But I don't necessarily think that option is best for you.

    Do everything you can to show CSUF that you are interested and ready to accept that offer should you come off the waitlist there. Visit CSULB and inquire about the pre-Nursing program and your realistic chances of later being admitted into their program. You could do the same for UCI (the acceptance rate for transfer students provided above doesn't look insurmountable.

  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @Banker1 @Gumbymom Hello! thank you both for giving me advices. I just got rejected from Fullerton :(

    I did some research and I saw that San Bernardino has a guaranteed acceptance for nursing!
    https://nursing.csusb.edu/guaranteedAdmission.htm

    I do meet all the requirements listed on their website, except for the TEAS test. It says that I have to pass the TEAS test with a 70% before Fall 2018 admission by April 1st. Do you guys know if the test is for this year or next year? I will call them tomorrow to ask but if you know, please reply to me.

    I was also wondering , if I go to UCI and take the pre-requisites for nursing, what will happen if I get rejected for change of major request? Will I be too behind on my bio major requirements if I decide to continue for bio major?
    And can I also apply to other nursing programs with the pre-reqs that I took from UCI or is it not transferrable to the CSUs?

    I'm sorry for asking too many questions, but if you guys can give me some advice, I will be greatly appreciated!
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 25,619 Forum Champion
    edited March 2018
    1) How I am reading the CSUSB’s guaranteed Nursing program is that you have to be admitted to CSUSB for Fall Quarter 2018 as a Pre-Nursing student, take the required pre-req courses with the minimum GPA, pass the TEAS and then you would be admitted into the program starting Fall 2019 Sophomore year.

    Did you apply to CSUSB for Pre-Nursing and were you accepted for Fall 2018? If not, then you will have to take a Gap Year and reapply for Fall 2019.

    2) You can take the Nursing pre-req courses at UCI but since you are not a Nursing admit, you will not be given priority for these pre-req courses. You could then apply to UCI Nursing school along with several other Nursing schools during Sophomore to see if you are accepted. You would have to check with each school that you plan to apply to see if UCI’s courses would be transferable.

    3) If you are not accepted, you could then continue to finish your Biology degree at UCI and then consider a Post-Bac Nursing program.
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Yes I got into CSUSB for pre-nursing
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
  • co2018nurco2018nur Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    On the UCI nursing website for change of major students, they listed the classes I need to take for pre-reqs on the path to nursing program, and they said if I'm a bio major, I'll be given priority for these classes.
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