The Nursing Major

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Are you interested in nursing? There are two avenues to gaining admission to nursing programs: direct entry immediately upon graduating from high school and entry after two years of college. Direct admission to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing or BSN is super competitive these days. The colleges that take high school graduates directly into this major require higher grade point average and standardized test scores than for general admission to Arts & Sciences.

So it is helpful for students to think through and decide whether or not they are completely sure of wanting to major in nursing or should instead apply to the general department of Arts & Sciences, which is a “less competitive” major, and then transfer into nursing after sophomore year. Of course there are no guarantees that students will be accepted into nursing. In fact, those colleges that have direct entry into nursing in first year take a very limited number of students as transfers. If a student is pretty sure they want nursing, they would be better served applying for direct entry programs.

The nursing major is quite structured and taught in a sequential fashion. It prepares students to become professionals. The course load is fairly rigorous with classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, kinesiology, etc. It offers practical learning through clinical rounds, which would appeal to the sensing learner, who prefers hands-on learning. The Sensing Feeler will enjoy learning subjects that directly benefit people.


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Claire Law
Claire is an IECA Professional Member and a Certified Educational Planner (AICEP) located in Charleston, South Carolina.