Here's a little food for thought for all of you future health care professional wanna-be's. The most important thing before you decide what school you want to attend regardless of cost is to make 100% sure that the program is accredited with the California Board of nursing (BRN). (2) I reside in Southern California, and a lot of people have discussed going to West Coast University for their nursing; don't do it!
If you choose to put yourself through this program, you will "literally"put yourself in financial debt for the remainder of your career. Coughing up over 100,000 for a BSN degree is absolutely absurd. Yes, down the road, in the near future, eventually ALL RN's will have to be bachelors prepared in order to work at a facility. However, that will not happen for years to come. As I'm writing this, there are only a "handful" of hospitals that will not consider an RN without their bachelors degree. There are tons of hospitals out there, that will hire you with just a 2 year RN degree (RN License). Is it going to be difficult to find a job fresh out of school? yes, it is. In order to make things easier on yourself if you are going to pursue nursing or any other health care profession, is to get "your foot" in the door at a hospital as a : volunteer, EVS worker, health care tech, surgical tech, CNA, etc. The idea of this is when you have completed your nursing program
, and take your NCLEX, and passed, your chances of getting hired as a full-time nurse at that facility you are currently at, you'll have a 99.99% chance of getting hired; trust me. They will hire you whether or not you have your bachelors, or your ADN. The only thing they care about is that you have an RN license and the proper certifications to work in that state; that's it.
The most appropriate way to pursue the nursing field is to finish all prerequisites, apply and get into any program, without having to shoe out tens of thousands of dollars ( West Coast University). Obtain your RN license, then go back to school and earn your bachelors later on down the road. The hot topic is - do credits transfer? Is that college WASC accredited?, oh no, I can't go to that school, because my classes won't transfer over! I call it a bunch of baloney. Truth is, eventually you will find a program that will acept you in order to earn your bachelors, but it will be limited depending on where you went to school for your RN, and what their accreditation status is. But the good news is, you will find a University that will accept you, even if it's a University that is out of state. Why I mention this? If your earn your RN license, get your CPR, ACLS, PALS, etc. go back and earn your bachelors at Texas State University (online program). That hospital that is accepting applications for bachelors prepared RN will hire you. Why so easy? why aren't they looking at what University you attended for your bachelors? Cause they don't care. Again, like I mentioned previously. The only thing they care about is that you have your RN license, the proper certifications, and your bachelors degree; they don't care what institute you went to, they don't have the time to look over everyone's application to check and see what University they earned their degree from. UCSD in San Diego, receives over a thousand applications a month for positions they're hiring, do you think they are going to analyze where you went to school; hell no.
So remember if you're asking yourself about what program to attend, follow the simple rules I just stated above and you will be on your way in accomplishing your dream in becoming an RN.