In a previous post, I discussed choosing the right school for you. Now I am going to follow that up with transferring schools. If you feel like you picked a school and it is not the right fit for you, whether financially, educationally, or personally, don’t feel like you are stuck. You CAN transfer graduate schools!
In my instance, I chose a school that was out of state and online because I am a travel nurse and it was hard for me to choose an in-class school when I didn’t know how long I would be staying in one place. Once I decided that I was moving back to Florida, I decided the right decision for me was to transfer to a school that was close to me and in-state. Now this means that I will pay in-state tuition (yay!) and get more in-class hands-on experience, which I have learned is better for me because I retain more.
Another reason I did not want to continue with my first school was that it was nearly impossible for me to find one clinical preceptor, let alone having to do that every semester for seven semesters! I did not want to have the stress and responsibility of finding a preceptor every semester in an area(s) where I did not have any connections.
Fortunately, I was accepted into the Florida school I applied to (USF) and will start in the fall. I will find out soon if my credits will transfer–most of the time, as long as the class is 85% similar, the credit will transfer. Because not every class is the same, there are some classes I will have to make up. I do not suggest transferring if you are more than one year into your program because there is a strong possibility you will have to start back at year one to meet the new school’s requirements for graduation. A lot of classes are only offered at specific times and are contingent upon completion of a class before that. So to meet the requirements of graduation, you need to make sure that you have completed all required courses. Not every program’s curriculums are the same, so do your research before you begin the process!