Posted on May 13, 2020
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So I am very interested in getting into the AECP. What I am having difficulty with is finding a school that fits the program's requirements. I am interested in the Northeast region of the country. But I also want to be a competitive applicant. I was planning on doing the majority of my pre-requisites online. Do nursing schools look negatively on applicant's like this? If anyone that's recently been through the program offer any advice on how they went about getting into a nursing school, could you please offer it to me?
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The AECP program site lists a bunch of programs that meet its prerequisites. There are programs in the NE as well, in fact I think the Nursing School in Vermont meets the prerequisites. But, it's not about location. You're on active duty for two years, it's a job location, so you take which one will accept you.
As for your question about the courses, you have to identify schools you want to attend and look it up. As a general rule, schools will accept courses from another regionally accredited college that result in a letter grade. Some schools are a bit weird about accepting online labs.
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I understand, I've just read other post answers that recommended looking at a particular region and then working from there as far as researching schools. Their school list is subject to change, and I've seen people go to schools through AECP that aren't listed.
I'm just seeing it may be better to try to limit taking hard sciences that must have a lab online. Thank you.
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Have you looked into ROTC? Many schools have an ROTC program which pay you to attend, pay your tuition, and you would commission upon completion.
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The reason people like AECP is that you stay on active duty and they pay your tuition, BAH, and exam fees. Plus, you work in a hospital over the summer, getting job experience. ROTC doesn't have anything that even close to compares to it.
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I have, yes. But I believe that the AECP is a better fit for me.
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The Army AECP web site is pretty clear. It has a list of colleges and universities. As far as your taking general education and other classes to achieve "junior" standing, so you only have two years of nursing school left for your Bachelors Degree, I would recommend a community college in your local area that is accredited so that its education credits are normally accepted by the major universities in that area. My wife took most of her general education classes at our local community college, transferred the credits to the University of Missouri, St Louis, and completed her BSN at Barnes School of Nursing. UMSL took all of her credits from the Community College.

Talk with the counselors at the Community College. Some remedial courses are not transferable. These courses are set up to help students who failed to learn to read, write, or do simple math, but graduated from High School.
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Yes, I understand, but they stated that the listed schools are just a benchmark, because program eligibility changes annually.
I will look into local schools, I'm just afraid that it will be difficult finding lab classes that are offered in the evenings.
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