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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be a science major to go to nursing school?

No. Your major is not important as long as you complete the pre-requisite course work to satisfy the admissions requirements and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Will majoring in science give me an advantage in applying to nursing school?

Not necessarily. Most nursing schools are looking for well rounded students who have an aptitude for science. They do not give preference to science majors.

Should I minor or take a double major?

Only if you are truly interested in another field of study. There is no evidence that those students who have a second major or minor have a better chance of acceptance into nursing school than those who do not.

Should I take a commercial prep course before taking the GRE (if required)?

There is no hard evidence that commercial courses produce significant gains in test scores. These courses may benefit students who need the extra motivation to buckle down and study. They do provide the opportunity to take multiple full length practice test in real time situations. However, motivated students can do the same on their own or in a study group. The Director of the Center for Student Learning here at C of C works with students to prepare for standardized tests, both individually and in groups. Go to GRE.org and explore all the possibilities for practice.

Can I take required courses in the summer and/or at another institution?

In general, it is best to take your required courses at your primary academic institution and during the regular school session. Professional schools want to know that a student can handle science courses while taking a normal academic load. If you have a compelling reason, for taking a course during the summer, for example to be able to get the proper course sequence, then do so. You should try, at least, to take the course at your primary institution or one with equivalent academic rigor. Taking your science courses in a piecemeal fashion and at a two-year institution may be looked on with suspicion by health professions schools. You should also check with the appropriate department to see that the credits from another institution will transfer.

Can I get into nursing school in less than 4 years?

Yes, students at C of C can complete 60 SH of transfer credits, or an undergraduate degree in their chosen major, and apply to professional schools of nursing.