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My fiance has been going through this process for several years now. He started at Northern Virginia CC and completed all pre-requsites, only to find that he could NOT get into the RN program (despite a 4.0) due to residency requirements. NVCC accepts NOVA residents first, then VA residents, then out of state residents. The RN program fills up every year, so unless you live in Northern VA, regardless of your grades, you aren’t going to get in. If you aren’t a MD resident, you will likely run into this same problem with MCCC. Thus, while UDC may be a less attractive choice, it is a far less expensive (there is no reciprocity for cost at other schools) and far more realistic option for getting an RN degree if you are a resident in DC. The other thing that we have learned is that all RN programs in the area have different pre-requisite requirements and not all classes will transfer from one to school to another (NVCC’s basic anatomy course won’t transfer anywhere because it does not have enough of a physiology component). 4-year school in the area also have 18 month BSN programs for individuals with prior degrees. Again, however, each school has its own set of pre-reqs. Basically, what we have learned is that, if you want to get your RN, you need to pick a program that you are reasonably certain to get into and do all of your pre-requisites at that school. I have several friends who are nurses in charge of hiring and seldom do people care where you get your RN from, so long as you pass your licensing exam. So, while UDC may seem less organized, their program has been revamped recently and one you get past the pre-requsites and into an actual RN program, they will probably have their act together. Good luck to you!