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This is a discussion on Undecided on what school to attend in california???? in California State Nursing Programs, part of California Nursing ... SO I AM CONSIDERING ON GOING TO SCHOOL TO BECOME AN LVN! I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT SCHOOL TO ATTEND. I...by SKEPTICAL1 Nov 8, '11SO I AM CONSIDERING ON GOING TO SCHOOL TO BECOME AN LVN! I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT SCHOOL TO ATTEND. I HAVE TWO IN MIND: AMERICAN CAREER COLLEGE IN ANAHEIM,CA OR THE ROP PROGRAM IN NORTH ORANCE COUNTY. I HAVE HEARD THAT AT ACC THE PROGRAM CAN BE UPTO $33,000!! ( THATS LIKE A BRAND NEW CAR??) AND ALSO I HAVE HEARD ALOT OF BAD THINGS ABOUT THEIR TEACHERS NOT DOING A GOOD JOB AT TEACHING THE STUDENTS.
THE ROP PROGRAM IS WAYYY CHEAPER, ABOUT $4,000 OR SOO!!THE ONLY THING WITH THAT IS THAT IT CAN TAKE WAY LONGER THAN WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH.
I JUST NEED ADVICE ON WHAT SCHOOL TO CHOOSE? HAS ANY ONE GONE TO ROP,GRADUATED AND GOT HIRED????? WHAT ABOUT ACC???? HOW LONG AFTER GRADUATION DID IT TAKE TO FIND A JOB????
I NEED TO MAKE UP MY MIND BY THE END OF THIS MONTH!!!!! ANY INFORMATION WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL!!
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- Nov 8, '11 by eslvnCollege of the Redwoods is only a year long, like the private schools, and its a community college, so pretty cheap. I personally would stay away from private LVN programs, they are so expensive and honestly the pay isnt worth it. Its a good living and worth all the work, but $33,000!!?? For no degree???!!! Just check out the CC's, go to the bvnpt website and you can look at all the approved programs in Cali, and some of them have no wait.
- Nov 8, '11 by SquishyLVNQuote from eslvnI would think College of the Redwoods would be much too far for the OP, considering it's in NorCal when Anaheim is in Orange CountyCollege of the Redwoods is only a year long, like the private schools, and its a community college, so pretty cheap.
Anywho, to the OP, why are you limiting yourself to only the North Orange County ROP program? I'm assuming because it's the closest to you, but there are several other ROPs in SoCal that are easily drivable such as Downey Adult School, Hacienda La Puente Adult School, Baldwin Park Adult School, and Baldy View ROP to name a few. And not to mention there are the CC programs as well... Although I can't think of any OC CC's off the top of my head that have an LVN program... Rio Hondo College and Citrus College aren't painfully far from Anaheim.
It is definitely not worth spending over $30,000 for an LVN education when jobs are so hard to come by in this economy. Especially if only to save a few months or so. There is no perfect school that would have the ideal distance, cost, and length. There are sacrifices for anything worth doing. At ACC you would sacrifice cost, at NOCROP you would sacrifice time, and at the other programs you would sacrifice distance. Keep in mind, however, that you will not make up the $25,000+ difference in tuition in the 6 or so extra months you saved by going the private route. Nor will you spend $25,000+ worth in gas by driving 20-30 extra minutes to any of the other ROPs/adult schools.
I had the same dilemma as you 2 years ago exactly. I could start a private school ASAP in January or wait 6 months to start an ROP program, both programs were 12 months long. I choose the ROP program and found a job right away due to family connections. This is not the norm. Most of the LVNs I know that immediately found jobs had connections as well or were hired in places where they already worked. Some found jobs on their own, but almost a year after graduating. Others still haven't found jobs. So would you be willing to be straddled with $30,000+ in debt that you have to start paying after graduation regardless of whether you found an LVN job or not? Just because you become an LVN faster doesn't mean you'll be able to start working as an LVN faster.
For further reading, here are some similar threads that address your questions:
- Nov 9, '11 by NickiLaughsDo you have the money to pay for the program? If no, wait it out and go to a cheaper program. In a time of no guaranteed jobs, I wouldn't want to run up debt you can't pay off, because the loans still have to paid.
- Nov 9, '11 by Silverdragon102Moved to the CA Nursing Programs Discussion
- Nov 9, '11 by anie10Are you planning to bridge?
- Nov 10, '11 by SKEPTICAL1Thank you guys for your advice.
To anie10: Yes i want to bridge after i get my lvn but dont know where.
To squishylvn: Did you just recently graduate i see you only have 1 year experience. What kind of facility are you currently working at??
- Nov 10, '11 by SKEPTICAL1Yes thats' exactly what i was thinking about
- Nov 10, '11 by anie10@Skeptical1 - good deal, because although they are not the same exam, you'll get a feel for what's in store for you for the NCLEX, additionally you'll probably leap-frog a lot of prospective nursing students who will be starting from scratch.
Good luck to you, in whatever you decide!
- Nov 11, '11 by SquishyLVNQuote from SKEPTICAL1I graduated in 2010, licensed in December. I'm working PRN at different skilled nursing facilities, but my hours generally add up to full time between the 3.To squishylvn: Did you just recently graduate i see you only have 1 year experience. What kind of facility are you currently working at??