Going back to school for a different Bachelors degree?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My first degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. I went back to school 3 years later for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. I was able to carry my core classes like History, English, Math, etc over into my new degree so I only needed to take any pre-reqs I was missing for the Nursing program.

 

However, for the nursing degree, they did state that certain core classes needed to be taken within the past 5 years, but I think that was specific only to the BS in Nursing for the school I applied to.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i think the core classes would carry over. it’s similar to when students double major… but it may depend. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Blush.Champagne:  I haven’t but I would get a master’s degree instead of another bachelor’s, unless you want to go into a very specialized or technical field that requires a specific degree. Even if your bachelor’s is in a completely different field, you can usually just take a few college courses in the new field to qualify for a master’s program. It’ll take the same amount of time as a bachelor’s (or less), and it’ll go a lot farther in helping your career.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I worked towards two at the same time.  DH went back, it took him 3 years instead of 4 and we both think it was worthwhile!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Also, about the classes, you would be able to transfer the ones you’ve already taken, but if they were taken at a different school there might be a limit. So for example, maybe you’ve already taken half the classes needed for a degree, but your school only allows a third of the total credits for a degree to be transfer credits. So you might need to retake some classes but not all of them.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@Blush.Champagne:  Yes, I have three degrees and I went back to do a Nursing degree after I already had the other two degrees.  Nursing is what I want to do as a mom one day, or when I am too old for my current career (should I ever find myself too old, I may be blessed to do it forever). At any rate, a lot of the classes counted towards both degrees.  You can’t be a Nurse with an International Relations degree or Communications degree, but obviously that same old AP English counted towards all of my degrees.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Bachelor’s degrees are becoming less and less valuable. The market is flooded with BA grads who cannot find a job. Unless it is a BA/BS that you can then work in a field that doesn’t require a Master’s degree, like engineering or another STEM field, I absolutely wouldn’t recommend getting another BA.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@Blush.Champagne:  what field are you interested in? when you say you need a specific bachelors degree for the program do you mean a graduate program?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

have you taken any classes in the material previously? Engineering is definitely not an easy subject and many of my classmates dropped out when doing their BS.  You might want to consider taking a couple of classes and seeing how much you like the material. I think it might be worth considering going back for a masters instead.

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