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I am moving to California (cr1 visa, hopefully next month if all goes well at interview, which it should) as it's such a big change, I've decided to go back to school and retrain. 

I really want to get into nursing (mental health) but I'm finding it hard to find information on the entry requirements. I feel it is more straightforward in England as it just lists you need such and such qualification beforehand etc. 

I know I will have to study for a bachelor's degree and sit a test beforehand. But how, what, where and why do I do this? 

The highest level of education I have in UK is GCSEs I am now 30! So I really will be starting from scratch. 

Any advice would be grand 

 

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2 minutes ago, proudtobabritgirl said:

Hopefully this is the right topic thread...

I am moving to California (cr1 visa, hopefully next month if all goes well at interview, which it should) as it's such a big change, I've decided to go back to school and retrain. 

I really want to get into nursing (mental health) but I'm finding it hard to find information on the entry requirements. I feel it is more straightforward in England as it just lists you need such and such qualification beforehand etc. 

I know I will have to study for a bachelor's degree and sit a test beforehand. But how, what, where and why do I do this? 

The highest level of education I have in UK is GCSEs I am now 30! So I really will be starting from scratch. 

Any advice would be grand 

 

 

First thing is find a school that offers what you want to take. Whether it be physically in class or online schooling.

 

Then apply and talk to their enrollment/admin counselers. They are the ones who can guide you in the right direction.

 

I myself just re-enrolled for online schooling for my bachelors in forensic psychology. Have some credits transfering from previous schooling but not much so also starting over so to say; but as I was in the Army a lot of requirements are bypassed because they know to get into the military you already have to have completed basic schooling and such.

 

As for my husband, the Filipino, he's enrolling also online I think through University of Southern Cal (USC) for online schooling to begin his masters degree in psychology for HR purposes. He has a bachelors from the Philippines; but they still need his transcripts to verify them, then also to see if he needs any other courses to make up in that field or even to be able to qualify to pursue the masters. He just made an online inquiry and spoke on the phone to the advisors. They call now and then to ask about the transcripts as it takes a little bit to get them from his college in the Philippines.

 

Again just find a school that offers what you want and contact them and they should be able to guide you.


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From  Cal Tech my school

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/international/getting-into-the-csu

as you are English they would probably defer the TOEFL 

 

and remember by the time you would probably start you would qualify as California resident 

 

As officially enacted, it states that public higher education "shall be tuition free to all residents." Thus, California residents legally do not pay tuition. ... In the past decade, tuition and fees have fluctuated with the state's budget.

 

so, plan according to the rules above and save a lot

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9 hours ago, proudtobabritgirl said:

Hopefully this is the right topic thread...

I am moving to California (cr1 visa, hopefully next month if all goes well at interview, which it should) as it's such a big change, I've decided to go back to school and retrain. 

I really want to get into nursing (mental health) but I'm finding it hard to find information on the entry requirements. I feel it is more straightforward in England as it just lists you need such and such qualification beforehand etc. 

I know I will have to study for a bachelor's degree and sit a test beforehand. But how, what, where and why do I do this? 

The highest level of education I have in UK is GCSEs I am now 30! So I really will be starting from scratch. 

Any advice would be grand 

 

You only need a 2 year degree if obtained in the USA, Get the Associates in Nursing and you can sit for NCLEX to be a RN.

 

You only need a 4 year degree if you are using your school outside of USA to apply for NCLEX.

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8 hours ago, Chris Duffy said:

You only need a 2 year degree if obtained in the USA, Get the Associates in Nursing and you can sit for NCLEX to be a RN.

 

You only need a 4 year degree if you are using your school outside of USA to apply for NCLEX.

Thank you, this is th degree I am now looking into. 

17 hours ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

First thing is find a school that offers what you want to take. Whether it be physically in class or online schooling.

 

Then apply and talk to their enrollment/admin counselers. They are the ones who can guide you in the right direction.

 

I myself just re-enrolled for online schooling for my bachelors in forensic psychology. Have some credits transfering from previous schooling but not much so also starting over so to say; but as I was in the Army a lot of requirements are bypassed because they know to get into the military you already have to have completed basic schooling and such.

 

As for my husband, the Filipino, he's enrolling also online I think through University of Southern Cal (USC) for online schooling to begin his masters degree in psychology for HR purposes. He has a bachelors from the Philippines; but they still need his transcripts to verify them, then also to see if he needs any other courses to make up in that field or even to be able to qualify to pursue the masters. He just made an online inquiry and spoke on the phone to the advisors. They call now and then to ask about the transcripts as it takes a little bit to get them from his college in the Philippines.

 

Again just find a school that offers what you want and contact them and they should be able to guide you.

Thanks for the advice. I did email a few and the reply I got was the exact same thing. To call and make an appointment to speak with a counsellor. 

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16 hours ago, kris&me said:

From  Cal Tech my school

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/international/getting-into-the-csu

as you are English they would probably defer the TOEFL 

 

and remember by the time you would probably start you would qualify as California resident 

 

As officially enacted, it states that public higher education "shall be tuition free to all residents." Thus, California residents legally do not pay tuition. ... In the past decade, tuition and fees have fluctuated with the state's budget.

 

so, plan according to the rules above and save a lot

That's awesome. Thank you! I didn't realise tuition is free. So that's really helpful 

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Sorry, I don't know why the above poster gave you that link, but you would NOT be considered an "International Student" if you are planning on permanent US residency. However, you would be considered as a "non-resident for tuition purposes" usually, unless you live here for 1 year. Note that Cal State Universities have different residency requirements for each campus, but for the Community Colleges (the colleges that give the Associate Degree in Nursing) and the University of CA systems, you will need to live in California for at least 1 year to claim residency. And please don't think that college is free. Even UCLA tuition and fees are about $13,000 per year, and that's for residents.

Check this link for all 3 public college systems: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/california-residency-for-tuition-purposes/Pages/what-is-residency-for-tuition-purposes.aspx

 

However, if you don't mind going into some serious debt, there are private schools for the ADN or BSN.

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